3 friends, 15k, from NJ, currently Waiters and looking to transfer to Tempe in time for Spring Semester

Asked by rilbioalmonte_1, Tempe, AZ Thu Jan 31, 2013

is the cost of living a huge difference? would we be able to live comfortably? and are credit scores really a big deal considering we're college students?

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Ryan Buckley…, Agent, Fountain Hills, AZ
Wed Feb 6, 2013
Hey man, let me know if you need help looking for a place.

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Jose Dias, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Fri Feb 1, 2013
In my experience it is very difficult to answer your question regarding cost of living. As you can expect it all depends on how you spend your money. There are a few websites that try to give an insight into the differences between cities. If you google cost of living comparison you will find a few that let you input your current city and where you are planning to move to and it will give you an idea of the differences.

Not sure what you meant by 15k. Is that how much money you make? Or the amount you have saved?

Three working people should have no problems finding a good rental for around $1,000 to $1,400 in Tempe.

Any REALTOR here, me included, can help you find a nice place to rent.

I hope this helps.

Jose Dias, REALTOR
(623) 418-5700

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Steffy Hrist…, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Thu Jan 31, 2013
Please give me a call and also check some of my listings - across from ASU.
Yes, you will be able to live comfortably ... you can probably rent a three bedroom home for around $1200 per month, maybe less.
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June, Both Buyer And Seller, Phoenix, AZ
Thu Jan 31, 2013
Negative marks on your credit score are always bad, it does not matter who you are or how much you make. Short credit history may not be too bad for landlords.

Cost of living will be lower in Phoenix - but as a waiter you will most probably also make less. But, at the end you may be better off here - especially as a student.

Comfortable living is relative and nobody can answer that for you.
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BParker, CPA*, , Scottsdale, AZ
Thu Jan 31, 2013
Hi bioalmonte:

Is the $15K your combined incomes or money in your pockets?

Your housing should be cheaper, while food, gas, etc., probably not that big of a difference.

If looking to rent, credit scores can be overcome.
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