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How and why to live in a small (8x10) room.

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by mehhhh, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. mehhhh

    mehhhh Senior member

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    Thinking about moving into what is essentially a repurposed upstairs closet/study at the end of this Summer.

    I know this seems crazy, but I think I can pull it off. Here are the positives:
    -Rent is $200/month - I'd save $182.50 a month vs. where I live now.
    -Great location- right in Columbia's bar district where I work and 4 blocks from the campus where I go to school.
    -Live with two good friends
    -The rest of the house is nice and large.

    The only disadvantages vs. where I am living now:
    -No garage
    -Tiny Asian sized cube room
    -Split a bathroom 3 ways.

    I also get an upstairs closet for clothes and stuff.

    Could you pull this off? If so, how?
     
  2. Xericx

    Xericx Senior member

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    It'll be actually cool to make it nice. Small living is very interesting to me (i.e. apartmenttherapy.com )
     
  3. Mr. White

    Mr. White Senior member

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    -Live with two good friends
    -The rest of the house is nice and large
    -Split a bathroom 3 ways


    Why not just commit some minor offense and ask to be let out every day to attend class?
     
  4. L.R.

    L.R. Senior member

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    This is a solid idea, and have lived with multiple people before. Do you have a larger common purpose room? As long as you have a place to sit down and talk to people, watch TV and entertain guests, a small cheap bedroom is ideal. There's only 2 things needed to be done in it, and neither require an audience.
     
  5. Pilot

    Pilot Senior member

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    8x10 is a smallish bedroom, but i see no reason why it isn't doable. Living is small places is kind of fun.
     
  6. mktitsworth

    mktitsworth Senior member

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    Just make sure that it isn't painted some weird color that will make you feel like the walls are both simultaneously closing in on you and pushing away from you.
     
  7. RedLantern

    RedLantern Senior member

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    Are you living with room mates in your current spot?
     
  8. StephenHero

    StephenHero Senior member

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    I believe in you. 75% of the earth's population gets by in the same condition. I, too, think you are capable.
     
  9. StephenHero

    StephenHero Senior member

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    Do you guys think I could live on a rice based diet?
     
  10. indesertum

    indesertum Senior member

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    Stephen, you are one judmental mo-fo.
     
  11. StephenHero

    StephenHero Senior member

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    Do you guys think I could get by driving a Toyota Camry? Most people would probably die of embarrassment, but I think I could.
     
  12. NorCal

    NorCal Senior member

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    Do you guys think I could live on a rice based diet?
    No. That is clearly impossible. OP: Duh, you're in college shared housing w/ a small bedroom is pretty standard. Didn't you ever live in a dorm?
     
  13. mehhhh

    mehhhh Senior member

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    Yeah, I've lived in dorms. Yeah, I drive a 15 year old Buick. Yeah, I eat a whole lot of rice.

    This room is just absolutely tiny. Fortunately there are a couple of large rooms downstairs and it retains the dishwasher/washer/dryer trifecta that I am accustomed to. Cute neighbor girls, too.

    At this point I've decided that I'm gonna live there. Anybody ever slept on a futon for an extended period of time?
     
  14. deadly7

    deadly7 Senior member

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    Anybody ever slept on a futon for an extended period of time?

    Don't do it. You will seriously f up your back.
     
  15. dcg

    dcg Senior member

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    Junior year of college I lived in a room that was 6'x9.5'. Bed against the far wall, desk at the foot of the bed, couple of dressers opposite the bed with a tv on top and a very narrow open space in between. It's certainly do-able; up to you if the benefits outweigh the costs.
     
  16. robertorex

    robertorex Senior member

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    This is a solid idea, and have lived with multiple people before. Do you have a larger common purpose room? As long as you have a place to sit down and talk to people, watch TV and entertain guests, a small cheap bedroom is ideal. There's only 2 things needed to be done in it, and neither require an audience.

    this. It seems like a pretty decent arrangement
     
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    69clyde Senior member

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    Tinyassapartment.com
     
  18. clee1982

    clee1982 Senior member

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    Thinking about moving into what is essentially a repurposed upstairs closet/study at the end of this Summer.

    I know this seems crazy, but I think I can pull it off. Here are the positives:
    -Rent is $200/month - I'd save $182.50 a month vs. where I live now.
    -Great location- right in Columbia's bar district where I work and 4 blocks from the campus where I go to school.
    -Live with two good friends
    -The rest of the house is nice and large.

    The only disadvantages vs. where I am living now:
    -No garage
    -Tiny Asian sized cube room
    -Split a bathroom 3 ways.

    I also get an upstairs closet for clothes and stuff.

    Could you pull this off? If so, how?


    slightly worse than what I did in college, but I was pretty broke at the time too (and no car either). If you got to save money, then you got to save money. It's actually not that bad as long as you keep it neat and tidy
     
  19. unjung

    unjung Senior member

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    This is completely normal for a student. It's referred to as "sharing a house."

    Thread I've visited by the OP are two for two tonight.
     

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