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Hello everyone. First I would like to say thank you for looking at my question. I am 19, I have a part time job and the hours vary from 15 – 27 hours a week. Rate of pay is 9.25. I will be getting another part time job as well. That way I may be working 40 hours a week if not maybe a little less. I am looking for an apartment for rent in Chicago, IL. I have no criminal record, no misdemeanors, or anything like that. I don’t party, I don’t drink alcohol of any kind, I do not smoke, and I am usually always busy with school work, work, or with church. I do not know my credit score. I do have a credit card with Capital One. It is not MAXED out but I do owe some money.. Nothing that I cannot pay off immediately. I am a student in a city college in Chicago. I receive financial aid, it covers all my school expenses so the money that I make goes toward gas, food, and church. I have a 4.0 GPA. I was wondering what amount of rent should I be looking for, also I was wondering if there is any kind of government help for a student like me. I was thinking about dorming at a school, like UIC, but the costs for that is unknown to me. If any one has nay advice or even some references for me I would greatly appreciate it. If any more details are needed please just let me know. Thank You again.
Hi. I just wanted to thank the community for their time and answers. I also wanted to add a side question. How would I go about renting a room? Would I have to know someone or would I have to ask a random landlord?
Also additional is that I have worked at a Bank for a little over 2 years before this job now, I was not fired I voluntarily quit.

5 Thoughts on I am 19 yrs old and I need an apartment in Chicago, Il?
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    October 27, 2011 at 3:43 am

    No landlord will rent to you unless you are employed full time. You need a Parent to cosign the lease
    Your rental and living costs will be at least 2500 a month

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    October 27, 2011 at 4:36 am

    I would doubt any landlord would rent to you, not that your a bad person just to much liability.

    Better off finding a room to rent near the college.

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    October 27, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Renting is very expensive. Due to your age, limited employment history, limited credit history, and lack of a full time stable job it’s questionable whether a landlord would rent to you without getting someone to cosign the lease. Along with rent you need to take into consideration the cost for renters insurance, utilities, cable, phone, etc. It can be pretty expensive and you can’t back out of your lease in the event that you lose your job. There is no government assistance to help pay for student housing. Living in a dorm would probably be the easiest solution for you at this time.

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    October 27, 2011 at 5:47 am

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    October 27, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Instead of wasting your time and money getting denied at apartments (you would pay for the credit check) only to be turned down. I don’t think you make enough to rent a nice apartment and they would want better credit and full time employment. You should check at the school office. There must be a student union or something, you should not have to reinvent the wheel here.

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