I am considering taking a job in either Chicago or NYC, however, I am concerned that the cost of living would be simply too high in NYC to even consider that location. Although I would likely be working in downtown Chicago or Manhattan at either job, I would prefer to live outside of the city in a suburb (prefarably in a studio apartment). I know that many forum members live in or near NYC, and my question is this: "Is it possible to find an apartment within reasonable distance from Manhattan that is in a safe area and costs around $700 or $800 per month (excluding utilities)?" Please note here that I'm not limiting myself to New York, but would also consider New Jersey, Connecticut, etc. Any info you could provide would be greatly appreciated!