Wanting to move to New York alone, advice?
Well, I lived in Queens all my life, and a lot of what your asking depends on numerous things, such as your financial situation (Which doesn't seem above average if all you got is 4 grand and looking for roommates, so odds are you aren't finding anything in Manhatten itself (And to be honest you wouldn't want to live in Manhatten). Your best bet as far as area is Queens or Long Island, they are very residential areas mostly (Long Island more so then Queens), and if you drive make Manhatten easily accessable, though the trains in Queens sucks, there are no trains in LI that connect to mass transit for the most part, so living in L.I. would mean you must drive, or pay a ton for Amtrak. As far as tips of the city, stick to areas you know (Try not to get lost, though Manhatten is next to impossible to get lost in once you understand it), and stay out of dark alleys, lol. Seriously though, every neighborhood in the morning/afternoon hours are the same pretty much, though at night this changes (As we employ less police overnight). So for that purpose, if traveling at night, make sure you are accompanied (Especially if traveling to a new area of NY), and stay clear of the following neighborhoods at night (Much more so if you are female): Jamaica (Queens) Brownsville (Brooklyn) City-Line (Queens/Brooklyn Border) 125th up to 145 and St. Nick (Manhatten) Last, NYC is kind of funny in a way, most neighborhoods are pretty divided racially. You will find many whites in neighborhoods such as Howard Beach (Queens, I live there), Whitestone, etc. Then if you hit up Main street in Flushing, that is a large Asian desent area, Astoria has a lot of Russians, Sheepshead Bay has mostly Jewish people, etc. While we are diverse with our people, we still seem to suffer from segregation when speaking of where specific nationalities live. There are some neighborhoods (Such as Jamaica, Queens), which are very diverse ethnic-wise. But to sum up life in NYC for you, I can say it appears to tourists to be a much better place then it actually is, though I do love this state (And I would never leave it for good). I guess at first glance all the glitter and glamour seems appealing, but once you deal with it for a while (Or get raised in it all your life), it becomes the same old monotonous B.S. that any other state seems to suffer from.
Could an 18 year old college student live on her own in New York City, completely independently?
Okay, I'm not gonna write out my entire sob story. All you need to know is that my home situation is impossibly difficult and due to certain circumstances, my only choice may be to leave home. I'm not being an angsty 18 year old who is overly dramatic. I am a terrified, confused 18 year old who is trying to save her life because her parents are trying to ruin/end it. So my question is, can an 18 year old college student in NYC make it on her own in the real world? Please try to answer this as if it were a hypothetical situation, instead of lecturing me about how im being stupid. I have a part time job which pays $8.50/hour, and I go to a pretty cheap school (Brooklyn college). I was thinking that in order to afford school, I could take out student loans, possibly even for dorming, considering I need a place to live. I'm good at managing my money as well. Could I qualify for certain government provided benefits such as food stamps, health insurance, and financial aid? I've been paying my own phone bill for about two years now and that costs approximately $35/month. OR would it be smarter if I took a semester off from school, work about 2-3 part time jobs, save up, and THEN return to school. I've talked to a friend and they've agreed that if I want to stick with this idea, I could stay at their place for the semester while I work and save up. Other than a few close friends, I have no family member to turn to, please keep that in mind. Also, my mom is forcing me to close down the bank account that I currently have (which holds about $2000) and she's making me give all my money to her. If I close this account (with Chase bank), can I reopen it at a later time?
Teenagers, how much money do you have saved??
I live in New Zealand too! Where abouts are you from? I live in Dunedin. Anyway, I have about $1,500 saved up and I only started saving about 3months ago. I put away $100 a week, at least. My Auntie told me you should always try and save at least half of what you earn. If your Mum gives you $10 a week then you'll have $10 for txting a month (I'm guessing you're on telecom) and $10 for other stuff and try and save the other $20. You'll have heaps of money before you know it. I'm 17, I don't know how old you are but you could get a part time job if your parents let you. I work at Subway and you get paid $9.50 and hour before tax for under 16s. I know that New World is the same. Just see if they'll let you do a few hours on Saturday or Sunday. My Mum doesn't give me pocket money but she does spend money on me. When I lived with my Dad he gave me $50 a week and paid for my clothes and everything. I think for every NZ dollar, Its 1.5 US Dollars.
When should a child move out of their parents’ house?
