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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 a room 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. 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.
As for those who actually answered the question thank you very much. The credit card is not in negative standing, as for Horse- very NOT funny, and henry hawk, not very helpful.

4 Thoughts on Im 19 years old and I need to rent a room,?
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    October 26, 2011 at 4:29 am

    You can randomly ask a landlord.

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    October 26, 2011 at 4:49 am

    I am from Oklahoma so my answer might not be pertinent there but I will answer from my perspective and try to help. Part of getting an apartment will depend on how long you have kept your current job and if you have any rental history. If you haven’t had your current job for at least a year and you don’t have any rental history you will probably have to at least pay a higher deposit on an apartment.

    As for renting a room I would recommend speaking to people you know at school because usually you can find a room by networking. Otherwise maybe you could try something like Craig’s List or another classifieds list but you would really have to do your homework on the person before you moved in with them.

    I’m not sure if you can rent a dorm without actually attending that college but if you could I would definitely go for that option. There is additional financial aid for people staying in dorms and you might be able to get room and board with financial aid leaving your other finances for savings and such.

    I’m pretty sure your GPA isn’t going to be of any use anywhere when seeking a place to live though. I would definitely recommend paying off anything on the credit card (especially if it’s not in good standing) before trying to get a place because a credit card that has past due bills will reflect negatively on your credit score.

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    October 26, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Try Craigslist or a local paper for advertisements.
    Call and ask for a time to go look at the room. Compare a few of them before you decide.

    A college dorm will usually be more expensive than living alone. Definitely avoid dorms that require you to buy their meal plan.

    You should have no trouble being accepted as a tenant. They’ll check that you pay your credit card on time and have enough income to pay rent.

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    October 26, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Just for the record, you just described the vast majority of serial killers. Funny how they are always very upstanding individuals!!

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