All of those numbers are calculated using citywide averages. Fortunately, there is another statistic that recent college graduates should be aware of, as it does represent some good news. According to a Forbes study, the average starting salary for someone who earned a Bachelor's degree in the United States in 2013 was $45,000 per year. And that was a jump up of more than 5% over the 2012 rate. Obviously, it's great to see salaries going up, and by a solid margin. However, that also puts a typical four-year college grad above the worrisome pay threshold that Stringer mentioned. Plus, that $45,000/year is a national average. New York City residents average a higher salary than the typical U.S. worker, so college grads can still make it in work New York.
Because we've been able to optimize space and reimagine apartments to create comfortable rooms, RoomMatchers is providing housing at rates that come in well below average figures. (And we’re not renting out a place like the one that showed up in a recent Curbed.com post, describing an $800-per-month, 55-square-foot “apartment”—if it can be called that—in Manhattan’s Financial District.)
Rooms from RoomMatchers cost about $1,200 a month and you get an 80-square-foot private room with a roommate match. Plus-unlike that spot in the Financial District-you will have a bathroom in the apartment, as well as a kitchen. This calculator from the popular blog NakedApartments.com indicates that RoomMatchers room rates are affordable for the four-year college grad earning that average $45,000/year. So, comparatively speaking, RoomMatchers’ rates are an incredible bargain and allow you to live in the city of your dreams while you establish yourself professionally and work towards owning your own home.
We’re proud of what we provide-and we don’t have to actually advertise over and over again that the rooms have both “hot and cold water.”