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Old 07-03-2008, 06:56 PM
Location: Anchorage-lower hillside area
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I just received a very good full time year round job offer in Anchorage, and moving to Ak will be a lifelong dream come true for me. The problem I'm running into is that my company may not approve a relocation package, which may mean I'll be tossing everything in storage here in the lower 48, and flying up there with what baggage I can check on an airline.

Could take me a couple weeks to a month to find a place to live, as I won't be coming up there before the move. Here's my question...

Are simple rooms for rent for short term something that's generally available up there? and also, since I'll be leaving my car in the lower 48, how's the public transportation system up there? Particularly in the winter (I'm thinking city buses mainly)

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 07-05-2008, 10:52 AM
Location: Fountain Valley, CA
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I'm sure you could find a short term lease at any APT complex. Anchorage is really no difference than the lower 48 when it comes to that stuff.

As for the bus - it is great if you have to use it. You may not want to stand in the cold too long, but they run great in the Winter. Downtown bus stops are mostly covered. Mid town and out are ususaly just sign posts so you will be standing in snow waiting.

What part of town is work going to be? I could help you little on the areas.

Good Luck

Oh yeah! I had a 6 month lease on a fully furnished apartment. Not a bad place. Just the basics. Included Cable (But no TV) and everything. All you had to pay for was Phone if you even got one. I just used my Cell. That was abpout 5-6 years ago so I can't tell you what the cost is now. Good central location too. I can let you know more about it if you interested.
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Old 07-07-2008, 01:49 AM
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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I would suggest you go to adn.com (Anchorage Daily News website) and start perusing the apartments for rent ads. Some places will allow you to sign month to month leases, others require a 6 month to 12 months lease. There are furnished apts. for rent as well.

You might consider contacting a property management company for help on finding a place. Many do not charge the renter for their services, but are remunerated by the property owners. Also, if you are planning a permanent move, you might consider selling all but your most prized possessions and starting over. A lot of things you could probably box up and mail to yourself (once you know where you will be staying) or have someone mail to you rather than try to survive with only what you can bring on the plane.

Good luck!
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Old 07-10-2008, 03:02 AM
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I'd recommend checking out: http://anchorage.craigslist.org/

There are plenty of ads for apartments...and roommates, too.

The bus system downtown is fine, but depending on where you'll work the stops aren't nearly as "plentiful" in other areas of town (and not very frequent, either). You can google "People Mover" for our local bus system.

Good luck with your move!
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Old 08-22-2008, 07:34 PM
Location: Anchorage Alaska
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there are plenty of lower rent places here; plus hostels until you find what you want. Try craigslist for anchorage. Umm, one more thing, about your "very good year round job offer", remember everything up here is twice as expensive as from where you're coming from. So keep that in perspective before you rush up here.
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