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There is a great deal of variation between different cities in the US when it comes to accomodation, transportation, weather, and culture. This section presents important details and key points about a handful of the major US cities.
Known as the culture center and financial capital of the world, New York City is the most populous city in the US with so much to do and experience. As the city that never sleeps, it offers 24/7 public transportation. In a city known for its diversity, there is much one can do to experience the unique cultural blend that the city has to offer. Exchange visitors can easily fill up their after-work and weekend schedule with fulfilling experiences.
Weather. The weather in NYC can vary wildly depending on the time of the year. Temperatures can be as low as 26 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter, while going as high as 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer, on average.

• Late fall and winter: Bitterly cold with snow fall typically occurring between late December and early March
• Spring and summer: Warm and humid
• Summer and early fall: Tropical storms and hurricanes from the south can make their way to NYC

What to wear. New York City weather is quite varied by season. Spring and summer tend to be hot and humid so light clothes (e.g., t-shirts and shorts) work well. Winters can be cold with mushy road conditions, especially when it snows. Exchange visitors who intern in NYC during the wintertime are suggested to bring extra winter gear (e.g., jackets, scarves, boots). For other times, wear clothes such as long-sleeve shirts, sweaters, and long pants.

Where to live. While Manhattan is where the majority of New Yorkers work, most choose to live and commute from other places for lower cost of living. Residents of the outer boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx) can take the subway or (Staten Island) the ferry. Long Islanders can use the LIRR for commuting, while New Jersey residents rely on the PATH train and upstate New Yorkers can use MetroNorth to travel and work in the city. Exchange visitors who choose to reside in Manhattan should budget at least $3,000 per month for rent. If you live in the outer boroughs, allocate at least $1,500 per month for rent. For less expensive options, consider sub-leasing, sharing an apartment with others, or outlying areas. Examples of neighborhoods outside of Manhattan include the following.

• Astoria & Long Island City (Queens, NY): Right across the river from Manhattan, these are up and coming neighborhoods that are seeing lots of development in the coming decades. Initially a Greek area, it is now a melting pot of cultures. Note: Long Island City is not the same as Long Island.

• Flushing & Brooklyn Chinatown Areas (Queens/Brooklyn, NY): With a large East Asian population, these neighborhoods are densely populated and accessible to the rest of the city. Not only do they have vast public transit options, but they also feature many stores that cater to the local East Asian culture.

• Forest Hills & Rego Park (Queens, NY): Being located closer to Manhattan than Flushing, this area features numerous large shopping centers (QCM, Rego Center). With countless restaurants and outdoor eateries, the food options in this area are endless. The population is mixed, with young and old families alike choosing to reside here.

• Jersey City & Hoboken (NJ): Many young professionals have chosen to make this area their home. With new high-rise buildings popping up, prospective residents will have a great view of Manhattan. Keep in mind, however, that prices here can be higher than Brooklyn and Queens.