Originally Posted by gettoasty
You're not ready to live out on your own if you have to ask for such advice IMO.
Live at home, save up money, BUY your own place (why the hell would you want to rent??)
, and then settle down.
If you got too much pride for all this, don't think you'll survive long.
This is not necessary a good advice, especially if the OP may consider moving. Buying makes you grounded.
A few years back, I was going to buy a condo because I thought I would never leave Southern California. Now, I'm looking at all offers, and wouldn't mind relocating to interesting places.
To the OP: that rent is LOW. I'm not sure where in California you are, but even in a middle class neighborhood around here, rent would be more than $1,000/month.
You're still young, listen to these guys. I'm 26 now, I went through the same thing as you. Back when I was an undergrad, my friends and I wanted 'privacy' so we looked into renting a house and all that.
Basic advice: Don't flex your wallet if it's immature. I know many people who were trying to show off when their salaries didn't allow them. Young guys were leasing Ms and AMGs at $1000/month and couldn't really drive them (like the mileage agreement would allow in the first place) because they had no money for gas and beer/going out money after bills were paid.