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Old 09-02-2008, 01:31 PM
 
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I'm from a small town and am desperate to leave. I've been considering moving to DC to make a fresh start. Although I don't have a job in the area yet, I'm a recent college graduate with good grades. My savings total only about $1500, so I'd have to find very cheap lodging while looking for a job.

Is this feasible--or pure folly?
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Old 09-02-2008, 01:58 PM
 
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Personally, I wouldn't relocate without a job. Though it's not impossible to get one, it can take a while, and $1500 will not get you far in DC (maybe a month or two). I understand being desperate to get out, but I'd still advise that you stay put for now, save money, and apply like crazy. As soon as you get an offer, head on out.

That said, if you really must do it, try looking at sublets or renting a room in a group house. Those would probably be the cheapest options in the area. Might not hurt to consider a part-time job just to help with the bills in the meantime. Depending on where you go, you might even get some health insurance out of the deal.
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Old 09-02-2008, 02:37 PM
 
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I'd use temp agencies (like AppleOne) to find something to get you on your feet (they usually have a job for you that same day), and once you're situated you can strive for the job you really want. It can be hard to come here with no job and no housing.
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Old 09-02-2008, 03:12 PM
 
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I think $1500 and no job is too scary. The very cheapest housing option must be at least several hundred a month, so what are you going to do if it takes over 3 months of find a job? Would you be willing to work anywhere? If you got a temp job to pay the bills, would you be able to find the time to search/interview for a more ideal job? I think I'd want to save up some more if I were you, and really think through what your options would be if you couldn't find employment quickly.
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