I used to live in the Throgs Neck area in the Bronx, beautiful, quiet neighborhood; Brooklyn also has its charm;
Since you are a full time student you may want to consider an apartment that is close to your college;
What college you go to and what is your price range? I will be happy to help you find an apartment
Nadezhda "Nadia" Vicheva
Licensed RE Salesperson
Spire Group NY
I work with a lot of students getting their first place. I'd be happy to help. Send me an email or give me a call. I write a blog in which I answer quite a few student related real estate questions (EricNYCRealtor.blogspot.com)
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
400 E 84 St
New York, NY 10028
Have you worked with a real estate agent before? Are you familiar with the process of renting? If not, you can refer to this website for a general overview,
http://www.citi-habitats.com/rent-nyc-guide/. I'm not sure what your situation is but you may need a guarantor. Landlords we work with typically ask for your annual income to be 40x the monthly rent. There are cases where they take rent up front.
I have listings in Brooklyn and may be able to help. Give me a call or send me an email to discuss further.