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Old 02-19-2009, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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600 is pretty low for an apartment in Chicago, but it is doable, even in a (relatively) safe neighborhood. You're not going to be living in a lakefront high rise on the Gold Coast, but there are studios in Rogers Park or Logan Square (decent neighborhoods, for example) which are close to the train. Obviously if you are amenable to roommates, that expands your neighborhood options and even allows you to live in some prime areas.
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:25 AM
 
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Dallas or Atlanta.

Chicago has a better transit system than any of the others, but your budget won't get you anything there except a plywood box on the corner (maybe). Denver is a beautiful city overall but it's definitely a car town.

Atlanta's MARTA system is "workable" if you don't have a car. It's not in the midst of any kind of expansion (building on it is basically stalled out), but it hits some of the major spots. You could in theory use it, taxis, and an occasional Flex Car and get around decently well. Atlanta might be in a slightly worse financial shape than the other cities, though. There was already an issue of money mismanagement with the city going on before the recession hit, then the bust on top of it, so it's in a somewhat bleak stage with police, city workers, and fire personnel being laid off left and right, currently. From conversations overseen online, the other cities you mention while still "tight" financially like all others right now, might be in slightly stronger shape than certain aspects of Atlanta.

Dallas is a similar city as Atlanta (with fewer trees) but their light rail transit system is in the middle of a pretty large expansion, so once done it'll be pretty darn extensive. From quick financial reads, they seem slightly less dire in the city finances than Atlanta is right now.

Your rent budget is low for ANY of the cities you mentioned, unless you're willing to get a small 2BR place in a "soso" area and have a roommate to split it with (Dallas or Atlanta). In Chicago, you might need a third roommate.
One of my friends lives in an Apt in Buckhead he caught a special for 1 bedroom at 640 a month and washer and dryer is in it you may be able to catch alot of complexes with specials going on Roswell rd has some inexpensive apts but Marta does hit the main areas and buisness districts alot of that work downtown use the train and DUnwoody/ sandy springs use the trains
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Old 02-19-2009, 10:45 AM
 
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One of my friends lives in an Apt in Buckhead he caught a special for 1 bedroom at 640 a month and washer and dryer is in it you may be able to catch alot of complexes with specials going on Roswell rd has some inexpensive apts but Marta does hit the main areas and buisness districts alot of that work downtown use the train and DUnwoody/ sandy springs use the trains
But...typically in Atlanta, it will be nearly impossible to find something in the $450-600 range. When I was renting in the early 90s, I never found an apartment for less than $750/month - and that was rare. Maybe rents haven't increased dramatically in the past 10 years, but I'm thinking they have.

Of course, you will find cheaper apartments as you go further out into the suburbs...but I'm not sure you will find much (that is decent) for less than $600/month.
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