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Old 07-03-2010, 04:20 AM
 
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I'll be attending community college in Berkeley this fall and I haven't got a clue as to where to start apartment hunting. I'll be moving with my boyfriend. In Berkeley, the cheapest studios that allowed double occupancy ran around $900 a month. We could afford this if we absolutely needed to live in Berkeley to attend school here, but we're hoping there are more affordable areas with an easy AC Transit commute to Berkeley. We're open to BART, but we'd really rather not take it if we both have an AC Transit pass. The college requires all students enrolled full time to purchase a pass so we would really like to make the most of it.

My dream area would be an area with an easy AC Transit commute to Berkeley. I would also love to be in an area with good, cheap food and lots of fun things to do. I dance pretty intensively and was in awe of all of the adult dance studios in Berkeley. Pretty much Berkeley had everything I needed: Fantastic commute, food, things to do, and dance. If I could get all of this in a more affordable area, that would be great. I don't mind commuting from a not so trendy area, as long as it's not incredibly boring and still has some character and fun things to do as well.

I really liked the prices I saw in Oakland. I also might be attending some classes at Laney College in Oakland in the future. Right now it's at the top of my list because of it's proximity to Berkeley and it's diversity. The only thing I really didn't like was the 40 minute bus ride from Laney College to Berkeley City College. But it's definitely something I'm willing to do if that means we'll save a good amount of money. I'm used to 40 minute bus rides anyways. We have a car but we'd really rather not use it. We love taking public transit.

Are there any other areas I should consider? Or is Oakland pretty much my best bet? If so, it would be great to know which Oakland neighborhoods to consider. Thank you so much for reading!
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA / San Rafael, CA
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There are cheap apartments in South Berkeley. Look around Dwight/Telegraph area.

I honestly wouldn't live in the "cheaper" areas of Oakland. There's a reason why they're cheap. Oakland has one of the highest violent crime rates in the country. If you can dodge the bullets, then make sure all your stuff is locked down, because Oakland also has a high rate of auto theft and petty theft.
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Old 07-03-2010, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Oakland it is mostly. You can check out Piedmont Ave or Adam's point as well. BART would be a lot faster. You can also try El Cerrito or Albany on the north end of Berkeley, but I have never really seen any bargain apartments over there. But they could be a bit closer.
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Old 07-03-2010, 02:59 PM
 
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Where do the low wage people live in the Bay Area? All the rents I've seen are sky high.

Is the Bay Area full of homeless burger flippers?
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Old 07-03-2010, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Is the Bay Area full of homeless burger flippers?
Some double up in rented rooms, some get section 8 vouchers, and others live or crash with family or friends.
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Old 07-03-2010, 04:16 PM
 
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Some double up in rented rooms, some get section 8 vouchers, and others live or crash with family or friends.
I thought section 8 was for families on welfare or social security. Can single working people qualify?

If so, I wonder why more people don't take advantage of it?
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Old 07-03-2010, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I thought section 8 was for families on welfare or social security. Can single working people qualify?

If so, I wonder why more people don't take advantage of it?
You're making the assumption that all burger flippers are single?
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Old 07-03-2010, 05:18 PM
 
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You're making the assumption that all burger flippers are single?
Many of them are young and probably single.

Okay, what about married couples who are both working at or near minimum wage?

Even those who make a bit more would have a hard time finding affordable housing.
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Old 07-03-2010, 05:35 PM
 
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I thought section 8 was for families on welfare or social security. Can single working people qualify?

If so, I wonder why more people don't take advantage of it?
Section 8 housing has taken a toll on North Berkeley. In the south it doesn't show up as badly I reckon. What you get are crazies.
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Old 07-03-2010, 05:58 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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Paying $450 a month each is very cheap for the Bay Area, I would go for it. Berkeley is a cool town and you'd be close to school.
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