Desert Fox wrote:
ejbjch wrote:Hey all-
I have a housing related question.
I want a one bedroom near campus and I want to live in a relatively nice building - what are my options (as far as buildings go) and how much am I looking at? (Is 1500 a month realistic? - I think I was looking at Streeter Place and that seemed more around at least 1800 a month...)
Also, do a lot people live on the other side of lake shore park? (like chestnut st and pearson st)]
Thanks in advance!
1500 is realistic and plenty of people do.
Look at 860 Dewitt it meets both your requirements and last summer they were giving two free months of 1 bedroom rent.
1500 is about what I pay for a 600 sq-ft convertible on a mid-high floor in McClurg. Couple of points though:
1) You can save a few bucks if you get your apartment hunting done early before the (cheaper) lower floor apartments fill up. I didn't find my apartment until July.
2) Depending on your other expenses and sources of cash, paying $1500/mo in rent can make things a bit tight. Your COL funds for spring semester will be about $8800. As a 1L, that'll have to pay for 4.5 months (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, a week of May for finals, another week for writing competition). Subtract about $500-600 for books and supplements, and $75/mo for utilities, that leaves you with about $1200, or about $250/mo for all your other expenses (food, drinks, etc). That's really tight unless you're disciplined about not eating out, not going out drinking, not grabbing lattes at Starbucks, etc. If you have some savings (or parents willing to fund your alcoholism), $1500 is fine, but otherwise I'd try to keep your rent under $1200, which you can do by having a roommate at McClurg in a 2BR or by getting a 1BR at Lakeshore plaza or 860 DeWitt.