The One Thing Every New Yorker Needs… Renters Insurance

protect your belongs from fire with renters insurance

Guest Post about renters insurance by Alex Portera 

This is the image of a fire in the East Village of NYC three years ago.

The building was home to the famous french fry shop, Pommes Frites, the sushi restaurant Sushi Park, and, unfortunately, my friend Sean’s apartment (his name has been changed to protect his privacy).

This is something you read about in the news but never, ever expect would happen to you, until it does. Fortunately, Sean wasn’t home when the fire was blazing. Unfortunately, all of his stuff was. Clothes, computers, cameras, and his bike were all lost in the fire. He heard about the fire through Twitter before ever seeing it for himself.

Like most New Yorkers, Sean wasn’t prepared for this situation. When writing this article, I asked him if he had renter’s insurance. “I didn’t even know renters insurance existed at the time.” In the perfect world, Sean would be an outlier. But the truth is, Sean is in the majority. Most young New Yorker’s don’t know about renters insurance, or if they do know about it, don’t have it.

And that’s a big problem because a fire, burglary, flood or any other devastating event can happen at any moment, to anyone. You never expect them. You never think they can happen to you. They’re always the types of events you look back on after they happen and say, “I never thought it could happen to me.”

The good news is, Sean learned his lesson.

And I say that’s good news because (and I’m not lying here) the next apartment he moved into burned down, too.

I’m not going to share an image of that fire, but this seemingly impossible scenario actually happened. He left his first apartment because it burned down, only to move to another apartment that burned down. Absolutely insane and unpredictable. The only difference is that the second time he had renters insurance which covered his losses.

A lot of people are people are living like old Sean, blissfully unaware of how important renter’s insurance is until it’s too late. But now is the opportunity to get ahead of the game and avoid being one of those people who says, “I never thought this could happen to me.” It seems extreme, but that’s exactly how Sean felt after ubering to his apartment when he got notified of the first fire, unable to get with 1,000 feet because the fire department had closed down the lock.


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What NYC Has That Nowhere Else Does

What NYC Has That Nowhere Else Does

If it’s one thing you learn while living in NYC it’s that there are so many things that you can experience here that you simply can’t anywhere else in the world. A pizza place may say they have NYC-style pizza, but the truth is that nothing beats an authentic NYC pizza. We’re going to take a look at just a few of the things that NYC has that nowhere else does.


Nothing beats a true Broadway show, and if you’re a New Yorker, it’s easy to take it for granted but be sure to check in often to see what’s showing. Broadway has seen some of the world’s biggest stars pass through it, including Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, and Daniel Radcliffe, so you never know who you’re going to get a chance to see live.

The Statue of Liberty

Overlooking NYC from her post on Liberty Island is the Statue of Liberty. She’s a constant reminder for those living in NYC of the American way of life and the sacrifices that have been made to maintain that way of life. If you haven’t paid the Statue of Liberty a visit yet, be sure to do so as it’s certainly something that you can’t find anywhere else.

Central Park

More than just a green place where you can go on a picnic, NYC’s Central Park is 843 acres of land where you can find the Central Park Zoo and where a number of activities are held throughout the year, including fireworks displays, ice skating, concerts, and sporting events. No matter how long you’ve been living in NYC, there’s always something new and fun to do in Central Park.

Greenwich Village

Known by New Yorkers simply as “the Village,” this neighborhood has meant a lot of things to a lot of people throughout the years. In the 1960’s it was known for being the birthplace of counterculture movements, and now it is known for being the cradle of the LGBT movement. It’s also home to two NYC colleges, the New School and New York University (NYU).

The Metropolitan Art Museum

Most often referred to as “the Met,” this massive museum was first established back in 1870 and has since housed artwork from around the world going back over 5,000 years. Their exhibits can be found in three distinct locations and as they’re always bringing in new exhibits, there’s always something new to see. If you’re living in NYC, getting a membership will let you in for free as often as you want.

Empire State Building

Don’t worry. We didn’t forget this one; we were just saving it for last. After all, it is one of the 7 wonders of the world, and certainly one of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about NYC. This 102-story building is primarily made up of office spaces, but the top 16 levels are the Art Deco towers. If you’re living in NYC and haven’t gone up to the observatory at the top of the Empire State Building by now, what are you waiting for?

Your Ideal Roommate Match Based on Your Zodiac

your Ideal Roommate Match Based on Your Zodiac

Your sun star can tell you a lot more than about your personality traits. Delve a little deeper to discover which sign would make the best roommate for you and why.

