I don't rent - live outside the city in a house but i do follow the real estate market very closely here. not sure how warsaw compares to NYC - but it probably is way cheaper but NYC is not a typical large city when it comes to rent my point is that if someone thinks they will get a very nice apartment, fully furnished for a couple of hundred bucks - they are wrong. yes you can rent for a couple of hundred but you will be in a shitty building with furniture that you don't want to look at or touch. You can also find a huge house with a pool for a 1,000 bucks - but again you probably won't want to rent it due to the distance to the city and the quality of the house. A clean, 60 m2 apartment, in a decent kamienica will run you about 550 - 700 usd. When i first came out here - i was paying 700 usd for a decent 35 m2 apartment. The prices have dropped as the expat community went away. The xchange rate sucks so most landlords just changed dollars to euros. You can still find a decent apartment for 400 usd but most likely in ursynow or in a large apartment complex - which won't give you the feel of eastern europe. in terms of szucha - i have been in a few of those apartments ( melody house is the first to come into mind ) but those apartments are super expensive, with low ceilings, claustrphobic and totally over priced. For me it is stary mokotow or nothing.