Post # 1
If you know of some of the nicer/safer sections of Newark where we will be able to find an Apartment for no more than $1000/month please let me know. Fiance and I are looking to move begining of August. We will want to be close to UMDNJ — no more than a 30 min commute.
Post # 3
@beachchicbride: Fiance says, “Just about everywhere is safe. Cory Booker has completely turned the city around (he is the batman in case you were wondering). If anyone with the last name James becomes mayor again, move. Most apartments there are under a grand.”
He worked there for a couple months a few years ago and we are both from NJ. The nicest part of the city is down town near market and broad. Like all places, the bigger/nicer the apartment the more expensive it is.
Post # 4
@beachchicbride: Also, you should follow Cory Booker on Twitter. He posts constantly, and a lot of it is about street closings ect. which is good to know.
Post # 5
@asscherlover: Thanks for asking your FI! It’s good to know the city has been turned around!
Post # 6
I was just there in May for a few days and I’ll be attending Rutgers in the fall to get my masters. The downtown area was REALLY sketchy and not at all somewhere I’d want to live. My grandparents came to visit and we couldn’t even find a restaurant they’d want to eat in (granted, they’re older white people from Connecticut and pickier than I. But still. They’re not racist.) The only neighborhood that looked liveable to me was the Ironbound District, which not only looked liveable but quite desirable. I have cousins in Westfield, NJ (half hour to the west), friends in NYC, and family in Bayonne, NJ and Connecticut. Everyone was telling me to also look at Jersey City and Hoboken. I got a chance to look at Jersey City and it seemed a bit safer but it was pricey. Hoboken is supposed to be trendy, and I don’t think it’ll be cheap, either. One of the students in my program commutes from the Washington Heights neighborhood on the north end of Manhattan and doesn’t have a problem with it. My program’s director commutes from the Connecticut border, even.
All that being said, the Ironbound, which is just east of Penn Station, looks amazing. You can find some brokers online that deal in that area. It seems affordable, vibrant, and considerably safer than the rest of Newark. My program director was telling me that, though they have security around the schools, most of the students don’t spend much time in Newark and there have been safety issues before, though not on campus.
PM me if I can help any further. We’re moving there in August, too!
Post # 7
Don’t know if you have to live in Newark for whatever reason, or if you or Fiance just have a job there, and can live in nearby areas but I live in Jersey City (about a 15 min Path ride from Newark) and I love it!! We’ve been here for over 2.5 years and it is awesome. I’m about a 10 minute Path ride from Manhattan and a less-than-a-mile walk from Hoboken so it’s just a really nice, central location. Rent is not super cheap around here, though. And to be honest, it might be tough for you to find even a one-bedroom in a good part of Newark for $1000 a month. This whole area is still close enough to Manhattan that real estate is expensive.
I don’t know TOO much about Newark neighborhoods–I’ve really only been there to go to Nets games (and now they’ve moved to Brooklyn, booooo) but I figured I’d share my knowledge on the surrounding areas 🙂
Post # 8
He he, I live in Brooklyn. I wouldn’t even go live in Newark without talking to someone who lives there who can show you the ropes. Newark has changed a bit, but it’s still a very sketchy place truth be told. I live in Crown Heights and there are certain streets/areas I wouldn’t advice anyone to live in. Since you want to be no more than 30mins away, I’d widen my search.
Post # 9
I go to Rutgers Newark. I have to disagree with the OP that said that everywhere in Newark is safe and be honest – I receive a crime alert email from school about once every 2 weeks about robberies (some armed, some not) in the blocks surrounding campus.
With that being said, there are definitely better areas around Newark within a 30 minute commute. I live in Hoboken and absolutely love it. I can drive to school within 20 minutes but I often take the train, which is a direct 15 minute ride. Hoboken is an urban area, but if you’re looking for something more suburban, there are lots of towns in that area with some nice neighborhoods (some have been suggested by previous posters).
If you have any questions, feel free to PM me. I have been going to Rutgers and living here for 3 years so I’m pretty familiar with the area of UMDNJ and this part of NJ.
Post # 10
Don’t live in Newark. I love Cory Booker to death but he can only do so much. I was there two weeks ago to get an AMTRAK and it still looks pretty horrible outside of the Prudential Center.
Take a look at South Orange and Maplewood, although rents might not be so cheap as they are pretty suburban. Otherwise anywhere on the PATH line (e.g. Hoboken/Jersey City) is a quick and cheap train ride into Newark and full of young professionals.
Post # 11
I just wanted to chime in that all the areas that people have suggested are indeed nice (hoboken, jersey city, maplewood, etc.) but I find it extremely hard to believe you will be able to find a place to rent there for less than $1000/month. Northern NJ is very expensive. As for Newark, I don’t know much about the areas but I’ve moved enough in my life to know that definitions of “sketchy” or “unsafe” vary widely from person to person. I’m from New Jersey and live an area of DC that people call unsafe all the time and have never had a problem. In urban living you will have people of all walks of life around you, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s unsafe because you share the sidewalk with certain people when you are walking around. Also in urban areas if you want to be surrounded by only “young professionals,” you better be prepared to pay a pretty penny for it.
Post # 12
I’m a teacher in Newark, I can see university hospital from my school. I would recommend if you MUST live there pick somewhere in north Newark , the ironbound section or society hill. I don’t live there and if it were me I would pick another city that’s close like jersey city, maplewood , south orange and commute in 🙂 good luck!
Post # 13
Yeah, honestly, I am against living in Newark.
Post # 14
@NJmeetsBX: Agreed, I lived in Hoboken a few years ago and it is not budget friendly. Plus parking is a nightmare. Jersey City anywhere near a PATH station is going to be pricey as well. Are there any housing options through school? You are moving into an area where tons of professionals who commute into NYC live so $1000 is not going to go far. I would try Ironbound.
Post # 15
See what you can do about your budget – $1000 for the two of you is not going to get you far in that area, unfortunately. I think that eventually Newark will become a nice place to live, but it isn’t there yet. Jersey City has come a long way (my mom grew up there when it was terrible, so it’s amazing to me how nice parts of it are now). You might also want to look at Inglewood and Hillside.
Post # 16
I lived in South Orange 5 years ago, and it was $1950 for a 700 square foot apartment. I’m from the rural south where life is pretty cheap, so I felt like I was dying every time I paid rent, but it was a pretty nice apartment. It was the best deal I could find at the time.