By answering this question I’m gonna assume your between the age of 18–25?I believe there is stigma in America for moving out at 18. False.You should move out of your parents house when you feel ready to move out.But that’s the tough part.When you feel ready doesn’t mean waiting till 36 and feeling like now is the good time. Feeling ready is when you have some-what of a stable income and can provide for yourself (for the most part).Moving out when you feel ready does not mean leaving when you have a long period of feeling comfortable. I suggest leaving home the moment before you begin getting too comfortable.I personally believe the sooner you can financially leave the better for two particular reasons:You’ll learn to become more independent.You’ll taste the real-world and be consumed by daily challenges.My kids technically moved out at age 17/18 for college, but they moved back in after school and stayed still they were between 22 to 26 (I have 5 kids).My husband and I didn’t put any pressure on them, but we made sure they found a job, and started saving some sort of income so that when they were ready to move on, they’d be able to.BUT…If your not going to college and simply want to “grind” and work 24/7, you get a long with your parents, and you don’t feel restricted living at home, then by all means, stay at home till when ever.You’ll save a TON of money that you could be spending on more important things, like your first house!Once you have a sufficient amount of income saved, rent an apartment. This could be at age 23 or even 27. It all depends on the situation.
Do parents still have control over you when you turn 18 if you live with them?
No. Depending on where you live, once you pass a certain age, you are technically an adult. It’s 18 in most places.That having been said. If you’re still living in a house owned by another person, they can have a say over certain things. You can’t tear out the lawn, for example, and replace it with a rock garden without the owner’s permission.But that’s not what you mean by your parents having control. If you are living rent free, it’s kind of hard for you to argue against their continued interference in your life (who you should speak to, what you should do with your free time, etc). After all, it is their house, you’re their child, and they’re still paying for the roof over your head.Legally, certainly, you might have a case. My suggestion, if you can’t afford a place of your own, then offer to pay them rent, and demand an actual lease agreement. You will pay “x” per month, and they will act as landlords. Since, in all likelihood you will have to use the same kitchen and laundry facilities, include usage of these facilities as well. Basically, what you want to show your parents is that the only reason you’re still living with them is that you can’t afford your own place (incidentally, in today’s economy, that’s not a bad thing). Show them that you are willing to take an adult role in the household (dishes, laundry, maintenance, etc), and in exchange, you want them to treat you as an adult.All of that having been said - there’s nothing wrong with listening to what your parents have to say, and regardless of a lease, if you’re in the same room with them (or if they have your phone number), they’re going to tell you what they think (trust me, I’m 43, live a continent away and my mom still tells me what she thinks). And that’s fine. After all, your parents have been your age before, and they are likely to have decent advice for problems you might be facing. Just remember, you are and adult now, and you don’t have to listen to them if you don’t want to.As an addendum, my mom is still right, most of the time, even now.
Is there a minimum age for renting an apartment in New York City? Could a fifteen-year-old rent an apartment?
I need the answer to this pretty quickly. The question is, simply, is there a minimum age that one must be before being allowed to rent a New York City apartment?
How much do I need to move out?
It doesn't matter how much you've saved if you don't have a job which pays you 3x what the amount of the monthly rent would be because no landlord would rent to you. You need at least enough money to cover the security deposit and the first month's rent; some places might want the last month's rent as well - especially if you've never rented before. If you don't rent a furnished apartment then you will need enough money to buy yourself furniture and kitchenware but you can get those from places like Goodwill, Salvation Army and similar stores. Wish those other stores were around when I started out. As for the amount of the security deposit - that can vary greatly. Some places the amount of the security deposit IS the same amount as the monthly rent. Why don't you check out apartments in your area online now to get an idea or call some and ask how much they charge for security deposits.
Planning on moving from New York to Georgia?
I moved from NY to Atlanta. What to expect? Assuming you currently live around the city: -- you'll find housing much cheaper -- and much nicer --- here. If you're renting, for a fraction of what you currently pay, you'll likely find a place with a pool, maybe a work-out room, laundry hook-ups, etc. -- you can't be reliant on public transportation in Atlanta. While we've got MARTA, it's not as extensive as what you have in NYC. You'll need a car! -- Supermarkets are infinitely better in Georgia. Better selection, prices and common courtesy. Can you imagine a bagger in NY asking to take your bags to the car ... and not accepting a tip?! -- Friendly .... well, I think northerners have it over southerners. Southerners may sound friendly, ie. "come and see me some time!" but often say things that sound good, without any intention of following through. New Yorkers generally mean what they say. (Sorry. That's been my repeated experience.) -- Weather -- Atlanta wins, hands down. Although, a little bit of snow can shut down schools and businesses, since Atlanta doesn't have the capability to adequately clear the streets. Basically, come with an open mind. There are a lot of northerners living in GA (yay!) As another poster said, we've been hit hard by the recession and jobs are hard to come by... so use that as a gauge as to whether this is a viable move for you. Good luck!