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Would I live with a stranger to save $250/month?

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Housing Poll [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 11:12
I know this is highly subjective, but I'm going crazy trying to find housing in the crazy little town of Ithaca. Rent prices are on par with NYC if you want to live within walking distance to campus.

I can get a studio for $985 and a 2 bedroom for $1450. So if I find a housemate it would be $725/person, a savings of $260. Now I don't really know anyone else going to the same school, so i will have to post on the new student forum and see if someone wants to share.

I guess atleast I know none of them will be over the top crazy since they all have been interviewed and made it into the school. But the question is... can I stand them? Would it be rude to ask them a whole bunch of personal questions.

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Re: Housing Poll [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 11:20
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I know this is highly subjective, but I'm going crazy trying to find housing in the crazy little town of Ithaca. Rent prices are on par with NYC if you want to live within walking distance to campus.

I can get a studio for $985 and a 2 bedroom for $1450. So if I find a housemate it would be $725/person, a savings of $260. Now I don't really know anyone else going to the same school, so i will have to post on the new student forum and see if someone wants to share.

I guess atleast I know none of them will be over the top crazy since they all have been interviewed and made it into the school. But the question is... can I stand them? Would it be rude to ask them a whole bunch of personal questions.

Thanks, for your participation!


Hey, who in the right state of mind would go for anything but option number 3? :lol:
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 11:22
I picked the third option because of the screening option.

I have been wrestling with this dilemma for last couple of months. Sharing a roommate is obviously a cheaper option but there is always a doubt whether you would have the peace which you need to ace B-School.

I have had couple of bad experiences with ex-roommates hence I personally would like to have a house to myslef. But the savings is hard to ignore specially when you won't have any other source of income
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 11:31
FYI, if you can find apartments in NYC for that price please tell me! One bedrooms are aprox $2k per month and 2 bedrooms are aprox $2.5-3k per month. And those are basic apartments.

$1k for a 1 bedroom isn't horrible, but if you can find a fellow b-schooler, a 2 bedroom might make a ton of sense. I agree with jay, you MUST screen your potential roommates. 7/10 of them will likely be at least somewhat unstable.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 11:33
D@mn I should've left out Option 3 since it really isn't realistic. Who's ever heard of a hot girl in bschool?

One Good thing is that I can post in the MBA new student forums so my housemate will atleast be a fellow student. Meaning they will have the approx same work and schedule as me and we could even work together on assignments.

I'm more concerned about things like personal hygeine or personality conflicts...


PS - ok $1000 can't get a whole place, but you can certain share for $1000. But this is Ithaca we're talking about... if u drive 10 mins out, you can buy a farmhouse for $70k
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 11:44
I honestly don't know what to say because I myself am wondering about this.

I would prefer to have a roomate because of costs and because it would be more fun. On the other hand, if I could not get any work done because my roomate (...college memories) then forget it.

I don't think it owuld be rude to ask your potential roomate a bunch of lifestyle related questions. And even if it were, I'd still do it because it is not worth risking living with someone you can't stand.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 11:47
Was going to say no until I saw the third option.

Luckily i'm going to be doing #3 during my b-school tenure, only I already know the person.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 11:55
I definitely want a roommate for b-school but you have to make sure that they're compatible with you. I learned that the hard way this year. My old roommate moved out and I wanted to stay put, so I let someone move in who I didn't know very well. I also learned that being tolerant of alternative lifestyles doesn't automatically mean you'll enjoy being around it on a daily basis.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 12:25
What would be a tactful way to screen people when I post to the student forums?

I don't want to sound retarded and have my classmates laugh at me for the rest of the 2 year program :oops:
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 12:30
It's really up to you. Quick name three pet peeves of random strangers!!!

If one thing came up quickly, you're probably better off on your own. $2/300 won't kill you.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 12:31
fluffydot wrote:
What would be a tactful way to screen people when I post to the student forums?

I don't want to sound retarded and have my classmates laugh at me for the rest of the 2 year program :oops:


I would just offer to talk to anyone interested on the phone - normal people wouldn't think that was weird. Before talking to them, come up with a list of questions you would like to ask, and simply ask them. They are probably worried about ending up with a weirdo for a roommate too, so they might also ask questions.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 12:33
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FYI, if you can find apartments in NYC for that price please tell me! One bedrooms are aprox $2k per month and 2 bedrooms are aprox $2.5-3k per month. And those are basic apartments.