Aries– Being a fire sign you may drawn to other strong willed minds like a Leo or Sagittarius. But when it comes to roommates you’re going to need someone who can offset your stubbornness. An easy going Gemini can balance you out while an Aquarius is best suited to deal with your impatience.

Taurus– Many would be lucky to have a reliable roommate like you, Taurus. A Capricorn would make a great housemate as long as you don’t get too possessive.

Gemini– You need someone not too uptight but still orderly. Ideally they could keep up with both sides of your personality. If you like to party and be social Gemini is your best bet. If you like a stylish apartment and late night chats make a Libra your roommate.

Cancer– Being an introvert you prefer a roommate who won’t pry into your everyday where-abouts. A Scorpio would respect your space and enjoy your company.

Leo– The loyal lion will always make friends with their roommate, even accidentally. A Sagittarius would love your energy and sociability, but a Libra would join you on any late night adventure.

Virgo– You may be reserved at first but when you have a strong opinion you present it accordingly. A Capricorn would take the time to get to know you and your lifestyle, while a Taurus would quickly appreciate your creative a sensitive nature. Both signs would make compatible roommates with you, Virgo.

Libra– You  get along with everyone. Your laid back nature is best accepted by other air signs Aquarius and Gemini but if you want a strong bond with your roommate pair up with the social Leo.

Scorpio– You’re a bit secretive and intense, Scorpio but that won’t phase a Pisces roommate. What other signs might consider passive aggressive, a Pisces will accept and appreciate.

Sagittarius– You may be drawn to room with a Libra because you both share an open and talkative nature. But only an Aries can keep up with you and even join you on your excursions through the city.

Capricorn– As a roommate you may come off like a parent at times, even though you only have good intentions. A Virgo is often willing to listen to you. Even though they may not take your advice or direction they are a great match.

Aquarius– Much like your fellow air sign Libra, you get along with everyone so any sign is for the choosing. Lucky you! But if you really want a roommate you can also call friend, go for a Sagittarius. They’re non judgmental and will enjoy peeling back the layers to get to know the real you.

Pisces– You are one of the most giving roommates. A Cancer would never take advantage of your thoughtful nature and would always seek you return the favor. You two make dependable roommates.

The stars are aligned. Next time you find a potential roomie be sure to ask “what’s your sign?”

Underrated NYC Neighborhoods

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Getting acquainted with NYC is a lot like the first day of school. You find where you fit-in and you tend to stick to it. If terrible frat parties didn’t teach you, cliques never work out. Branching out beyond what is familiar and comfortable is what New York’s about. Here a list of underrated NYC neighborhoods that deserve your attention. I know you’ve lived in your spot for longest but I’m willing to bet you’ll want to give a few of these places a chance. Take a look!


I know, the upper east side gets a stuffy rap. This neighborhood doesn’t score particularly high on the “cool radar” but Yorkville has virtually no violent crime and overall an extremely low crime index. If you have little ones to keep in mind, this place should be on your radar. If you’re will to pay more for your sense of safety, Yorkville is number one.


In contrast, Flushing is definitely cooler. Besides being more affordable than the UES Flushing has a great nightlife, bar scene, and food. You can do it all and not be broke come Monday. The entire neighborhood has a sort of hole in the wall feel adding to its mysterious personality.


Located in Staten Island, this beach front neighborhood keeps you close to a free ferry ride to the city. If you need to be near water St.George offer beach vibes with food stands along  with biking and jogging trails that line the waterfront.

Artists’ Colony (West 67th Street)

So Artist’s Colony isn’t really a neighborhood, more like a district but its housing and living attributes are worth mentioning. As named, this area is well suited for artists especially those in need of some inspiration. The area has an historic feel as the architecture is pre-war. It’s perfectly adjacent to Central Park and their are plenty of studios and spaces for an artist to refine their craft.

Hamilton Heights

I have a few friends who live on Hamilton Heights and I can’t stopped them from bragging about their humble neighborhood. The housing structure is historical and elegant without the nail biting upper east side rent. Nightlife is poppin especially the bar scene. The area isn’t overwhelming and it’s easy to get comfortable while living in Hamilton Heights. The neighborhood is safe (parent approved) and has a ton of access to the trains and buses. Hamilton Heights is gaining attention so get in while the prices are good!

Manhattan Valley

While Manhattan Valley isn’t the actual name, that’s what people call this diverse neighborhood that borders Central Park. The area is peaceful and a hotspot for foodies. On one street you’ll find food from Vietnam, Italy, and Ethiopia. If you’re looking for a calm area that still offers the variety of a tourist hotspot, Manhattan Valley will tempt you.

