# Housing info for international students

#### Hien

maxrum said:
Sangfroid said:
Also, any idea how much it would cost to take a cab from JFk to Elmhurst?

They have a flat rate $45 if I'm correct. This is for yellow cab. There are a lot of other people proposing to give you a ride at JFK, but you'd better stay with yellow cabs. It's safer and cheaper. You might be able to save even more if you take the AirTrain to Jamaica station (about$5, I think), then from there take the subway to Elmhurst ($2)...you will cost you under$10. Might be abit inconvenient though.

http://www.panynj.gov/airtrain/

#### jimmycc

I live very close to that community; so, I know it very well.

It's a large Chinese community.

Banks
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3 HSBC's clustered in the same area
1 Citibank
China Trust
Asia Bank
North Fork
Chase

Subway
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Grand Ave/Newtown
R or V trains

Supermarket (All Chinese)
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Kam Lun
Hong Kong Supermarket
New York Supermarket

Tons of Chinese restaurants

Department Stores
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Target
Macy's
JC Penney
and alot of others in the mall

#### Andy Nguyen

maxrum said:
Sangfroid said:
My landlord just raised the rent by 50, and I have not even moved in ! Is inflation bad in NY or are they citing it as an excuse to raise prices?
It's a very strange landlord. Something is not right there. I never heard of raising rent by 50%.

#### Yiping_Wan

Any traffic search web?

Hi all,

I'm looking for house right now. I wonder if there is any traffic search engine for NY? I input start and end address, then the public transportation route will be provided.

I'm looking into Queens area, besides Elmhurst, is flushing, college point, Jamacia, etc convenient?

Best Regards
Yiping

#### Andy Nguyen

Hi Yiping,

I lived in Queens for several years. Of the neighborhoods you mention, Elmhurst is the most convenient to the city. Not only is it the closest, but depending on where you are, you may be able to access two subway corriders (both E/F/G/V and 7), which is handy if one of the lines is undergoing construction. A caution: large parts of Elmhurst are far from the subway line, so make sure you know the address of the place you're checking out. That makes a big difference in housing prices.

Both Flushing and Jamaica are a bit further away (e.g. 30+ minutes to mid-town MH).

College Point has no subway connection, no LIRR connection, etc. IMHO if you live in College point and don't have a car, you might as well be living on Mars.

Joe

#### Christian

Incoming students could do what I did when I came to NYC. Pack one small duffel bag two hours before you leave and have no job, or apartment when you arrive. It makes for a really interesting two weeks before you establish yourself. At least for me it did..

#### Bridgett

Hi all,

I'm looking for house right now. I wonder if there is any traffic search engine for NY? I input start and end address, then the public transportation route will be provided.

I'm looking into Queens area, besides Elmhurst, is flushing, college point, Jamacia, etc convenient?

Best Regards
Yiping

Certain parts of Elmhurst can be great - convient for one to get around and get to Manhattan and safe enough. So, be careful when selecting a spot in Elmhurst area. Besides Elmhurst, I also recommand areas like Woodside and Sunnyside, which both are in Queens as well. In my humble opinion, Flushing and College Point would be just a little bit too far away from Manhattan. And... I personally just don't feel too good about Jamaica. I don't see myself living in Jamaica anyway, but it's might just because I don't know anything about it. Hope this helps and let me know if you have more questions.

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