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Old 08-31-2011, 02:04 PM
 
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I am trying to move here and have been dead set on it for years. Only now is it maybe a possibility, but I am wondering if it's a pipe dream. Most of my friends from college, who are my age (around 26) live there, so surely it doesn't take great riches and tons of work experience to survive there. But I've heard that its only the rich who can afford to live there and enjoy the amazing nightlife, culture, music, art and festival scene I have been dying to be a part of. Any thoughts?
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Old 08-31-2011, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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You don't need to be rich to live here--just okay with having a couple of roommates. If you just have to live in your own 1 bedroom apartment by yourself and plan on participating in all of these cultural events every weekend, then you'll need a good income.

You really only need to be wealthy if you decide to settle here, buy a house, raise a family, etc.
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Old 08-31-2011, 02:51 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Depends on your definition of "rich".
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:25 PM
 
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There are activities for all different budgets, but if you're planning to attend the symphony, opera, ballet, etc., every weekend you'll be spending a lot more money than going to free street festivals.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:34 PM
 
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Get a room in an apt with roommates for around $700-800, live without a car, and you can get by on around $15-18 an hour. It's true though that SF has gotten more and more expensive. Only 4 or 5 years ago the city felt a lot more economically diverse in terms of class and there were a lot more people in their early 20's, now it feels a lot more dominated by yuppies who are in their late 20's and 30's. Oakland right now feels like SF did around 2005 which makes me wonder what Oakland will be like around 2015 or so.
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Los Altos Hills, CA
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There are activities for all different budgets, but if you're planning to attend the symphony, opera, ballet, etc., every weekend you'll be spending a lot more money than going to free street festivals.
Basically.

Any budget can have fun SF.
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:46 PM
 
Location: SW King County, WA
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Money certainly helps, but I've been a broke ass college/grad student for years here and had the best years of my life.
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:56 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, California
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Basically.

Any budget can have fun SF.
even the homeless get free entertainment and participate in street festivals, it's in their backyard
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:56 PM
 
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Money certainly helps, but I've been a broke ass college/grad student for years here and had the best years of my life.
...So you live in San Francisco? You should update your profile.
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:29 PM
 
Location: The Bay and Maryland
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SF is no different from DC or NYC. They are all expensive cosmopolitan cities with vibrant culture and nightlife. These are cities where people do commute to party. Bay Area residents don't call SF "The City" for no reason. However, as others have stated it is completely doable and affordable with roommates. SF has become very gentrified and there are many vibrant neighborhoods that are great for people like you. Although I live on the East Coast, I visit SF multiple times a year because most of my family lives there and I grew up there. But I am trying to move back too. I am also a young professional in my late 20's who would probably have the same living arrangements as you if I did move back. SF makes the top ten list for many best places to live for young professionals/recent grads:

Top 10 Best American Cities and Places for Young Professionals

Best Cities for Recent College Grads? You Might Be Surprised - Careers Articles

However, I think the challenge of initially moving to SF would be finding a steady income in the Bay Area. The job market has pretty much sucked everywhere in America since about late 2007. Although San Jose tops the list of one of the best job markets in the country, it is no secret that finding gainful employment is tough for even the most educated and experienced individuals anywhere in America. You may not have this problem. Just as anywhere else, you may have to scrape by with a few crappy low-paying jobs to make ends meet at first.

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