While the city's the least dangerous it's been in decades, safety's still a consideration, especially if you're moving to an unfamiliar area. Due diligence is a must: Do your research, both online (tips on that here) and in person; visit a potential new apartment during the day and night to get a sense of what it's like at all hours and how well-lit and populated the streets will be if you're coming home late. It might look busy during office hours when you're not even in your apartment, and dreary and isolated at night. Insidermonkey experts made a list of rent by neighborhood in NYC: 10 cheapest places to rent for students.
With that in mind, we've compiled a comprehensive—though by no means absolute, as pockets of the city shift and develop at lightning speed—list of the 10 best neighborhoods for newly minted grads. Each one is scored on a 5-point rankings scale–with 5 being the best–on measures that may be important to twenty somethings, like nightlife, length of commute, and yes, Mom and Dad, who may be chipping in or acting as guarantors and concerned, among other things, about safety. You can also check our list of Uber, Lyft, Gett, Juno, Via: Best NYC Taxi Alternatives.