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Old 07-06-2015, 08:15 PM
Location: Seattle, WA
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Hi, everyone.

I live in Minnesota and I'd really like to move out of the frozen North after I finish school at the end of this year. I'm hoping someone here can tell me where're the most affordable suburbs in Washington. Although I plan on having a job lined up before I even move out there, I think the major cities might be too expensive, but I'd like to be as close to one as I can afford to be. I'm not totally sure what my budget will be, but I'm hoping to find rent for around $600/mo, maybe $700. Keep in mind, I don't expect to have my own place to start off. I fully expect to have roommates in a shared house or apartment. I'm okay with that. Everybody seems to think these cities are prohibitively expensive; yeah, if you're looking to live alone, but it seems like any place is more affordable if you're willing to share it. Eventually, I want my own place, of course, but I'm used to having roommates, by now.

But I digress. Does anyone know where I can live for $600-$700/mo - with roommates - that's close to a bigger city?

Thanks, everyone. I appreciate your help.
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:08 PM
Status: "Enjoying the winter" (set 25 days ago)
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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This is not the frozen north, in fact last winter we had no snow in Western WA
and very little even in the mountains. It's been in the 90s for a week.

Look at the listings in Cheney, WA. As a college town there are many shared rentals at $300-400, and apartments for $600-700. It's only 20 minutes from Spokane, and does get much colder in winter with an average of 40" snow over 34 days.
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Old 07-07-2015, 05:47 AM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Most any suburb in WA (not including nearby Seattle) will work for a 'shared' space under $600/ month.

Name your weather (Climate) / school / career / entertainment / recreation / employment needs and we can fix you up.

What is your skillset?
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:42 AM
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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The most affordable suburbs (Lynnwood, Federal Way, etc.) can be difficult to live in without a car - you'll be working or riding transit (work, shopping, appointments, etc.), but not much else.

Most room shares, on the other hand are in the central Seattle area (Capitol Hill), U District, Queen Anne, Ballard, etc.), where you can easily live without a car. It'll also give you much better access to the Seattle area job market. Living without a car can easily save you $500+/month. That should allow you to raise your budget up to $850/month or so:


You can probably find a room-share in a walkable Tacoma neighborhood for $500/month that won't require a car. Tacoma has a significant job market, but not near as big as Seattle's - you can commute to Seattle on Sounder, however.
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