tipler4213 wrote:Georgiana, thank you so much for all the help. I have been searching pretty hard and am pretty committed to Center City (scared of the undergrad parties during exam time). However, I noticed that the student budget breaks down to around $1500 a month for "room and board"--so, that includes food, utilities, etc. Most one bedrooms break down to about $1500 a month (2400 Chesnut, Sterling, Chathum).
Would these be too expensive for someone who will be sharing a one bedroom? My girlfriend will be going to the graduate school there, and we are worried about budgeting. Anyone can chime in.
I live with my boyfriend and our rent is $1650. We each put aside 1300ish per month in a joint checking account for joint expenses (we thought long and hard about what would be the best way to deal with joint expenses without having to nickel and dime each other each month). We have Comcast which runs about $99/month and our gas bill is about $10-15. Other than that we have food and any joint travel expenses (e.g. a car rental for the day). We go out to nice restaurants a bit too much but its something we really enjoy, and the rest of our cooking is done cheaply and with a ton of leftovers for lunch which saves money. Any thing left at the end of the month goes into the savings account we have that was set up with the checking which is slated for spending money during the bar trip we're planning for August.
As far as what people living alone do, they either get Penn to increase their budget so they can get more loan money (which is surprisingly easy to do) or they live in less desirable apartments or in studios.