Look between the cracks

You’ll find places that will make you wonder how you’ve never heard of them. For these six underrated NYC neighborhoods you now have no excuse. Continue your hunt for your slice of the city.

Are You Too Old to Have Roommates?

too old to have roommates

Late twenties to mid thirties,  decent job with livable salary, you’re single and having the time of your life. You’ve brought a new friend home from the cocktail party and whilst getting to know each other your roommate is coming through the front door complaining about the lack of Corona in the fridge. With a dash toward her jacket your new friend scoffs “aren’t you a little old to have a roommate!?” and makes a run for it.

An expectation for the steps in life have been proposed as follows-college, career, marriage, family. But it’s in between those huge milestones where life actually happens.

College years, even for a fourth time senior is relatively acceptable age and phase in life to have roommates. People are usually always expecting you not to live alone. Thirty year old professionals have it pretty bad. Being a bachelor or bachelorette doesn’t help either. If people aren’t wondering why you’re not married they are assuming you party nonstop with your roommates.

Are you too old to be making fiscally responsible decisions in the most expensive city?

Regardless of age, if you’ve moved to NYC you are clearly comfortable coloring outside of the lines and live by your own standards. Let’s face it,  New Yorkers don’t take smack from anyone. So,  while the thick skin develops, trust your decisions. There is nothing wrong with having a roommate at any age.

What is admirable about living alone?  If you must defend your independence point out all your other life decisions. Whether they were made according to societies box,  they were yours.

The skinny?  There is nothing admirable about living alone. Having a roommate,  at any age,  is more than acceptable even recommended.

If you’ve recently made a  big life shift, a break up, graduation, new job,  or felt it was time to move to the city, you can expect in a population of 8.5 million others in a similar position. Having roommates after thirty doesn’t require a transitionary period or the relieve a financial burden, simply wanting one is good enough reason to do so.

Having roommates while older proves your financial responsibility, openness for non romantic companions,  and a big f-you to societies prescriptions.

Roommates & Room Rentals: What Were The Trends of 2017?

A lot happened on Roomi in 2017 but we’re really excited about growing to over 1 million registered users (thanks everyone!). That’s a lot of people looking for a room rental or roommate. From East to West, the shared housing marketplace is growing as people look for more flexible housing options that match their lifestyle preferences and needs.

So, what were the room rental and roommate trends of 2017? Read the full report and check out a few sneak peeks below.

Read the Roomi 2017 Room and Rental Trend Report


How Many Roommates is Too Many?


Affording an apartment in any city on your own may seem quite challenging. In such a case, you simply need to consider moving in with a roommate or roommates who will help you with paying the rent. This is a smart way that many people use to subsidize the cost of living in the fast paced and expensive cities. Sharing financial responsibility with roommates would greatly help cut down your expenses thus providing relief that you need the most to live comfortably.

In order to find the right roommate, you need to take your time to search for a perfect match of what exactly you want by interviewing several potential roommates before moving in together to determine whether the arrangement would work.

The internet has become the most ideal place to find numerous roommates who also have the intention to share financial responsibilities with like-minded individuals so as to afford the lucrative apartments in the city. Roomiapp is an example of such apps that has helped many people in finding compatible roommates they live to live with.

However, the question many people ask is what the ideal number of roommates is. While some prefer one, others prefer two or even more. Here some advantages and draw backs of having one, two or three roommates.

One roommate

Well, with one roommate, it may seem like prime real estate because you will be dealing with an individual whom you think shares the same interests as yours- until you have your first disagreement. Dealing with a single roommate is all fun when you agree in a number of things, however, this arrangement has its setbacks as well.

It is good that you will talk over issues and agree on the modality of stay but you must watch out for that idiot roommate who will otherwise ruin your bachelor/ bachelorette life. Just think of a time when your only roommate is out; who will be your pregame buddy? Or what if that single roommate is a jerk, whom will you lean on?

Two roommates

Two roommates sound as good idea since you will have someone to talk to when you have issues with the other. Besides, it is good to have a roommate that will help break the silence between the two of you that have fallen out with each other.

The problem with this kind of arrangement is realized when you need to exercise more power and authority on the two who might like each other more than they like you- many people have this kind of insecurity. When the arrangement is organized properly based on certain agreements then it is bound to go really well with you. You only need to work your way out to establish dominance from the onset of the arrangement so that both of them like and want to hang out with you more. Don’t ever allow the other two roommates to become besties leaving you out because sooner, they will start talking shit about you.

