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Seriously though...rent here is high(er). You'll be looking at $1000ish for a 1-bedroom, maybe $800ish for a bachelor, and around $1200+ for a 2-bedroom if you get a roomie. That's a ballpark estimate of course...you can get cheaper if you live outside the city or in the ghetto...and significantly more if you're in a nice area. Initial deposit for an apartment will be first & last month's rent, plus a possible key deposit. As a general rule, east end is cheaper than west end.

Transit pass is $110/month. Otherwise its $2.75/trip. The city is safe for walking, etc., but sometimes its not possible if its too far. Parking is horrendous. Gas is cheaper here than in the maritimes. GoTrain varies depending on where you live (if you're coming in from outside the city), but generally look at around $200ish.

Food/grocery is the same, but you have more options. You can get cheaper if you're willing to slum the grocery stores/sleazy restaurants. Booze is cheaper here at the liquor store, more in the bars.

Minimum wage will be $8.75 at the end of March. Opportunities are plentiful for standard foodservice/retail jobs (I don't know your field of work). You can probably find something when you get here if you're looking for that type of job...if you're looking for a professional position, do your best to get it before you arrive.

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Great post gimmegimme. I'd give you rep if I had any to give. I was aware of the transit and everything already.

I'm currently paying $700 for a two bedroom in Charlottetown, $350 each. Paying an extra $250 monthly would by no means break me, it would just mean that I would have to put less money towards clothing/eating out etc.

I visited Toronto in the middle of December and absolutely fell in love with it. (I was originally born in Brampton but have not lived there since I was a kid).

I don't think I've ever worked for minimum wage, but I'm currently working as a Texas Hold'Em dealer at the entertainment center here. I don't think there are any similar positions in the downtown Toronto area so I'm not sure what I would be doing for work.

I was thinking if I saved up $8,000 and didn't bring any furniture with me that would probably be enough to tide me over until I got settled in. It would pay my rent and deposits groceries and furniture until I found a job/roommate.

I'm a 20 year old kid living in fucking Charlottetown. I need to get out of here and experience a bigger city.

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I'm a 20 year old kid living in fucking Charlottetown. I need to get out of here and experience a bigger city.

I can sympathize.

I moved here with $500 and no job, so I'm sure you can get by with $8G. There aren't any casinos in the city, but I'm sure you'll find something. Just get whatever you can at first and move on when you find something better. Good luck!

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great fucking posts in this thread. gimmegimme really laid it down nicely.

i think that with 8g's you will be quite comfy for a bit, but don't get lazy, get out there and look for work asap, http://toronto.craigslist.ca/ should help.

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Yeah I have been looking at apartments and jobs on craigslist. Are there any streets I should look into and what are the ones I should avoid?

When I stayed there I was in a building on St.George and Bloor right by St.George station. It seemed to be the best location EVER. I really liked Elington too, but only because it reminded me of home.

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You can't afford either of those neighbourhoods (unless you get very lucky or very creative...or maybe rent a room, or have several roomies, etc.) Other expensive areas - Yorkville, Rosedale, Harbourfront.

Everyone has their preference on which area is nicest. Just make sure you're in the city (no scarborough, mississauga, etc.) In and around Broadview & Danforth can be reasonably priced and not too far from the DT core. Avoid places like St. Jamestown (definitely), Jane & Finch (mandatory), Regent Park area & Moss Park area are sketchy, but you can find good deals sometimes.

Possibly obvious, but make sure you're either getting air conditioning (not so likely) or at least have the option of installing a window unit yourself...its mandatory in the summer here. Make sure you're not TOO far from a subway station (taking the bus or the streetcar can be a bitch).

Another good website - www.viewit.ca

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My friend Katherine was renting a bachelor on Bloor and St.George on the 6th floor with a balcony. $1000 a month. Good secure building, awesome location.

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My friend Katherine was renting a bachelor on Bloor and St.George on the 6th floor with a balcony. $1000 a month. Good secure building, awesome location.

Isn't that $400 over your budget?

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a couple of friends of mine who i stayed with in toronto live on Huntley (/Bloor). They are paying between 1200-1300$ for a very nice 2 bedroom on the 16th floor of a 26 floor building complete with gym, rooftop pool and sauna as well as a mini-mall (with a McDonalds) on the ground floor. the view is breathtaking

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Isn't that $400 over your budget?

Yeah well I'd be shooting for a two bedroom, I was just trying to make the point that it's not THAT steep..not trying to be arguementative.

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a couple of friends of mine who i stayed with in toronto live on Huntley (/Bloor). They are paying between 1200-1300$ for a very nice 2 bedroom on the 16th floor of a 26 floor building complete with gym, rooftop pool and sauna as well as a mini-mall (with a McDonalds) on the ground floor. the view is breathtaking

wow that sounds freaking amazing hahaha. a friend of mine who lives in york region suggested that i check out the annex...whats that place all about?

