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Hi all,

I'm to soon move to the company I work for's site in Parsippany from the UK, first time I'll have worked or lived in another country from the UK so rather excited/nervous at the same time!

Hoping for advice on possible places to live, budget for rent would be $800-$850 a month and I'm only interested in renting (appreciate this budget won't get me a palace!). Would prefer not a great distance to commute to work but I'd be prepared to commute up to 30 mins (will have a car) if I had somewhere which had good transport links into NYC as NYC is my main motivation for moving!

Would be moving on my own (no wife or kids) and I'm 24 so obviously somewhere with places to socialise - nightlife, sports clubs i can join etc would be preferred.

Anyone who's made the the change from UK to New Jersey that can share their experience (good or bad) would be great!

Appreciate any advice!

Thanks!
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Hi there and welcome to BE! We have several members who live in New Jersey and if you search the forum I think you'll find some threads on this very topic. Best of luck in your future planning and let me know if I can help you find your way around (I'm the "Concierge" aka tourguide for the US section of BE).
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Hi all,

I'm to soon move to the company I work for's site in Parsippany from the UK, first time I'll have worked or lived in another country from the UK so rather excited/nervous at the same time!

Hoping for advice on possible places to live, budget for rent would be $800-$850 a month and I'm only interested in renting (appreciate this budget won't get me a palace!). Would prefer not a great distance to commute to work but I'd be prepared to commute up to 30 mins (will have a car) if I had somewhere which had good transport links into NYC as NYC is my main motivation for moving!

Would be moving on my own (no wife or kids) and I'm 24 so obviously somewhere with places to socialise - nightlife, sports clubs i can join etc would be preferred.

Anyone who's made the the change from UK to New Jersey that can share their experience (good or bad) would be great!

Appreciate any advice!

Thanks!
Hi and welcome to BE.

When we moved here we lived near Parsippany...in Morris Plains. Parsippany itself isn't too nice IMO but there are nicer areas within your commute time.

I'm really not sure what you will get for $800...we paid over $2K for a 3 bed duplex 15 years ago. Utilities are not usually included in the rent.
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Hi and welcome to BE.

When we moved here we lived near Parsippany...in Morris Plains. Parsippany itself isn't too nice IMO but there are nicer areas within your commute time.

I'm really not sure what you will get for $800...we paid over $2K for a 3 bed duplex 15 years ago. Utilities are not usually included in the rent.
sorry meant to say a 1 bed flat/apartment is all i'm looking for, more interested in which area to aim for!

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sorry meant to say a 1 bed flat/apartment is all i'm looking for, more interested in which area to aim for!

thanks!
I assumed as you are single you would be looking for a 1 bed. You are probably best to contact a realtor...they will have rental listings. They will give you advice on area. I can't help you there I'm afraid as we rented directly from the developer.
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It looks like a 1 bedroom starts at about $1,000 per month in that area. You'll probably have to find a studio to get into your desired price range.

http://4wallsinnj.com/parsippany-apartments.htm
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It looks like a 1 bedroom starts at about $1,000 per month in that area. You'll probably have to find a studio to get into your desired price range.

http://4wallsinnj.com/parsippany-apartments.htm
thanks, seems my set budget was more in hope then expectation! (wanted to keep beer money at a max!) $1000-1100 is ok budget wise - I've heard Morristown would be an ideal area? Anyone any experience of this area?
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Welcome to BE and good luck with the move!

The wiki has a lot of good info in what to look for in a relocation package as well as the broing stuff like credit history, banking and all that stuff.

Quite a few general threads about NY and NJ which you might want to look at, most are related to families, but you can get some idea about some expenses people are seeing, especially as having a car isn't cheap.
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thanks, seems my set budget was more in hope then expectation! (wanted to keep beer money at a max!) $1000-1100 is ok budget wise - I've heard Morristown would be an ideal area? Anyone any experience of this area?
Some areas are good...some are not. There's a gang problem in some areas. I think you'll have to pay 4 figures for something decent. Google rentals...it will give you an idea.
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If you want to go out and have any type of social life then live in Morristown.

If you don't mind the commute (and it is a reverse commute which is better) you should consider Hoboken but the rents are high. The nightlife is excellent and you have NYC right next door.

The rest of the towns in NJ are just full of families, doing family things and all tucked up in bed by 9pm..... you will want to to kill yourself.
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Originally Posted by oasisfan View Post
Hi all,

I'm to soon move to the company I work for's site in Parsippany from the UK, first time I'll have worked or lived in another country from the UK so rather excited/nervous at the same time!

Hoping for advice on possible places to live, budget for rent would be $800-$850 a month and I'm only interested in renting (appreciate this budget won't get me a palace!). Would prefer not a great distance to commute to work but I'd be prepared to commute up to 30 mins (will have a car) if I had somewhere which had good transport links into NYC as NYC is my main motivation for moving!

Would be moving on my own (no wife or kids) and I'm 24 so obviously somewhere with places to socialise - nightlife, sports clubs i can join etc would be preferred.

Anyone who's made the the change from UK to New Jersey that can share their experience (good or bad) would be great!

Appreciate any advice!

Thanks!
Hi and welcome the BE.

I am a newbie too moving to Madison NJ this time next week ARG!

We were told to use gsmls.com to see what homes were coming up for rental. Also remax.com is good.

Watch yourself with the car we have just had some insurance quotes which were unbelievable as we are new to New Jersey they have no record of credit OR driving ability so they insure you as a new driver and your no claims bonus isn't accepted!

Good luck
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Welcome to BE!
when we moved here 5 years ago, we opted for Morristown - good links to NY, nightlife.

Try zillow.com , and also look at apartmentratings.com, to read reviews on rental apartment complexes in Parsippany.

Parsippany , in my opinion isn't well located for transport to NY, or known for it's nightlife - you would need a car from day 1.

and yes, insurance is expensive, our 8 years no claims meant nothing here, and our 6 month premium, on a 3 year old non-premium car was about $1200. Now it's down to 750 for two cars.

Utilities like gas/water can be included. But it's not cheap so budget , for a 1-bed, about 150-200 dollars a month for it.

One thing we noticed when we first arrived was that the basics - bread (and Don't get me started on the sweet bread out here), milk , eggs were a lot more expensive than the UK.
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thanks, seems my set budget was more in hope then expectation! (wanted to keep beer money at a max!) $1000-1100 is ok budget wise - I've heard Morristown would be an ideal area? Anyone any experience of this area?
Try also craigslist for rentals. Morristown's not bad - certainly more fun for young single people than Parsippany, which is just a bit blah, rather than having anything really badly wrong with it. We used to live in a historic district (our house was built in 1875) called Mount Tabor which was technically in Parsippany but nearer to Denville. We also lived in Hoboken for a year, so I second that suggestion that you might want to consider it.
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