How much money should I save before moving to New York City?

I will be moving from California to New York City when I'm 18. I've had no job experience. I’m not going to college but I will be attending Makeup Designory School (MUD). How much money should I save up? And How much do you think I’ll pay? Here is what I have so far: Rent - $900 for a one bedroom or $1500 for a 2 ($750 with a roommate) per month School - $14,200 (not sure about payment yet) Gas - $35 Electricity - $40-$100 Cable/Internet - $115 Phone - $100 Food/general household items - $250 Transportation - $76 30 - Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard Furniture - $500-$1000 (basic stuff to start out with; bed, some kitchen appliances, desk/chair, etc) Water – Sewer – Laundry – Entertainment – I’m not sure about other utilities such as water and sewer. What else am I missing and approx how much are they? Also when would be a good time to work? I can take either day classes (8am-5pm) or night classes (6pm – 10pm). I’ll probably be working on minimum wage like at Starbucks or Barnes and Noble. I really want to work at MAC Cosmetics but I need something that is flexible. Please give detailed answers!! Thanks There are no dorms. This is what I just figured on what people have told me. I'm not expecting to pay. I just want to know average on everything.

Asked By: ME!!! - 8/8/2007
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Your rent expectations are half of what they should be. You can't even get a studio (one room, no separate bedroom) for under 1200 in Manhattan. On top of that you need at least three month's rent up front (first, last, and security deposit) and you will likely need a cosigner or guarantor (like a parent) to get a... More
Answered By: A O - 8/8/2007
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Double every one of your figures
Answered By: Tommy - 8/8/2007
If your school has dorms, I STRONGLY suggest you try to get in there. You're not far off on most things, but rent on a decent apartment can be double what you're figuring. Electric, figure closer to the $100. Laundry will easily run you $20 a week. Furniture, unless you're getting the stuff you put together yourself... More
Answered By: zippythejessi - 8/8/2007
You'll be signing a year lease. So times the rent by 12 plus all of the extras.
Answered By: macarthur1977 - 8/8/2007
My sister says to have an s**t load of money , so get a job now. Make sure you have a job here and a house instead of searching for one. Know someone that lives here before you get here, know a new yorker. My sister knows stuff about these things and shes 18.We live in New York. P.S. THE PAGEANTS IN TWO DAYS!!!!!!!
Answered By: Dreamer - 8/8/2007
Everyone is right! NYC is very expensive. My sister-in-law lived in NYC (she worked for the Muppet Co!) for a few years, and the price of her dingy 1 bedroom apt. was astronomical - and I think she shared it with 3 other girls! Maybe you can check the internet real estate groups and see who might be in need of... More
Answered By: K@hli - 8/9/2007
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