alex06 wrote:I also went through the old posts of this thread and it looks like people were saying that it was possible to get apartments for $500-$600/month. WHERE? Brownstones that definitely won't be an option for me since I can't start looking in Philly until July?
Should I just expect to spend around $1000/month for a studio (hopefully w utilities included)? Most of the two bedrooms looked around $2000 so it doesn't look like having roommates really cuts down on costs. Any decent but cheaper recs? I would probably want to live in CC because I like going out and being part of the ''scene'' but to be honest, I don't really give a sh°° what my apartment looks like...I don't plan to spend very much time in it.
Don't assume any options will be closed off. While there's lots of colleges and students in Philly, I don't really feel like it's on the student schedule of everything disappearing in May.
As far as 2 bedrooms vs. studios, I think in the same building, a 2 bed is always going to be much cheaper. In my building, 2beds are about $1900, and studios are about $1400, for example.
I'm thinking that the $500 studios are only going to be in West Philly. Center City I could see happening for maybe $700 at a minimum.
Just fyi, one of my friends who had a cheaper studio (around $700 I think) in West Philly had a mouse infestation problem... so be prepared for something like that if you're going for a much cheaper/older place.
I think I did most of my searching on http://www.4wallsinphilly.com/
last year. I can send you my notes on the places I was looking into if you'd like.