Hello, I have the opportunity to attend graduate school in Manhattan NY, however...... I am from the south where cost of living is relatively cheap. What living situation would be ideal for someone who needs to live outside the city and go to school in the city? What areas of living are "reasonable" in cost and close enough to commute daily? To put this in perspective a little, I rent in downtown Columbia SC, have 1000sqft for $500 a month. How much will your average rent be outside of the city for a single room apt.? Thanks Much for any input.