1. In 2018. by way of thanks for being a part of this community, we'll be choosing 16 active members of our community at random to receive a special gift and a gift certificate for one of our affiliate vendors, to represent each of our 16 years.

    Fok and the Styleforum Team

    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice

STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Can you live in _____ for $1100/month?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by kwilkinson, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

    Messages:
    33,652
    Likes Received:
    858
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2007
    Location:
    Chicago
    Trying to get some advice here.

    In August, I begin my externship for 3 months at some restaurant TBD. I'm interested in many restaurants, but most of them are either in my city (Chicago), San Fran, NYC, DC, Toronto, or London.
    Student loans and savings combined give me a monthly budget of $1100, for everything, including rent, transportation, utilities, food, and what have you.
    Now, my utilities and food costs likely be very low when I have a job, as I'll be spending anywhere from 60-80 hours at the restaurant a week and will get family meal there.
    I know you can live in Chicago on that budget, in a decently safe area of the city, and be fine. My CTA costs are included in my schooling, otherwise I'd be paying $90 a month just in CTA.
    But these other cities--- some of which are notoriously hard to "make it" in--- is it possible? To live in a decent, safe area of the city, and pay rent, food costs, utilities, transport, and probably internet but not TV, for only $1100/month? Or I guess in London, it'd be around 800 GBP/ month.

    I don't want my externship location to be determined by my budget, however, $1100 is all there is going to be. I won't be getting paid at my job, and I won't be coming across any lotto winnings or inheritance between now and then. So is it workable?

    Any tips/advice?
     


  2. GQgeek

    GQgeek Stylish Dinosaur

    Messages:
    17,933
    Likes Received:
    80
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2002
    Location:
    Canuckistan
    See my toronto people thread for info on toronto. I know you can definitely manage it there. I saw apartments on CL for $700 downtown. Subway pass is ~$110. That's all you really need.

    I'd imagine that it would suck to live in London on that amount, but at least the exchange rate is more favorable these days. Don't forget that you can manage a lot more if you're willing to have roommates (which suck, but it's only for 3 months).
     


  3. robin

    robin Stylish Dinosaur

    Messages:
    12,416
    Likes Received:
    153
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2006
    I think you could easily do $1k a month in most places as long you have roommates.
     


  4. JoeWoah

    JoeWoah Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    3,777
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2007
    Location:
    Hollywood for Ugly People... Washington, DC
    You could swing DC on $1,100 a month and still have a life.
     


  5. JohnnyLaw

    JohnnyLaw Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    2,178
    Likes Received:
    25
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2007
    You could live very well in Montreal on $1100 an month (that's almost $1400 CAD right now). There'd be tons of money left over for booze. Cheaper and better than Toronto.
     


  6. why

    why Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    9,735
    Likes Received:
    405
    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2007
    You could be someone's love toy in The Castro in San Fran for free.
     


  7. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

    Messages:
    33,652
    Likes Received:
    858
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2007
    Location:
    Chicago
    You could be someone's love toy in The Castro in San Fran for free.

    Well, my thread has been up for almost 15 minutes and Matt hasn't offered yet. I don't get it. [​IMG]


    Thx for the help guys.
     


  8. Nouveau Pauvre

    Nouveau Pauvre Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    7,563
    Likes Received:
    302
    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Location:
    East Coast
    Well, my thread has been up for almost 15 minutes and Matt hasn't offered yet. I don't get it. [​IMG]


    Thx for the help guys.


    We would ball so hard if you come to DC. I'm talking "snort cocaine with a hundred dollar bill off my iphone" ballin'
     


  9. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

    Messages:
    33,652
    Likes Received:
    858
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2007
    Location:
    Chicago
    We would ball so hard if you come to DC. I'm talking "snort cocaine with a hundred dollar bill off my iphone" ballin'

    As long as I can still make it to work the next day, you got it dawg. I'm kidding. I'm not a druggie with 0 morals like you. [​IMG]
     


  10. Nouveau Pauvre

    Nouveau Pauvre Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    7,563
    Likes Received:
    302
    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Location:
    East Coast
    As long as I can still make it to work the next day, you got it dawg. I'm kidding. I'm not a druggie with 0 morals like you. [​IMG]

    Lrn2metaphor

    kthnxbai.
     


  11. GQgeek

    GQgeek Stylish Dinosaur

    Messages:
    17,933
    Likes Received:
    80
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2002
    Location:
    Canuckistan
    Well, my thread has been up for almost 15 minutes and Matt hasn't offered yet. I don't get it. [​IMG]


    Thx for the help guys.


    He's not in to pudgy kids.
     


  12. GoSurface

    GoSurface Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    8,488
    Likes Received:
    375
    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2007
    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    We would ball so hard if you come to DC. I'm talking "snort cocaine with a hundred dollar bill off my iphone" ballin'

    + 100. I wouldn't hang out with you in real life though, so Natan would have to tell me everything second hand.
     


  13. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

    Messages:
    33,652
    Likes Received:
    858
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2007
    Location:
    Chicago
    Lrn2metaphor

    kthnxbai.


    [​IMG]

    We could do crazy shit like..... stay up past midnight.
     


  14. evor1

    evor1 Active Member

    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2008
    i think it will be impossible in SF. friend is living there and moving ...hes going to be paying aroudn 1200 a month just to rent a room in an apartment.
     


  15. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

    Messages:
    39,490
    Likes Received:
    1,725
    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2006
    Sounds like it would be tough in NYC, DC, LA or SF. Coastal cities are not cheap.

    From what I've seen on Craigslist, a decent place in DC is going to run you around 700-800/mo., and that's usually with a bunch of roommates. NYC would be even more. If $1,100 was your firm budget I think doing something fun and keeping yourself sane would become difficult. Again, these cities (Chicago included, but not to the extent of the coastals) have generally higher drink/food costs.

    In short, you could do it, but it might be uncomfortable at times.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by