| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

My Apartment Search? Tips, and a weird experience.


Hey, everybody! It is Qcknd, and I’m coming to you from my apartment. And I’m coming to you with natural light. So, I wanted to make a video today about, just like, my apartment hunting experience. This is going to be a little more casual not necessarily, like, a step-by-step on how to find apartments in a city, but basically just me sharing my experience and one rather weird experience I had just as a way to, like, talk to you guys and not necessarily, like, wikiHow to find apartments in a city. So, I’m just going to jump right in. It is a little more casual, but, I don’t know, it’s kind of, like, how I would rather be approached if I was looking for apartments. So, I’ll kind of just include some of the things I did, and some of tricks I was mindful of. I guess, tips. There’s no trickery involved. But, I’ll kind of tell you guys how I found my apartment. When I decided concretely that I was having feelings about moving out, the first thing I did was get my finances in order. Ever since I worked at a coffee shop a couple years ago, I started a savings account. And my savings account has always been with emergencies in mind. So, I had a savings account that I was pretty secure of and then with that, I was more mindful of the stuff that drained my everyday expenses, and really just trying to take account for what kind of budget I was working with. I think that a realistic budget is going to be your best friend in all of this. And by “realistic budget”, I don’t mean like “Oh, I could afford that.” I mean like “Oh, I can comfortably afford that.” I used a couple different websites primarily when I was looking for apartments. I didn’t want to, like, solely rely on using the internet. So, I was, you know, keeping my eye open for places in my neighborhood that had, like “for rent” signs or googling places that I always wanted to live. And, basically a lot of that. I had a lot more pitfalls doing that, like, the old-fashioned way, like, looking at the newspaper and stuff versus looking online. Honestly, and not to, like, call myself a millennial, but I think apartments we can afford are listed online. There was kind of a period of time where I had this, like, crazy budget in mind were I was like “I bet I could afford that.” But if you are like me, and you are planning to live alone, you have to account for everything. You have to pay for the internet in its entirety, your phone bill, your grocery bill and then, you know, little things, like if you have a gym membership, if you have other little monthly expenses, Xbox Live — is that expensive? — stuff like that. You can find different websites that, like, allow you to search through budget. This isn’t sponsored, but I primarily use the website Zillow to look for apartments in my area. You can drag the search feature to search by neighborhood or price range. You can select crime rates, and you can also select, like, if you can bring pets or whatever. And I knew I was bringing my cat, and you’d be really surprised that, like, kind of cut my search in half which was, like, kind of disappointing. When I initially was, like, daydreaming about moving out, it was originally just the thought, and then it was like a thought that consumed all of my other thoughts, and then I was just, like, looking at apartments online. And then while I was at work, I was, like, daydreaming that I lived in the apartments. And it just, like, became really obvious to me that, like, searching online and all this stuff, like, had to become, like, a real thing. Originally I wanted to live kind of near the other shampoo girls at my job because I wanted to live, like, in a support system I originally wanted to live in the same exact building as Angela. You may know her. She is in the water club. She’s on my Instagram story every single day. I originally wanted to live in her building, but everything in that price range was about a thousand dollars, and it just wasn’t something that I could, in the long run, sustain. So, that unfortunately was, like, one of my first pitfalls, cause it was like “Could I afford that for, like, more than three months?” Like I don’t think so, because You may be able to afford rent, but then you’re like “What about electric? What about water? What about gas? What about internet?” And all those things pile up. And you have to decide exactly how you want to live, and you need to decide exactly what things you need to live with. When I couldn’t afford to live in Angela’s building, I wanted to live in the same neighborhood, And there was a lot of cool buildings. Like there is a whole, like, loft/studio building that is in, that is kind of close to her. And it was really cool, cause it has a gym. It has, like, a lobby. It has a guy or person, like a lobby person, that way you could get packages, and, you know, someone is always to sign for it. That’s something I really wanted. Like, being a YouTuber, to have packages delivered somewhere safe. But, event though that was, like, kind of pushing my price range, it was a studio apartment. And a studio apartment is kind of one big square room that everything is in, except for your bathroom, which is usually tucked somewhere. I kind of thought, you know, that could be really interesting. I watched other, like, apartment tour videos of bigger YouTubers who lived in these, like, studio/lofty kind of things. But, ultimately I decided, like, I didn’t want my bed to be anywhere near, like, where I prepare food or anything like that. And a lot of that goes back to, and you’ve probably’ve heard me say a thousand times on this channel, my friend Mike King, he does comics. He is amazing. he has, like, taught me everything I know about, like, creative work ethic, and he’s always said that you cannot create your full potential where you sleep. And it’s hard because I’ve been working, like, shooting, working, editing, and sleeping all in the same room for the last three years. And I was, like, with that in mind, I was like I need to change how I live And I need to change my experience, and although, like, I could afford to live in, like, a “studio/lofty” kind of thing, I was, like, what kind of living experience would it be like? You know, like, currently my cat lives in one bedroom, and I was like, you know, for his sake and for my sake, like, I don’t know. So, I saw this like loft kind of studio apartment in West Philly, and I saw it on Craigslist and Zillow And it was, like, kind of in my price range, all new construction, something I was looking forward to. I wanted, like, something nice and clean. And the building said that the whole building came with WiFi. And I was like “Oh, WiFi is going to be one of my bigger expenses. So, I called to make an appointment to look at the apartment, and I went out there one morning to check it out, and it was already such a dud. So, I went there, and I was like “Hey, you know, I’m 27 years old. I’m, like, actually 26 but…” I was like “Hey, I’m 27 years old, like, I noticed this apartment building is new, and it’s near the university.” I was like “I don’t want to live with, like, any frat boys, like, I don’t want any parties. Like, I’m old I am old, and I work from home primarily.” And he was like “Oh, no. Like, no parties. Like, nothing like that.” And I was like “Okay, like, because I don’t want to waste your time before I walk in and take a tour. And, like I said, you have to know what you want. And all that might not be