The Search

5 Manhattan studios for less than $3,000 a month

Austin Havens-Bowen
By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
March 16, 2022 - 9:30AM

This Yorkville studio is listed for $2,450. it has three closets and a separate kitchen. 


If you’re looking for a deal on a rental apartment in Manhattan, you might want to consider a studio. These apartments are seeing less demand these days because many renters want a separate room for working from home. 

Studios also saw a median rent of $2,600 last month, much lower than the borough’s median rent of $3,630, according to the Elliman Report. And you have plenty of options: There are currently 478 studios for less than the borough’s median rental price listed on StreetEasy.   

Concerned about living in a small space with an open layout? Search for studios with sleeping alcoves, lofts, dressing areas, and separate kitchens. These layouts make living in studio apartments much easier, especially if you work from home. You can also invest in a Murphy bed and multi-use furniture to maximize your layout. 

To help with your search, here are five Manhattan studios for less than $3,000 a month in Central Harlem, East Village, Yorkville, Upper West Side, and NoMad. 

60 West 142nd St., #7K, Central Harlem 

This no-fee studio is listed for $1,960. Apartment #7K has parquet floors, oversized windows, stainless steel appliances, two closets, a dressing area, and an AC is provided for $26 a month. Amenities include a laundry room, package room, and bike storage. Brigadier General Charles Young Playground and Sweet Mama’s are nearby.

222 First Ave., #5C, East Village

This studio is listed for $2,050. The renovated apartment has hardwood floors, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances, and a storage space. Stuyvesant Square Park and Trader Joe’s are nearby. 

221 East 82nd St., #5C, Yorkville 

This studio is listed for $2,450. Apartment #5C has hardwood floors, three closets, a Juliet balcony, and separate kitchen. Amenities include a live-in super and laundry room. Levain Bakery and The Met are nearby. 

24 West 75th St., #2B, Upper West Side

This studio is listed for $2,600. Apartment #2B has a wraparound loft, high ceilings, hardwood floors, exposed brick, a decorative fireplace, storage space, balcony, and separate kitchen with a dishwasher. Central Park and Pappardella are nearby.  

284 Fifth Ave., #7A, NoMad 

This studio is listed for $2,950. The co-op has high ceilings, moldings, built-ins, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, two closets, and a decorative fireplace. Amenities include a laundry room, virtual doorman, and live-in super. Madison Square Park and Koreatown are nearby. 


Austin Havens-Bowen

Austin Havens-Bowen


Austin Havens-Bowen is a writer and reporter. He previously covered local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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