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  • Joeyphx444

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    Feb 28, 2010 10:18 AM GMT
    So I currently live in the dorms and I wanna finally move out into real apartments. It's hard to find a roommate and I don't want to live with just anyone if anyone at all. So is it possible to live alone these days at a reasonable price? I figure most places will still be way less than what the dorm charges

    And what makes an apartment good vs horrible?
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    Feb 28, 2010 8:45 PM GMT
    I dunno, Jmuscle...you'll have plenty of years to live in an apt. But only ~4 to live in your college dorm with a bunch of crazy guys your age.
    The semester is nearly done - concentrate on finding a dorm roomie you like better for next fall.

    Just saying.
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    Feb 28, 2010 9:07 PM GMT
    Beaux saidI dunno, Jmuscle...you'll have plenty of years to live in an apt. But only ~4 to live in your college dorm with a bunch of crazy guys your age.
    The semester is nearly done - concentrate on finding a dorm roomie you like better for next fall.

    Just saying.
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    word....
    *stares at the ceiling remembering*...oh the shitz me and mah roomies use to do in college. we wuz fukin wild....lolz. chicks booze mischief poker clubs frat partes surfin....ah the college days icon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 28, 2010 9:10 PM GMT
    maybe he doesn't fancy being the "fag of the house" .
  • jgymnast733

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    Feb 28, 2010 9:10 PM GMT
    With the economy being still in the toilet, apartment renters are more than happy to come down in price...A less expensive apartment is better than an empty one any day, if you can get an apartment with lights/gas included thats even better....
    Dont be afraid to venture into up and coming neighborhoods, thankfully my family had the vision to invest in brownstones in harlem in the early 70's,one property cost $18,ooo,,,,today you cant by anything in harlem for less than $3Million........Have forsight,,,
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    Feb 28, 2010 9:12 PM GMT
    Jmuscle33 saidSo I currently live in the dorms and I wanna finally move out into real apartments. It's hard to find a roommate and I don't want to live with just anyone if anyone at all. So is it possible to live alone these days at a reasonable price? I figure most places will still be way less than what the dorm charges

    And what makes an apartment good vs horrible?


    Since you say "dorms" I'm assuming you're a student? Don't know about the US but, anywhere in the UK (especially London) forget it. No chance. Nil point.
  • Joeyphx444

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    Feb 28, 2010 9:31 PM GMT
    Beaux saidI dunno, Jmuscle...you'll have plenty of years to live in an apt. But only ~4 to live in your college dorm with a bunch of crazy guys your age.
    The semester is nearly done - concentrate on finding a dorm roomie you like better for next fall.

    Just saying.
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    OK first off, I don't have a roommate. Most of the people on my floor are freshmen girls. My floor is pretty quiet and nice. I am junior in college so dorms are old news now. I never lived in the stereotypical dorms you are thinking of.
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    Feb 28, 2010 10:03 PM GMT
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    Beaux saidI dunno, Jmuscle...you'll have plenty of years to live in an apt. But only ~4 to live in your college dorm with a bunch of crazy guys your age.
    The semester is nearly done - concentrate on finding a dorm roomie you like better for next fall.

    Just saying.
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    OK first off, I don't have a roommate. Most of the people on my floor are freshmen girls. My floor is pretty quiet and nice. I am junior in college so dorms are old news now. I never lived in the stereotypical dorms you are thinking of.


    OMG, like, freshman girls, like [insert squeal here].
    I'd rather take a header from the 4th floor onto a thumb tack.

    I was remembering communal showers, guys walking around and stopping by to visit wearing just their underwear, locking each other out buck naked, and etc...

    If the rent is cheaper in an apt and you dont' have to commute it sounds like a step up from the girls' dorm. icon_wink.gif
  • FriscoJansen

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    Feb 28, 2010 10:13 PM GMT
    When I first looked for an apt. years ago I made sure that it had a washer.dryer in the apt. and that it was reasonably priced. I found a place in Ahwatukee for $520/month. Ahwatukee!! It's an expensive area. My rent has since gone up a bit since then. Everything is close by...freeway access, malls, Target, BestBuy, all the shopping and entertainment close by. No violence like other areas. I wouldn't wanna live anywhere else. Matter of fact, I've been living here for 7 years in this very place. Check the apt. guides you find at grocery stores, that's where I started. Figure what area you want to live in, somewhere that's convenient for you and something you can afford. Be even better if you can get a place that has 1 or 2 months free upon move in or somethin' ya know!
    Like you say, it is hard to find a roommate out there. Someone you can trust, that's responsible, there are many things to look out for. So I say try it on your own for a while! It's the best way to go in my opinion.
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    Feb 28, 2010 11:50 PM GMT
    Jmuscle33 saidSo I currently live in the dorms and I wanna finally move out into real apartments. It's hard to find a roommate and I don't want to live with just anyone if anyone at all. So is it possible to live alone these days at a reasonable price? I figure most places will still be way less than what the dorm charges

    And what makes an apartment good vs horrible?


    It all depends on where you live =S For downtown Toronto, it can cost over one grand per month to rent a bachelor suite. It's impossible to find a place below one grand where you can live on your own. Sharing a flat with other people definitely helps with decreasing your rent by at least half.

    I, for example, shared a 4-bedroom (one bathroom with furnished kitchen and living room) flat with three other people. Even though it was in downtown and less than five minutes walk away from campus, the rent was $525 per month. It was a little sketchy, I admit, and our lower floor neighbour liked his music loud, but as long as we kept the flat clean, it was a decent place to live in.

    Unfortunately, one of my flatmates was a total snob, and we ended up getting fruitfly infestation because he wouldn't clean up his dishes and whatever he left on the table after eating. If you want to live with someone, make sure you meet them and get to know them thoroughly before you choose to live with them. Get a friend to help you out, if you have to. Being under contract with someone and finding out a month later that your flatmate is someone completely intolerable, then well...it's going to be tough coming back home to deal with all that after long, tiresome hours spent at school.