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Let’s face it. The college budget is smaller than you would like it to be. Between tuition, rent, food, utilities, cable, and internet, the cost of living can be very high for a college student. That means that it would be worthwhile to make a detailed budget of all the expenses that you will face while living off-campus. The following section will provide you with basic information about budgeting.
Move-in costs vary, but expect to pay the following before moving in:
Utilities are generally not included with rental properties in Bend. The cost for utilities can vary based on many factors, including the type of unit and the age of the building.
Consider budgeting — at a minimum — $150 to $200 per month per person when living with roommates for power, gas, cable, internet, water and trash pick-up. When viewing a rental property, ask the current tenants what their average utility bills are per month. Although everyone has different usage patterns, this can at least give you an estimated cost for comparison. If you’re unable to ask the current tenants, try contacting the utility companies directly.