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Old 11-09-2012, 03:25 PM
 
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Hey all,

So as the title said, I'm looking for a place I can live during christmas and summer (and possibly during march).
So it will be a short term. And during shorter vacations than summer, I will look for somewhere I can rent a room on a weekly basis.

My family's not here anymore (but I'm a green card holder, so absolutely legal to stay here and work here), originally from NY (the city). And now going to school in a New England area. Dorm closes during the vacations, and I needed place to go. I am personally not in favor of getting invited another house, because it feels pretty uncomfortable. Since my budget is tight, I was thinking of getting a temp job and work and rent a small studio or 1 BR. I looked up some cheap towns, and most of them were south. I'm not planning to go back to NYC, because as you know, I won't be able to afford it. I got used to rural environment, so both rural and suburban are okay. But (as I'm from NYC), I don't have a driver license, nor have I a car... This is the biggest problem now. I need to go somewhere commutable.

I'm gay, as the title shows, and I've been openly gay for a few years, and I've never had a problem where I live and go to school. But whenever I got a temp job, I didn't see any reason why I would talk about my sexual preference. And I will keep the same attitude. So, I do not mind it's openly gay friendly or not. It's gonna be for short time, so I really don't need to come out and be gay. I will even go to TX if I need to (although I heard Austin is rather gay-friendly). It's temporary, and I don't mind. But even if it's not the most friendly place, I don't want to risk my safety or job status in case I'm outted by someone else by any chance. I grew up in a very homophobic place before I moved to NYC, so I know what it is to be in a homophobic place.

And temp. jobs... Since I don't have any experience, and most jobs don't take temp job for two weeks or three.. I'm even thinking of working in a factory or warehouse, if they are the only places that hire workers temporarily (not even seasonal, but temporary). And in case there is no rents I can get during those two and three weeks vacation, staying in a bigger town would be better, since there probably would be a cheap dormitory style youth hostels (or hostels). The city I came up with so far is Memphis, TN, and I'm still thinking of New England area, but New England seems def more expensive than South.

Do you guys have any idea what towns might be a good move? I've only lived around New England, so I don't know anywhere below New York City well... Thanks!
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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New Hampshire might work for you
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:38 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I've heard Columbus, OH is quite gay-friendly, and relatively cheap. Don't know about the job situation though.

You might also look into upstate New York.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:37 PM
 
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I've heard Columbus, OH is quite gay-friendly, and relatively cheap. Don't know about the job situation though.

You might also look into upstate New York.
Yeah, I was thinking of Ithaca as a possibility.
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:20 AM
 
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Consider Ann Arbor, Michigan. It's a very liberal college town (University of Michigan) with a lot going on and the ability to sublet an apartment cheaply while many UM students are back at home while you're there over break. Ann Arbor has a very low unemployment rate as well (just 5.0%).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Arbor,_Michigan

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Old 11-10-2012, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Atlanta, GA
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