1200 dollars a month sounds excessive, i think the real

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Posted by Laura from IP 24.107.0.154 on April 08, 2010 at 00:28:24:

In Reply to: Re: how posted by digoxin on April 07, 2010 at 22:03:14:

estate agent might be trying to take advantage of you. also, anytime anyone asks for money immediately or imposes a short deadline you should be very suspicious. few things to consider:
1. sometimes hospitals are located in bad areas. you may want to inquire first before committing to a 1-year lease
2. 1-year leases are common, you are asked to furnish a deposit usually one month's rent and the first month's rent at the time of signing the lease
3. as a rule don't sign anything until you have personally inspected the place and the area
4. normally you just send an application fee 25-30-50 dollars and that is not refundable, but it ensures that you have an apartment on hold. when you show up if you like the place you sign the lease, if you don't you walk away (minus the application fee)
5. always ask about which utilities are included and which aren't, utilities alone could bump your expenses to 300 dollars or more a month depending on season
6. if you drive make sure you buy a car in the states as soon as possible. if you don't yet, you have 2 months to learn, and when you get to the us buy a car. exceptions: NYC, Chicago, maybe Boston. In Bridgeport you absolutely need a car. Not to mention that with transportation you would be able to find a cheaper place
7. and finally, email your program coordinator and ask for several emails of senior residents that would be willing to answer your questions. be specific: where do they live (what areas), what kind of commute (up to 15 minutes driving is great, longer than that could be problematic), traffic, crime and if they would live near the hospital (answer is usually no)
hope this helps

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