clear until you see what you don’t want. But for me, I was, like, silence! I want silence. And WiFi and laundry. So he was giving me a tour, and the front of the building was really cool, lots of like unique digital upgrades, like a keypad to get in if you didn’t have your key or, like, you wanted to tell your friend the key pad so they could come in. And he said “From your cellphone you could, like, look outside and all this stuff from, like Bluetooth.” And I was like “Cool, cool, cool.” So, we go inside, and it just, like, smells like weed, like 1000% stinks like weed, like. And, like, that’s not, like, that’s whatever to me, but I’m like “Hmm, I smell it in the hallway.” So he showed me the second floor studio, and it had these big windows which was, like, on my list, like, natural light was on my list. And, that was it. It was, like, a room the size of of “here” basically. The size of my living room, and the kitchen was just, like, a little panel right up against the wall with, like, a mini fridge underneath and, then a counter space with, like, a hot plate counter top. And then like a cabinet. And, like, a little sink, and then that was it. And then the rest was just an open floor plan, and then that was it. And then behind the kitchen space was a wall with a shower stall, a shelf and a sink and a toilet. And immediately when I walked in I was just like “I can’t live like this. I can’t live in this one, only bedroom and have friends over which was something I really wanted, have my cat live comfortably, something I really wanted and, you know, like, not be on top of his litter box. And when he showed me the bathroom: big, huge, watermark on the ceiling. And I was like “What’s that?” And he’s like “Oh, I’m having the guy look at it today.” And I was like “What guy, hmm?” So he showed me the hallway and there was a washer and dryer that I guess would just be mine, because there was one on each floor. It just is in the apartment. Like, nothing else can fit in that apartment. So I was thinking like “Mmm, I could get a murphy bed, which is the bed that folds up into the wall.” Then I was like “And then have, like, a livable, tangible space.” Cause I was like “I like the new construction, but what the fuck?” So immediately that’s when I knew, like, I couldn’t live in, like, a studio apartment. So we exit the room, and you hear someone fighting with their boyfriend, like, really loud, like, screaming, like, F-word, and all this stuff. And I’m just like… And the guy showing me the tour’s, like, completely ignoring it. So I’m like”What’s that?” And he’s like “Oh, she’s new. I don’t know what that’s about.” And I was like “Oh, like… She has only lived here for, like, two days, and she’s fighting with her boyfriend? And why did she think her boyfriend could live in, like, 300 square feet?” And he was like “I just want to assure you that we do extensive background checks, and she must has slipped through the cracks.” And I was like “You can be a good person and fight really dramatically with your boyfriend and clearly smoke weed 24 hours a day.” So right then and there, I was like “I can’t live in an environment like this. I’m really sorry.” And he was like “Okay, I have other buildings I can show you.” And I was just like “No. I’m okay.” And he was like “One of the gentlemen, who lives in the other buildings, he works for American Airlines.” And I was like “That’s cool.” My pay checks say ‘Google’ on them. It doesn’t mean I work for Google. Like, he could do anything for American Airlines. He lives in a loft apartment. A studio apartment! Or maybe he’s a minimalist. So, even that was, like, a red flag for me. Like, why is the landlord guy, like, still calling me, trying to, like, convince me that the building didn’t stink like weed and that the girl wasn’t, like, yelling with her boyfriend at nine o’clock in the morning? I saw the apartment before work. So I was just like “If I had to live in a coffin, and it was, like, really loud in there and smelling like a party at nine o’clock in the morning. No. And, like, even now, like, this building smells like weed, like 100%, but she had her apartment door open. Like, that’s a little weird. This isn’t, you know, sorority house. This is adults participating in whatever they want to, you know. So after, like, I felt really defeated after seeing an apartment, like, I was like “I wasted my time. This guy won’t stop calling me, whatever.” It was a good trial run to, like, see an apartment and see exactly what I didn’t want. And even that apartment was out of my budget realistically anyway. And it was so small. So, I kind of knew that if I lived in West Philly again, it would really kind of put me in a situation where I was really far from my support system, far away from work. And I felt like it would kind of isolate me, especially if it seemed like I wasn’t going to get along with the people in my building. And it, like, all the people I used to live with in West Philly don’t live there anymore. So I went back to look at stuff in more central Philadelphia, and, you know, you look at the apartments nonstop, and they have things you like, and they have things that you don’t like. And you have to consider what you want. And, like, I saw a really cool apartment downtown that had awesome views, the whole apartment was white, something I liked I was allowed to bring Ethan. It had a lobby, so it had a desk person to receive packages. But the entire apartment didn’t have storage. It didn’t have any closets. I would have to get all dressers, all bureaus, stuff like that, like, come up with some really unique storage situations. And then there were just like apartments where it was just your bedroom and there was no living room, and that kind of led me to… Oh, and then one girl I worked with was giving up her apartment, which, you know, I had really planned on moving into that apartment, but she said that she had some trouble with mice and that her bathroom, it was like her bathroom and you had to walk through it and then it was her bedroom, which really isn’t a problem to me. That’s how I was living anyway, but I was kind of just thinking with the mice and stuff I’m not really sure, and then that rent was just like a touch out of my range as well. So then I found the apartment I saw before this one, and I was like really geared up. I really liked the neighborhood, and it was right below my price range So I was like “Nice.” I can rent this apartment, have WiFi, have a phone, and take Ethan out for a nice dinner. So, the first — so the guy had three apartments. The one I saw was right underneath public transportation. We have an elevated train line — the El. It’s like a subway above ground. And that was right by the El. And I looked up the address and did, like, Google view, and it was like “Open the window, and you could throw your trash on the train tracks.” Um, that close. So, And then that was, like, a little bit above my price range as well. So then, he had one that was below, and then I didn’t know about this one. So I went and saw the first apartment, and it just, like, broke my heart. It was a ground floor apartment which I didn’t want, just because, you know, I am living alone, and it is my first time living alone, and I didn’t just really want to be on the ground floor You know, there’s a lot of benefits to having the ground floor. Some ground floor apartments have access to the basement. The ground floor means you can make all the noise you want. You can play DDR, like, but ground floor also means