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Your Questions About Apartments For Low Income College Students

July 4, 2012

Mary asks…

Riverside Community College Student, need advice on moving out of home to apartment?

Alright, here is the situation,

It’s time to move out and start living either on my own, or with 2 friends. what I would like to know, can three people with low income jobs (damn near minimum wage) live in a dirt cheap 2-bedroom apartment and pay for utilities and internet (TV is a waste of money, hook a computer up to a tv and you got all you could ever watch for free).

what kind of housing is recommended in a situation like this?

please, be as brutal as you have to with your answers, I can take a hit.

Administrator answers:

Sounds like what a majority of young people, students etc. Try to do but after watching “Judge Judy” over time, this seems to be the most abused arrangement
very rarely does this work but if you try it make sure you lay out the parameters to all the participants, get it all in writing and their signatures(oh yes, if they are minors they can’t sign legal papers).

William asks…

Is $11,000 too much to pay for dorm rooms?

I’ll be attending Columbia College Chicago this fall and am about to sign my housing app with the $500 deposit enclosed.
I know that it would probably be wise to stay in the dorms my first year, considering that it will be both my first time in college and in such a big city. However, the price is giving me anxiety. I doubt that in my lifetime(after graduation), I will ever have the luxury of spending $1,200+(per person) for a 2 person apartment. I’m just thinking that I might severely regret spending half a year’s salary on a 9 month living space. Why is it a necessary in such a financially trying time(being a poor college student) for luxury living to be peddled at us as something that is mandatory. You would think that with the financial struggles in mind, they might reserve a low-income complex for college students(at the small sacrifice of walking distance, so we’d have to take taxi’s or busses to school.)Instead, we have one choice and that is super-expensive prime real estate. I guess it’s all or nothing. Busses are actually a huge hassle. Maybe I should rent a Bentley to go with my swanky loft just for the school year. What’s a couple extra thousand here and there? I won’t be paying it till I’m out of school. ..(I’m just being sarcastic). This cost of living just seems to defeat the purpose of attending Columbia for the low-tuition.
Would you pay this much?
If you are a college student living who has lived in the dorms, how much are you paying(and what college do you attend)?
Do you think it is necessary?
Do you think THIS is necessary for college students? Take a look:
http://www.chicagoapartmentfinders.com/short_term.asp

Administrator answers:

Way way way too much. You can get your own appartment for that ammount, with far less rules and a lot more space! Dorm living is overrated, because the college experience is far more comfortable outside of dorms plus you don’t have the added annoyance of tight quarters, likely exposure to menengitis and the restrictive use of hotplates/microwaves/toasters, etc…

I personally always enjoyed the simple living during college that to me reminded me of something from a kerouac book, and to me I thought living in a tight spot in an urban area while going to school would be my only chance to feel the essence of the era… Now, I am in a 3 bedroom house with a formal livingroom and dining room, breakfast nook and all that jazz, and I feel like I have too much! I would love to go back to simple living again…

Live on your own, get room mates if you need to cut costs and stay close to the area you’ll be in. I know from my trips to chicago they have a wonderful mass transit system, so you would be fine even living somewhat of a ways away from school and taking the trains to school if you needed to. Enjoy the experience because after college you’ll be spending plenty of time in the suburbs and you’ll miss the excitement of urban living.

Robert asks…

Help with housing assistance programs?

Hi,

My boyfriend (20), and I (17, two months shy of turning 18) are wanting to move out and rent our own apartment together. We both have jobs, he is in school full time, and I’m working full time currently but am starting school this coming semester. We are scared of how we would afford it. We’re definitely low income. What two college students aren’t? I was wondering if anyone knows of any government grants/programs/housing assistance for NY state? I have googled until my eyes have bled, lol. I haven’t found anything worthwhile. I know the programs are out there, and we would probably qualify but I just need some direction. Also, does anyone know the eligibility requirements for food stamps and/or other government help?

Any help you could give would be very much appreciated

Thank you.
Excuse me Bobbi? I am a 17 year old working full time, providing for myself fully currently with NO help from either of my parents. Why should I not accept any kind of help that is out there? Pardon me if I sound rude, but I am taking great offense to what you said. You don’t know the type of life I live, so stop the judgment.

Administrator answers:

The scary part is that you are totally accepting of government assistance.

Donna asks…

Does anyone know about housing assistance programs?

Hi,

My boyfriend (20), and I (17, two months shy of turning 18) are wanting to move out and rent our own apartment together. We both have jobs, he is in school full time, and I’m working full time currently but am starting school this coming semester. We are scared of how we would afford it. We’re definitely low income. What two college students aren’t? I was wondering if anyone knows of any government grants/programs/housing assistance for NY state? I have googled until my eyes have bled, lol. I haven’t found anything worthwhile. I know the programs are out there, and we would probably qualify but I just need some direction. Also, does anyone know the eligibility requirements for food stamps and/or other government help?

Any help you could give would be very much appreciated

Thank you.

Administrator answers:

Yea, it’s called financial aid. Check with your college.

John asks…

I have two homeless, possibly 6 (maybe more) week old kittens. HELP!?

Okay, I recently became foster parent to two 6 (possibly more) week old kittens. My neighbors were moving, and I had told them my mother was looking for another cat, and my brother may want to give one a home.
So, they have to move, and tell me that I can take them and see if my mother and brother wanted them, if not I can take them to the ESPCA.
My mother and brother will both take one of them. However, these kittens have fleas, and my mother already has a cat. I don’t want this new cat introduced to her Sassy, without being properly deflea’ed and tested, with their shots.
Due to a program that provides assistance (in the form of a spay/neuter, testing, vaccinating, and flea treating) to low income people (or college students, like me), I can take them to this program for 60 dollars a cat.
However, to take the cat in for surgery and his shots, they need to be over 2 months.
At best, the owners think the kittens were 6 weeks.
So, until I can get these cats into the program for an appointment, I need to wait a few more weeks.
My mother will not take the kitten (as she shouldn’t) before it is “vetted.” My brother might, as he has no other cats, he is just concerned about the fleas in his apartment.
I already have three cats of my own, and these kittens are living in our downstairs bathroom. My cats have seen them from afar; two have no problem with their presence in the house, my orange tabby hisses.
So, my question is, is there a safe flea treatment OTC I can get for the kittens? I know all about Hartz and everything they sell OTC. But I can’t get the good flea stuff from a vet, until they go in for an appointment.
I guess I’m asking what other people would do in my situation, and about the flea treatment.
Thanks!

Administrator answers:

Well, I found this information when I did a search. There’s more on the page I’ve referenced.

“The vet clinic I work for also has a shelter license, and we rescue kittens and cats. We’ve had MANY stray and sick litters come in this year, most of which were covered in fleas. We make sure that the environments are treated where the little ones will be staying. We recommend Flea Stoppers powder, as it’s non-toxic to pets and kids and has no smell. It also lasts for a year! Better than those messy, dangerous bombs or sprays…. If the kittens only have a few fleas, this will keep them from multiplying and infesting them.

If you start seeing a bunch of fleas, you can apply 2-3 DROPS of Advantage to each one to help kill of any fleas that are on them. Also, if they are really infested with them, you can get some flea/tick shampoo from vets (we carry EctoKyl) and you can dilute this and give the babies a short bath to get rid of them. If you do this, be sure to dry them quickly and then put them in a nice warm bed (a heating pad with a towel over it works great).

If a flea problem is left too long, the kittens can lose enough blood to become anemic, and can die from this if left untreated. So, keep a close eye on those fleas and seek vet help if you need it.
Good luck.”

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