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Old 02-11-2012, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Delaware
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Ok so I'm moving to Seattle in April and basically Im in need of some advice. First I'm planning on moving with about 7k. I've been researching apartments but I'm concerned due to the fact that I won't have a job, my credit is just"ok" and lastly I'd like to live in a decent area. Ill Basically just be flying out with 3, 50 lb bags(max weight limit for check in bags), bike bag, of course myself, and then Ill have some boxes shipped to my cousins. I been there a few times to visit so I'm semi familiar with the area.

So here's my questions:

Is 7k enough?

Can I skip all the rental requirements by just paying 6 months up front?

Would I have pretty open options on places to live having not so decent credit?

Anyone familiar with apodments?



Thanks for the help!
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Delaware
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any help would be great
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:38 PM
 
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7K could be enough, but we don't really anything of your spending habits, et. c. There are people who came out with less... there's even a whole thread about where people chime in their experience: Moving with $6,000 and no job People talk about their living situations on that as well.

I can't answer about apartment and credit thing because with people I know, its very inconsistent. I've seen people with excellent/good credit have a hard time securing a place-- and people securing a place even though their credit is horrid. If you're that concerned about the apartments or find that they all won't accept you... broaden your options by looking into renting a room in someone's house (always do your due diligence) or look into an extended stay hotel.

I looked up "apodments"... interesting. Seems that Calhouns Properties have locations that are very central (close to Seattle DT). It sounds like a relatively new concept... why not give it a try and come back... let us know of your experience.
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:39 PM
 
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try finding places with roommates, that can be had for 400 a month or so on the lower end, then try and find a job. 7k wont last you for long unless you live cheaply.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Delaware
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Thanks for the replies. Yea ive been looking into these apodments but they seem tiny. as for my spending habits, im a little on the stingy side with my money. I have about 7 years of bartending exp. so im pretty confident about landing a job relatively quick . Trying to secure a place to live from 4000 miles away isnt the easiest but im confident.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:00 AM
 
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Default Moving to Seattle

I'm coming with just 10k. I think the best thing to do, especially if you might be by yourself, is to find a place to room with other people. That's what I'm planning to do. With just 10k I can't afford a $1000 one bedroom apartment, especially if I don't have a job when i get there (which I don't think I will). I'm going to fall back on waiting tables (which I have no experience doing but I've been in customer service for almost 8 years (I'm 23)) if I can't find anything more tailored to what I'm looking for (entry level IT). If you want to trade notes send me a message. I've done an insane amount of research in 8 weeks.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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I moved out here from Georgia with a car full of clothes and electronics and $2500. I had a job and a place lined up though.

Too risky a move otherwise since I had no family or friends here.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Delaware
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Well the good part is that I do have a cousin who lives in Seattle so I'll have some support. I called the apodment place yesterday and more than likely I'll be moving into there for my first 6 months (paying the entire lease up front).They have a new building going up in first hill opening the 1st of April. I mean for 650 with all utilities included, you can't really beat that. I mean yea it's kinda small but it's cheap, in a good area, and it'll get me on my feet. Also all apodments come with new beds up in a lofted area so that's one more cost that's out of the picture. Counting down the days until April 24th! And yea Huey message me with some stuff and I'll do the same
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Delaware
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Quick update: signed my lease today. Super excited and surprisingly I only had to pay a 450 security deposit due to my credit being better than I thought. I will being paying few months upfront though to get ahead and in reality I'll have about 4k saved to move with (not counting rent money)
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA! Finally! :D
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Congrats! I managed to skip the short-term housing altogether and bagged a studio apt on my trip last week, so was really surprised! It's in an awesome area (top of QA hill) so I can pretty much walk/bus to anything if I don't feel like driving. I guess the fact I'm currently employed in TX combined with excellent credit and savings enable me to get approved even with no job there. The landlord wasn't surprised at all by my story, so I guess this happens alot! Bring on April!
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