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nice thread guys, im 23 and live in a small town called minot, north dakota and need to get out asap,

thinking about moving to san fransisco anyone on here know if its fairly easy to get an entry level job in SF? (I just graduated from uni)

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I was in the same situation as you, Kyle. Living in a [very] small town, wanting to move to a big city.

I had my hopes set on NYC, but ended up moving to Boston instead. Well just outside Boston, but it's close enough.

I moved Jan 1st with only enough money for one month's rent, utilities, and food. Fortunately, I just landed a great job yesterday almost out of the blue. I went to a staffing agency and they set me up with the job.

Since you have considerably more money than I did (do), I'd say just try to find a place in the city and use whatever contacts you have/search craigslist/use a staffing agency/etc. to get a job. The good thing about a staffing agency is that they don't get paid unless they get you a job. So getting you a job becomes just as much their concern as it is yours.

I guess I was lucky since I knew some friends that had a house with an extra room I could move in to, but I'd say go for it. Good luck!

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i know a couple people who make a living dealing cards in private clubs. i dont know for sure that i could hook you up, but id give you a phone number to call if i met you and you werent a creepy freakshow.

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that apartment isnt in such a bad place. bloor/lansdowne is only ghetto if you cant handle immigrants. its close to the ethiopian village and has a few grimey strip clubs around, but its not in any way dangerous.

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From my experience, unless you are living way the fuck away from downtown, you won't be in a ghetto area. Landsdowne isn't exactly in the core area, and there are crackheads about, but I don't think it's too bad. A little ways away from certain things though. If you want practical locational real estate advice, it's best to name what things are priorities around where you live. Close and cheap groceries, good shopping, lots of bars, lots of cheaper restaurants, etc. If possible I'd advise moving a little closer to the center of downtown.

Actually that apartment is a pretty good deal, even if it is far away from stuff.

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i know a couple people who make a living dealing cards in private clubs. i dont know for sure that i could hook you up, but id give you a phone number to call if i met you and you werent a creepy freakshow.

yeah i can't see myself giving off a creepy vibe. finding a place to deal cards in toronto would be so sick. since it's underground I won't have to go through certification again (takes like 75 hours training, table tests, finger printing, full criminal background check etc. etc.) and it would probably be great money. I'll definitely get in touch with you to try and set this up that would be so sick.

as far as priorities for where im living :

I have absolutely no beef with using the TTC. It's so much better than any form of public transit we have here. As long as it's close to a station I'd probably be happy.

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I've lived in Toronto my whole life, but just moved out of my family's house this year.

I'm 19 and I go to one of the schools downtown, and I'll tell you, just look on craigslist you'll find a room mate and a house in a great downtown area, and it'll be fine. I mean, I pay 733 where I'm staying with two other room mates, and it's quite nice actually. Close to school. But I've got friends around the corner that pay around 5- something.

either way, don't worry. there's tons of work and opportunity here,

good luck!

another friend of mine moved from PEI to here to go to school, and she's loving it.

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PEI is a small place. What's your friends name, because your description of her sounds like about 10 girls I know hahaha.

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Just get a CCW lisince and it does not matter where or when your anything. you got a gun, adventure will always insue from there.

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smart........

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you dont need a license to get a gat, go to regent park after midnight and you can get a pistol for $100.

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so if this thread has taught me anything I need more friends with motorcycles and unregistered stolen hand guns?

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if you have 8000, you just need to move here and figure things out. thats one hell of a cushion. if you have any hustle at all you will be set up in no time and be living comfortably. being here for a week or two in a hostel or whatever would give you a good sense of where you would and wouldn't want to live/

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$8,000 seems like a lot. But when you have to buy all new furniture, have no job and no room mate. Is it really all that much?

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alot of good advice has already been given, so i wont repeat it

but what is life in charlottetown like?

its hard for me to imagine as ive spent all my life living in large cities

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but what is life in charlottetown like?

i bet theres a lot of hot french chicks

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i bet theres a lot of hot french chicks

probably NOT the reason he wants to move if thats true

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Charlottetown is stuck in the stone age. I think we are the only state or province in North America that does NOT have canned pop. Carbonated beverages come in glass bottles here.

