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Old 02-07-2010, 11:05 PM
 
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hello, i'm moving from chicago to Atlanta and i'm on a very tight budget,i'll be searching for a job when i get there....i'm looking to rent a studio apartment or smaller for about 500.00 or anything less..if i can...what is the cheapest area to live in or near atlanta......i have 6 months before my move any suggestion...or things i can do before my move??
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Old 02-08-2010, 12:51 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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hello, i'm moving from chicago to Atlanta and i'm on a very tight budget,i'll be searching for a job when i get there....i'm looking to rent a studio apartment or smaller for about 500.00 or anything less..if i can...what is the cheapest area to live in or near atlanta......i have 6 months before my move any suggestion...or things i can do before my move??
I'm sure you will be hearing this same message from multiple people, but it isn't really a good idea to move anywhere in this economy without having a job lined up beforehand, or without having some sort of backup plan in case you end up not being able to find work for 6 months or more.

That's the national average time right now. Six months. That was true back in September, anyway, and I suspect that it hasn't improved much if any.

Chart: Average Job Search Hits All-Time High as Chronic Unemployment Sets In - Planet Money Blog : NPR

The unemployment rate in both Georgia and in the Atlanta metro is somewhat above the national average, and I think most of us in the forum already know several local people who are currently looking for work. I know I do, anyway.

Unless you have a significant amount of money saved for covering your living expenses, I wouldn't move here from Chicago. Some of the protections you might have up there in the State of Illinois may not exist down here in Georgia.
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Old 06-11-2010, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Peachtree city
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Oh no, I'm doing the same thing I'm moving from the Chicago burbs tot he Atlanta burbs on my unemployment salary. Looking for employment down there right now!
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:45 PM
 
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Maybe you will be in luck if you can find someone as crazy as me to rent from.
I bought a duplex in East point. (walking distance to the marta station)
It has gas furnace/heat and window A/C units, and I PAY for WATER. (so it is included for the tenants). each unit is a 2/1. The previous tenant was paying $ 500/mo. I know the economy is tough, and I wanted to be competitive (AND NICE) and rent it out quickly. So I rented the basement unit for $ 375/mo and the upstairs for $ 425/ mo., again, including water.
The folks in the basement continually coomplain to the management co (which costs me $$), including whining that the stove was not sparkling shiny, and they managed to break the doors off the fridge. So I have to put up with this for a year's lease.
Is this not the LOWEST rent in Atlanta???
I am getting screwed for trying to be nice.
So, it is funny to hear you say that $ 500 is the "cheapest" rent in Atlanta.
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Old 07-26-2010, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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So I rented the basement unit for $ 375/mo and the upstairs for $ 425/ mo., again, including water.
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do u still have these two units available? i'm looking for somewhere to stay, preferably in east point!
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Snellville, GA
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Wow.. those are cheap rent rates! Unless you get a roommate, it's going to be hard to find something in that price range - and yes, it's preferrable to have a job before moving!
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:51 PM
 
Location: ATL with a side of Chicago
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Yikes, no job lined up, moving here, rent under $500/mo...

When I read these posts, I'm just thinking "Yeah, good luck with that..."

I'm just trying to be honest, and not sugarcoat it; I just don't get it. Why are people set on moving with no employment set up? Secure yourself a job, THEN move down here, and find a place to stay. BELIEVE ME, people who already live here are really struggling to find work after lay-offs, cut-backs, etc. It ain't easy down here!
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Old 07-29-2010, 10:47 PM
 
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you can find TONS of rentals, and rooms for rent around $300-$400 month...

how i know? i had one before..
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Douglasville, GA
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It's more than prefereable. I'd say it's pretty much mandatory.
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:54 PM
 
Location: ATL
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Atlanta Apartments for Rent - Equity Apartments
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