Three roommates

According to many people, this is the best arrangement because there is always middle ground. While two may decide to become quite close leaving you out, you will have one to lean on. Life becomes hell when you stay with a single individual or two and you experience some issues amongst yourselves. However, with three, you will easily balance out.

The problem with three roommates comes in as the house becomes more crowded and privacy is no longer there.

Having roommates is a good idea from the perspective of sharing bills in your ideal city apartment; however, you need to be keen with the choice you make. Until you are have an apartment on your own, here’s what to expect with a number of roomies.

You Know You Live in Queens When…

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Born,  bred,  or new to Flushing you’ll soon recognize things about yourself you inherited by living in Queens. Queens has changed a lot and though gentrification has taken its toll,  Queens is still the badass borough it will always be. You know you live in Queens when…

You take breakfast seriously

With a deli at every corner the options are limitless.  But a true Queensian breakfast is a bacon and egg bagel. Usually the “everything” bagel.

Same goes for lunch

It’s either a Fatboy or a Bushman.

Since we’re talkin eats

Pastrami and pizza operate as their own food groups and you honor that.

Rockaway is all you need in summertime

The nearest beach to queens is worth the dreadfully long ride on the Q.

You enjoy the view of Manhattan

You keep your distance from the tourist invaded city, luckily the view from Queens is stunning.

Everything you need and want is in your borough

Whatever you are lookin’ for, Queens always has more of it at a better price.

You had your spots…

…and at some point in time the Queen’s Center Mall was one of them. Or anywhere that sold Italian ice.

You also knew where not to go

Clubbing in Astoria is just a no, no


You will buy your club clothes only in Astoria.

Safety first

You consider it your civil duty to discourage people from crossing Queens Blvd. About a dozen pedestrians a year are seriously hurt or worse each in an attempt to dodge the insane traffic and terrible drivers.

You understand just about any accent

Queens is a notorious immigrant destination. Living in Queens automatically makes you worldly.  You’ve experienced different food,  cultures,  and languages giving you a tolerant and humble outlook on life.

You may not be Italian…

…but at some point you were a Guido/Guidette.

You are (not) a Mets fan.

Depends on the time of year.

You’ve received someone else’s take out at 3am.

It’s not uncommon when living in Queens to have a lost delivery guy show up charging you for fried rice. You kindly have to direct him to 31st Ave. This is 31st Road, not to be confused with 31st Drive. Yea,  good luck.

Queens is huge,  so yes you might get lost but you’ll never forget where you’ve been once you’ve lived in Queens.


This is why some NYC landlords never have an empty apartment

Sarah Parkins was living in her dream apartment with her best friend – a beautiful new two bedroom in the Lower East Side, in the middle of the action.

And then her roommate got a job in LA. Sarah tried to find a roommate on Facebook and Craigslist, but couldn’t find anyone she liked enough and ended up moving out at the end of the lease.

For Sarah it was frustrating, but for her landlord, it was maddening because that beautiful $4000 apartment sat empty for 3 months.

Filling apartments is the endless hustle of NYC landlords. Almost nothing besides a catastrophe costs landlords more money than empty rooms.

And the problems are only getting worse for landlords who don’t act.

The market is changing, are you ready?

Analysts at Ten-X Commercial predict that by the end of 2018, vacancy rates across the city could be as high as 11%. Even the savviest landlords will struggle to keep their apartments filled if they keep doing what they’ve been doing.

Even if the number of vacancies is only a fraction of that, the loss will be massive. Just look at today.

According to calculations by shared housing marketplace, Roomi, landlords are collectively losing $199,021,129 per month due to vacant rooms, at a citywide vacancy rate of 3.45%. If the worst case does come true, and vacancy rates rise to 11%, within 12 months landlords will lose $634,560,121 per month.

How to fill vacant rooms, fast

So what’s a landlord to do? There’s only so much you can change the rent on your listings, and there are only so many brokers you can get to fill your empty apartments. The most competitive market in the country is about to get 2-3x more competitive in a few months.

According to Roomi, the answer is to avoid having to fill empty apartments in the first place. One of the biggest issues apartments end up vacant is because one roommate moves out and the remaining roommate(s) can’t fill the apartment before their lease is up, so they end up moving.

Roomi is a platform where individuals can open list empty rooms in their apartment, to access hundreds of thousands of people looking for a room. It solves the classic roommate matching problem in a way that is safe, secure and transparent. That’s because Roomi offers background checks, social media verification, secure messaging and more to make people feel safe about who they’re renting their room to or moving in with.