There is next to zero public transit, and a very small percentage of attractive people. Anyone who says there are hot girls in eastern canada is full of shit.

The best clothing store in all of Charlottetown, carries stuff like Diesel, True Religion , Affliction and shit like Mavi and Silver.. ugh. The second best clothing store has 7forallmankind and Lacoste, and that's about it for shopping.

There are 0 clubs in Charlottetown. There is a shitty bar that pretends to be a club and that is it. It's called the Velvet Underground, and if I am not mistaken I walked by a weird goth bar/tattoo parlor called the Velvet Underground when I was in Toronto.

There are no good job opportunities whatsoever. I make more than some people's parents and I'm a 20 year old kid dealing texas holdem for a living.

I need out.

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and if I am not mistaken I walked by a weird goth bar/tattoo parlor called the Velvet Underground when I was in Toronto.

yeah, it's a shitty pseudo goth club on the worst part of queen west.

charlottetown sounds pretty bad. i almost passed through last summer on tour with my band but we ended up missing that show due to a van breakdown and it kind of seems like it's for the better. good luck with your move.

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if you bring me alot of glass bottled pop, you can sleep on my couch while you apartment shop. a 24 case buys you a night. i want coke and boutique root beers, double fare for cream soda, but it also accepted. clear only.

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It's not THAT bad kyle, sure the shopping is the shits but if you do that off island or online you can ride one look for like 5 years and you're still ahead of everyone else!

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I think Charlottetown is severely overrated. It's a lot more white trash than everyone thinks, people just don't understand it is because EVERYONE HERE is like that.

Seriously though, you've been lurking since September to finally come out of the woodworks and defend this shithole?

on another note :

I found this beautiful apartment but it's just a bit too far out of Toronto for me :(

http://toronto.craigslist.ca/mss/apa/547139950.html

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i think you're aiming a bit high. pare down your possessions, save a couple grand, find a room for rent (a perfectly decent one can be had for $550 inclusive) in parkdale; it's gritty, but close to everything that matters and really, toronto's pretty safe. take the first job you can find, find/buy some cheap furniture off craigslist, and you've got yourself a solid base. take it from there.

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that was a pretty real post. positive rep to you my friend thanks for the advice.

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fuck craigslist for furniture. pay top dollar for a dope bed cause your gonna always gonna need it, then use milkcrates for everything else. i survived for years without real furniture off of milkcrates and discarded wood. and my spot was always fresher than anyone who had an ikea budget.

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co-sign. When I moved on-campus first year, we used some of my moving boxes as night stands and shit like that. Works fine.

A lot of good advice is in this thread, and it'll definitely come in handy later on in the year, since the gf and I are looking into getting a place at the start of next school year. You will get used to Toronto very quickly; I lived out by Port Dover (actual town's population: 1000) before living here in Hamilton for the past couple years, and while the HSR is a better transit system (you don't get ripped off), the accessability of Toronto will be hard to ignore. Hamilton feels really small and dead by comparison.

+rep to a few people

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fuck craigslist for furniture. pay top dollar for a dope bed cause your gonna always gonna need it, then use milkcrates for everything else. i survived for years without real furniture off of milkcrates and discarded wood. and my spot was always fresher than anyone who had an ikea budget.

Yeah I'm gonna buy a nice bed frame and mattress from ikea. There were some other select items I was gonna get from there also. It's pretty cheap man and used furniture can't really compete. The most important thing is still getting into the city though, I don't need to fill my house with ikea shit in the first week by any means.

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I think what Nesk is saying is that you should really invest in a good bed, beyond the ikea ish. It's a good investment, one that I wish I had made instead of getting a futon (though it does fold up all nice!). If you hustle craigslist you can find some serious bargains. Just be patient, and try to hold onto that nestegg you got for as long as possible.

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