I'm trying not to be spam here, I have no affiliation with the apartments or anything.
I am looking at a job in Berkeley and have been looking at how outrageous apartment housing costs are. I searched through old posts and saw that the Carlton Apartments are cheap but rarely available. Well, today they posted an ad on Craigslist that they're available.
Pricing is $500/month with all utilities (water, heat, electricity, garbage) included. Essentially, it's a dorm room for $500/month. There's a community bathroom and no kitchens.
This is the lowest I've found for rent in the Berkeley area. I've been told that Evans Manor is cheap too ($370/month) and that has no kitchen either and a reviewer on ApartmentRatings.com said that "the bathrooms are absolutely abysmal, unacceptable, furbrishment, especially the Resident Evil-style 1800's bathtubs and the showerheads that fall off."
Here's a link to the ad on Craigslist: UC BERKELEY STUDENTS!! studio apartments 10 SECOND WALK from campus!!!
I'm going to copy-paste the text so I will be able to search for this message for future reference.
$500 UC BERKELEY STUDENTS!! studio apartments 10 SECOND WALK from campus!!! (berkeley) (map)
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Date: 2008-08-19, 5:24AM PDT
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UC BERKELEY STUDENTS! The Carlton is offering housing located just a ten-second walk away from campus!!! We are located across the street from the UC Berkeley campus (nearest cross street: Bancroft + Telegraph). Located at 2338 Telegraph Ave. (Berkeley, CA 94704) in between Crepes-A-Go-Go and Blondies Pizza, most students walk by, and don't even realize that there are hundreds of apartments right above them!
Our studio apartments range in monthly rent from AS LOW as $500. This amount varies depending on the size of the room as well as its location. All utilities (water, heat, electricity, garbage) are FREE. We do not provide a kitchen area in the building, but there are plenty of restaurants and eateries located within a few seconds walk of The Carlton, such as Blondies Pizza, Crepes-A-Go-Go, Subway, Chipotle, Wallgreens, Sams Market, and many more. Bathrooms are shared throughout the floors (dorm style), however these are private bathrooms (one person at a time). The university's gym (the RSF) is just a 20-second walk away.
If you are looking for housing we would love to hear from you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
for further information with the subject line: "studio apartments." You must include your full name, year in school, major, current residence information, and telephone contact number. After receiving your email, we will go over your information and respond as quickly as we can. NOTE: The resident manager has a private number, so please be sure to answer your phone when the caller ID registers as "unknown" or "private." We do not, however: negotiate terms of the lease, email photos of our apartments, sign leases with 3rd parties, or hold rooms. If you would like to see an apartment, your appointment date can be arranged via the resident manager. Our lease period extends throughout the entire school year (usually a 12-month lease).
Please note: We are looking to sign immediately with tenants. Please do NOT respond to this post if you are out of the country or out of the state. However, feel free to email us as soon as you have come back in the vicinity of Berkeley and are able to view the rooms. Thank you.
We offer a front desk clerk downstairs for added security, as well as security cameras inside the building for additional monitoring. We also provide 7-day week janitorial cleaning to all of our floors, with a coin-operated laundry room inside the building.
Thank you for your interest in The Carlton and we hope to see you soon!
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