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Old 04-06-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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Hi guys. I'm sure you're getting sick of these cost of living questions. But I was wondering if you could help with one more...
I'll be renting a studio with heat and hot water included. Would you be able to tell me how much I can expect to pay for remaining gas and electricity?

Also - how does TV work in the USA? I mean, do you get certain national stations for free, like we do in the UK, or does everybody pay cable? If so, how much does that generally set you back?

And how much does the internet usually cost? I looked online and it seemed really expensive - I think I was looking in the wrong place. In the UK it generally costs $20 a month.

Thanks - much appreciated!!!
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:59 AM
 
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If heat and hot water are included, you won't see a gas bill.

Electricity for one person in a studio would probably be ~$30.

I don't believe you can get free over the air TV rec without a converter. I've never seen one as everyone I know pays for cable. Your studio will probably be wired for Comcast, and packages range from $30 to over $100.

Tip - Before you call and order your cable package, hook up your TV. A lot of times when a tenant moves out, it takes the cable co a few months to do the disconnect.

Internet isn't cheap. Verizon had a slow DSL service for $20 (I used it for a couple years and wasn't bad), but Generally you're looking at $40-$65. You can also bundle cable/internet/phone to save a few $ if you use the same provider, such as Comcast.

I'd say you're probably looking at $100-$150 worth of utilities.
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:03 PM
 
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You'll get a gas bill if you have a gas stove.
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:12 PM
 
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Thanks - that's really helpful.

I think most of the places do have gas stoves actually. How much do you think that would be?
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Newton, MA
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The cost to operate a gas stove is very, very minimal....10 bucks a month or whatever the minimum is for gas "delivery".
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