When looking for studying or working abroad options, one of the best cities to consider is fabulous New York!

Its iconic skyscrapers and landmarks that everyone has seen in movies and television shows are just a couple of the thousand things that make it a magical place to live in. If you haven’t been there yet, then let me tell you that the NYC vibes and state of mind exist. You can find innate singers, and dancers in the streets, in the subway, everywhere! The city that never sleeps is a huge melting pot of artists, entrepreneurs, business people, students, and international communities. 

It is definitely worth giving it a chance if you are interested in moving there to start your career. But if you don’t know the city very well, it might be overwhelming to find out what could be the right district for you to set in. Keep reading this article to learn more about the best 5 districts of New York City for students and young professionals.

Battery Park City

Looking for a neighborhood in New York City where you can easily practice outdoor activities, have some fresh air, but at the same time, being well connected to its business heart? Then explore more about Battery Park City. Renting an apartment here might be the right option for you. 

Its prime location right next to the Hudson River makes it NYC’s haven to escape from the routine and enjoy daily views of the New York City skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Battery Park City features many bike-friendly paths, as well as large open spaces, such as The Teardrop Park, The Esplanade, The Washington Street Plaza, among others. 

For commuting, its residents can use the M9, M15, M15 SBS, M20, and M22 bus lines, the free bus service provided by the Downtown Alliance, and it is also easy to access the PATH station in the Financial District. Additionally, the Battery Park City Ferry Terminal connects the neighborhood to various points in New Jersey via ferry transportation.

Also, its proximity to the Financial District, makes Battery Park City a perfect spot for students and young professionals looking for networking opportunities.


If living in the business center of New York City is what you are looking for, then renting an apartment in Midtown can be a good choice. 

It might not be a quiet area, but the networking opportunities and options for leisure are innumerous!

In this vibrant neighborhood, you can find iconic and historical places such as St. Patrick's Cathedral, Times Square, the Empire State Building, and the Rockefeller Center. 

Also, important companies such as The New York Times, and NBC Universal are based there. But not everything is suits and ties, since Midtown is also known as the Theater District since many Broadway theaters are located there.

Because it is such a popular neighborhood, there are many transportation options. You can go to or from there by subway lines 1, 2, 3, 7, A, B, C, D, E, F, N, Q, R, W, and V.


SoHo is one of the trendiest districts of Manhattan, and this is because of its cultural, entrepreneurial, and artistic scene. 

The district of SoHo is part of the “Silicon Alley”, which refers to the tech startup scene in New York City. This expression groups a bunch of tech startups headquartered around the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan, near Madison Square Park. This makes SoHo a very attractive district for young professionals, digital nomads, and entrepreneurs.

It is also a top location for students of diverse fields. There are numerous colleges and universities in SoHo, such as The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the New York University - NYU, the International Culinary Center, the Arrojo Cosmetology School, among others. 

Last but not least, SoHo is easily accessible by public transportation. You can reach the neighborhood, or go from there to anywhere in the city by subway (there are plenty of stations, such as Canal St., Broadway-Lafayette St, and Franklin St, just to name a few). Or by the buses M1, M20, M55,  and X28.


Another artistic district of New York City is Chelsea. Characterized by its sophisticated architecture, high-rise buildings, and shopping options, Chelsea also hosts important companies such as Apple and Google. 

It is also a convenient location for students of the Fashion Institute of Technology, the University of College Education, and The City University of New York (CUNY).

Combining work or studies with leisure cannot be more ideal in Chelsea! 

First, it is very well connected by public transportation to other districts of Manhattan, served by a few subway lines, as well as by train, thanks to Penn Station and the PATH Train. 

Second, it has nice spots such as Chelsea Park, The Vessel, and The High-Line. And last but not least, many bars and restaurants make Chelsea's nightlife one of the best in the city. 


Situated across the archetypal Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO has become one of the most trendy boroughs of Northwestern Brooklyn. Characterized by cobblestone streets, and old warehouse buildings that were converted into fancy boutiques, and top-notch restaurants, with an amazing view of the waterfront.

Over the past decade, DUMBO shifted from being an industrial area to a picturesque neighborhood that attracts many young professionals, families, and tourists, and one of the reasons is also because it is conveniently located. It is easy to access from other areas of Brooklyn, or Manhattan since it is served by the F, and A/C subway lines, as well as by the East River Ferry. 

Another reason for being an attractive area of Brooklyn for young professionals, entrepreneurs, and digital nomads is because of the numerous startups and businesses based here, such as Etsy, Cityblock Health, and Work & Co.

For students, there are several colleges and universities nearby, such as the New York City College of Technology, the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and The Long Island University. 

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