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June 22, 2013

Betty asks…

Any low income based studio apartments for teenagers in chicago il?

im 19 years old lost both my parents and now my grandma’s kicking me out… I go to school full time and have a part time job still not enough to live on my own tho! does anyone have annnyyy suggestions where to go who to talk to I’M DESPERATE! im also an independent if that helps ….

Administrator answers:

You probably have no rental history, no previous landlord to give you a recommendation and no money in which to pay the rent, cable, electricity, heating, water etc that comes with renting. Your best bet would be to find someone who owns a house or townhouse/condo who is looking for a roommate to help share expenses that way you don’t need to worry about qualifying for an apartment and utilities, that’s already taken care of by the home owner. Also look for a roommate who has a fully furnished bedroom for rent also.

If you need to make it on your own you’re going to need to work full time and go to school part time until your situation improves.

Try Roommates.com and see if you can find someone in your area renting a room in your price range.

Good luck

Richard asks…

I want to move to Virginia from Chicago. Can someone tell me how is the life there comparative with Chicago?

Someboby contact me for an job, and they ask me how much I need. Now I need 2500$/month to live.The problem is, that I don’t know how much is the rent, the prices, over there. I don’t want to ask more or less. For exemple I’m looking for one bedroom rent, or studio. I don’t need something fancy. I hope that someone can help me, and thank’s everyone.

Administrator answers:

It depends where you live in Chicago, and where you intend to live when you move to Virginia. Most prices of things are reasonably comparable (food, clothing, etc.), and some things are slightly cheaper here (fuel for your car, for example – I pay at least $.10 less a gallon here than I did in Virginia).

You may be surprised about the cost of rent. As a general rule, rents here are cheaper than the rents in Virginia, depending on where you live. For example, I had an apartment (1 bedroom) on Lake Shore Drive, downtown with a view of Lake Michigan and a valet parking spot for $1450 / month. When I lived in Virginia (near Reagan National), I was finding apartments that were more expensive, with fewer amenities. This one truly depends on WHERE you are going to live/work. You are probably going to want to live close to where you will work, so take that into consideration when pricing out your apartment.

You probably want to consult one of those “cost of living calculators” to see what the true cost of living is in comparison with both places. You may want to try this one: http://www.moving.com/Find_A_Place/Relosmart/rs.asp and see what it comes up with.

Good luck with your move.

Lisa asks…

About how much money does an average person spend on monthly rent in NYC?

I been to New York City a few times for travel and it slike I fell in love with the place. I always pay a decent amount of money for hotel and aifare all together for a week but as for rent I have no idea how much it will cost to live in NYC nor how much it will be for rent and to cover for utilities. I would just like to know if there will be any much diffrence from movinmg to NYC from Chicago.

Administrator answers:

I live in Brooklyn and live with a roommate and my rent is $650, with heat, hot water and Internet included. With electricity, it’s about $680 every month. It’s a great area of Brooklyn, Sheepshead Bay, very safe and convenient to trains, stores and shops. My room is 15 by 20, which is a pretty nice size. I have friends who live in Sunset Park and pay less, and other friends who live in Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach and Seagate who pay an average $600 a month.

Manhattan is pretty pricey, as we all know, but I can’t imagine why anyone would want to live there anyways – it’s crowded, dirty and no one who is actually FROM New York lives in Manhattan. Queens is a great borough, and you can find a room for roughly the same price as Brooklyn, or a one bedroom apartment in areas like Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens, or Astoria for roughly $1200-$2000, depending on how large and how close to the city (Astoria is closer to Manhattan, only two stops out of Manhattan, so you’re looking at it being pricier in rental costs).

All in all, you’ll be paying comparably the same as you would in Chicago in rent if you were to live in Brooklyn or Queens – in Manhattan, I would say an average of $1500-2000 for a room, and $2500-3000 for a studio/one bedroom.

Chris asks…

what is the safest and chepaest neighborhood to move to in Chicago, IL?

i’m moving to Chicago, IL from michigan to hopefully find a decent job and apartment.

Administrator answers:

Try Edgewater. It’s relatively safe (as big city neighborhoods go) and rent is still pretty cheap. You can probaby find a studio for around $600 or maybe a one- bedroom for $650-$700. But much of the neighborhood is turning into condos so hurry!.

Helen asks…

How to get a studio without a credit check?

I’m in a situation where I need to get my own place. I want to get a studio with the price range of around $550-700 a month but I need a place that doesn’t do a credit check because I have no credit at all. I think my credit score is around 597. Does anyone know any apartments in the Chicago area that could help me or does anyone know if there’s any place that I can go to so they could help me find an apartment in Chicago? Thank you!

Administrator answers:

You don’t need credit to get a place, nor do landlords really care about your score. Erase that from memory. They want to know that you have an income that can afford the rent plus the other bills. They look only to see that you don’t have a history of defaulting on key bills like rent or electric, and that bill collectors won’t be knocking on the door once you get there.

If your income is low or you are under 21, you might need a cosigner. The rent you want to pay won’t be easy to find. Without knowing more, you might want to consider a room or roommates. Those large apartment complexes are out of your range. Concentrate on smaller places, in your neighborhood, you are more likely to find what you want in an area you already know.

Susan asks…

Want apartment conveniently located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan?

I’ve recently done my admission in Marymount Manhattan College and would need an apartment conveniently located, I’ve been told about Central Park Inn offering new studio apartments with full kitchens and private rooms with kitchenettes. Need suggestions…

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