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Old 04-06-2013, 11:59 AM
 
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Hey guys I was just curious about some things in the Columbia area....I will be moving to Columbia in June and will be staying with some relatives until I can get my own place and make sure that I have a strong income coming in(Net around 1200 to 1600 a month)......Anyways I am a 20 year old college student that will be attending USC in the fall...And had many questions....I am wanting to rent out a 2 bedroom house in Olympia, Rosewood, and maybe Shandon(close to campus), I have a friend that will be also attending USC. Our budget is around 650 to 1,000 dollars a month(wide I know)....We both have strong cash reserves and will also have the ability to draw loans if SHTF..Anyways a couple of questions.......

I plan to transfer my job as a line supervisor in a nice chain restaurant to another store in Columbia, I am hoping I am able to transfer jobs, but this isn't always the case....

What is the job market like for those trying to get a job in the restaurant in industry?

What is the average utility bill for a small 2 bedroom 1 bath house?

Also, do you think I can get a better deal finding a place in the summer when all the college students are gone?

I am looking to hit the books and work hard during my time in Columbia....I want to be working around 30 to 40 hours a week at 13 dollars an hour....My degree program won't be all the challenging and all the hard **** is out of the way......

Thanks,

Any other advice appreciated
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:05 PM
 
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You'll be able to find a place in Rosewood at your price range without too much of a problem. If you want a little cheaper, look at Olympia. Utility bills shouldn't average more than $150 a month, depending on usage. My bills are highest in the winter. There are plenty of restaurant jobs and unemployment in the area is relatively low. Yes, you may get a better deal if you look in May when college students are graduating and moving out.
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:18 PM
 
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You'll be able to find a place in Rosewood at your price range without too much of a problem. If you want a little cheaper, look at Olympia. Utility bills shouldn't average more than $150 a month, depending on usage. My bills are highest in the winter. There are plenty of restaurant jobs and unemployment in the area is relatively low. Yes, you may get a better deal if you look in May when college students are graduating and moving out.
I really like Olympia, but my friend thinks it's to far for him to walk(I know)..Many places in rosewood are actually further and are very expensive when near five points.......I feel that Olympia has a special charm to it...He is the one that needs to be on a budget because he will be paying for his share with cash reserves and loans...I will have a stout income coming in plus cash/loans and some family benefits from my relatives that live down there(yard work income, free meals, etc..)
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:06 PM
 
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I used to rent a quadruplex on Waccamaw Avenue near Five Points and it was very reasonable. It was also close to campus. Do you have to have a house?
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:37 PM
 
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I really like Olympia, but my friend thinks it's to far for him to walk(I know)
Tell him to rent or buy a moped, they are all over campus. But be sure to purchase an effective locking mechanism and remember to use it. There is an active aftermarket for those jewels.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:53 PM
 
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I used to rent a quadruplex on Waccamaw Avenue near Five Points and it was very reasonable. It was also close to campus. Do you have to have a house?
No, I don't have to have a house....I'm very open to anything...
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:49 PM
 
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No, I don't have to have a house....I'm very open to anything...
Check the rental ads in Wales Garden, Shandon, University Hill, etc. - all of the neighborhoods close to the University.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:35 AM
 
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At that price range, you have tons of options. Other places I'd consider if I were you are the apartments in 5 points (Place on the Greene?). You could probably snag a 2 br at the upper end of your budget and its an easy walk to campus and everything in 5 pts.

Restaurant industry is always hiring, from what I hear. With experience and references, you shouldn't have any trouble.

The rental market in Columbia predominantly operates on summer renewals/turnover. You'll have a huge selection, but in May/June, you'll be at a negotiating disadvantage with some landlords who know they still have a couple months to find a tenant before the season is over, so I wouldn't expect a steal during that time. However, you have the same advantage in that there are tons of places turning over between May-August, so if you're patient I'm sure you'll find the right place at the right price.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:31 PM
 
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Think I can get a 2 BD 1BA. house in Shandon for $900 a month?
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:18 PM
 
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Think I can get a 2 BD 1BA. house in Shandon for $900 a month?
In Shandon it's doubtful, but in Rosewood or Melrose Heights, maybe.
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