So, it’s for sure that we’ll be moving to DC in July/August. I didn’t get into grad school, and I still don’t have a job, but hopefully between the money that my parents owe me and graduation gifts, we’ll be okay until I can find one. I applied for some jobs at the Simthsonian, the Spy Museum, the Apple Store, Georgetown, and GWU, but I haven’t heard anything back (other than one phone interview which led … nowhere).
Anyway, we’re looking in Arlington, since it’s convenient to the Metro and close to Georgetown. (There’s even a shuttle that Eric can take to school, which is nicer than him having to walk it every day.) It’s so expensive, especially coming from a place like Columbus, where I pay $375 + utilities a month for my room in a huge house with a basement for storage, two cats, front and back porches, and a yard. In Arlington, we’re looking at spending from $550-800 a month + utilities each for a one bedroom apartment. Unfortunately, since we aren’t moving until mid-July or August, we won’t know what’s even available until June, at the earliest.
It’s a little stressful, to say the least. I’ve put together a list of things that we need in an apartment, and I’m not going to budge on:
- washer/dryer in apartment or laundry in building
- two cats allowed (because we for sure are getting a kitten! More on that in a bit)
- walking distance to GUTS line/Metro (I walk 25 minutes to class now, so ‘walking distance’ for us is probably a bit further than for others!)
- Let it be CLEAN (no mice or roaches) and in a nice neighborhood.
- Under $1500/month