Wow Yun, you're paying 1180? Did you get the 2br converted to a 3? How much are the other guys paying?
Stuytown is one of those places that requires a cosigner and does not allow you to put down a deposit instead. Their rent is usually 1250 a person (give or take 100 depending onhow you divide up the rent) You can check them out at http://www.stuytown.com/
Waterside can work out to about 1350 a person (again, give or take 100 or so depending on how you end up dividing the rent). They let you put down a deposit or get a cosigner. You can check them out at http://watersideplaza.com/
Kips bay is the most conveniently located but it's also the most expensive (still can get under 1500 a person if you get roommates). You can check it out at http://www.kipsbaycourt.com/