that the windows are street level. And I was just like “With this neighborhood, girl?” So, when he showed me the ground floor apartment, it had really tall ceilings, stuff I liked. It had a nice little “kitchenette” kind of thing, just right up against the wall. And then it had a bedroom which you could walk through a door to get to, no hallway, you just open the door from the living room and it was the bedroom. And you close the door, you’re in it. And then it had a stall shower and a sink and a toilet. So, you know, I don’t know if he noticed, but I just, in my mind, I was like “Great. This is what I can afford. This is awful. I hate this, but This is what I can afford. This sucks.” And it makes you think about, like, I have friends who live in New York City, who live really expensively In really, really, really small spaces, and they’re thankful because they can live in New York. And I was like “If this is what it takes for me to stay in Philadelphia and live here without roommates, then this is what it is. Cause I just figured, like, living with roommates and having my YouTube schedule might be hard because I like having access to the house and doing, like, cool things on YouTube, and I just, like, know that this is what I want to pursue. And I felt like it’s kind of selfish or, like, a leap of faith, like “I’m gonna live by myself so I can make Youtube videos!” But that’s what it was So, After that apartment, I was like “Sorry, I can’t live in this space.” And he was like “Well, I have two more apartments.” And I was like “Yeah, I saw the one under the El. I can’t live in that apartment.” And he was like “The El doesn’t run 24 hours a day.” And I was like “Good joke.” And he was like “Well, I have one more apartment that I haven’t listed yet. I can show it to you, but one other person is interested.” So I was like “Please, fucking show me that apartment.” And it was this one. So he showed it to me, and immediately I was like “Oh, my God. It’s, like, in my price range, and it has a kitchen. It has a bedroom, it has a bit of a hallway so a little bit of distinction between living spaces.” It had a tub, which is something I really liked. Sometimes I just like to soak in all my tears. So it was just all stuff I really liked. It had a lot of windows. That was one of the things I wanted, and I could bring Ethan, my cat. So I took a week to think about it, and then I told him yes. It was a little bit difficult at first because I do, like — my income is from YouTube. And, YouTubers, not that you’re hearing this for the very first time, but YouTubers are paid based on views. So my pay is really inconsistent from month to month. Some months, you know, around Halloween I made sixteen videos that month. But then, you know, in January I may have only made four or five. So, All of that is really inconsistent. And when he was was like “Oh, I just need some pay stubs and blah, blah, blah.” I was like “Oh, yeah. No pay stubs.” But after talking to him, you know. He was really cool about it. He said, like, him and his wife both watch YouTube videos and that he’s really into ASMR and all that stuff. So, being able to provide him with, like, the little bit of income, like, proof I could all worked out. And then, I got this space!. From then I put the electricity in my name, and then that was pretty easy. I just called the electric company with the address, and they turned it on. And then, I don’t know if this is in every state or city, but the electric company also works with the cable company. So while I was on the same phone call with the electric company, they transferred me to the cable company I didn’t get cable, but they do the WiFi. And then the WiFi guy came the very next week. So I would say that finding my apartment probably took about two months. And that was with a lot of, like, back and forth and finding things that were way above my budget, but they were what I wanted. And then also finding things that were, like, just wouldn’t work for me. And that was really hard. Definitely let me know in the comments, like, what kind of stuff you look for in your living space. If it’s a bathtub. If it’s a living room. You know, if its not being on the ground floor. If it’s windows. Cause, you know, at first I didn’t think I was asking for too much, and then I would see houses, like, full on houses that I could afford. But they were in sketchy neighborhoods. And I was like, “Hmm, well. Do you want to live in a good neighborhood? Do you want to live in a sketchy neighborhood? Or do you want to live like somewhere in between?” Which is, like, where I am. And you kind of just have to decide what that means to you. Cause I’ll talk to people who live in sketchy neighborhoods and who love it But most of the time they have roommates and with roommates, I would live anywhere. But living with roommates is also another kind of full on process. And, You know, in my apartment search I did originally look at, like, a couple houses that had roommates, or, like, situations where I would live on like a certain level of the home. And I looked at that and even those were too — like some of those were out of my price range as well, which I was like “That’s crazy! I have to get to know you and live in your established household and follow your rules for $1300. You’re mad! So, I don’t know. Like, would it have been great if there was a front desk person or a lobby or a gym or WiFi? Like, yeah. That’s — some people can afford that, and that’s awesome. But for me, like, you — on paper — you figure out what you can afford and what you can afford if something goes wrong. And, what you’ll have wiggle-room and how much things cost and how much your food costs, and once you get that realistic number, if it’s 450 if its 7 if its a grand, like, you really have to stick with it, and then really find something in your price range because, you know, if I would have went with the loft with the weed and the crazy girl, like, yeah. The first four or five months, like, yeah… But then, your sixth month, your seventh month, when the quality of your life starts to drain because you’re putting everything into your rent. Yeah, you can afford that rent, but you can’t afford anything else. And that’s kind of just been my, like, little apartment search journey. Let me know in the comments, like, what your apartment search journey has been because this is the very first time I’ve ever lived alone. You know, I was talking to somebody, and they were like “Oh, it’s such a difference with, like, millennials, like It used to be I would show apartments to, like, a single guy or a single girl, and now I show apartments to their parents and they’re 26 years old.” And I was just like “Yeah, what’s wrong with that?” Sometimes, like, we need reassurance. Looking for apartments by myself was really scary, because it was really hard to even tell that guy, like, “I can’t live here cause it’s out of control.” But, yeah. Let me know. Thank you guys so much. I’m so excited to bring you content like this and kind of just talk about my apartment search and everything. My foot’s asleep! But, yeah. Let me know what kind of videos you want to see, because this was definitely a requested video, and I’d love to share my journey so far. I got a little bit of furniture, and I have the WiFi now, and things are pretty cool. So, yeah. Thanks for watching. Give this video a thumbs up, and subscribe if it’s your first time here. I’ll leave my other apartment videos in the description down below. And, until next time. Bye.

