Facebook | Jason Gerraughty: Living Expenses! Please help me!

Facebook | Jason Gerraughty: Living Expenses! Please help me!.

I’m trying to figure out living expenses for the cities I might be moving to for grad school:

Kansas City, MO
Austin, TX
Vancouver, BC
Austin, TX
Madison, WI
Boston, MA
Stony Brook, NY

Please help me out by letting me know how much the average student’s rent, utility, food, and transportation costs are.  I could use all the help I could get!

  1 comment for “Facebook | Jason Gerraughty: Living Expenses! Please help me!

  1. 03/10/2010 at 9:05 am

    You know, I was going to post this on FB last night until Firefox decided to crash.

    Since you mentioned Boston, I figured I might as well give you the breakdown for the costs I have incurred while living here for the last 6 years of living by myself or with roommates in a 2-2.5 bedroom apartment. Make note that I have jumped around the city a couple of times.

    Here are your constant utility expenses:
    Electricity: ~$85-90/mo This is for two people in a 2.5 bedroom apartment leaving only the necessities on. That includes fridge, power strips and a desktop PC with a 400W power supply.

    Natural Gas: ~$210-225/mo Being from New England, you know how cold winter is here. Avoid oil heating at all costs, your heating costs will go up almost $200 or more! Most apartments include hot water for heating as it only makes sense.

    Internet: Depends on your package. I currently run a Comcast Business connection at $204.90/mo but you can always find $100 dollar deals on Television and Internet. I can live without television and just have really fast and reliable internet.

    Mobile Phone: I’m sure you have one of these and pay a monthly rate somewhere around $80.

    Rent: ~$1100-1300 in the suburban areas of Boston (Watertown, Dorchester, West Roxbury, Arlington, Somerville, Medford,) ~$1400-Sky is the limit for inner Boston, Cambridge, Allston, Brighton.

    Transportation: $59/mo unlimited use T Pass. The good news as you know is that there is somewhat reliable public transportation here. The bad news is that it’s still the MBTA and has been in a $2bn death spiral for the last 5 years. But all hope isn’t lost! It still works to an extent and should be able to get you around to where you need to go within the metro Boston area. That said, your living expenses won’t be compounded with the costs of automobile transportation (gas, car maintenance etc.)

    Now with all of this being said, you can still find deals on Craigslist where real estate agents are renting properties with Heat and Hot Water included. The caveat is that most of these properties are small and usually a 1 bedroom/Studio which may suit your need but definitely worth looking into.

    Either way, let me know if this helps. If you need more info on Boston, ask away!

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