The Best Apartment Searching Tools

We truly believe New York City is one of the best places on earth to spend time during your career, especially for internships or your first job. That said, we don’t deny the stress that comes with finding an apartment, which can be as difficult as the search for a new job.

But don’t fret! We’ve compiled a list of great resources for you to check out during your apartment hunt.

New York Magazine Livability Calculator

When it comes to finding your favorite neighborhood, everyone has different values. Some people want to be near all of the hottest night spots, while others want peace, quiet, and lots of trees. On New York Magazine’s Livability Calculator, you can prioritize different factors to discover what neighborhood would be the best fit for you. This is an especially helpful resource for NYC newbies who aren’t familiar with the vibes of different areas.

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PadMapper makes apartment hunting less awful– almost fun. It does this by plotting the apartments on a big map, and letting you filter for exactly what you want. There are also neat overlays to help you learn about the different areas.

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We know craigslist is associated with some sketchy activity, but there’s no denying it’s a great resource for apartment hunting. We recommend checking out the “sublet and temporary” and  “rooms and shares” section if you’re looking to find roommates and a place that’s already furnished.

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Easily search thousands of apartments for rent all in one place. Beat the rush by turning your searches into alerts and new listings hit the market.



Naked Apartments

As the name suggests, Naked strips down the apartment hunt of all its hassles, problems and frustrations.


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Urban Compass

Urban Compass is a site that connects you with brokers to show you the apartments you discover through their site.

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Ready to move, but haven’t found the perfect place? Though Airbnb is usually used for travelers, it’s also a great way to find a temporary sublet.

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Best Apts NYC

Best Apartments was founded by Howard Feingold, a seasoned real estate agent. If you’re looking for a more hands on approach and help in your search, this is a good place to check out.

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Walk Score

Walk Score is a great tool that scores the walkability of different neighborhoods. Their scores include access to important things near your potential new apartment, like grocery stores, laundry, and public transoportation.

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Gypsy Housing

Gypsy Housing is a popular Facebook group for people on the move. The group serves as a place for people with rooms to rent and people looking for housing to connect. It’s a great option if you are looking for a temporary space.

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The Founder House

This is a co-living space for young professionals and entrepreneurs. It’s on a month to month basis and it’s purpose is to not only help you find a home in NYC – but will help you gain connections and grow your entreprenuership, too.

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Already have an apartment but need a roommate? Whether you’re looking for a roommate a few months down the line or next week, filling a room with Roomi is a cinch. Post your listing and find a roommate – fast.

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Happy hunting!

What resources have you used to successfully find a new place to live?

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Emily is Founder and CEO of FindSpark. Passionate about the power of social media and networking; Emily has spoken at numerous colleges, conferences, and events including The International Youth Leaders Assembly at The United Nations, SXSW Interactive, Internet Week, Mediabistro's Social Media Bootcamp, Time Inc, Columbia University, and New York University, among others. Emily is also an adjunct professor, teaching social media and career courses at multiple colleges. Learn more about having Emily speak at your next event and follow her on twitter @EmilyMiethner.

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