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apparantly thats the student area but i have a feeling its expensive.

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well i do want a nice apartment. it seems that the apartments i really like that are still affordable are going to be between the $1000-$1200 dollar range.

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With eight grand in your pocket, you could fairly easily move to Toronto. Unfortunately, other than the under the table poker games, the nearest casinos are about two hours away. From my experience though, if you hustle you can find a decent job within a couple of weeks.

It's really hit or miss when it comes to finding roommates in Toronto, but if you are willing to live in a house of strangers your own age you can find places for as low as $500 all included, with a bit of research. You can share a two or three bedroom for about $625-700 if you want a decent place. It really depends on what you want for which area is better to live in. Personally, I think it's good to live in some proximity to Kensington Market if you care about cheap groceries, or (West Queen West) Parkdale if you care about decent nightlife.

It really depends on what you value in your surroundings. There are five university/colleges in Toronto, so while rent is expensive, there are many opportunties to find something that's suitable for you.

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Are there underground pokerrooms I have a shot at getting a job in? That would be fucking sick. I'm extreeemely qualified hahaha.

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apparantly thats the student area but i have a feeling its expensive.

the same friend also suggested a place called the beaches. who has the d/l on that area?

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hahahahah oh. that sounds like something i do not want to be involved in at all then.

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Does anyone know of any websites relating to jobs in toronto other than craigslist?

It would be great to find a job before I get there.

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the beaches is a great area especially during summer, but it's not exactly downtown. it's the southeast part of the city- i think, officially, queen east past kingston road? definitely a nice area, and i don't think rent is generally very high there, but it's not close to the subway and queen street's streetcar service can be spotty. keep in mind how this will affect how you travel, especially in relation to where you can potentially work and/or socialize. great area to hang out in during summertime though.

the annex is a great area most known for being populated by u of t and ryerson students. personally i'd avoid it, as rent tends to be a bit higher in the area because of its proximity to the schools downtown. don't count it out though.

somebody mentioned danforth ave, i live on the danforth right at broadview, and i have a really nice two bedroom, my share of which is $575. not bad. definitely keep the east end of the city in mind when looking for a place. people tend to gravitate towards the west because of areas like queen street west, kensington market, the annex, etc. that have been established neighbourhoods for a long time, but don't count the east side out. it has its share of sketchy and undesireable areas, but i find that generally, your rent money will take you farther on this side of town. the east side is starting to get more and more developed as well, especially parts of queen street east and on the danforth.

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thanks alot for the pointers. you seem to have me convinced that the east side is the place to be lol.

seriously guys i appereciate this so much any pointers or information you think would be important to me having the best move possible would be great!

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good thread, kyle I'm planning on moving to Toronto soon as well, probably sometime this summer

although im pretty sure i have a place lined up with a couple buddies im definitly taking notes ahah

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yeah this thread is definitely going to help me a lot. it's great that so many people are willing to give you the d/l on the city. i find it's pretty easy to navigate. toronto works like a checkerbaord everything is north to south or east to west. the problem is just identifying which parts of town are nice and which aren't and how the transit works and everything.

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Is Toronto a mainly young city? I'm 24 and where I'm living at the moment theres too many old people so the city is really tame.

Nice thread btw, someone did mention to me Toronto is a good place to move to so this helps me in deciding where to go.

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I'll be turning 21 in September and Toronto seems to be more appealing to me than anywhere else. Seems that the largest percentage of people there are between 20 and 30.

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that article is kind of a downer hahaha

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yeah may be but it is the truth

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I have to say that there is a lot of truth to that article, but it's not so bad. Meeting people in Toronto can be tough depending on what you seek in companionship, but good people abound in a places. If you get a job, you'll make friends assuming that you're not at least two of these things: 1) very ugly 2) cheap 3) an asshole 4) a creep 5) an idiot. Even then, there are plenty of cheap assholes to hang out with, you just need to go the right place ;)

On a more serious note, do you have any contacts here? I mean, other than Sufu. The best way to find a job is through acquintences, so even if the only contacts you have here are slightly tenuous.

It's funny how quickly one's perceptions can change. I moved here a little over two years ago, from a not so small city (Hamilton, population 500,000), and felt like it was huge and intimidating. These days I sometimes feel like its almost claustrophobically small in a few ways.

You seem resourceful enough to be doing research and long-ish term planning, so you shouldn't have too much trouble. If you are outgoing, you'll make friends. If you are motivated, you'll find a good job. If you don't get deterred easily, then you'll find luck shines on you more often.

One suggestion might be getting a job at somewhere corporate in your town, like a bank, (or Starbucks) and getting transfered. That way you can devote more time into looking for a good living situation.

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I have a friend in York Region and one who is living downtown and a few aquintances that would be willing to lend a helping hand. My dad lives in Brampton but I haven't spoken to him in six years, might be a good time to get back in with him.

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