15 Hostels in New York City, USA

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in New York City, USA. You can choose from 15 New York City hostels. In total, there are 64 cheap places to stay in New York City such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $36 for a dorm.

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New York City Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in New York City, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.

Total number of hostels


Average dorm price


Average private room price


Cheapest hostel in New York City


(The Brooklyn Riviera is the cheapest)

Party hostels in New York City

Oh no, zero party hostels here!

Most New York City hostels are located in

Manhattan - Upper West Side, Manhattan, Brooklyn

Average rating of all hostels


Hostels in New York City for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Get to know New York City (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in New York City. To help you make friends with New York City before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? New York City is also named and spelled NYC - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.


New York is the city that never sleeps and is one of the most exciting cities in the world. It consists of five boroughs: Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

The most central and convenient location for hostels in New York is Manhattan where most of the major attractions are located. Be aware that hostels might be quite expensive here; if you are on a budget it might be reasonable to look for a hostel in one of the other boroughs.

Manhattan itself offers a wide variety of attractions and neighborhoods, including the hip district of Greenwich Village, the posh Upper East Side, the eclectic Chinatown, or the impressive Financial District. You can pretty much stay at any New York hostel since getting around is not a problem thanks to the comprehensive subway and public transport system. Just make sure that you always check the final destination when taking the metro and be aware that some of the trains are express trains and might not stop at your destination.

When booking your NYC hostel consider spending at least a few days or longer in this amazing city; go shopping and dining, experience a Broadway show, enjoy a sunny day in Central Park, and check out some of the impressive art museums.

Written by local enthusiast for New York City hostels

Written by local enthusiast for New York City hostels Mona

Other Nearby Cities
Jersey City Jersey City (6 Km / 4 mi.)
Union City Union City (7 Km / 5 mi.)
North Bergen North Bergen (10 Km / 6 mi.)
Newark Newark (14 Km / 9 mi.)
Elizabeth Elizabeth (18 Km / 11 mi.)
Island Park Island Park (32 Km / 20 mi.)
Whippany Whippany (37 Km / 23 mi.)

FAQ about New York City Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in New York City. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in New York City. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

Find your quick answer here
FAQ about New York City Hostels

A hostel in New York City costs on average $40 for a dorm. A hostel in New York City with private rooms costs on average $87.

Hostelz.com shows all 15 Hostels in New York City. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.

Freehand New York is the best hostel in New York City for couples.

Freehand New York and The Local NY are the best rated hostels in New York City for female solo travellers.

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Travel Tips for New York City - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking New York City. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of New York City. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

I have visited NYC nine times and am going for ten. It is a totally the best city in the western hemisphere. I love the hustle and bustle -- so many things to see. They have a great subway system but it takes time to figure it out. I have been to the Letterman Show (won tickets). It's a great city -- go to New York. You'll love it -- I guarantee it.


It is the best city in the world and I dream of it everyday. Get the Manhattan map and ride the subways. Everybody is so friendly and gives you directions on the streets -- from the cops to the wealthy business people. There is always something to do and lots of things to do for free like the sightseeing. Get a weekly pass for $27 at LGA when you arrive or at Penn Station. Call the MTA and get directions to wherever you want to go. Ride the free ferry to Staten Island -- a free, close look at Statue of Liberty. Go to the pier in the Greenwich Village. Go eat lunch in Central Park. Take a little extra money and shop at the big street fair on Saturdays in the same area in the summer and spring. It moves to a different location each weekend so ask where it is. I l love New York! Can't you tell?


When you are in New York City, always have quarters so you can ride the buses easily.


New York is my city, I love it. There are a lot of nice people!


I captured the most amazing pictures from the NY Waterway Tour -- take the ninety-minute water tour. It's the best! NY Waterway was awesome!


Dont get too drunk, because the subway system can get confusing if you're not familiar with it.


I went on a great tour. We went to three clubs in Greenwich Village and heard three live bands.


It's the best city in the world!


All I can say is wow! To experience the state of mind that is New York is incredible.


New York for me is the best city in the world. I would recommend it to everybody.


It's hot in the summertime. The subway is stinky and sweaty.


Take a good pair of walking shoes, and even in May you will want to bring a jacket!


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Your Packing List for New York City

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for New York City and USA.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Your Packing List for New York City