Halfway to working in the US

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 18, 2011 12:20 AM GMT
    Okay, I have one more interview before going to get an E3 visa for work in SF (applaud now) icon_smile.gif

    The role is in the Russian Hill Open Space (?) area.

    So I have some questions on things to prepare for:
    * Accommodation
    I'm looking at a budget for accom at around $1000 to $2000 preferably in a one bedroom apt. Is there anything in particular (localities, apartment blocks) I should look at or avoid?

    Does anyone know of some serviced apartments or guest houses I could use in the meantime?

    * Bank Accounts
    I'm considering Bank of America for the moment, mainly because they have some relations with my Bank here in Australia. Is there a bank I'd be better off with?

    I'll possibly be getting over to the US around the end of January.

    Cheers.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 18, 2011 1:15 AM GMT
    I'd recommend finding yourself a local or national credit union to bank with. Expect to get screwed by US banks at least as badly as Ozzie ones, but credit unions seem to be pretty good in general. Paypal is a convenient, if not any cheaper, way of getting banks to get along when in comes to international fund transfers. And congratulations!!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 18, 2011 1:34 AM GMT
    I'm just thinking inside the box and perhaps someone from the area can provide a more honed search to what your looking for but

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/apa/ ---this is just to boot to see how prices are

    And perhaps

    http://www.apartmentfinder.com/California/San-Francisco

    when it comes to places to live, I found it usually to better to look and see for yourself also.

    As suggested above try for a credit union or smaller local bank, BoA is detect but they love to nickel and dime you for anything they can.

    Best of luck to you.

    Cheers!


  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 18, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    yourname2000 said
    sydney_cider said* Accommodation
    I'm looking at a budget for accom at around $1000 to $2000 preferably in a one bedroom apt.

    Is that even possible? --my sis lived there a few years back and was paying $1600 to rent the walk-in closet of someone's 2 bedroom apt (that had 3 other renters in it.)


    Well some of the places I've looked (Fillmore Centre, Archstone) seem to have 1 bedrooms for around $1700-1900 at the moment. There is also that Tower 737(?) But the apartments there are small.

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 18, 2011 4:46 AM GMT
    Friendsrbetter saidBy any chance do you bank with ANZ?? I used to work for them in L.A. about 30 years ago. At the time, they were the largest bank in the South Pacific.
    The branch I worked at only held commercial accounts like Levi-Strauss and De Beers Diamond Mines.
    Personally, if Bank of America were the only bank around, I'd stuff my money in my mattress....

    No I bank with Westpac Group (St George specifically)
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 18, 2011 5:15 AM GMT
    You can get decent 1 bedrooms for 1500$ on craigslist. I pay a lot less for mine because of rent contol and because it a junior 1 bedroom.

    HOWEVER.............

    My advice is......LIVE WITH SOMEBODY and pay rent month to month for 3-4 months. They will welcome you to the City.

    Apply for a credit card in your first week here. Pay the first 2-3 bills on time, so you have creidt established.

    Also buy a STREETWISE SF MAP.

    Get your bearings right, and thats easy because of the grid. Walk different hoods on the weekends and then commit to a 1 year lease in your own space.

    I assume you've heard of craigslist? Search for "rooms for rent" there.Generally you can expect to pay 1200$ to live with somebody else in a decent 2 bedroom.

    If you must have your own space, you can search for "apartments for rent"

    The Russiah Hill Open Space is NOT close to any Muni Metro Line (underground), so your public transport willl be the bus that runs up and down 47 / 49 Van Ness or the 19 Polk. Maybe the 10.

    Ideally you will find accomodation in Russian Hill/ North beach and can walk to work.

    Welcome to SF.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 18, 2011 5:24 AM GMT
    sundayswim saidYou can get decent 1 bedrooms for 1500$ on craigslist. I pay a lot less for mine because of rent contol and because it a junior 1 bedroom.

    HOWEVER.............

    My advice is......LIVE WITH SOMEBODY and pay rent month to month for 3-4 months. They will welcome you to the City.

    Apply for a credit card in your first week here. Pay the first 2-3 bills on time, so you have creidt established.

    Also buy a STREETWISE SF MAP.

    Get your bearings right, and thats easy because of the grid. Walk different hoods on the weekends and then commit to a 1 year lease in your own space.

    I assume you've heard of craigslist? Search for "rooms for rent" there.Generally you can expect to pay 1200$ to live with somebody else in a decent 2 bedroom.

    If you must have your own space, you can search for "apartments for rent"

    The Russiah Hill Open Space is NOT close to any Muni Metro Line (underground), so your public transport willl be the bus that runs up and down 47 / 49 Van Ness or the 19 Polk. Maybe the 10.

    Ideally you will find accomodation in Russian Hill/ North beach and can walk to work.

    Welcome to SF.


    Thanks for that. Very good advice. I'll see about sharing as well, though that would be an option reserved based on how much, how far and how long it takes to get to work. icon_smile.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 18, 2011 6:46 AM GMT
    I agree with sundayswim's advice.. Find a roommate. It will help reduce your expenses. You have somebody to pester for local info/advice. No long term obligations of staying in one place. The last part is nice because if you're not really liking the spot you're at, you can look for a new place/roommate.