Is it possible to find a real apartment in Boston for $600 and less per month?

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    Jan 08, 2013 4:12 AM GMT
    I've been considering moving to Boston, but looking on craigslist everything that's under $1,000 a month are shared units and people looking for roommates for the same price I'm paying for a 1 bedroom apartment.

    http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/abo/3520346661.html
    http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/abo/3529094984.html
    http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/abo/3526724477.html

    Also, I'm not really into living in 'buildings' but complexes. Where in the city would those types of places be and would it be considered far off? I had visited Boston once downtown and the area around Fenway.
  • ohioguy12

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    Jan 10, 2013 12:36 AM GMT
    No, if you're looking for a decent 1 bedroom, expect to pay at least $1200. Even if you're sharing a 1 or 2 bedroom, expect to pay at least $700
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    Jan 10, 2013 12:38 AM GMT
    No—$1100-1200 is the very cheapest for a 1 bedroom. But you can find roommates easily enough.
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    Jan 10, 2013 12:38 AM GMT
    AHAHAHAHAHA NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    My first apartment was $2200 and that was average

    Then I was put on a list and two years later I got a apartment for $1200 a month then It went up to $1300 a month....And that was an AMAZING DEAL!

    You want to pay $600 get roommates...a box on Newbury street costs $800 per month,

    GOOD LUCK!

  • Jan 10, 2013 12:55 AM GMT
    $600? icon_eek.gif
  • billbos

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    Jan 10, 2013 1:54 AM GMT
    My first apartment in Boston was $600. That was 1989. I can't imagine you cud get an apartment for that rate in any city.
  • LJay

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    Jan 10, 2013 1:58 AM GMT
    I seriously doubt it. Try the extreme ends of the T and good luck. It is just plain expensive up there, but a great place and worth it if you can swing living there!.
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    Jan 10, 2013 2:19 AM GMT
    Just put out.
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    Jan 10, 2013 2:21 AM GMT
    I lived in Fenway and paid 1400/month. Then moved to Newton where I had 2 roommates and paid 500/month. Depends on location and if you're willing to have some cool roommates.
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    Jan 10, 2013 2:24 AM GMT
    Wow. $1,200/mo was the average price for a basic one bedroom in Manhattan 20 years ago. (And renting out the bedroom only in a nice one bedroom was at the very least $500 25 years ago.)
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    Jan 10, 2013 2:26 AM GMT
    Build a nest egg. Save lots of money, and don't spend much when you get there.
  • calibro

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    Jan 10, 2013 2:35 AM GMT
    Narciso saidJust put out.


    this isn't chuck e cheese
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    Jan 10, 2013 2:39 AM GMT
    calibro said
    Narciso saidJust put out.


    this isn't chuck e cheese


    Hey it worked for a free cheese pizza and a roll of tickets it'll work for an apartment icon_confused.gif
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 10, 2013 2:42 AM GMT
    Narciso said
    calibro said
    Narciso saidJust put out.


    this isn't chuck e cheese


    Hey it worked for a free cheese pizza and a roll of tickets it'll work for an apartment icon_confused.gif


    Damn, can I go with you to Chuck E Cheese. I want to be able to get free food from your rewards*.
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 10, 2013 2:43 AM GMT
    $600 dollars that's sounds way too cheap for Boston but good luck!
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    Jan 10, 2013 2:44 AM GMT
    TheAlchemixt said
    Narciso said
    calibro said
    Narciso saidJust put out.


    this isn't chuck e cheese


    Hey it worked for a free cheese pizza and a roll of tickets it'll work for an apartment icon_confused.gif


    Damn, can I go with you to Chuck E Cheese. I want to be able to get free food from your rewards*.


    I'll have to pimp you out at the ball pit
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 10, 2013 2:55 AM GMT
    Narciso said
    TheAlchemixt said
    Narciso said
    calibro said
    Narciso saidJust put out.


    this isn't chuck e cheese


    Hey it worked for a free cheese pizza and a roll of tickets it'll work for an apartment icon_confused.gif


    Damn, can I go with you to Chuck E Cheese. I want to be able to get free food from your rewards*.


