New York City is the epicenter of fashion, beauty, and all things creativity. It’s no surprise that a majority of ARROJO Cosmetology students relocate from around the globe to be a part of our award-winning hairdressing program.
Making a leap into uncharted territory is always a bit scary but hey, life begins at the end of your comfort zone. We promise, following your passion will always work out in the end— so if you are passionate about being in the hair industry, ARROJO is the place to be.
Coming to ARROJO Cosmetology School you will be getting more than just a superior education, you’ll also be getting an extended family. We are here to help make your transition to the Big Apple as easy and accommodating as possible.
Here’s your NYC Relocation Guide as told by ARROJO Cosmo Students.
Take a Trip To NYC
Even if you’ve been to New York a million times on vacation, you need to take a visit to scope out what neighborhood you want to move to. Each borough has its own feel— there is definitely something for everyone. If you are a total city gal or guy who wants to be right where the action is and has more money to spend a month- Manhattan is an option for you. Plus, you’ll be closer to the school! Brooklyn (minus Williamsburg) is a more affordable option, where all the hipsters & artsy types flock. Queens has a more suburban feel while also still having up-and-coming city spots such as Astoria. A few other cutesy neighborhoods to consider are Staten Island and Jersey City. Just a ferry ride or PATH train away our staff & students speak highly of these hidden gems.
“I did research on apartments to get an idea of what was out there and what kind of prices to expect, but didn't start seriously looking until a month before the move. Then I took day trips to the city and looked at as many places as I could in one day. I finally realized how quickly apartments get rented in the city and picked up one I loved in the Upper East Side,” says Olivia from Class 4.
Make a Budget & (Try to) Stick To It
This is definitely easier said than done, but a major difference between NYC and most other places in the US is the cost of living. So before you head over make sure you have accounted for all of your living expenses or at least have a good chunk of savings to fall back on while you get into the swing of things.
Mariagrace from Class 10 suggests learning to cook at home. “Eating out every night is a huge pocket eater. Plus you're probably going to go through a partying phase so find a healthy balance. Working really hard, eating out and not sleeping get in the way of you being the best you. Have fun but focus on your dreams.”
Find An Apartment
The perfect apartment does not exist—however there are tons of available apartments to choose from depending upon your lifestyle, budget and timeline. While we are not directly affiliated with any housing associations or brokers, we have a lot of experience, recommendations (and stories) between all our staff, students, and graduates about what to do when it comes to NYC apartment hunting.
New York is a very transient & last minute place: There are multiple options for tomorrow, next week, and next month but not so much for in 3-6 months’ time. Choices range from dormitory style women’s (or men’s) only accommodations to renting or buying your own apartment. Most people share a multi-room apartment and some are very creative with their living spaces.
The two golden rules of NYC apartment hunting:
- If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. If in doubt, pass on it as there are plenty more options.
- Never hand over any money without seeing a lease.
Just Do It!
Now that you know where you want to live & have a proper budget set, you are ready to go. Here at ARROJO, we preach “going for it.” It may never feel like the right time to leave everything you know behind, which is exactly why you have to just do it.
Other helpful tips from our students:
- Don't pay a brokers fee. Finding a room in an apartment that is already leased is way easier. Housing opportunities come & go by the thousand every day so don’t freak out if you don’t find what you are looking for right off the bat. There will be something even better right around the corner.
- Check out the neighborhood you’re moving to during the day AND at night to make sure you feel comfortable there.
- Get to know the area and get excited by following a few local blogs or buy a New York City travel book.
- Check the subway schedule for your nearest subway— the weekend schedule is different than during the week.
- Make sure to leave additional time for unforeseen delays on the subway.
- Share your experiences with your new friends. You'll find to that cosmetology school is a great way to make new friends. Since your class will (most likely) be a mix of locals, new-to-towners, and people who've been in the city for a while, they will become a great source of "information" for you. I was constantly picking everyone's brains for places to eat, shop, and things to do.
- It is amazing what you can learn to live without, ask yourself do you really need it before spending.
- You will spend very little time in your apartment, the whole city is your playground where the coffee shops are your living room, the parks are your gardens, the cafes and restaurants are your kitchen and the whole city is your TV.
- Start your journey today, your future self will thank you for it!
We can’t wait to have you! For more information, to schedule a tour, or to begin the enrollment process, call 646-979-2265 x411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org