This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide 1Z0-808 and have Jeanne Boyarsky & Scott Selikoff on-line! See this thread for details.
If this is New York City, you don't need a car. And you can rent a room share which is less expensive than an apartment. Or rent from someone who is out of town for a few months. In other words, it depends on where your hypothetical contract is.