The Cost of Living Musically in New York City

The Cost of Living Musically in New York City

New York City is considered to be one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in. Like the saying goes “if you can make it in New York, then you can make it anywhere.” The city life that New York has to offer can be ever harder to maintain, if you are a struggling musician. It takes years of very little pay, multiple jobs before many artists get some sort of recognition. With some savings in place and a steady income it is possible to make it, but let me just warn you that this path is not cheap.


Depending on the area of NYC that you decide to call home, a studio can cost you anywhere from $1200 to $3500. 1 bedroom apartments in Midtown NYC can be even more expensive, going as high as $5000 a month. As a musician you may be more inclined to save every penny and rent out the cheapest studio you can find.

Cost of Living

In generally coming from anywhere around the United States and moving to New York the cost of living is significantly higher. Things that you may find cheaper in your state or city can easily be twice the price in New York City. If you want to find out how prices in your area compare to prices in New York go here.


New York City is a busy city where everyone is constantly moving. Finding time to perfect your musical craft can be a struggle especially if you are working a 9-5 job to support yourself. You have to find the right balance for what you are doing now so that you can have time for what you intend to do in the future.