Graduating This Year? Find The Most Affordable Neighborhoods For Graduates

Posted April 01, 2015 by

Are you walking across the stage to accept your diploma in 2015? Congratulations! It’s likely been a long and sometimes even difficult road. Now that you’re about to get your degree, it’s time to think about what comes next.

If you’re lucky, you’ve already landed a job in your chosen profession. If you are like most college graduates, that new job will take you to a brand new city. Starting your first job after college in a city that is new to you can be even harder when you have to find a place to live and aren’t’ familiar with that city’s neighborhoods.

HotPads rental website is helping 2015 college graduates moving to urban areas find the most affordable neighborhoods in which to start their search. They’ve created a cheat sheet and interactive map to so new graduates can see how much they of their salaries they will pay in different neighborhoods, depending on their profession.

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The cheat sheet — Rent Here, Not There – highlights some of most popular professions for 2015 and suggests different neighborhoods where renters might want to start their rental search, based on how much of their new salary they want to spend on rent.

Are you a civil engineer moving to Washington DC for your new job? If you want to live in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, you’ll likely be spending nearly half of your salary on your estimated $2,000 per month.

If you are a teacher moving to The Bay Area, you might want to consider living in Alameda, San Leandro or South San Francisco, where you will spend less than 30 percent of your salary on rent. Living in Oakland and many neighborhoods in San Francisco, teachers will spend over 40 percent of their salaries on rent.

Moving to the Big Apple after graduation to work in public relations? Living in many popular neighborhoods in Manhattan, including Greenwich Village, The Upper East Side or Midtown will eat up at least 70 percent of your salary. Commuting to work from a neighborhood in Brooklyn or New Jersey can help renters save big.

Kristy Hessman writes for HotPads, a rental search website that makes it easy for you to find your next place in the city.

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