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Man sparks debate after revealing he resorts to $89/night hostel to afford living in NYC

Friday, 08/12/2023, 16:44 (GMT+7)

In the big city of NYC, finding a good place to live is difficult given the high cost of living.

In the majority of videos shared on social media, it is shown that finding an affordable place to live in New York City can be challenging; the spaces are often tiny, even claustrophobic.

In a viral video on TikTok, the content creator known as Erik Von Conover sparked a debate after revealing that he pays $89 a night to afford to live in NYC.

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In a TikTok video, a man showcased his hotel room, priced at $89 a night for a hostel bunk. Image Credits: @erikconover/Tiktok

The video showed that he was living in a tiny space, similar to a jail cell. He also says that the relatively expensive living costs.

The high cost of rent in New York has forced him to pay an arm and a leg to live there.

In a TikTok video, a man showcased his hotel room, which appears to be an $89-a-night hostel bunk.

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The room is just 5 by 6 feet, including a single bed, a foldable desk, and cleverly tucked limited storage. Image Credits: @erikconover/Tiktok

The video quickly sparks debate regarding his living arrangements. While another said that he could choose a tiny dorm room instead of resorting to a $89/night hostel.

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The room also features a bathroom and kitchen communal facilities located just beyond Dylan’s quarters. Image Credits: @erikconover/Tiktok

His room had dimensions of just 5 by 6 feet, including a single bed, a foldable desk, and limited storage cleverly tucked above and below the sleeping area.

The video showed the "humble yet accommodating" nature of Dylan's space. He demonstrates just how snug the setup is. His even head and feet almost brush against the room's walls as he reclines.

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His space is described as 'humble yet accommodating'. Image Credits: @erikconover/Tiktok

Although a tiny space, the room also has a bathroom and kitchen communal facilities located just beyond Dylan’s quarters. While the living area is a shared zone among other guests,.

Before this, in Caleb's content, TikTok sensation Caleb Simpson visited the house of a young woman who lives on $500 a month for her studio apartment.

In the footage, Caleb starts off with his signature introduction when he appears to stop Egypt in the middle of the street:  'How much do you pay for rent in New York?'

Egypt responds, '$500.'

He then offers to visit her apartment, to which she agrees.

The video reveals her small studio, adorned in hues of pink. Confidently addressing everyone, she said, 'Welcome to my apartment.'

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Egypt shares a small living space for $ 500 a Month. Image Credits: calebwsimpson/Tiktok

The footage depicted her apartment divided by a curtain rod, separating her sleeping area from her living space.

The simple layout of her apartment revealed her bathroom, which has a shower and a sink.

Egypt shares the living space, pointing to a folding table and bright pink chair, as well as another surface for her to prepare food.

Egypt shares a small living space with a plastic sink, where she stores pot lids and other cooking utensils. To optimize the living space, she turned the wardrobe into a cooking space.

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Her apartment is decorated in pink tones so looks cute. Image Credits: calebwsimpson/Tiktok

The video continued, showing her clothes hung on a shelf across from the kitchen. She also filled the small space with shelves stocked with pantry staples, a toaster oven, and what looked like a small refrigerator.

She didn't have a kitchen sink, so she washed the dishes in this bucket in the shower.

Her apartment is decorated in pink tones. The video shows her tiny space outfitted with strawberry-print curtains and a fuchsia non-slip mat. Even the toilet seat and sink cabinet are pink.

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Egypt revealed that she washed her dirty dishes in a bucket in her shower because she didn't have a kitchen sink. Image Credits: calebwsimpson/Tiktok

The video shows the black and white Alaskan cat jumping from the medicine cabinet to the top of the air conditioner in the bathroom.

At the end of the tour, Caleb tested his bed and rated it a "reliable" 6/10.