Originally Posted by ballmouse
Can any consultants here give insight into housing? I'm graduating and got a consulting job that's M-Thu at the client site, so I'm thinking of 1) living closer to the airport and 2) getting a cheaper apartment because I'll be gone approximately half the time. Is this a good idea?
For me, those things were top considerations, but not necessarily mandatory. The wanting cheaper rent aspect took precedence over location to airport for me, as you'll end up resenting a fancy apartment once you realize you're only there 4 nights / 3 days a week. You want to strike a balance between living in a cheaper place that isn't a shithole, and living in a location that's convenient for your social life but not too far from the airport.
You'll probably end up cabbing it to the airport and expensing it, so as long as it doesn't take 30+ minutes to get there, I think you'll be fine. It's all a matter of how early you're willing to wake up before your flights, as you'll find yourself calculating the maximum number of hours and minutes you can sleep the night before your flight out.
Keep in mind that once you start traveling all the time, your social life takes a big hit. If you're moving to a new city, this is a smaller consideration, but you don't want to live somewhere that makes it hard to meet up with friends.
So, yes, try to find a cheaper apartment and you'll really be glad that you aren't spending an entire paycheck on rent (I have co-workers who do this).