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Old 01-20-2010, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Northport
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I don't know what my options are anymore. I am going to school at Farmingdale state college and I have been looking for apartments for months now. I cant find anywhere that is remotely affordable for someone with my income. I work a job that pays slightly over minimum wage. Even splitting the cost of an apartment with a friend of mine who has a very similar income we still cannot afford anything. Once school starts up again I'm not going to be able to stay home anymore there's been a lot of problems going on here but I just cant find any other options. So If anyone knows where I can find a cheap apartment I would be extremely grateful.
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:08 PM
 
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Where are you looking? Cheap price is most of the time synonamous with the quality of the neighbourhood. You could get something cheap in Wyandanch or Roosevelt probably...but, I dunno, do you really want to live there?

What is your budget per month to spend on rent?
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:17 PM
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Try searching craigslist or something for rooms for rent- sometimes you'll find something decent in a share for like 350 or so a month.
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:20 PM
 
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I used to rent houses with other kids when I went to Stony Brook. At the time, a basement apartment was going for $550 a month or so, a room in a slum lord house was costing me $250..I was probably making $7.50 an hour at whatever job I had.

Now a basement apartment is $800, and I think you could probably rent a house with 3 other people for $450 or so each, meanwhile minimum wage has barely budged. That's still a big chunk of your money going to rent, not including cable and phone and heat and cars and all that.

Aside from trying to get a job that pays more, which you should do, I would do everything in my power to deal with the problems at home and save up as much $ as you can. Maybe go to a temp agency or something.
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Northport
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At this point the location isn't my main concern, I just need to find something. Like I said my job isn't exactly the highest of paying jobs so I don't really have that much to spend couple hundred probably. I know on Long Island that really doesn't give me a whole lot of options
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:00 PM
 
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At this point the location isn't my main concern, I just need to find something. Like I said my job isn't exactly the highest of paying jobs so I don't really have that much to spend couple hundred probably. I know on Long Island that really doesn't give me a whole lot of options
You can probably rent a house real cheap in Wyandanch or Brentwood, neither being very far from where you live. Get some other people together and get it done.
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Old 01-20-2010, 04:55 PM
 
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Get a second job. The only way to fix your debt issue is to bring in more money.
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:19 PM
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Have you checked the student bulletin boards at your college? You may find other students that are looking for a roomate(s) to share the costs for housing/apts. This site also mentions a student newspaper as a likley source of possible roomates.

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The bulletin boards at the Office of International Education Services, 3rd Floor of the Mitchell Building (Phone: 301-314-7740); local newspapers such as Newsday and The Rambler (student newspaper), for possible roommate opportunities.
More info:
Change Your Life At Farmingdale (http://www.farmingdale.edu/international_education/resource_guide/daily_living/housing.html - broken link)
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:38 PM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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Could you dorm? I know that Farmingdale (unlike Suffolk Community) has on campus dorms.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:17 PM
 
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Room for rent
Furnished room, private bath, cable, internet, utilities (http://newyork.craigslist.org/lgi/roo/1562056407.html - broken link)
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