All roads lead to NYC... Towns north of Hoboken such as Weehawken, West New York and Guttenberg have great bus service into NYC--all day all night. The apartments are less expensive than a similar unit in Hoboken. We office just rented a 2 large bedroom with terrace, breakfast bar and garage parking for $1400 in Guttenberg. It would be twice that in Hoboken.
If you need the PATH, Jersey City may be your best option. Neighborhoods such as the Square, Grove St or Newport may be perfect. Downtown tends to mimic Hoboken prices. JC also has lots of bus/ferry/light rail service to NYC and or transportation hubs.
It really depends on your work location and your needs and wants. I would be happy to send you a list of transportation and other helpful links.
209 Washington St
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Office: 201 653-3933
I hope this helps.
Prudential Castle Point Realty
203 Washington Street