For landlords, this solves the empty apartment problem in the most elegant way possible. It fills empty rooms before they can even become empty apartments. Their role in the process is minimal. All they have to do is get their tenants to list their empty rooms on Roomi, using marketing materials provided by Roomi, and Roomi takes care of the rest. For qualified landlords, Roomi even boosts their tenant listings, so they get seen ahead of the rest of the existing listings on the Roomi platform.

Here’s what you need to do…

If you’re a landlord looking to get ahead of the market, you can learn more about Roomi here.

Despite the coming changes, few landlords have found an effective way to act. For most, Roomi is the solution to one of their most significant challenges.

Learn more about how Roomi is helping landlords fill their empty rooms:

7 Things New Yorkers Wish They Knew Before Moving To NYC

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“Before moving to NYC I wished I knew that making and keeping friends would not be easy. I wish I knew that getting and staying employed would not be easy. But most of all I wish I knew that someone would have told me ahead of time that Joe’s Pizza is the best damn pizza in the city.”
-Varun Ramprasad, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

New York City is a prime destination for tourism and living. The social life, career opportunities and bragging rights can’t be beat! But the first year in the Big Apple can be really rough, especially if you move here without doing a little homework first or have friends in the city to turn to for advice. So the team at Roomi has created a list of super helpful things to know before moving to NYC with real, honest and handy tips from Roomi customers who already made the big move. Read up and be ready for everything NYC has to offer with these tips and tricks to save money, have fun, and stay sane in one of the coolest places on Earth.

“Before I moved to NYC I wished I knew that the dating scene can be exhausting due to all the options!”
-Fausto Matta, Baltimore, MD

1. Rent is insane.

“Before I moved to NYC I wished I knew that Manhattan rental prices and spaces weren’t the average and weren’t the only option. Now I live in a Brooklyn apartment double (maybe even triple) the size that costs $300 less per month. Face palm.”
-Sibabalwe Mona, Johannesburg, South Africa

The average rent in the Big Apple is $3,105. A two bedroom averages $3,407 and a one bedroom goes for $2,730. You might also have to deal with the infamous broker fees which may not exist where you come from. Rent prices will definitely be one of the hardest things to overcome if you live in New York City.

“Rent is so expensive. If you’re an adult in your late 20’s you’ll probably still need a roommate! Save as much as you can since each move costs so much!”
-Abby Salgado, Houston, Texas

But it’s not all bad. Some places are more affordable than others and good deals do exist. Check out this article to learn more about the rent scene in each of the five boroughs. Staten Island might surprise you with its affordability compared to the Bronx, where rents are rising faster than you could believe.

“Before I moved to NYC I wished I knew that I should have moved to a less desirable neighborhood that still offered an affordable rent. I had the chance to move to an amazing apartment in Bedstuy 12 years ago but chose not to because the area was kinda gritty. The rent was reaaaaally affordable but I passed and regret it to this day.”
-Stacey Walters, New Orleans, LA

2. The cost of living is nuts.

“Before I moved to NYC I wished I knew that it’s not like the movies. It’s VERY competitive. Commutes home can be up to an hour even if you don’t live far. Everything really is expensive. Negotiate your salary hard!”
-Abby Salgado, Houston, Texas

NYC has some of the highest income tax rates in the country at 7%-12% and a cost of living 68.8% higher than the national average. Rent is so high, it’s easy to develop tunnel vision. Don’t let that happen to you or the cost living will leap out of a side alley, tackle you on your way home from work and run off with your fun money.

“Keep your expectations in check – a lot of regular things here are astronomically priced (like rent and movie tickets) and not everything is common (like washer and dryers in the units and closets that fit adult clothes!).”
-Whitney Williams, Chicago, Illinois

Planning a budget and sticking to it is important in any city, but that goes quadruple for New York. Which brings us to our next point . . .

3. Roommates are a requirement.

“Be prepared to hustle. Rent goes up every year for most people. And sometimes your job salary doesn’t go up with it. My rent only costs me 1/3 of my monthly paycheck after taxes but I also have roommates to cut costs. If I didn’t have roommates I would not be able to survive in a studio, let alone an apartment without roommates.”
-Kayla Preston, Maryland

Because it’s so expensive, a roommate should be treated as non-optional. Water, shelter, food, roommate. Those are the four requirements of any New York City Survival Guide. But this is actually good news! You moved to one of the biggest, most awesome cities in the world because you enjoy being around people. Maybe it’s social, or perhaps for you, it’s strictly business. A blend of motivations is pretty common. Regardless of what drives you, there are many reasons, financially, socially and for your career, why NYC is the best place to have roommates.

