As a college student, how much do you spend on housing?

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  1. c073186 macrumors 6502a

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    I've gone to college and lived at home for a few years, but now I'm looking to move out into an apartment of my own. So I'm wondering... how much is "normal" to spend on an apartment for a single person, while in school (meaning I would not have a full-time source of income). I know a lot depends on location and how much money is saved up... so I am not really asking you to give me a specific number... but for those of you in a similar situation, about how much do you spend on your apartment (per month)? And include any details, like if the utilities are included. I just want to get a ballpark sense of how much an average amount is to spend on a one-bedroom apartment for a college student.
     
  2. xboxer75010 macrumors 6502

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    Like you said it depends on location but here in Texas you can get a modest one bedroom for $550-$650, but without knowing your location we cant really give you a good answer.
     
  3. c073186 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wisconsin (Madison-area).
     
  4. war eagle macrumors 6502a

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    At Auburn, a one bedroom can run from 350 with no utilities included to 750/800 dollars with everything but power.

    I stay in a 4 bedroom/4 bath apt for 409 per month + plus power/4 which is abt 15-20.
     
  5. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    All depends on location.

    I go to school in San Francisco, and have a studio apartment that I pay ~$900/month for. Outrageous, but at least it includes everything, even half-decent internet.
     
  6. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    I second your comment. When I was in college, I paid about $400 a month sharing a house with 3 roommates. In upstate NY near Syracuse.
     
  7. iAmAzN macrumors 6502

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    As others have stated, it really depends on where you're looking to live. I just signed my lease for a place (with 2 others) for a town home that costs ~$1426 per month. So split that and it's about a little under $500/month for me, minus utilities, internet, etc. Whereas, if I chose to live about 30 minutes away from there, there are places that would cost ~$400/month. I choose to stay closer to campus.
     
  8. bruinsrme macrumors 603

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    We spend $1400 on a small studio in Boston. Near Worcester $1400 will get you 3 bedrooms
     
  9. adk macrumors 68000

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    Housing is not cheap in Madison. My sister lives there. She and her roommates pay $1575 a month plus utilities for a dumpy 3 bedroom. She pays an additional $100 a month for a parking space.
     
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    In Ottawa Canada, 275$CAN for my half of a 2 bedrooms, 2 'sitting rooms' (sorry, I'm french that seems like google's best translation for salon) appartement. Fairly dingy but still an awesome roomy place. Includes heating and lighting. No need for phone, only paying for teh internets.
     
  12. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816

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    I live in Lakewood, CO (near CO School of Mines) and pay $720 a month for my apartment (not including utilities). The apartment has a family room, kitchen, bedroom, and bath - fireplace, skylight, and deck, too. There are places to be had closer to $500/month for one person, but they're a dump.

    I'd say $500-800 per month, plus $100-$150 for utilities.
     
  13. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    I pay $1,700 for a two bedroom apartment in Boston, MA. I live with one other person, so that's $850 each, plus electric and cable/internet. =/

    Least it's not dumpy, and it's in a city (which, depending on the person, could be a good or bad thing).
     
  14. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    $475/month for 1 bedroom apartment in Metairie, LA
     
  15. n-abounds macrumors 6502a

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    Madison's about $550 at least for a single-bedroom not including any utilities. Lots of people I know lived at the Henry Gilman...it wasn't that nice, but it's acceptable. I'd definitely say it's a "normal" amount for college ppl to spend- though living alone is always more expensive.
     
  16. wvuwhat macrumors 65816

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    Morgantown, WV. Stayed in a new 2br apartment. Everything included (pet fee, internet, cable w/ hbo, and all other utilities).

    Ended up being 585 per person. Split 2 ways.
     
  17. yg17 macrumors G5

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    While I was in college, me and 3 other people rented a house for $1200/mo all utilities, cable TV and internet included in Rolla, Missouri, so it was $300/mo for me. But it all depends on where you are. $300/mo would get you a nice cardboard box in the alley between a crackhouse and a brothel on the west coast.
     
  18. jecapaga macrumors 601

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    I think you are being generous there :p
     
  19. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i pay 925 before utilities and have a real job and i still think its a lot

    in college, i payed around 300
     
  20. tman07 macrumors regular

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    im spending 350 plus electric and cable/internet. there are 3 of us and thats my portion. 3 rooms, bath, kitchen, and a decent sized living room
     
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    530 a month for half of a 2 bedroom apartment in Chapel Hill, NC.

    Water, sewer, tv, internet, and electricity are included.
     
  23. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    In halls I was paying £375pm, around 600 dollars at the time..
     
  24. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    It is just amazing how it is getting so expensive to go to college now. The tuition and all other expenses are going through the roof even in this terrible economy.
     
  25. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    Yeah, it does suck. It's just because we're in Boston. If you go about ten more minutes out from where I am in the city, rents drop by $200-$300. So yeah, $20,400 for a September 1st to August 31st lease is a lot. I mind as well buy a condo for that, which I think will happen as soon as I'm done with my undergrad degree. Since I'm planning on attending MIT for grad school, that would work out nicely.
     

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