I will be moving to New York next Fall for school , any good advice?

I need to know how much living expenses will be (I will be in the Brooklyn area)...how are those cheap apts. the ones that are in the $800-900 range (do they have rats) ?..How safe is it there?...Is it tough to get a good part time job there?..man I have soo many questions, this will be the first time I live on my... show more I need to know how much living expenses will be (I will be in the Brooklyn area)...how are those cheap apts. the ones that are in the $800-900 range (do they have rats) ?..How safe is it there?...Is it tough to get a good part time job there?..man I have soo many questions, this will be the first time I live on my own and I'm moving 3,000 miles away to a HUGE city from my little beach town!! Can someone help me just get an idea of what it will be like over there?
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