“The best advice I was given & would give to someone else moving to NYC is to move to Brooklyn. Everybody commutes, so don’t confine yourself to neighborhoods close to work if they don’t fit your budget and lifestyle.”
-Sibabalwe Mona, Johannesburg, South Africa

4. Don’t experience the city alone.

“Always get a roommate for your first apartment in this city. Sign and notarize a roommate agreement regarding expectations, rules and consequences for breaking the agreement. Submit this agreement to your landlord along with your lease. It will give you peace of mind.”
-Stacey Walters, New Orleans, LA

If saving money on rent and experiencing NYC in all its glorified awesomeness isn’t enough to motivate you to find yourself a partner in crime, then think of your health. Studies have shown that living alone can shorten your lifespan. It shouldn’t come as a big shock, people are social by nature! That said, being independent offers unique life experiences. Like investigating that weird sound in the kitchen at night armed with a cardboard tube and protected by little more than Ninja Turtle underpants… Only to find out it was just a massive leak ruining the floor. What a relief. But a little independence goes a long way for city living. So take a dip into that lifestyle, it’s good for you. Just don’t be SO independent that you find yourself without a community and support group here in the city.

5. You know what cars and bedbugs have in common? They both suck in NYC.

“Before I moved to NYC I wished I knew that having a car wasn’t worth the parking tickets!”
-Whitney Williams, Chicago, Illinois

You seriously don’t even need a car in NYC. The public transit system and your own two legs can get you to all kinds of places and wherever there’s a gap, there’s a taxi ready to serve. You don’t want to get stuck choosing between (legal) parking fees and eating out. And pay attention, renegades in the crowd . . . entire career paths have been built around the art of dispensing parking tickets in this town. It’s just not worth it.

“Before I moved to New York City I wish I knew about mattress protectors. There wasn’t really too much about New York City that I wasn’t expecting, except for an unfortunate experience of having bed bugs when I first moved to New York City! I had to throw everything out. The only thing that I could save with my clothes after washing them three times.”
-Kayla Preston, Maryland

Bed bugs in NYC are beyond gross. It’s bad enough they are disgusting, vile, spawns of evil. They are also resilient, tough to see, and oh yeah, mutating. In New York, it’s going to get crowded. You will brush shoulders with all kinds of people. Some of which could make your evening or your career. Others you won’t so be thrilled about. So while you might be tempted, for perfectly reasonable reasons, to snag that “free sofa” on the side of the road… just don’t!

6. There are actually lots of affordable things to do in NYC.

“The best advice I was given & would give to someone else moving to NYC is to move to Brooklyn. Everybody commutes, so don’t confine yourself to neighborhoods close to work if they don’t fit your budget and lifestyle.”
-Sibabalwe Mona, Johannesburg, South Africa

With so much doom and gloom about the cost of living and rent, you’ll be happy to know that NYC has a ton of cheap stuff to do. Check out this article for free and affordable activities, including parks for you crazy outdoor active types, cheap and delicious eats for the foodies, plus museums, galleries and music concerts for our hipsters in the crowd. Saving money isn’t as hard as you might think either. You can save on energy bills with these 5 energy saving tips for renters.

7. Watch out for scams.

Online scams, shady brokers, and opportunistic bottom feeders are not, contrary to some gritty movies, the majority of the population in NYC. There are plenty of great people to get to know. But. sneaky scammers are out there. They want your money and they are pretty flexible with how they acquire it. So stay enthusiastic about moving to the Big Apple, because it really is one of the coolest places on Earth. But just watch out for any shady deals. (If it sounds too good to be true… it might be not be a real deal!) If it helps, Roomi launched a new background check program to help make it even more secure to search for roommates in the city. Safety, background checks and keeping scammers off our site is a big focus for us.

“Use Roomi! That’s how I found my current roommate and it’s been great.”
-Varun Ramprasad, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We hope these little gems of advice will help you be totally prepared for your big move to NYC. Good luck!


About Roomi

The industry leader in the shared housing marketplace, Roomi is a free mobile app designed to simplify the roommate and housing search process. CEO and founder Ajay Yadav developed Roomi to address the “obvious need” for a tool to help people find housing and compatible roommates. Launched in 2015, Roomi is based in New York City. To learn more visit