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I need to decide whether I want to stay in my current apartment for next year (where I will need 3 roommates) or whether I want to go find my own place to live. I have a lot of furniture, and I really like my current apartment, so moving into someone else's apartment is not something I am interested in. The problem is that all of my roommates are moving out, so I would need to find three people to move into this apartment with me. I did it last year, and it was a lot of work, but probably not as much work as finding a new apartment and moving all my stuff.
Oh, and last year, all my roommates left because they were leaving the city. This year one of them is leaving the city, and the other two were new to the city and now want to live with people they're actually friends with. In case anyone was wondering why everyone keeps moving out on me. I'm not a bad roommate, but I don't tend to be best friends or even good friends with the people who I live with.
I'm 23, no school loans, have about $20k saved in my bank account. I'm a PhD student, and my stipend is about $2000 a month after taxes and stuff, while in the summer I make about $3000 a month. This is a position I will be in for the next 3-4 years, until I get my PhD. My current place costs $550 a month + utilities, but things like the internet I pay a lot less for than if I lived by myself. If I try to find my own place, I would likely end up spending as much as half of what I make on rent, utilities, and internet. My spending for everything non-housing tends to be about 500-600 a month.
I read somewhere that it is bad to spend more than 30-40% of what you make on housing? Is that rule always true? I don't want want to screw up my savings, but I'm studying Computer Science, not humanities, so I shouldn't be too worried about making a living once I finish? What do other people think about this?