100 Comments

Cozy Verbena

Apr 4, 2017, 6:03 am Reply

I can't believe your apartment is under $1,000. It's so difficult to move out here in California because the average amount for an apartment would probably be like $1,400

Vicky T

Apr 4, 2017, 6:07 am Reply

you may want to look into a sturdier lock for your door, yes living on a higher floor gives you more safety but a doorknob lock like that can usually be broken into

Cozy Verbena

Apr 4, 2017, 6:16 am Reply

Please make a video on how to budget ❤️❤️❤️

Noxea

Apr 4, 2017, 6:27 am Reply

I also made the experience that the number of your potential new homes cuts in half when you have cats which I think is rather sad. My search took 3 weeks but then again it was also kinda an emergency move. Still happy with my very own place 🙂

Heather Bee

Apr 4, 2017, 6:42 am Reply

very hard to find anything I could afford here in Portland oregon. in the areas I wanted was around $1000. luckily I caught a posting 5 min after it was posted I called and headed over to see the place. 825 for a huge ass studio. I scored. cause I was searching for a month and everything sucked and settling was in my future. I may be in a semi scetchy area. but I'll take that over an hour drive to work. fingers crossed we are both happy for a while.

Monica Niblett

Apr 4, 2017, 7:30 am Reply

"i want silence. and wifi. and laundry." is the most accurate apartment hunting slogan ive ever heard

Katie Wright

Apr 4, 2017, 8:04 am Reply

This whole series is lining up so much with my experience right now and it's so great to hear a voice who is feeling the same

My roomie moved out in December and I was sure I'd find someone else and didn't so I've really experienced that 6th month drain on my quality of life as I struggle to keep up double the life expenses of my previous 18 months

Holly Erin

Apr 4, 2017, 8:27 am Reply

What is the Water Club!?

Char Rouse

Apr 4, 2017, 9:29 am Reply

I'm moving into a one bed apartment in the summer and I really need to work out exactly how much bills and everything is going to cost. What makes it worse is that I've not even got a job yet I know how much I should be earning but I can't live anywhere if I don't get a job ??? London is so expensive!

lesaubergines

Apr 4, 2017, 9:33 am Reply

You should try making an ASMR video! Your voice is relaxing.

tinaTron3000

Apr 4, 2017, 9:40 am Reply

I love the long videos!

Alica Madara

Apr 4, 2017, 10:28 am Reply

Apartment tour!

tidalsquee

Apr 4, 2017, 10:46 am Reply

You should make some more food videos! what you eat in a day! some cooking videos! Vloggy time stuff! yeaaaaaaaaah all that good stuff 😀

Samantha Whittick

Apr 4, 2017, 11:21 am Reply

my experience was alright i guess, me and my boyfriend have lived in our place for almost a year now and finding it was stressful af and that was in a pair! for us, it was important for us to be near my university, his place of work and we really wanted the option to redecorate. our place is small but fine for us, and living here will help us when we move again we'll take what we liked and what we didn't like from here and apply it else where. loved this video and you're looking so much happier <3

Kayla Bahri

Apr 4, 2017, 11:32 am Reply

Thanks for talking about this. I feel like people are USED to seeing their icons live in big luxury apartments and in reality (unless you have a realistic budget) it isn't like that. Lots of my NYC friends who REFUSE to come to Jersey for cheaper rent, live check to check and still have 3 to 4 roommates. I honestly think they're in love with the zip code. Seriously guys, google apartments in Orange, NJ. 5 stops away from NYC, you'll find very cheap rent.

Kathryn Craig

Apr 4, 2017, 11:59 am Reply

i'm moving out of my mom's house in a few weeks lol and your moving videos have been so helpful <3

Apfelbottich

Apr 4, 2017, 1:24 pm Reply

more apartment related videos 🙂

Kayleah Michelle

Apr 4, 2017, 1:43 pm Reply

You n I would be such good friends, lol. I'm apartment hunting currently – lmk if you looking for something bigger, ahahaha, we could bunk.

MakeupByAnnki

Apr 4, 2017, 1:51 pm Reply

I really liked this video?

I had to really think about the location as well.. And i need to live central in the city i live in. Cause i dont have a car, i dont have money for the bus and ive been sick for 13+ years.. I live off of work assessment allowance and its not much.. So i only have enough for my rent, power, internet and food. And i really dont have enough money for all the food i need. Cause i have to save money, for emergencies and stuff…

And its really hard, not to be able to treat yourself now and again… I love living alone, but i hate not being able to actually live – to do stuff…

Shelbi Snell

Apr 4, 2017, 2:01 pm Reply

I love your TV stand. ?

Alicia Nicole

Apr 4, 2017, 2:32 pm Reply

"Sometimes I just like to soak in my tears." SAME.

Chase lauren

Apr 4, 2017, 2:41 pm Reply

i had the craziest experience ever…….

