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Image of living room of NY-16194 opening onto a balcony This apartment share in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has outdoor seating space off the living room

An apartment share is a great way to share the costs of living in NYC with one or more roommates, plus it lets you live with a local, which helps smooth the transition of moving to a new city. It also means you will be sharing the apartment and common spaces with your roommate(s), so it’s important to find the right “fit”. At New York Habitat, our agents always strive to match you with the perfect roommate and apartment. Through our tailor-made service, our agents assess your needs and strive to offer the most compatible living options for you. In each of the blogs in our series on apartment shares we will provide a tip from our agents on finding an apartment share that works for you.

NEW YORK HABITAT AGENT TIP TO FIND A COMPATIBLE APARTMENT SHARE:

Agree on the Use of Common Spaces:

Sharing an apartment means sharing use of some common spaces so find out exactly what areas you will have access to. While bathroom use is a requirement, some apartments have rules about the use of other common areas such as kitchen and living room. Ask if there is full or limited use of these areas so there are no surprises once you move in. If you are limited to just the bedroom you rent and can’t hang out in the living room or have only limited use of the kitchen (during certain hours or for minimal food prep and no actual cooking) this should be stated and agreed to in advance. There are so many options for take out and delivery in NYC that some people have never even used their oven, but if you love to cook, these types of details can be a decision maker.

We’ve all heard realtors talk about location, location, location! An important first step in any apartment hunt is determining the location you want to be in. Do you need to be close to school or a subway line that makes the commute to work easy? The outer boroughs of NYC such as Brooklyn offer many apartment share options because the properties tend to be more spacious with multiple bedrooms. If you’re considering an apartment share in Williamsburg, you can get some initial information searching online or by watching our video below!

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Image of Williamsburg Bridge displaying art exhibit on its beams Head over the bridge from Manhattan and discover Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Welcome to the first in our series of blogs on a popular NYC housing option among the millennial crowd of first time renters, students and new graduates — the apartment share. Each week we’ll be highlighting a neighborhood and giving you an inside look into what it’s truly like to live there with a local roommate. We’ll feature an interview with one of our local apartment share hosts in the neighborhood plus an inside look into the apartment and room for rent with New York Habitat. Our first neighborhood focus is on Williamsburg, Brooklyn!

 

If Portland and New York had a love child, it would be Williamsburg. This Brooklyn neighborhood offers some serious hipster vibes. And while this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it definitely provides an interesting art scene and an exciting nightlife. While prices may be on the rise, this is still a prime area to live for the young college grad. Its close proximity to Manhattan provides one of the easiest commutes.

RENTAL PRICES

Infographic of room prices in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Apartment shares are a great way to keep costs down and still live in a trendy neighborhood

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Image of Tower Bridge over the River Thames in London Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic sights in London (Photo credit: Iakov Kalinin)

Crisp air, warm mulled cider, and gorgeous gold and rust-toned trees creating an ever-changing display — these are just a few reasons autumn is many people’s favorite season. Seasoned travelers also know it’s the perfect time to see hotspot cities like London minus the summer tourist crowds and never-ending lines. Special fall deals on airfares and accommodations mean there’s no excuse to put off that trip to London you’ve always dreamed of! In case you need more motivation, check out these spectacular fall happenings that are sure to add some autumn spice to your trip…

Image of pastel colored townhouses in the Notting Hill section of London Instagram your heart out as you stroll the colorful neighborhood of Notting Hill (Photo credit: S Pakhrin via Flickr)

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Image of fall foliage and Paris skyline with the Eiffel Tower Fall is a perfect time to visit Paris without the crowds

If you dream of visiting Paris but prefer to skip the crowds of tourists and unending lines for all the top sights, consider a fall trip to the City of Light when Le Rentrée means locals return to work and school and the tourists decrease along with the airfares! This means you’ll get to experience a more authentic version of Paris, and combined with one of our furnished rentals, you’ll get to truly immerse yourself in local life. Read on for some of our favorite things happening this fall in Paris, then head to our website and reserve the perfect rental to match your interests and you’ll be sitting at a Parisian cafe sipping a chocolat chaud in the crisp autumn air in no time!

