Moving to NYC: Apartment Hunting Tips

Hi all! As anyone who has tried to move to the city will tell you, one of the most challenging things to do is find an apartment. Sometimes NYC real estate can feel like The Hunger Games, but there are some ways to make the apartment search a little easier.

  • Establish a budget: Before you even begin looking at apartments, it’s so important to establish a budget so that you don’t get your heart set on a place that is way out of your budget. Sit down, do some number crunching, and get ready for tip number two, which is…
  • Be willing to compromise: Do you value space or location? Do you want to be in a busy area or do you want to live in a quieter neighborhood? If you’re moving to NYC you will need to start asking yourself these kinds of questions. I’m going to be honest here: you are not going to get a studio apartment in Manhattan for less than $1600 (not including utilities), unless you squat in a subway car. I ended up focusing on places in Manhattan because I valued location over space, but if you’d rather have more space and are absolutely against roommates, start looking at places in the other boroughs. Also, don’t expect the same amenities that you’d get in Small Town, USA.
  • Utilize your network: The first step is to reach out to your connections through social media. Don’t be afraid to put your feelers out and ask around to see if someone knows someone looking for a roommate.
  • Social media is your best friend: The way that I found my apartment was through a regional alum Facebook group for my sorority. There are a ton of Facebook groups where people post room listings. One more reputable group that I utilized is Gypsy Housing NYC, so definitely check it out. Plus, with Facebook you have a little bit more of an idea of what you’re getting than, say, Craigslist.
  • Check out room share websites: Again, slightly less sketchy than Craigslist. While I ultimately found my apartment through personal connections, I found and to be helpful resources. That said, be cautious whenever you use the internet for something like apartment hunting!
  • Try to see the apartment in person: I know that this can be hard, especially if you live across the country, but I cannot emphasize the importance of either going to the apartment to see it in person, or having a friend/family member go check it out. Especially in the city, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Another alternative to physically going in person is Skyping with potential roommates — people are usually willing to do this.

For those of you making the move to the big apple, good luck! Whatever is meant to happen will happen. For those of you who already live in New York, what are your best apartment hunting tips?

Until next time,


Moving to NYC? Watch these 10 movies first!

Hi all! I’ve always been a big fan of movies and when I get excited about something I like to watch movies about it. For instance, when I studied abroad in Rome, I watched The Lizzie Mcguire Movie and Roman Holiday about a thousand times. With my Manhattan move-in only a few days away, there are ten movies that I’ve been watching to get myself in a New York state of mind.

1. Frances Ha

A girl moves to New York to pursue her dreams. Combine relatable characters with a a nostalgic aesthetic and charmingly quirky dialogue, you have Frances Ha!

2. Manhattan

“He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion…no, make that: he romanticized it all out of proportion….” Woody Allen’s personal life aside, even the intro to Manhattan alone is one of the reasons why this movie will make you feel ready for the city that never sleeps. Oh, this movie also features a young Meryl Streep, so that’s an added bonus.

3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Yes, Breakfast at Tiffany’s has its issues, including an infamously racist portrayal of an Asian man by a white actor; HOWEVER, there is no movie that captures the glam side of Manhattan quite like this Audrey Hepburn classic.

4. Do the Right Thing

It would be almost criminal if I didn’t include this award-winning Spike Lee movie on the list. Do the Right Thing might not be about a glitzy and glamorous New York, but this eye-opening Brooklyn-based movie is one that everyone should watch.

5. Annie Hall

Would it really be a NYC movie list if there was only one Woody Allen movie on it? Annie Hall has always been among my favorite New York movies and you can bet I’ll be re-watching it before I leave for the city.

6. West Side Story

Honestly, I don’t feel that I even need to introduce this one. Just be sure to get ready to sing along… and–if you’re anything like me and cry easily–maybe keep a box of tissues nearby.

7. Tiny Furniture

If you’re a fan of Girls, be sure to check out Lena Dunham’s indie film, Tiny Furniture. Especially for those of us who are recent college grads, this movie is definitely worth the watch.

8. When Harry Met Sally

For any RomCom lovers out there, this movie needs no introduction. When Harry Met Sally made Katz Deli a must-see for NYC tourists and is not only guaranteed to awaken the hopeless romantic inside of you, but the New Yorker as well.

9. Elf

Okay, okay, I know it’s not time for the holidays yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch Elf! As a self-proclaimed festive freak I had to put Elf on this list, plus it always makes me feel ready to stroll down 5th ave. and even fight through crowds of tourists at Rockefeller Plaza and the Empire State Building.

10. The Devil Wears Prada

I always count my lucky stars that my experience in fashion couldn’t have been more different than Andy’s in The Devil Wears Prada! That said, there’s nothing more entertaining than the demanding and quick-witted Miranda Priestly.

What are your favorite movies based in NYC?

Until next time,


Welcome to Lex and the City!


Hi all and welcome to Lex and the City! My name is Alexandra and I am a recent college grad moving to Manhattan to start my career. I have always had a love affair with New York City and am so excited that I will officially be able to call it home.

On this blog you can find all things about my experience as a young professional, fashion and beauty trends I love, and much, much more. I like to think that this blog will be sort of a public journal, a documentation of my entrance into adulthood. It’s also a way for me to continue doing one of the things that I enjoy most: writing. You can check out some of my old work for Her Campus here if you are interested!

Thanks for reading and I look forward to sharing my new stage of life with you all.

Until next time,