I had a bad split with an ex and had we had to become roommates because we had rented a 2 bedroom together and our lease wasn't up for 4 months. so i sucked it up and got a bed ( because he wouldn't give me mine that was in what was previously our bedroom) and moved all my thing into the front bedroom of our apartment. those next months I spent looking for a place, i live in a college town so it isn't had to find something cheap, but like you i didn't want to live in a party house, with roommates, or in a sketchy part of town. i found a loft i really liked, it was a little farther than what i wanted to drive from work but i was okay with it because i could afford to live there on my own and the layout was cool. So my move in day comes, and the apartment is nothing like the model they showed me, there is water damage everywhere and my walls looked like they had been chewed by a dog… My kitchen cabinet doors were pealing and chipping and it was on the second floor and the floors were sinking in. I didn't even feel safe putting my furniture up there because i thrift most of my stuff and that shit is heavy. I was with my mom who hadn't seen the place yet because it was first big step on my own,i was excited i found a place that was mine all by myself( and it was now the biggest dud). Me and my mom went to the front office and demanded i get my deposit back and to terminate my lease. they wouldn't do it… i ended up getting out of the lease but never got my deposit back. I then spent the next 3 days driving around my town with all of my things in a usual desperately trying to find a place. I finally found something that was a little more out of my budget than i was comfortable with but what choice did i have. Im currently still in that apartment but looking for a home, lets just hope my new search is better than my old one lol

this is a long ass comment. sorry. and to any one who made it to the end, papa bless.

petitebeauty93

Apr 4, 2017, 2:53 pm Reply

I love this video! Very helpful and gives a very down to earth perspective of what its like finding apartments on a strict budget! <3 My search will begin later on this year and I will def keep this stuff in mind.

Tori Aird

Apr 4, 2017, 2:56 pm Reply

Please talk about your experience moving out for the first time/any tips? Thanks (:

Kayleigh Melite

Apr 4, 2017, 3:01 pm Reply

I found my current 1br apartment through good ol' Craigslist…the apartment-finding websites only showed me places out of my price range. My mom came with me to look at the apartment before I signed my lease though, and I'm 23…I think it's good to be cautious about going to apartment showings, and it also helps having another set of eyes looking at the property!

Tea koala

Apr 4, 2017, 3:03 pm Reply

What I looked for in my apartment was that it was bright and that it was in an okay neighbourhood. My issue now is I want to move across the country so it's hard to work out how to do it in one go.

FoxyJett

Apr 4, 2017, 3:17 pm Reply

When I was searching for my apartment in northern Jersey (from PA), it was mind-blowing how much everything cost. I ended up with a studio apartment with 300 sq. feet for over $1,000 a month, and it was in a "bad neighborhood". I was scared to move in, because people kept reiterating how "bad" the neighborhood was. Turns out it was just a poor, inner-city, mostly black neighborhood but everyone was super nice, low-crime, and it actually had a really cool community. Now that I'm back in PA, I actually kind of miss Newark (just not the traffic).

Merry Crow

Apr 4, 2017, 3:19 pm Reply

I actually bought a house. I did the math and figured out that in my area it is a lot cheaper to buy than rent. Mind you, my house is TINY (823 sq ft, 1 bedroom 1bath) but with home insurance and taxes escrowed in my mortgage is only $315 a month. Downside? It's a little town! Lol!

Merry Crow

Apr 4, 2017, 3:19 pm Reply

I actually bought a house. I did the math and figured out that in my area it is a lot cheaper to buy than rent. Mind you, my house is TINY (823 sq ft, 1 bedroom 1bath) but with home insurance and taxes escrowed in my mortgage is only $315 a month. Downside? It's a little town! Lol!

emily antoinette

Apr 4, 2017, 3:32 pm Reply

in my $1000 will get you a nice two or three bedrooms or a half a house etc. i paid $750 for a 2.5 bedroom half a house for years before I just bought a house. studios go for $500ish. these prices everyone is talking about are wild

Nicole

Apr 4, 2017, 3:59 pm Reply

I just moved out of my parents' place for the first time exactly when you moved into your apartment. We're the same age and it feels like we're doing this together. It's so cool to hear someone talk about what I'm experiencing as well.

theoretically09

Apr 4, 2017, 4:11 pm Reply

I lived in a studio apartment for maybe… two years. It was about 25 square meters (270square feet, I thiiiink?) "big" and the only window I had was about three meters from a concrete wall. I lost my creativity and my good mood those years… So yeah, studios may work for someone, but not for everyone. For me? never again.

I love what your friend said about not sleeping and creating in the same space.

mariah haley

Apr 4, 2017, 4:11 pm Reply

I'm 19, I'll be 20 in July. As soon as I graduated high school, I moved an hour away from home with my boyfriend to begin my community college career. We took the first apartment that we could get. Luckily it's not a complete shit hole but living here for two years has allowed me to realize what I want and don't necessarily need in a living space. I'm moving out next month with a new roommate. Things I'm looking for are closet space, available laundry (in a building or hookups in the apartment), a dishwasher, and they have to accept pets. We found a townhouse (two story apartment) with a full living room, dining room, kitchen, 1 and a half bathroom, two bedroom and a back patio. It's only $535 a month in total not including utilities! We're hoping to get it so bad. The back patio would be so good for my future roommates husky.

May3529

Apr 4, 2017, 4:13 pm Reply

I've lived together with my ex for about half a year when he decided he didn't want to be with me anymore. now i live in that apartment on my own and can barely afford it. it's a pretty cool house but I'm always short on money. so now I'm thinking about moving in with my current boyfriend, we're together for a year now and it's scary to take that step again. but I'm always athis place and never want to go home. it would financially be better for me and more…fun I guess? but it's still scary

TemeryN

Apr 4, 2017, 4:29 pm Reply

really good advice Qcknd, be realistic about what you can afford, that rent won't drain the "living" money  =)

Travis Chi

Apr 4, 2017, 4:36 pm Reply

I remember watching these videos when you had like less than 10k subcribers lol, keep putting in work

Rachaelx333

Apr 4, 2017, 4:36 pm Reply

I live in Florida and pay $850 for a three bedroom two bath in a nice gated neighborhood. I can't imagine paying $1,000 for no tub, no garage, no outdoor patio, no doors! Whoa!

