There's a wonderful documentary series on IFC called Portlandia. You'll learn everything about the local government, commerce, recreation, employment opportunities, and highlights of the music scene from that show.
Haha as much as I enjoy portlandia, I more need help with the funds. We know how much it will be to get there and rent an apartment. But how much a month would living expenses be (gas, groceries, etc.)
Post by know ID yuh on Jan 9, 2012 12:07:26 GMT -8
First, housing is the big expense difference between all cities. It's not like you're going to pay $10 for a dozen eggs in Portland while paying $2.50 everywhere else.
There are a lot of pretty nice buildings downtown that are classified as low-income. It doesn't mean, "nearly homeless," so there is no shame in living there. At least a couple years ago, low income was classified as $28,500 a year, or less. Being able to make $14 an hour, and still save a couple hundred a month on rent because you are classified as "low income" is a pretty sweet deal. Most places south of Burnside between the river and HW 405 have income restrictions.
The best advice I can give: Don't live more than 50 blocks from the river, and make sure you live really close to a major busline.
I know Portland's a tough ass place to find full time jobs right now, but I'm sure locals know better. My advice is start working at the first place you find because it's easier to find a job when you have a job.
Post by StormyPinkness on Jan 9, 2012 13:29:58 GMT -8
Also look in North or North East Portland for a lot of cheaper housing options - but that would mainly be house shares where you would have several roommates.
Have something lined up before you get here or at least a lot of leads because the job market is in the shitter and there are more unemployed people moving here every day.
Remember that the weather will not be the same here and just be ready for it.
I would suggest coming here and doing some investigating yourself before you come. If nothing else, keep your eyes on Craigslist and you will be able to get a better idea of the prices of housing and the availability of jobs.
Temp agencies can be helpful in this kind of work climate, you might check those out.