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Old 07-16-2009, 06:09 PM
 
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Hi all,

Seeing as cost is the biggest topic in the SF forum, I figured I'd ask this question out of curiosity: What is the bare minimum amount of money needed to live in the city? Let's say one of the "cheaper" neighborhoods (not the Tenderloin or any other violent area), a single person, no kids, no nightlife, no car, eating ramen every night.

Curiosity killed the cat, but what can I say? I'm really curious about this.
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Old 07-16-2009, 07:45 PM
 
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Bare bare minimum? You don't need ANY money.
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Old 07-16-2009, 08:10 PM
 
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If you are asking about bare minimum SF/Bay area is not for you.
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Old 07-16-2009, 08:17 PM
 
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If you are asking about bare minimum SF/Bay area is not for you.
I never said I thought it was for me, did I? I only said I was curious. Thanks for answering the original question though. You have been very helpful.

P.S. I'm assuming there are students in the bay area who aren't from wealthy families. Wouldn't it be nice for us poorer folks who wish to find opportunity in the BA to know how much we'll need to save up in order to live in the BA while we're in school?
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Old 07-16-2009, 08:28 PM
 
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Ok, here we go the bare minimum is homeless. For the college student if you rent and have assistance (parents, loans, a job) then you are not getting by with the bare minimum. If it is not for you not sure why you are asking the question. People get by but it is EXPENSIVE. So if you ask more specific questions you might get better responses.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:03 PM
 
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Okay, here goes ... I would say maybe $450 a month for a roommate situation (possibly actually sharing a bedroom) - check Craigslist - and maybe $150 minimum for food. Then that assumes no phone plan, no transportation (or Muni pass), that you have no current debt whatsoever, that you will have no unexpected bills (health-related or otherwise) and that you never go out. So, given all that, I would say around $600 per month or $7,200 per year net, approximately $9,000 gross.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:14 PM
 
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$24,000 yearly income
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:37 PM
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Hi all,

Seeing as cost is the biggest topic in the SF forum, I figured I'd ask this question out of curiosity: What is the bare minimum amount of money needed to live in the city? Let's say one of the "cheaper" neighborhoods (not the Tenderloin or any other violent area), a single person, no kids, no nightlife, no car, eating ramen every night.

Curiosity killed the cat, but what can I say? I'm really curious about this.
if you want somewhere at all affordable in the city, it will be a violent neighborhood. i wouldn't even consider the TL a violent neighborhood. yes it has a lot of pushers and junkies, but not many shootings. cheap in SF: public housing/ section 8
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Old 07-17-2009, 10:15 PM
 
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Ok, here we go the bare minimum is homeless. For the college student if you rent and have assistance (parents, loans, a job) then you are not getting by with the bare minimum. If it is not for you not sure why you are asking the question. People get by but it is EXPENSIVE. So if you ask more specific questions you might get better responses.
Basically what I'm saying is I don't know if it is for me or not. How much would a student need to live in the city and afford the basics? Obviously I did not mean homeless because I specified certain neighborhoods. I'm asking the question out of curiosity to see just how EXPENSIVE it is to live there. I'm still undecided on possibly living there or not.
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Old 07-17-2009, 10:19 PM
 
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Okay, here goes ... I would say maybe $450 a month for a roommate situation (possibly actually sharing a bedroom) - check Craigslist - and maybe $150 minimum for food. Then that assumes no phone plan, no transportation (or Muni pass), that you have no current debt whatsoever, that you will have no unexpected bills (health-related or otherwise) and that you never go out. So, given all that, I would say around $600 per month or $7,200 per year net, approximately $9,000 gross.
Thanks. That sounds like a pretty good deal for living in SF. I wonder how possible this is?

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$24,000 yearly income
This is roundabout what I had in mind. I know there are quite a few people who tend bars or work at restaurants and live in the city.

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if you want somewhere at all affordable in the city, it will be a violent neighborhood. i wouldn't even consider the TL a violent neighborhood. yes it has a lot of pushers and junkies, but not many shootings. cheap in SF: public housing/ section 8
Would you happen to know how many people in SF live in public housing/section 8 housing?
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