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Old 04-29-2008, 12:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If you live in San Diego, some questions.

I will most likely be moving out to San Diego in August. I am looking for as much info as I can get. I need a two bedroom place for me and my roommate, and am looking for the cheapest, even if it's the ****tiest. So far most places seem to range from $950-$1200, Lesser being rare.

What I am looking for is the average cost of utilities, and maybe the average income over there. Not for a salaried career, but for a full time hourly job someone like me (a kid who just turned 20) could get. Around where I am from starting pay is about $7.00 an hour. I'm hoping it will be a little more in cali considering the cost of living.

Utility cost would really be helpful, maybe even cable and internet costs. Looking to establish a total cost per month to be there.
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh christ.. you might be in for sticker shock.... a two bedroom home with like 1000 sf goes for about $500,000!!!!!

It all depends on where you live...

This could be a place to start looking:

Apartments for rent: Apartment Guide, your free apartment finder

I used it when looking for a place around Philly in 2006 when I left the troll.

Good luck with your search!

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Old 04-29-2008, 01:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Are you going for school or jsut to give the West Coast a try?
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Old 04-29-2008, 01:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Also.... if you are only making $7 an hour... you're going to need to work more than 200 hours a month. You will want to earn at a minimum 1.5 times your rent (you know.. so you can eat and get places) and that will probably be cutting it close.

Anyways... just some more to think about.

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Old 04-29-2008, 01:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Can you try looking on Craigslist in the area (or something along that line) for people searching for roommates? It SUCKS living with people, but at least then the cost of everything is split- especially when you aren't making that much money and nothing is cheep.
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Old 04-29-2008, 01:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the link schmitti, I have already been using that.

I'm just giving the west coast a try

I definitely want to make more then $7 an hour, I was saying that is what the average is around here. I may even be comfortable with working a second part time job, but who knows. Right now I'd be comfortable making double what my rent costs a month. For example, if rent is $500 a month, if I can make $1000 a month, I'll be happy. I will have a roommate, he is moving out there with me. So cost of living is split, and it will be two incomes to support ourselves.
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Old 04-29-2008, 01:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 04-29-2008, 01:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I live in Pacific Beach, which is one of the more pricey neighborhoods in SD. It is also next to all the bars but . . . .

So far as utilities, most places include a portion of that in your rent. My rent also covers water and trash, leaving me with only my electrical bill and a check to Verizon for my cell phone and internet. Electrical will run you at least $15, which is what i pay as I'm almost never home, but many people pay much more. Cell Phone and Internet access will cost you around a $75-100 combined (maybe more depending on how much you talk or surf).

Food is also rather expensive, and gas . . . get ready for $3.90/gal or more.

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Also.... if you are only making $7 an hour... you're going to need to work more than 200 hours a month. You will want to earn at a minimum 1.5 times your rent (you know.. so you can eat and get places) and that will probably be cutting it close.

Anyways... just some more to think about.

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That wil likely be cutting it very close. I net closer to 2.5 times my rent, simply because i'm looking to save some money in addition to having a decent social life.

Something else to bear in mind is that first month's rent up front is a given, but many places also want an additional security deposit that's usually equal to a full month's rent. Basically, living in SD is expensive and moving here is worse.

Best of luck, and I'll be looking for you when you do make it out here.
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If it's just for the socal experience, san diego may not be the best starting spot... it ain't cheap.
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