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Old 04-04-2010, 03:01 PM
 
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I have one cousin seriously considering moving from Spartanburg, SC. to DC.
My question is will he be able to stay anywhere in the city or suburbs for under $500 a month. Living down south is cheap and he is a E-3 in the National Guard.

Is there any hope for him to find similar rent in D.C. or the burbs?

Can you list some people you know that are looking for someone to share rooms with them?

His current rent is currently $200 a month in Spartanburg but he's looking to experience life in the big city!

He really wants to live in the city but if its necessary he will go to the suburbs...

Thank you all for the help.
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Old 04-04-2010, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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I don't think $500 would even be enough in the rough parts of the city. Suburbs are also highly unlikely unless he moves to the 'exurbs' (basically the furthest away suburbs).

Do Guardsmen get BAH?
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Old 04-04-2010, 06:40 PM
 
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Yea i think he does receive a BAH for housing. but I was telling him its highly expensive up here he said he's making around $2000 a month..... So im not sure wat $2000 a month will get him
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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$2000 a month will not get him much at all. There are 1 bed apartments that run that much.

If he gets BAH that would be a great help to him. Although $2000/mo not going toward housing will still be very tight, especially if he lives out in suburbia and has to drive everywhere.

I don't know what your cousin does for a living, but if he's serious about living comfortably in this area he'll need to make sure that he has a secure job that pays decently before coming here. It's an unfortunate reality that this area isn't very middle class-friendly for the most part.

edit: IDK how he'd feel about it, but depending on his income he can probably qualify for federal and state assistance programs.
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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Without seeking subsidized housing, there are no options within the Metro area for $500/month. You could be willing to commute 90 minutes and still have trouble finding housing of any sort at that price. The closest you will be able to come to $500 is by sharing housing with a roommate. Even then, you'd have to live outside DC in the 'burbs. My best advice would be to start searching Craigslist to see what's realistic.

The median income in DC in 2008 was $58k. In Montgomery County, MD the closest MD county to the downtown DC business district, the median income was about $94k. In Fairfax County, VA, one of the VA counties that borders the city, the median income was $107,000. Even if you can find a way to live very, very frugally, you will likely not be happy in this area living on one fifth to one half of the median income level. He'll hardly have enough money to pay for transportation, let alone "experiencing" the city.
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:54 AM
 
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I have one cousin seriously considering moving from Spartanburg, SC. to DC.
My question is will he be able to stay anywhere in the city or suburbs for under $500 a month. Living down south is cheap and he is a E-3 in the National Guard.

Is there any hope for him to find similar rent in D.C. or the burbs?

Can you list some people you know that are looking for someone to share rooms with them?

His current rent is currently $200 a month in Spartanburg but he's looking to experience life in the big city!

He really wants to live in the city but if its necessary he will go to the suburbs...

Thank you all for the help.

Even receiving federal assistance, he needs to re adjust his thinking period. Its more expensive to live east. Coming from Detroit myself, I had to do it.

Its tough because what I would pay for luxury here is RANK in DC. And the same goes for the south. So you need to triple that 500 and that's for a studio.

500 a month will get a room in someone's home but not a place on his own. And if you want to cheaper than that the suburbs is your best bet. Its not that much cheaper, its just more space for the same price.

Please tell him to do his research THOROUGHLY!! Is he driving in DC, taking public transportation, what about utilities, extras???

Just saying, he needs to make a budget and begin to get his mind ready for the same quality AT MUCH HIGHER PRICES.

Sorry, this is not a put down to DC. But what you have to offer is the same as any place, you just pay a higher premium for it. That's all.

Peace out.
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Old 04-06-2010, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD
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his cost of living as an E-3 would be adjusted for living up here I would think if he's in the military, but he would still of course be paying a heck of a lot more.

everyone has said everything that already needs to be said.
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