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The Hunt: Every "The Hunt" column begins with the Hunters describing the apartment they want, and ends with them rationalizing whatever they came away with. This is The Hunt: Dreams vs. Reality
The Hunter: An NYU nursing student from California.
Dream: $1,600 a month
Reality: $2,395 a month
Dream: Kips Bay
Reality: Murray Hill
Dream: An apartment
Reality: A studio
This week's Hunter is a student at the New York University College of Nursing from Orange County, California. She was transferring from a community college back home because she thought New York City would provide better, more diverse training. She thought student housing would be too expensive and flirted with the idea of an apartment before looking at studios. She started looking at listings in the $1,600 range, but after looking at units including a sixth-floor walk-up on the Upper East Side, raised her budget to $2,400. She found a sunny studio in the 30s in Murray Hill for $2,395. She and her parents paid a year's rent in advance to get around the guarantor route. She can walk to class and her volunteering. She doesn't plan to stay in New York, however. "I don't want to be broke for the rest of my life because I can't afford rent here," she told the Times. [The Hunt/ In Murray Hill, the 'Aha!' Apartment]