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Old 07-19-2012, 02:56 PM
 
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Default Living cost in San Jose

Hi everyone,
I'm new to the forum here. I'm from San Diego and I'll be going to SJ so I need some advices. Here's some info about myself:
I haven't got my B.S degree since I had to drop out of school to support myself. It's been up and down but anyway I just got a job offer at Intel from a recruiting agency starting 60k per year. I know SJ is one expensive area so I'm just wondering is it enough for a single person to live on that salary?
Also I'm gonna look for a place to live in the area (preferably a 1 bedroom apartment) so any recommendations or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:01 PM
 
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Yes, you can live on 60k in San Jose as a single person. Keep your expectations low (minimal luxuries for you) and you will be fine.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:08 PM
 
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Yes, you can live on 60k in San Jose as a single person. Keep your expectations low (minimal luxuries for you) and you will be fine.
Thanks for the response. I'm looking forward to save as well so I hope it will be enough to cover my expenses and stuff. Also I'm totally clueless about housing and the area so any addition info is appreciated.
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:02 AM
 
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Seconded, 60K is fine for San Jose as being single. Housing is extraordinarily high here, a studio apt costs at least 1000, and that's for a non-luxury building. Having a roommate might be an option if you want to save.
Cheap car and not much going out will probably help the budget as well.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Newark, Ca
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The salary is definitely do-able. What are you looking for in a neighborhood? That could help us give suggestions on what areas to look in.
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:29 PM
 
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I'm ok with sharing with a roommate, I just don't think sharing a room in a house with a bunch of people is a good idea since I don't really have the time to find out as I need a place ASAP. Maybe like a 2 bedroom apartment for 2 people would be ideal.
I might have to go up there sometimes next week to look for a place close to Intel. And since I have no clue about the area,
I'm just looking for a nice, quiet neighborhood since I'm gonna spend most of my time working. I don't go out that often so when I stay home, I just wanna make sure that I'll be comfortable. Hopefully that might give you an idea to help me out.
Thank you for all the suggestions guys
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:01 PM
 
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Figure that San Jose is 24% higher to live overall than San Diego, and housing is 43% higher than San Diego.

Using that as a base, you can easily figure how well you will be living in San Jose.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:04 PM
 
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I think rents in general are going up in San Jose on a daily basis, I have been watching rates and they are still rising.

If your single, with no pets, no debt, car paid in full and don't mind living in a closet that salary will work.
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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Is it really that bad? I still have student loans and such and even though my car is paid off, I'm thinking of getting another, definitely not brand new but affordable so I can pay off within 2 years. Besides the housing cost, what else should I be worry about?
Also, the zip code that I'll be working at is 95054 and I found that it's really expensive there, any other locations that close to the area but cheaper? I'm not asking for walking distance but preferably no more than 30 mins driving.

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Old 07-21-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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Is it really that bad? I still have student loans and such and even though my car is paid off, I'm thinking of getting another, definitely not brand new but affordable so I can pay off within 2 years. Besides the housing cost, what else should I be worry about?
Also, the zip code that I'll be working at is 95054 and I found that it's really expensive there, any other locations that close to the area but cheaper? I'm not asking for walking distance but preferably no more than 30 mins driving.
The rents are going up, if you find a place to live that you like and can afford you should put a deposit on it the same day because odds are it will be gone the next.
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