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HELP: What Kind Of Lifestyle Can I Afford?  
User currently offlineRabenschlag From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 1080 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2223 times:

dear all,

soon, i will move to the US on a scholarship. i will be paid $2800 a month and i will be living in columbus, ohio. this is taxfree and healthcare is included.

i have no idea how much this is in terms of purchasing power / housing etc. i know that there are huge differences in the US. regarding housing, my impression is that columbus is rather on the cheap side of things.

dear fellow a.netters: can you help me to get a perspective?

thanks in advance


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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7906 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2205 times:

$2800 tax free??? That is a little more than what I make before taxes. Assuming that the cost of living in Columbus, OH isn't sky high, and I doubt it is... you should be very comfortable. Assuming you are stuck with a ton of credit card debt or student loans, you should have a considerable amount of disposible income.

Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineVSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1904 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2195 times:


at $2800 per month TAX FREE, in COLUMBUS, you will be able to afford yourself a rather comfortable lifestyle.

assuming of course your books are all going to be paid for as well. the price of college books is evil

User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1623 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2154 times:

Columbus is relatively cheap. A very nice 1 bedroom apartment in the suburbs would be $400-$600 in all the but the most ritzy of neighborhoods.

As far as housing, depends where in Columbus you'll be staying. I live on the northeast side of the city, and a nice 3 bedroom house should be under $180,000.

Some more info on Columbus:

Where are you going to school?

User currently offlineBoingGoingGone From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

Most people in Columbus make about that and have to pay taxes and insurance. Enjoy your stay and get your happy butt up to Cedar Point before you leave!

User currently offlineRabenschlag From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 1080 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2080 times:

hey folks,

this really sounds reassuring. a friend of mine went to boston two years ago on a comparable scholarship. and this year was not too funny incomewise.

@ portcolumbus: i gonna be at OSU as a post-doc.

cheers, r.

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