Moving to New York City, made easy

Learn how to get housing, see cost of living and safety intel, find schools, use public transit, discover your perfect neighborhood, and more with our ultimate New York City moving guide.

The city that never sleeps has something for everyone, from urban living to suburban bliss.

New York City is one of the world's truly global cities. This is a hub of culture, fashion, and finance and hosts people from all over the planet – an estimated 800 languages are spoken here. Its roughly 8.5 million inhabitants are split into five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. Each has a distinct flavor and even within the boroughs you'll find a wide range of lifestyles, from all night clubbing and shoebox-sized apartments to quiet living in Victorian-style mansions.

There are countless restaurants, bars, music venues, nightclubs, and theaters. Famous art galleries. World-leading museums. Stellar parks. It's all here. Pizza at 2:00am? Obviously. Steak at 3:00am? Yep, you can do that, too. Knitting classes, crossfit boxes, mommy groups? Done. Thousands of people riding the subway in their underwear? Well, that typically just happens once a year. The city is a playground that caters to every taste and inclination.

Few places have the energy and drama, the drastic gap between rich and poor, and the frenetic pace of change of New York City.

Read on to learn about the basics (housing, transportation, internet, and more!) of moving to New York and to find the perfect neighborhood for you.

Studio / 1 BR
57% Complete
2,400
2 Bedrooms
66% Complete
2,775
3 Bedrooms
76% Complete
3,200
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete
4,200

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE (F°/C°)
Jan
32°F
0°C
Feb
35°F
1.7°C
Mar
43°F
6°C
Apr
52°F
11°C
May
63°F
17°C
Jun
71°F
22°C
Jul
78°F
25°C
Aug
76°F
24°C
Sep
69°F
22°C
Oct
58°F
14°C
Nov
47°F
8°C
Dec
38°F
3°C

Safety

Some areas are safer than others but overall the city is experiencing record lows for crime.

Car vs Public Transit

In most parts of the city public transit is excellent and having a car is a headache.

The ultimate guide to moving to New York City

Regions and Neighborhoods of New York City

Regions & Neighborhoods

Moving to NYC? Find the perfect neighborhood for you.

Housing in New York City

Housing

We all need a roof over our heads. Learn how to find one in New York City.

Transportation in New York City

Transportation

Subways, buses, and those famous yellow cabs. Learn how to get around the Big Apple.

Banking and Personal Finance in New York City

Banking & Personal Finance

Figure out which local bank is the right one for you and learn how to open an account.

Insider Tip

"For me New York is the most complete city in the world. Having traveled to dozens of countries and hundreds of cities, I feel NYC has just about everything a person could want or need. There is an electricity that is produced by the collective energy of all the inhabitants of this amazing city. I cannot imagine ever moving elsewhere"

Alex Maleki, Moved from Sydney
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Education in New York City

Education

Learn about the phases of education, why school district boundaries are important, and different school options in LA.

Healthcare in New York City

Healthcare

Learn how to navigate healthcare, how to find a great doctor, and see the top NYC hospitals.

Phone and Internet Service in New York City

Phone & Internet

Compare NYC's main cellphone and internet service providers.

Having Pets in New York City

Pets

Learn which pets are welcome in NYC and how to register them with the city.

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