t-14orbust wrote:TripTrip wrote:acrossthelake wrote:gottago wrote:How feasible is it to live on 500/mo after accounting for Gropius, HUHS insurance, etc?
I'm not a big eater--this summer I've been spending $80/mo on food that I eat at home although I prob buy m misc snacks randomly and eat out w/ others occasionally, so I figure no more than $130/mo on food.
Also, when you've dealt with SFS to discuss special situations, have they been accommodating or more like "the rules are the rules"?
My situation isn't like a wholesale waiver of parental forms. More like I'd provide them with tax transcripts instead of the full returns.
As long as you're mostly cooking and not eating out much this is feasible, though cooking often in Gropius will be an accomplishment that many set out to do, but don't succeed in. If you're committed you definitely can, though. Or if you barely eat in general that works.
I am definitely in the pack of setting out to cook in Gropius, then never doing it.
Your proximity to a kitchen will correlate with your motivation to cook.
Is it mostly distance, or do the kitchens tend to be crowded? I really want to try and meal-prep for 3-5 days at a time, but these posts aren't very encouraging.
So I was in Gropius last year directly across from a kitchen and it was pretty shitty. #1 is the issue acrossthelake was talking about, in that the nearest supermarket is pretty annoying to get to. #2 is that in my case, the kitchen was shared by at least three floors--that's 60 people. So it was ALWAYS crowded, there was almost ALWAYS a line, and people are gross and would use all the pots and pants and then walk away and leave them in the sink for hours. So you often had to wash someone else's dishes so that you can cook with them. I had a mini fridge in my room because the main fridge was always packed to the point of explosion. And people were just generally pigs about the kitchen space, leaving the stove and floor dirty and ruining pots by leaving them unattended until they bubble and burn. What really drove me crazy was that people would leave their dirty dishes there overnight so that the nice cleaning lady would wash them for them the next day, which is totally not her job.
That said, a few people on my floor said that they lived there last year and had NONE of those issues. That it really depends year to year and floor to floor on whether you have a bunch of disrespectful jerks who can't clean up after themselves. I definitely walked by other kitchens that were not that crowded and seemed more peaceable. So maybe I won the jerk lotto, but it's probably worth knowing that it's a possibility.
Also don't live across from the kitchen unless you want to wake up at 6am every morning to dudebros with their loud-ass Nutribullets.