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Old 11-13-2015, 05:30 PM
 
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Dear City Data Forum,
Hope everyone's doing well! I've just stumbled into one of the unluckiest fortunes here in Ohio. The roommates that I was assigned to split rent with are having a no show and I have a few thousand dollars saved up. I live here in the north/east in Ohio where the rent is really cheap and so is the pay.

I'm more of an open mind free thinker type of guy and it's coming to the point where I will have to take the whole load $1,000/mo of my 6 bedroom house to myself. I am thinking of possibly just breaking the lease and instead moving to a city where I know it will benefit more from my skills in photography, graphic design and technology. After all, I did study computer science in college.

I've spoken to a few friends in San Francisco and they really don't have much help as far as housing can give me.

Would it be safe to just move there and then find places that's cheap to stay and just go job hunting for about a week or two then land a job?

Just wanted to see what I should be expecting. Or if anyone can give me advice.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Horrible idea. Don't do it. Thank me and everyone else who says the same thing later.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:33 PM
 
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How so? Please explain.

I heard SF was really a good positive nurturing environment where your ideas can run wild type of deal.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Reading PA
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No don't do it. Either you will have to move into an expensive roommate situation, stay in a shelter or move into a bed bug infested SRO. If I were you I'd take my chances where u are for the near future and find some boarders.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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Go there without any kind of a plan, and you'll more than likely end up becoming one of the horde of homeless people there. At least you can ride the BART to get some sleep without fear of being mugged in the Tenderloin District.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas/SF Peninsula/South Lake Tahoe
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That plan or lack of has a high probability for failure.
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Old 11-13-2015, 06:25 PM
 
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SF and the whole bay area is rough to survive even with a plan. Im not sure how some folks do it.

I lived right next door to sf over summer and am moving back soon for work. But its not easy. Job competition is big here and unless you are a really good candidate companiescan afford to keep looking. I made it as the final candidate for a job...they wanted someone more entry level so they relisted the position.

I guess you could be homeless...but that's nothing to aspire to.

Buckle down, research, and have a job that pays enough before moving here. If sf is really in your heart you can move somewherenearby (sac for example) so you can beclose enough for in person interviews. But still try to get a job and access to a toilet and shower lined up beforehand

Good luck!
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Old 11-13-2015, 06:31 PM
 
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How so? Please explain.

I heard SF was really a good positive nurturing environment where your ideas can run wild type of deal.
It used to be like that in the 1970's and 1980's. Now bring $3400/month for a junky 1 br apartment. Your $1000/month might get you a small room in a bad part of SF.
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Old 11-13-2015, 06:52 PM
 
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No.

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Old 11-13-2015, 06:59 PM
 
Location: IL/IN/FL/CA/KY/FL/KY/WA
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How so? Please explain.

I heard SF was really a good positive nurturing environment where your ideas can run wild type of deal.
That was 20-30 years ago. Now you have to practically win the lottery to find a roommate situation for $1,000 a month and hope it's not in the worst area of town. When you're competing against people who can write a check for the first 6 months of rent or more up front, moving to THE MOST EXPENSIVE CITY IN THE US (caps for effect...duh), that you're really committing financial suicide by moving here without a job. Prepare to consider yourself homeless if you try it.
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