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Old 05-09-2010, 04:18 PM
Location: Denmark
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Cost of living in LA / NYC?

Hi all, could use a little help.

I want to go study in LA or NYC (same school) next year, but don’t know how much it will cost to live there, I’m going to be there for a minimum of 20 months, maybe 2 years.

The problem with LA is transport, I would have to buy a car which would bring up the price, but allowing me to live further away from the more expensive areas. This then would bring the price back down a little.
In NYC a Metrocard would be enough, cost $100 per month, and needs no fixing, gas etc.

A place to stay, I need the cheapest available, roommate(s) would be best right? Just a bed to sleep in, privacy I can get in the bath. The price is much the same I think LA or NYC, $600 - $850 per month, right? Everything included.

Food, would $500 per month be enough, where I live now (Denmark – one of the most expensive places in the world) $400 is enough. I am doing the cooking myself, cheap foods, pasta, bread etc.
I don’t need steaks or anything fancy, I don’t need to eat out in a restaurant once a week.

Fun, I don’t go clubbing (hate it), I don’t drink that much, a few beers somewhere with friends would be fine, and I don’t smoke. Maybe a show every now and then, I really don’t care for these things, last time I was at the movies was back in 2001. Prefer to watch a dvd with friends.

Extras, laundry (important), toilet paper etc. how much?
Maybe a cheap phone for local calls.

I don’t need to go shopping for new clothes or anything.

I’ll be studying, studying, studying and studying. Just need to live like a student, a little food in my belly, a place to sleep and clean clothes.

Also, what’s the atmosphere like in these places? And what are people like, how would they treat me? (might be a strange question, but you'd be surprised of how people treat others around the world)

Which place would you choose?

Is $1,250 - $1,500 per month enough? Please be, please please please

Thank you

I'll be 27 by the time I'm leaving.
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Old 05-09-2010, 04:57 PM
Location: Astoria, Queens, you know the scene
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NYC > LA, no comparison. Your budget is enough as long as you get a cheap room in the outer boroughs for $600 and share the apt with roommates.
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Old 05-09-2010, 05:02 PM
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Don't listen to the previous poster. LA is much better than NYC for the life you are seeking. Between the two, don't even bother with NYC.
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