Hostels in New York City, USA

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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

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?

A hostel in New York City costs on average $63 for a dorm. A hostel in New York City with private rooms costs on average $188. shows all 28 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. compares prices for 28 hostels in New York City, USA. We list for you other cheap places to stay in New York City such as
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Your Packing List for New York City

Your Packing List for New York City

Pack smart, not hard

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:

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

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.
28 Total number of hostels
$63 Average dorm price
$188 Average private room price
$35 Cheapest hostel in New York City
The Brooklyn Riviera is the cheapest
1 Party hostels in New York City
West Side YMCA is the best rated
Most New York City hostels are located in
Manhattan - Upper West Side, Manhattan - Chelsea, Manhattan
5.2 Average rating of all hostels

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Island Park (32 Km / 20 mi.)

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!

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