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Old 09-21-2017, 06:11 AM
 
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With a maximum budgeted rent of $1300 most of the recommendations thus far would put you into a roommate situation given the amount is well below market value for a desirable/safe option in a good area. Close-in suburbs of Chicago would work well within your budget as well as cities like Richmond and Indianapolis (which could be a great fit).
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Old 09-21-2017, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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Thank ya'll! This is very helpful. I've heard Rochester is a great city and lot of people enjoy living there. I've also heard that there aren't many jobs there though. I'll still be working in insurance when i move while I study to become an interpreter. I can't move without a job so that's my only concern with Rochester. Thank you for all the links and suggestions that definitely makes me want to go visit but I'll have to do some more research for the job thing.

I think Chicago is a great city but I'm getting some pushback from my parents who were born and raised there but the company i work for now has an office there so that is a perk.

Yeah I'll look at Philly a bit more as well. And thank ya'll for the interpreting/deaf tips as well, that's very helpful too !
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Old 09-21-2017, 12:43 PM
 
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Thank ya'll! This is very helpful. I've heard Rochester is a great city and lot of people enjoy living there. I've also heard that there aren't many jobs there though. I'll still be working in insurance when i move while I study to become an interpreter. I can't move without a job so that's my only concern with Rochester. Thank you for all the links and suggestions that definitely makes me want to go visit but I'll have to do some more research for the job thing.

I think Chicago is a great city but I'm getting some pushback from my parents who were born and raised there but the company i work for now has an office there so that is a perk.

Yeah I'll look at Philly a bit more as well. And thank ya'll for the interpreting/deaf tips as well, that's very helpful too !
If you can't find anything in Rochester, Buffalo has companies such as Geico, National General Insurance and Travelers in the area. It would offer similar things as Rochester(a hour away, give or take) in terms of what I mentioned, but you have access to Canadian cities such as Hamilton and Toronto(has a big Caribbean festival in Caribana) within a short drive as well. It has an even lower overall cost of living as well.

There's this program at the University of Buffalo: http://emilyglennsmith.wixsite.com/ubaslprogram

https://catalog.buffalo.edu/courses/..._language.html

In terms of neighborhoods, Allentown, Elmwood Village, North Buffalo and maybe even in the Parkside/Vernon Triangle/Central Park/Canisius College/Hamlin Park area around Main Street/the metro rail line may work. In terms of suburbs, perhaps parts of Amherst, Cheektowaga and even the Kenmore/Tonawanda area area some that come to mind.

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Old 09-21-2017, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Denver
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With a maximum budgeted rent of $1300 most of the recommendations thus far would put you into a roommate situation given the amount is well below market value for a desirable/safe option in a good area. Close-in suburbs of Chicago would work well within your budget as well as cities like Richmond and Indianapolis (which could be a great fit).
A friend of mine lived in a 1bd in Pilsen right off the Damen stop for $800. $1300 seems more than enough, right?
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Old 09-21-2017, 12:57 PM
 
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A friend of mine lived in a 1bd in Pilsen right off the Damen stop for $800. $1300 seems more than enough, right?
Yep, Wicker Park is a very desirable area of Chicago.
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Old 09-22-2017, 03:17 PM
 
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If you can't find anything in Rochester, Buffalo has companies such as Geico, National General Insurance and Travelers in the area. It would offer similar things as Rochester(a hour away, give or take) in terms of what I mentioned, but you have access to Canadian cities such as Hamilton and Toronto(has a big Caribbean festival in Caribana) within a short drive as well. It has an even lower overall cost of living as well.

There's this program at the University of Buffalo: http://emilyglennsmith.wixsite.com/ubaslprogram

https://catalog.buffalo.edu/courses/..._language.html

In terms of neighborhoods, Allentown, Elmwood Village, North Buffalo and maybe even in the Parkside/Vernon Triangle/Central Park/Canisius College/Hamlin Park area around Main Street/the metro rail line may work. In terms of suburbs, perhaps parts of Amherst, Cheektowaga and even the Kenmore/Tonawanda area area some that come to mind.
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Old 09-22-2017, 04:12 PM
 
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If you're not into the outdoors, don't move to Colorado. It's extremely expensive out here, and while winter is nothing to those of us who've been through worse, its long. The mornings and nights are already getting cold and that'll be true until June. I'm also not into outdoors activities, and there's not much else to do out here. Denver is a snore of a city. Atlanta has much more to offer and is within driving distance of a lot more.

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Old 09-22-2017, 04:27 PM
 
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Thanks a bunch for sending this information. I'm still looking into NY.

I think my top right now is Chicago, IL. I have family there which is nice. There is a college there that offers an interpreting degree but I'll have to look more into that. It's a bit expensive right in Chicago so I'm looking for some cities close to Chicago that might be a bit cheaper but maybe no more than a 30min drive from downtown Chicago.
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Old 09-22-2017, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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If you're not into the outdoors, don't move to Colorado. It's extremely expensive out here, and while winter is nothing to those of us who've been through worse, its long. The mornings and nights are already getting cold and that'll be true until June. I'm also not into outdoors activities, and there's not much else to do out here. Denver is a snore of a city. Atlanta has much more to offer and is within driving distance of a lot more.

JB
I agree about Colorado. I'm sure it's nice to visit but it's not a place for me to live. Yeah ATL has so much to offer and it's not crazy expensive so it's hard to find a city that matches.
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Old 09-22-2017, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Thanks a bunch for sending this information. I'm still looking into NY.

I think my top right now is Chicago, IL. I have family there which is nice. There is a college there that offers an interpreting degree but I'll have to look more into that. It's a bit expensive right in Chicago so I'm looking for some cities close to Chicago that might be a bit cheaper but maybe no more than a 30min drive from downtown Chicago.
I would go with the city. When you live in the suburbs, you live and move around the suburbs more than you think. It's definitely affordable with your budget.
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