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Old 01-10-2002, 02:28 PM   #1
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Lightbulb For those who have an apartment, how much $$$ a month???

Just trying to get a general idea on how much you guys spend PER MONTH on EVERYTHING. This is any single person living in an apartment alone....

car

gas

cell

phone

rent

food

etc...

I might be moving out later this year, and I'm trying to figure out if I can afford it! Of course, my RS @ $600/month doesnt help

Thanks guys!
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Old 01-10-2002, 03:16 PM   #2
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Rent in Montreal is a lot cheaper than in other Canadian Cities.....

I'm looking at buying a house and I'm figuring about $1500/month for everything (mortgage, heat, hydro, phone, cable, taxes, etc.....)

In Ottawa, a one bedroom in a decent neighborhood with parking including would be about $1k per month....

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Old 01-10-2002, 06:10 PM   #3
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I agree with the $1k per month. I was paying $800 with a heated parking spot when I was down at playfair. There's also lots of carp you don't think about when you first start up, or so I found when I moved out of my family house in NS and to Ottawa.

* wonders if goosman is moving out and supporting himself with his skidplate business *



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Old 01-10-2002, 06:32 PM   #4
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I lucked out with my rent in Ottawa it seems. Im living in a 2 bedroom apt, good size, all new appliances, parking and heat incl and paying only $650/month. However people moving into the exact same size apt now are paying anywhere from 200-400 more a month then when i moved here a few years back. I say take a look around near the end of the school year if possible, usually the best deals and most vacancies around that time of year.

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Old 01-10-2002, 06:43 PM   #5
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Robin,

You might want to re-work those numbers unless you are doing a big downpayment.

I'd estimate $1600-$1700 with an average price house. Don't forget water, internet, insurance, alarm. If you don't have them already, you'll need a lawn mower, etc. I was surprised how much I spent on all these little things. I'd recommend that anybody who buys a house keeps about $5000 for these other expenses. Things like the utility hookups, inspections, needed household items, etc.

Gooseman: Food is going to depend on how often you eat outside of the house. The cost is shocking in comparison. I.e. $8 at McDonalds or $1.50 for a sandwich, desert and drink from home. Per month, that really adds up.
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Old 01-10-2002, 07:48 PM   #6
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d00f-well, I got my current full time job, the skidplates are a bonus! Well, if and when they sell....

who needs some skidplates?

apartments around here arent THAT expensive, unless you wanna live downtown. In and around the suburbs, you can find a nice apartment for less than $800/month. I'm looking for around $600.

But I'm wondering how much will be spent on other crap!

like how much do you spend on GROCERIES alone?


I got my car $600

gas $200

cell $40

internet $40

gym: $60

then I'd need rent $600

and food $200?

and phone: $35?


etc....etc.....

damn, it all adds up!
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Old 01-10-2002, 08:57 PM   #7
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Try these prices for comparison:

Up here in Yellowknife, stuff costs....

Apartment rent (or cubicle as I call it)
$1075 month

Cable TV + internet
$120

Car
paid for

Insurance
$40 month

Gas
free

Groceries
$300 month

Price for 1000 sq ft house trailer I'm considering buying
$170 000

..kinda pricey up here for sure, I'm lucky that I work for a good company!
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Old 01-10-2002, 09:46 PM   #8
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Well, you could save a bit here and there.

Depending on how your mobile phone plan is, you might not need a house phone.

That's all I have to add to this thread. Good luck with everything goosedude!
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Old 01-10-2002, 10:34 PM   #9
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590/month in Gatineau beach. 4 1/2 Condo with an individual heated garage... deal!

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Old 01-11-2002, 08:40 AM   #10
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Not bad Matt.....but where the hell is Gatineau beach???

TOO FAR! I'll probably stick to in and around Montreal....or Laval. I know its more expensive here, but everything is close by, all my freinds are here, etc....

Its pretty crazy....you can get a CRAPPY apartemement downtown for $600/month, but you go like 20-30 km's away, and you can get a SWEET condo for the same price!

I was considering getting a condo too....hhhhmmmmmm
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Old 01-11-2002, 08:54 AM   #11
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It's Gatineau, on the other side of the river in Ottawa

If I cross the river to Ontario, I DOUBLE my rent!! Income tax is lower, but not that much lower!

Good luck in Mourial, I had fun finding an appartment when I was at Polytechnique...

Which sector are you considering?

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Old 01-11-2002, 09:16 AM   #12
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I dont know...

I live in Ville St-Laurent now, and I work in Laval. So maybe Laval (rent is cheaper) or VSL, cause its so central! You can get ANYWHERE from VSL in like 15 mins! I'd like to live Downtown, but its pointless, since I dont work there, its too far from work and too $$$$ . Or TMR or Cote St Luc, NDG, (but the good parts). NO south shore! Hate the bridge!
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Old 01-11-2002, 05:39 PM   #13
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Originally posted by GooseMan
I live in Ville St-Laurent now, and I work in Laval. So maybe Laval (rent is cheaper) or VSL, cause its so central! You can get ANYWHERE from VSL in like 15 mins! I'd like to live Downtown, but its pointless, since I dont work there, its too far from work and too $$$$ . Or TMR or Cote St Luc, NDG, (but the good parts). NO south shore! Hate the bridge!
Do you have a maximum amount you're willing to spend on monthly rent? If not, then you might be best to try to decide which other criteria are most important to you: proximity to work, proximity to services, quality of neighborhood, etc. It might be easier to use a "process-of-elimination" approach to rule out certain neighborhoods based on your criteria.

If you're used to a high level of luxury at home right now, you might find it hard to adjust to the apartments in a lot of the neighborhoods in Montreal.

I'm paying about $700 for an average heated 2-bedroom place in Cote-Des-Neiges that has a heated garage. But I know a lot of people around my age that have started buying houses/condos in VSL. If I was moving, that would be one of the first neighborhoods I'd check out.
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Old 01-11-2002, 06:17 PM   #14
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Hmmmm...yeah, youre right, I AM used to the luxuries at home.

I'll prolly look around St-Laurent as my first choice....although, I do live there now, so I wont feel like I'll be leaving "home" per say. Have any more info on those apartments/condos?

I dunno how much I'll have to pay for rent! I'm trying to figure it out. prolly less than $600.

Are you gettin a nice place in cote des neiges? $700 for cote des neiges seems like a lot! cote des neiges isnt the best neighboorhood, or so I've heard, unless I'm wrong.
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Old 01-11-2002, 07:48 PM   #15
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Nope, Cotes des Neiges is definitely not ideal... Lived there 1 1/2 years when I was at Poly.. Mind you the closer your are to UofM, the best it is... Make sure to take into consideration the noise level if you go visit any appartment. Also, you can get a decent appartment for around 600/month. I had one on Edouard-Montpetit with a garage!

Good luck and shop around, visit a lot!

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