Hey all, my wife and I are moving to Berkeley, California in little less than a month and could use some advice.
My wife already has a job at UC Berkeley, so we're looking for places off the BART, as close as we can to Berkeley. Unfortunately, rent costs an arm and a leg and we only have a leg to give, so we're trying to top out at $1600 / month. We've looked at some places via padmapper and Craig's List, but the other problem is that we currently live in Europe.
My wife is going ahead of me to Berkeley at the end of August, and can stay with a friend for a week. During that time, she's going to be looking at some places we found or that she finds while there. Of course, a week is quite a short time to get something to rent, so we may be forced to use some AirBnB for a bit. Thankfully (or not), I'll be staying with family in Chicago until I'm batsignaled to come over and bring all the luggage and settle in. So while she's trying to find a place during the time she's with a friend, I'll be scouring the 'net for places for her to look at and such.
Basically, we could use some direction in how or where to go about finding a place. We're fine with subletting or sharing houses because we think this is gong to be a 1 to 2 year thing, anyway. We really, really, really want to avoid getting a car. We don't mind living as far as San Franscisco as long as we are close to the public transit.
I would appreciate any advice you could give us! Cheers.
edit: Oh, also, we are currently checking Craig's List and Padmapper for available options. We thought about the UC family housing option, but since we're married and have no children, we're last on the priority list.