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Q&A: What is the minimum amount of money you need to make a living in Boston?

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Question by Will M: What is the minimum amount of money you need to make a living in Boston?
I currently live in Phoenix Arizona and i graduated high school last summer, I love Boston but i don’t know if it’s a good idea for me to move there yet because i’m only 18 and I don’t have any college level education. Any suggestions?

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Answer by Chris B
Boston is a fairly expensive area. If you plan on living in the city a 700 square foot apartment run more than $ 850 to 2,000 for a nicer one. You schould look for jobs before you get there because the cost of living and type of jobs avalible might be alot diffrent that AZ>

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3 thoughts on “Q&A: What is the minimum amount of money you need to make a living in Boston?

  1. ShouldBeWorking says:

    Well, Boston is one of the most expensive cities in the country to live in. Especially if you want to live directly down town. If you live outside of the city by a mile or two, you’d save a bundle in rent, but you’d need to factor in extra transportation money and time. I would suggest trying to secure a job, and make sure you have a good amount of money in savings, before you consider the move. It wouldn’t be so bad, espeically if you could find a roommate to share an apartment with. Basically, if you like the feel of a big city, it’s going to be expensive, same as Boston would be, so just plan accordingly. People make it, so I’m sure you could as well. Just be practical, conservative, and plan ahead.

  2. Lady In Red says:

    Definately not – not yet. Because it is very expensive here. Even people WITH college degrees and tradespeople like electricians, are finding it difficult to make ends meet without a second income or roommates.

    If your heart IS really set on coming to Boston, you can get an apartment or house with 4-5 other roommates and split/share the rent. It is not impossible for you to do that. There are plenty of young people in your situation who are students and who are living this way. But it is not easy living with so many people with diverse personalities.

    Do you have any work experience? If not, you are looking at perhaps McDonald’s type positions. Perhaps your family or their friends may have some connections in Boston. Perhaps an entry-level office position. There are several hospitals that have great training programs for young people like you.

    I think that your best bet all around is:

    The U.S. Dept. of Labor Job Corps, there are 3 Job Corps centers in Massachusetts here – the center closest to Boston is Grafton, but you want to go to the center that will train you in whatever career path you want to follow. They accept out of state candidates and you will be housed on their campus. You or your family do not have to pay for this service.

    They offer training on some very lucrative career choices, such as: Business Clerical, Computer Technician, Transportation Communications Union (TCU, an advanced trade), Sun Microsystems Unix Training (an advanced trade)Culinary Arts, Automotive Technician, Health Occupations (includes CNA, EKG Technician, Dental Assistant, and Phlebotomy),Carpentry (with United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America), Cement Masonry (with OPCMIA), and Painting (with International Painters and Allied Trades Union) to name a few!

    For more info…
    MA Job Corp Website
    http://jobcorps.dol.gov/centers/ma.htm
    Grafton Website
    http://grafton.jobcorps.gov/
    Shiver Job Corps Website, Devins
    http://shriver.jobcorps.gov/
    Westover Job Corps Center, 103 Johnson Drive, Chicopee, MA 01022, Tel: (800) 533-0051, Tel: (413) 593-5731, Fax: (413) 593-5170. This campus is located in the western part of the state. There is no web site listed at this time.

  3. Killer Chick says:

    Just set your mind on going to college. When you finish college, you can get a job and move wherever you want.

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