Monica Niblett

Apr 4, 2017, 5:23 pm Reply

building-provided wifi has its pros and cons. it may not be strong enough for you to upload quickly, especially at certain times of day when EVERYONE is at home streaming netflix hah

Jasmine J.

Apr 4, 2017, 6:09 pm Reply

Where I live, even those completely open plan studios (only "room" there is the bathroom) costs $800 and up. Only the low income families/ seniors get rent starting at $400.

hello katelyn

Apr 4, 2017, 6:22 pm Reply

The first story brings me back to my first "apartment" my boyfriend and one of his friends moved into this old house that was cut into apartments, it was cheap and in a good part of town. The couple that lived below us fought every single night screaming, cursing, babies crying. It definitely a wake up call!

Jennifer Garza

Apr 4, 2017, 6:51 pm Reply

You looks so alive and happy now that you're in your own comfortable space. Very proud that you made this step when you needed to!!! ?

Life’s Little Moments

Apr 4, 2017, 6:58 pm Reply

i love watching your journey. and you're not old! i know it seems like your older but believe me when you are older you'll see what i mean. age is just a number. I'd like to know where you got your "quicknd" name from? sorry if i misspelled it…..i started living on my own at 22 but i had a partner to live with. you should be proud you are able to live all on your own. it's an accomplishment. don't doubt your self worth. you're making a difference and it shows.

Shelby Denise

Apr 4, 2017, 7:05 pm Reply

This made me feel much better about how picky I'm being about apartments. I'm looking for something with more space for my dog, my boyfriend, and I. It's been such a hassle finding exactly what I want. Hopefully we will get there soon. So glad you're finally looking happy and more relaxed! Can't wait to see how much better it gets ?

guppi

Apr 4, 2017, 7:43 pm Reply

thank u so muchhhhhhhh

Sheeb

Apr 4, 2017, 7:50 pm Reply

"Silence. I want silence…and wifi….and laundry."

I relate with your adulting goals so hard

guppi

Apr 4, 2017, 8:13 pm Reply

this helped me so much, ur really making me re think moving to a really expensive state. literally in la, not making sense. anyways thank you again, so happy i found out abt ur channel from a tattoo story vid u had

Brooke Kilgore

Apr 4, 2017, 9:12 pm Reply

I'm so sad because my boyfriend lives in New York and goes to an Academy where he has to live at and I want to move to New York to be close to him but I'm just starting college and there's not say I can afford an expensive apartment in New York

Jessica Díaz

Apr 4, 2017, 9:43 pm Reply

thank u for this! I'm in this journey and I really need some advice. Finding a nice place is hard, but knowing that Im not the only one in this makes me feel better 🙂

J’ana

Apr 4, 2017, 10:51 pm Reply

I wish for the day that I can complain about an apartment being 1000, silicon valley itsmore like hopefully i have food money

Nat

Apr 4, 2017, 12:48 am Reply

My boyfriend and I are going through the process of finding an apartment, and it really sucks. What's a huge barrier in our way is my dudes misdemeanor from 4 years ago. He got busted with a graffiti charge, and its still biting us in the butt. Sucks how something as small as tagging a pole can screw things for you so much in the future.

At least we're not too picky about what we want. Peace and quiet, assigned parking (we both work nights) and either laundry hook ups or facilities in the complex.

Nancy Pasag

Apr 4, 2017, 12:56 am Reply

Windows lots or big Windows. I have kitty's and I feel like having Windows creates an open space (calm energy) and it makes my experience of my home feel more free rather than boxed in. and u prefer a duplex haha .. too much?

Coreen Brooks-Huitt

Apr 4, 2017, 12:57 am Reply

Hey do you have a PO Box I just saw your Instagram saying your Birthday is coming up and I would love to send you a Gift for your Birthday.

a soto

Apr 4, 2017, 1:21 am Reply

Best of luck! Good insights.

mysteriousnoises

Apr 4, 2017, 2:05 am Reply

"..it had a tub, which is something I really like because sometimes I just like to soak in all my tears." ? so relatable

findingpieces

Apr 4, 2017, 2:35 am Reply

Love this video, I can totally relate to your experience with my first apartment hunt. I'm now looking to move out and find somewhere new where I can get a dog, but I am anxious to restart the whole process!

Skyla Messenger

Apr 4, 2017, 2:51 am Reply

maybe you could do a guest spot at a hair place while youre in cali for vid con?
not sure if that happens but itd be pretty cool if you could extend your stay and check out the place 🙂

Alicia McCulley

Apr 4, 2017, 4:20 am Reply

if you get the chance, could you list the link to your tv stand?  i loooooove it and i can't seem to find your amazon list to get a reference ): (maybe I'm just missing it and I'm a loser… thats probably the reason, actually)

Counterpuurs

Apr 4, 2017, 4:59 am Reply

One time I was going to check out an apartment and the girl made me wait around for two hours before saying she had to go move some stuff into her new place but she'd be back within half an hour. Meanwhile, two more hours went by so I got over it and a couple days later she emailed me asking when I wanted to sign the lease, without even seeing the place ?

My last landlord was a real piece. I lived in a basement apartment below his house, myself and my roommate both had med-large dogs and were told to keep things quiet, while they'd throw toys for their Great Dane above us. He also told me after a couple months of living there that I couldn't have people over so often(I had a friend coming over about every other night because she lived down the street). I ended up adopting a cat my last two months there, he told me one day that I couldn't have cats because they stink(meanwhile my horrible roommate let his dog deficate all over the place).

