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16 hours ago, ayeshakhan said:

Alright, thank you. So, I would say that if I manage to find a roommate, my monthly expense should be about $700 right? 

So I am a new grad student at UChicago, and after spending a couple of weeks here I would plan for a little bigger budget. You can find reasonable rent in the Hyde Park area, especially if you are willing to squeeze an extra person in an apartment or live south of 59th street (a word of caution though is that, although you can find some nicer looking apartments between 60th-62nd, it rapidly becomes an unsafe neighborhood), but other expenses are really high. There are only two grocery stores in Hyde Park, both of which seem outrageously expensive, at least coming from Ohio, and my utilities are about twice what I paid in Ohio. There is also no discount shopping center like Walmart for basic goods unless you have a car or take a 20 minute train ride, so you are stuck at CVS or Target. It is a beautiful area and cheaper than many other neighborhoods in Chicago, but it is still city living and the costs add up!

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On 7/10/2018 at 8:58 PM, thenewkidaw71 said:

So I am a new grad student at UChicago, and after spending a couple of weeks here I would plan for a little bigger budget. You can find reasonable rent in the Hyde Park area, especially if you are willing to squeeze an extra person in an apartment or live south of 59th street (a word of caution though is that, although you can find some nicer looking apartments between 60th-62nd, it rapidly becomes an unsafe neighborhood), but other expenses are really high. There are only two grocery stores in Hyde Park, both of which seem outrageously expensive, at least coming from Ohio, and my utilities are about twice what I paid in Ohio. There is also no discount shopping center like Walmart for basic goods unless you have a car or take a 20 minute train ride, so you are stuck at CVS or Target. It is a beautiful area and cheaper than many other neighborhoods in Chicago, but it is still city living and the costs add up!

As someone who has lived in Hyde Park for a while now I would definitely say that if you have a roommate you can make around 750 work for housing costs. 

HP actually has 4 grocery stores! Treasure Island and Whole Foods are definitely not the cheapest places to go but, Hyde Park Produce is amazing! It doesn't always have everything you need but prices are great and so is Open Produce which is small but is open till 2 am. 

We also have a a Walgreen's and a pretty quality dollar store on 53rd and an Office Depot for school supplies and it is right next to an ACE Hardware. 

Hyde Park is a cool place with a lot of great things sometimes it just takes a bit of exploring to find it all! 

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On 4/15/2018 at 11:44 PM, raj95 said:

I'll be joining UIC this upcoming Fall. Can anyone help me with the Housing??? I am ready to commute 30-45 mins from my housing also. Can someone please help me with it with the rent details if possible. Any help is much much appreciated. 

I used to commute to UIC from Logan Square/Avondale. It's super easy, but CTA (from Damen to Logan Square) gets annoying in the morning with the crowds. You can also take the Metra two stops to Union Station and hop on the bus to UIC, it takes about ~35-40 minutes with waiting included. The 157 will take you from East campus to West. 

You can find a bedroom for $400-600 almost anywhere off the blue line, even Wicker Park if you do a well enough search. 

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On 7/2/2018 at 1:53 AM, ayeshakhan said:

What should be my expenses for a month on an average?

Depending on the neighborhood, you should be able to find a bedroom for $400-600. I have only heard of studios as low as $625 in Uptown, other places would be $700+ but under $1k. I don't think there's any reason for anyone to pay more than $600 for a bedroom in Chicago if they have more than one roommate. At the same time, some people have more safety concerns than I do and might opt to live closer to a train stop. 

As a single person, I used to spend $30-40 a week on groceries, sometimes less. Don't shop at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's if you want to save money. There are plenty of great grocery stores if you pick the right neighborhood, especially if you are in Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Logan Square, and nearby areas. You might have to hop on a bus, but most people do.  

During summer, your electric bill will be high with A/C. During winter, your gas bill will be high with heat. Make sure you save more than you think you'll need, especially if you are living alone. 

Internet is pretty cheap. 

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