About 3 years ago, a friend of mine rented a studio around 33rd and 3rd for $1200. NYC real estate is ridiculous. A NYC one bedroom costs more than a 4 bedroom colonial in Buffalo.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 12:56
Go to Kelley School of Business in Indiana... you can get a palace for half that price. Or go with the girl... A hot and simple one!
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Re: Housing Poll [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 13:06
fluffydot wrote:
I know this is highly subjective, but I'm going crazy trying to find housing in the crazy little town of Ithaca. Rent prices are on par with NYC if you want to live within walking distance to campus.

I can get a studio for $985 and a 2 bedroom for $1450. So if I find a housemate it would be $725/person, a savings of $260. Now I don't really know anyone else going to the same school, so i will have to post on the new student forum and see if someone wants to share.

I guess atleast I know none of them will be over the top crazy since they all have been interviewed and made it into the school. But the question is... can I stand them? Would it be rude to ask them a whole bunch of personal questions.

Thanks, for your participation!


Interviewing potential roommates reminds of of this french movie called
L'Auberge espagnole (http://imdb.com/title/tt0283900/)
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Re: Housing Poll [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 13:07
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fluffydot wrote:
I know this is highly subjective, but I'm going crazy trying to find housing in the crazy little town of Ithaca. Rent prices are on par with NYC if you want to live within walking distance to campus.

I can get a studio for $985 and a 2 bedroom for $1450. So if I find a housemate it would be $725/person, a savings of $260. Now I don't really know anyone else going to the same school, so i will have to post on the new student forum and see if someone wants to share.

I guess atleast I know none of them will be over the top crazy since they all have been interviewed and made it into the school. But the question is... can I stand them? Would it be rude to ask them a whole bunch of personal questions.

Thanks, for your participation!


Hey, who in the right state of mind would go for anything but option number 3? :lol:


Agreed!!
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Re: Housing Poll [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 13:09
L'Auberge espagnole was awesome. Remember the question, "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?".
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Re: Housing Poll [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 13:58
lhotseface wrote:
L'Auberge espagnole was awesome. Remember the question, "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?".


Yeah that was hilarious!
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good one [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 22:39
Good one! I'm also considering 2 options: staying with a relative, will have 1 confortable room for very cheap or no money at all, but I have to be tutor and around with 2 naughty kids and 30 mins away from the school, or stay on an 3-bed room on-campus apartment with 650 bucks/ month for 9 months, share with other 2 people from the same MBA program or at least from the same school. Really tough to decide now.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2007, 04:16
Fluffy,

I love your NYC prices.

Personally, I voted for the hot chick just cause uhm, you wouldnt. But honestly, I'd rather live alone. You'll see this MBA people ALL the fricking time, and from what I hear, people at Cornell are at Sage a good portion of the day. I would much sooner just spend an extra $200 for the peace of mind of having my own place. Lots of reasons. One, if you live with a hot chick and you dont get her, that's just going to be frustrating. Two, if you need to bring a girl home and theres already a girl in your apartment, thats gonna be wierd and your new girlfriend is going to hate you for it. Third, no matter how much you screen, what if your roomate blows? Was it worth the $2,400 you saved?
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2007, 06:22
That's a tough one. I am a little on the super-frugal side (our heat is set at 62 right now...mmmm....toasty), but I have also gotten very set on the "I live like an adult now, thank you" lifestyle. Cornell has a major one-up on Duke only because I like being a homeowner and can't stand the idea of being a renter again. Being a renter with roomies? Ugh.

But I will say that you aren't going to spend a lot of time at home, so chances are good that you won't run into the person much. Also, it's really common in Ithaca for people to get housemates and be pretty choosy. Interviewing is definitely normal and ok. I often see posted notices like this:

We are: two fun womyn and a cat, nonsmokers, vegan.
You are: queer-friendly vegetarian or vegan who is looking for holistic community living experience.
High speed internet included.

I'm not kidding.
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