rabenschlag
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HELP: What Kind Of Lifestyle Can I Afford?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 10:54 pm

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

r.
 
desertjets
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RE: HELP: What Kind Of Lifestyle Can I Afford?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 11:12 pm

$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.
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VSlover
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RE: HELP: What Kind Of Lifestyle Can I Afford?

Fri Jun 25, 2004 11:36 pm

indeed.

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
 
portcolumbus
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RE: HELP: What Kind Of Lifestyle Can I Afford?

Sat Jun 26, 2004 5:52 am

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:
http://www.ersys.com/usa/39/3918000/index.htm

Where are you going to school?
 
Guest

RE: HELP: What Kind Of Lifestyle Can I Afford?

Sat Jun 26, 2004 8:43 am

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!
 
rabenschlag
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RE: HELP: What Kind Of Lifestyle Can I Afford?

Sat Jun 26, 2004 4:25 pm

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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