My next apartment is going to be solo(or at least with someone who's actually responsible) with my fur babies, hopefully a larger living space with a bathtub, lots of natural light and a couple closets for storage/litter box!

Daniela Gonzalez

Apr 4, 2017, 5:29 am Reply

Yaaaaas! Girl, zillow is what I'm currently using to find an apartment for when I move out.

Tasha Leigh

Apr 4, 2017, 6:24 am Reply

I took a room with some roommates thinking I could afford it, but thankfully I didn't sign a lease because just after 2 months, I gotta go move in with my grandma. Thankfully my grandma is cool af. Bonus, I get an ensuite bathroom and get a public summer pool in the condo area! :). Also, with the pet thing, I totally understand it being frustrating. My last house I rented with friends the ad said no pets but we REALLY wanted the place so we asked the landlord and we got my that rule waved for a $100 deposit, which I did get back when I moved out. I know here in Canada (Well, Ontario at least) that most places say no pets, but if you ask, depending on the animal, it can usually be negotiated.

lilachris

Apr 4, 2017, 3:12 pm Reply

it seems that you're lucky with the apartment situation in your city! I'm happy for you that you found something nice and affordable. My boyfriend and I applied to 30 apartments, called about 100, before one even wanted us :/ We live in Hamburg, Germany btw.

Haven

Apr 4, 2017, 8:02 pm Reply

I'm so happy that you've gotten situated in a decent little space and can live alone!!!! I'm living with my parents at 20 after a complete crash and burn attempt at moving out at 17 and a financial nightmare with awful evil greedy landlords… I'm still trying to get through that mess but already dying to get the hell out of my parents house again as soon as possible… unfortunately the combination of extremely low cost of living in my state and me being a tipped server means that my employers are legally allowed to pay me below minimum wage, so it's hard to imagine being able to afford living alone anytime soon :'( your journey so far has been so inspiring tho!!!

Amber

Apr 4, 2017, 9:15 pm Reply

So proud of you Qcknd! You inspire me so much ? Thanks for the awesome content! Anxiously awaiting your next video & sending good vibes from New Mexico ✌✨

wiseholics

Apr 4, 2017, 9:27 pm Reply

Apartments where I live are like $520-900. $1000 for an apartment sounds crazy. That could get you a 3 bed 2 bath house for that. (Small south west town in Arizona)

sarai637

Apr 4, 2017, 10:31 pm Reply

I love Zillow! I spend hours on it browsing even though I don't plan on moving any time soon lol

Amy S

Apr 4, 2017, 11:00 pm Reply

I'm 25 now and I haven't lived own yet (I have had roommates since I moved out at 18), and your videos have inspired me to start looking for my own apartment!

Shayla Lee

Apr 4, 2017, 11:28 pm Reply

I feel bad for everyone telling their horror stories of waaaay too high rent. My city is slowly getting there (gentrification sucks) but we still have reasonable rent depending on what the persons needs are. For $700 you can get a decent sized 1 bedroom on an okay side of town.

photogchik007

Apr 4, 2017, 1:32 am Reply

Denver is so crazy expensive you cant find a one bedroom under lie $1100. My boyfriend and I moved into the suburbs in with a roommate (more so he could have a place) and we could have a pool and a gym and package collection but cost of living here is crazy

bob8mybobbob

Apr 4, 2017, 5:27 am Reply

Honestly one of the things I like most about my apartment is how clean it is. No mold, no mice, very few bugs. I housesat for one of my professors back when I was in college, and I loved his old (1890) house with its creaky wood, it was such a cool aesthetic. But even though they kept it clean there was still a spider problem. I was there for two weeks and I had to deal with more spiders then here in my apartment I have lived in for months. I feel like for the most part I can dress up any space and make it feel like home, but I cannot deal with worrying about things crawling on me in my sleep, or getting sick from whatever is growing in the walls.

Lindsay Marie

Apr 4, 2017, 11:09 pm Reply

I want to move out on my own so bad but I don't have a job lol but the prices for apartments and studios and houses in my area are wack. A shitty studio could be $800 while a nice apartment with 2 bedrooms is $500 lmao

Destiny Lovell

Apr 4, 2017, 11:52 pm Reply

i love all you videos and i just adopted a new kitten and i would love a video about your cat and how you settled him in to the apartment

Daniel G

Apr 4, 2017, 4:37 am Reply

u need to turn your volume up deary.
should outs from Australia!

Julia Estrada

Apr 4, 2017, 6:07 am Reply

I've been trying to move out from my parents for the past couple years and I'm currently working on making it happen this year. Watching all of your moving videos have inspired and educated me on everything that is important for me to know. Thank you for making these vids ??

Kiera

Apr 4, 2017, 10:54 am Reply

Wishing all the best for you Qcknd.

poppysquash

Apr 4, 2017, 12:51 pm Reply

"IM OLD"
Honestly, same.

robyn smith

Apr 4, 2017, 5:50 pm Reply

Idk why the part about American Airlines and being a minimalist tickled me soooo much but I thoroughly enjoyed this video and this entire series. Can you never finish moving in lol??? I love these vlogsssss

K P

Apr 4, 2017, 9:24 pm Reply

Smoke some bud with your neighbors

Polette Cortez

Apr 4, 2017, 7:14 pm Reply

You look so happy, I'm glad you're doing so well :')

Viktoria Illich

Apr 4, 2017, 7:24 pm Reply

do a room tour please

Jennifer Doerr

Apr 4, 2017, 4:43 am Reply

I have been looking for apartments for maybe a year and a half now. I checked prices, square footage, what it includes, and the area it's in. I put a deposit down on an apartment 2 days ago, I move in next month. It is $500 a month, 600 square feet, I only have to pay for wifi and electric, everything else is included. I also have a belcony and a really large window in the bedroom, a bath, and lots of closet space. Only 10 minutes from school, 20 minutes to work, and right in the middle of a cute down I can walk or ride my bike to the store. Apartment searches are hard, take the time to do the research because it is so worth it. I am so excited to be living on my own!

