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If you have been planning to live and study in New York City, you will need all the advice you can get. Even though it may seem difficult, there are ways of getting this done with careful planning.
Tips to live and study in NYC
- Plan ahead of time – if you are planning to study in NYC, you will probably be living there for an extended period of time. Once you get accepted into the school of choice, you may even want to consider getting an internship. Start applying at a few NYC based companies and add to your resume that you will take care of your own Visa. This will assure the companies that they will not need to cover Visa costs for you and will give you a better chance of being hired.
- Apply for the Visa – you will need to get a J1 Visa which is a Visa for students and interns. This may seem complicated as it takes up to three months to apply and may even cost you. You can choose to get a sponsor which will help you through the process.
- Save your money – not only is it expensive to get a Visa but it is also costly to live in NYC. In order for you to have a good time while you are in NYC you should consider saving ahead of time. This will allow you to go on a few trips while you are in the Big Apple like trips to the museum, dinners and drinks. If you have applied for a J1 Visa you will not be able to work in the US. This means that you would have to have your money saved up ahead of time or live off your SU. Saving ahead of time will allow you to experience the city while living there.
- Take the grant – there are many options in NYC for supplementing your savings, one option is applying for grants. There are many grants that you could apply for, which is dependent on what you are pursuing. Some grants have specific requirements, either you need to be from a certain country or have a specific grade point average to be considered.
- Consider your accommodation – in NYC you can always opt for shared apartments. These are apartments that have many occupants who will each contribute to the monthly rental. It is a great option for students as you will have the chance to live with local people and may even find that there are students living with you, who can show you around. Renting a house or apartment on your own can be quite expensive and finding something in a good location will cost you. Look for co-living apartments near your campus.
- Think about travel – when securing an apartment ensure that it is in close proximity to your campus. This will save you on travelling costs as you can just walk to campus every day. It will also ensure that you do not get stuck in the famous NYC traffic daily.
- Make a list of things you want to do – since you will be living in NYC, you might as well enjoy the experience. Be sure to make a list of all the places you would like to see in the time that you are there. You may feel like you have plenty of time in NYC but as a student, time will go by very quickly. Making a list will also ensure that you use your time wisely and you know that when you do eventually go back home, you have not only studied in NYC but also experienced what NYC living is all about.
Tips for moving to NYC
- Look for bargain flights which you will find from time to time to NYC
- Find out about free cruises past the Statue of Liberty
- Use a specialist travel card and you will get max dollar exchange
- Not everything in the Big Apple will cost you. There are many things that can be done on a budget like taking a trip to the Grand Central Station, watching a TV show being filmed and finding a free concert or festival
- Take a nice walk through central park
- From May to October you can Kayak down the Hudson
- There are plenty of free walking tours available
- Take a walk over the famous Brooklyn Bridge
There is so much to do in NYC, remember that even as a student you should make the most of your stay there.