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Old 02-20-2009, 09:16 PM
 
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I'm relocating to D.C. from Chicago in the early summer and feel totally overwhelmed looking at apartments on the web. I'll be attending Georgetown, and don't mind a commute...less than and hour would be nice though.
I'm looking for a studio/1 bdr around 1,000/month-no frills needed, just something in a relatively safe neighborhood and clean! I've been looking mostly at Alexandria. If anyone has any recommendations for complexes or general areas to check out, I would really appreciate it

p.s. I can't believe how pricey everything is.... I thought living in Chicago was expensive!!
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:03 PM
 
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I would not look further than Arlington.
Great area with tons of young folks around.
You wont find one bedroom for 1K, but if you get a roommate, you might be able to.
Look at Ballston, Rosslyn, Clarendon and Courthouse areas.
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:30 AM
 
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You'll probably have better luck just renting a room in a house. It will be quite difficult to find a decent 1br apartment for only 1k. Yes, prices are ridiculously expensive here! Good luck.
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:21 AM
 
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You are definitely looking at rooms for rent or apartment sharing. Are you in grad school or just starting out? This will determine what you want as well
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Old 02-28-2009, 04:19 PM
 
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Go to homesdatabase.com, it has a map feature that will show you the location of the available rentals. That will be helpful if you don't know the area. They will not be luxury apartments, but they will be listed by real estate agents who will help you with your search. The commission (which is small) will be paid by the landlord, so it won't cost you anything to use an agent.
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:20 PM
 
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If I were you I would rent a room in Gtown with other people that go to your college. DC has better options for going out. In NOVA there is Clarendon or Ballston for nightlife. Also, traffic might get on your nerves going from VA to DC in the morning anywhere from 6-10 and then again coming home rush hour is between 3:30-8. You would be so much happier being right in the mix of things where you could walk to class, bars, nightclubs, and fancy boutiques. Plus it always costs me about $18 to park in some garage whenever I go to Gtown b/c I can never find street parking.

Another DC option would be Dupont Circle. It would be around $1400 for a small studio there. Be careful of the places you find in NOVA or DC that are advertised as cheaper than market rent. They are probably in really bad areas. There are def some bad areas in Alexandria. You probably won't find any studios in decent areas near DC for $1000 unless you lived way out in Loudon county.
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:26 PM
 
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$1,000 was my starting point as well.

You might have to increase it to $1300-1400, like I did.
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