    I'll have to pimp you out at the ball pit


    Haha, okay then! I'm willing to learn if it's from a pro!
  • calibro

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    Jan 10, 2013 3:41 AM GMT
    Narciso said
    calibro said
    Narciso saidJust put out.


    this isn't chuck e cheese


    Hey it worked for a free cheese pizza and a roll of tickets it'll work for an apartment icon_confused.gif


    amateur. i get toppings on mine
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Jan 10, 2013 6:17 AM GMT
    We don't even have decent one-bedrooms in Kansas City for $600 unless you are willing to live in less desirable far out areas or in crime ridden neighborhoods.

    You are hot with a smokin body .... I think the put out suggestion is best shot if you can't increase your budget. icon_biggrin.gif

  • Jan 10, 2013 6:35 AM GMT
    if you want to live in a crack house
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    Jan 10, 2013 4:32 PM GMT
    Short answer: Hell no.


    In all seriousness: If you find something that cheap, and its not a roommate situation--- run away. Its probably in a unsafe part of town, condemned, or a scam. If you need to keep your costs down, you'll probably need to be in a roommate situation.

    Some of the places you are linking really arent "Boston" (Winthrop, Watertown, ), they are suburbs that really are gonna require you to hoof it a ways to public transit or require a car.

    Somerville is tricky, either you're close to the subway or you arent... same for Cambridge.

    Good luck, but I'd suggest looking for 2-3 bedrooms looking for a roommate, and expect in the 800-1100 range for anything remotely livable IMO.
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    Jan 10, 2013 8:30 PM GMT
    $600 ? in Boston ? on your own? No way.

    I pay $700 a month to split a nice three bedroom with two other guys in Brookline.

    The lowest rent any of my friends pay for a decent studio or one bedroom in a neighborhood with subway access is about $1100 and that's not a great place by any means.
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    Jan 10, 2013 8:38 PM GMT
    billbos saidMy first apartment in Boston was $600. That was 1989. I can't imagine you cud get an apartment for that rate in any city.


    Well the place I live in now is a condo being rented out as an apartment. It's 1 bedroom, and has balcony, w/d and is less than $600. Yes, less than $600. And it's by no means in a bad area of town...it's like family-suburb areas.

    I also used to have a similiar apartment for $495 but that was in another state as well. You can find an apartment in Florida some areas for $600 1 bedroom...but similiar to the northeast, it won't be the best place. But you can find something nice for maybe $700 depending on where you're at.

    chrisatbc said
    I pay $700 a month to split a nice three bedroom with two other guys in Brookline.


    That sounds alot to pay to live with someone, let alone 2 people. Does it also include utilities?
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    Jan 10, 2013 8:54 PM GMT
    Dude- you can't find a decent apartment in Rapid City, SD for that price. God forbid Boston.
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    Jan 10, 2013 9:06 PM GMT
    FuzzyPecs25 said
    billbos saidMy first apartment in Boston was $600. That was 1989. I can't imagine you cud get an apartment for that rate in any city.


    Well the place I live in now is a condo being rented out as an apartment. It's 1 bedroom, and has balcony, w/d and is less than $600. Yes, less than $600. And it's by no means in a bad area of town...it's like family-suburb areas.

    I also used to have a similiar apartment for $495 but that was in another state as well. You can find an apartment in Florida some areas for $600 1 bedroom...but similiar to the northeast, it won't be the best place. But you can find something nice for maybe $700 depending on where you're at.

    chrisatbc said
    I pay $700 a month to split a nice three bedroom with two other guys in Brookline.


    That sounds alot to pay to live with someone, let alone 2 people. Does it also include utilities?


    Are you serious? $495? In another STATE? How ever did you manage that???????? icon_rolleyes.gif