K Ferndreamer

Apr 4, 2017, 8:24 pm Reply

Fantastic glasses, they look great on you.

trumpetpuppy68

Apr 4, 2017, 9:01 pm Reply

Zillow is the best!

Nicole Cieslik

Apr 4, 2017, 11:01 pm Reply

When I was moving I was pretty picky. I wanted something in the city where i could bike to school and work. I absolutely needed a bathtub, and really wanted white walls and wood floors. I was expecting to live in a studio apartment in midtown, but i ended up in a spacious one bedroom about a 10 min bike ride away. The neighborhood is not too bad, only occasional gunshots. Some of my neighbors are the worst, but I love it! I'm glad your apartment situation worked out too!

Baby Phace

Apr 4, 2017, 7:04 am Reply

Tip: Your Rent/Utilities shouldn't be more than 33% of your monthly salary

Baby Phace

Apr 4, 2017, 7:33 am Reply

I'm 20, looking for a new apt, but this is my 2nd time so I'm not nervous about it.
I'm pretty good at budgeting.
I usually look for places that aren't in a bad area, & are near a shopping center / my work place.
I have 40 lb dog so finding apts are hard. ),:
I'm not super picky, I just don't like things to be broken/invested with bugs.

Kimmy

Apr 4, 2017, 2:26 am Reply

"sometimes I just like to soak in all my tears" same….same

AbbyDabby96

Apr 4, 2017, 7:51 pm Reply

My most important thing for me when looking for a place is that I can have my cat! And that I can afford it on my own! I'm actually moving into my first apartment soon! 😀

pissbaby

Apr 4, 2017, 2:02 am Reply

it sucks cause i can't imagine living anywhere other than seattle, it has so many neighborhoods most of which are a lil sketch but literally every single place i've looked at is no less than 1200$ and that's the absolute cheapest :-l it's so fucking ridiculous but i don't know where else to look , i went on the zillow for philly and really want to move there now cause of how much cheaper in comparison it is lmao

Araceli

Apr 4, 2017, 1:53 am Reply

Great video. I'm in Philly too and when I first moved on I decided to pay for a very centrally located place. I don't regret my choice and it was the best choice then. I am coming up on my first year lease being up and I'm now moving to west philly to an even smaller studio to save on rent and get a car with the savings I'd be making. You're right, you definitely have to weight what you really want and can't live without and what matters to you. Glad you found a place that fits your needs 😉

chaotic garbage

Apr 4, 2017, 3:42 pm Reply

this may be a weird comment but u seem like a cool older sister… I wanna move out in like 2 years but I'm not sure if thats even possible but its just a daydream now so its alright

Christy Wolf

Apr 4, 2017, 5:51 pm Reply

I'm really glad that you were going through this around the same time as me. I live with roommates, but I'm ready to take a step out and live on my own. it really is disappointing seeing apartments that are in your price range, but are terrible. I don't think I'm asking for a lot (washer/dryer, not ground floor, closet/bedroom space, a tub would be nice) but it's so hard to find anything below half of my income. you gave some great tips, and I haven't checked zillow yet, but I definitely will! congrats on your new place 🙂

S

May 5, 2017, 1:25 am Reply

We just recently moved from our apartment we were in a little over a year to a house so my dog could have a yard and we could have an office space that was separate from everything else. It's so so so difficult to find affordable places with animals, so I ended up going a little over what I wanted to spend, but it is working out. Now, filling the space with furniture is the long term thing. I can't wait to have a couch )':

Pallavi Sanyal

May 5, 2017, 12:48 am Reply

Subbed. I'm 26 too, living on my own and my requirements were no ground floor, good quiet neighbourhood, good transportation, nice and helpful landlord, close to friends and work, can have pets. I found a great, almost unbelievably great, apartment because the landlord admitted that previous tenants had complained of ghosts/hauntings. I took it and haven't regretted my decision!

megcrimson87

May 5, 2017, 4:43 pm Reply

Are you still in the Philadelphia area? If so, any advice on which neighborhoods are reasonably safe to live in without being overly expensive. If anyone has any advice please let me know. Thanks.

elfbae

Jun 6, 2017, 6:43 pm Reply

I'm looking to move around September and this was so helpful for me! Thank you for sharing your experience Qcknd!

Megan Harris

Dec 12, 2017, 6:09 am Reply

I know this video is super old but I had your videos queued for background noise as I wrote. This video came on and I am a former housing manager and I was APPALLED by the guy giving you the tour was violating all the Federal Fair Housing laws. You aren’t supposed to talk about the people who live in the apartments, nothing about neighbors, nothing about whether or not there are parties. That is a law suit waiting to happen.

Annie Craton

Jan 1, 2018, 12:26 am Reply

I live in a studio apartment and it's not the worst thing in the world, but it does suck a bit lol. My kitchen and bathroom are separate, but it is very limiting and constraining.

Kamaria H

Feb 2, 2018, 1:48 am Reply

I know this is from a while ago but it was so damn helpful. Thanks!

emmaelmopants

May 5, 2018, 1:59 pm Reply

I always look for a bath tub, as I too sometimes like to soak in my tears… I love your TV stand. Wheres that from? 🙂

WhySoThirstyy

Jun 6, 2019, 6:45 pm Reply

I have literally binged these videos over 8 times I'm not even kidding I've watched this playlist more than the office whO AM I

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