1. Fall Foliage: Avenues, Parks & Gardens

Image of a boulevard lined with trees in autumn colors and Haussmannian buildings Stroll a tree-lined avenue bursting with fall colors


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Image of the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal train station in NYC Grand Central is one of the main train hubs in NYC giving you access to Westchester and Upstate NY

New York City is known as the city that never sleeps for a reason; home to hundreds of museums, clubs, and restaurants, there is never a lack of things to do here! Many people tend to stay within the confines of Manhattan, but New York’s extensive transportation system gives you access to activities in surrounding boroughs and neighboring states. Read on and discover some exciting day trips you probably didn’t know you could easily take when you rent a furnished apartment in NYC.

1. Atlantic City

Image of people walking on the Atlantic City boardwalk lined with casinos and hotels Buses to Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore depart from Port Authority all day

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Image of brownstone buildings lining a street with colorful fall foliage Fall is the best time of year to visit New York City!

Fall is one of the most magnificent times of year to visit New York City, the weather is cool, Mother Nature provides a vibrant backdrop of colors, and you can comfortably get around the city with fewer crowds and no humidity! There’s just something unexplainable about NYC in the fall that seems to captivate people and inspire songs and movies. Read on and discover our favorite things to do on a crisp autumn day in NYC!

1. Visit the Fall Foliage!

Image of lake in Central Park with fall foliage, a bridge and the skyline Head to one of NYC’s many beautiful parks and enjoy the crisp fall air

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Image of street in Oxford, England with double-decker red bus Discover all that Oxford, England has to offer

1. Oxford

If you’re a royal watcher, history buff or British music fan, then London is probably on your travel bucket list. What most tourists don’t realize is that while renting a strategically placed furnished apartment in London, you can easily take day trips to these seven exciting destinations outside of London proper.

Just one hour away from Marylebone Station is the home of one of the world’s most famous universities, Oxford. Visit for the beautiful architecture and the history (walking tours are available as well). The University of Oxford Botanic Garden has family-friendly trails and picnics are encouraged! For a taste of history visit Oxford Castle, a 1000 year old Norman medieval castle. Art lovers will enjoy the Ashmolean Museum (the world’s first university museum) which houses ancient and modern art and antiquities — and admission is free! At Carfax, the center of Oxford, you can take in the view from St Martin’s Tower — also known as Carfax Tower — the highest building in central Oxford!

Image of living room of LN-1080 in Paddington with windows overlooking the street This duplex vacation rental is great for families

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Image of a grand château by a lake in France at sunset Grand vistas await you outside of Paris

Paris is a dazzling city and top tourist destination, but many visitors don’t venture beyond it, missing out on some lesser known yet impressive spots in France. Hop on a train and you’ll be rewarded with amazing memories. These day trips are an easy and inexpensive way to see different parts of France without having to book multiple accommodations — they’re just a quick train or bus ride from your rental in Paris. So get out and explore France!

1. Château de Chantilly

Image of Château de Chantilly and grounds Horses, art and hiking await you in lovely Chantilly, France

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Image of Thames River with Big Ben and Parliament in the background London is full of fun in the summertime!

1. Beautiful Parks & Squares

Summertime is the best time to head to London’s parks and squares. Trafalgar Square is always a center point of the city action and in the summer, it’s the place to be for free open-air events. Covent Garden also attracts visitors with its shopping, dining, and theater offerings, and in the summer you get treated to an array of jugglers and musicians performing live in the Piazza. Wander around the South Bank cultural district and you’ll come across plenty of great outdoor events, music and performances. If you prefer the quiet of nature without all the commotion, London’s parks have a plethora of serene green spots to chill out and escape the city. St. James’s Park has a lovely central lake, views of Buckingham Palace, and pelican sightings! For the kids (and the Princess Diana fans), there’s Kensington Gardens in which the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground is a favorite among children and the memorial fountain is a hot spot for devoted fans to swim and have fun.

2. Outdoor Cinema Screenings

Image of people sitting outside watching a large movie screen Take in an outdoor movie in a picturesque London park (Photo credit: © Luna Cinema)

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Image of people laying in the grass on the Champ-de-Mars with Eiffel Tower in background The Champ-de-Mars near the Eiffel Tower is the perfect summer picnic or sunbathing spot

Summer is here and that means everyone is making travel plans! If you’re thinking of heading to Europe this summer, you can’t skip glimmering Paris! Any time of year, Paris is an exciting destination, but in the summertime the city pulls out all the stops to help you make the most of those long summer days. Parisian gardens, a boat ride along the Seine, lunch in a quaint outdoor cafe — if it all sounds dreamy, read on for some of our favorite summer pastimes in Paris

1. Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise

Image of a Bateaux Parisien boat on the Seine at sunset Cruise the Seine in style on a Bateaux Parisiens

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