(Closed) Bees who rent, how much do you pay compared to your income?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 2
142 posts
Blushing bee

I pay 1/5 of my monthly wage on rent. Rent is about $2000 per month for the both of us. My SO and I pay half each. We’ve just set up a shared back account and seeing as he gets paid roughly the same as myself the figure stays close to 1/5. 

For comparison, i live in Australia in a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom double storey townhouse 5 kms from the CBD. 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by  mandabride00.
Post # 3
1430 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

0.29 collectively after income has been taxed and we’re in London. Would be interesting to see by area as well. Rent has gone crazy in London in the last few years and we’ve finally been able to start looking into buying and monthly mortgage repayments are so much cheaper! Like £400-500/month cheaper. It’s just the deposit and fees!

Post # 4
496 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I pay just under 16% of my monthly take home pay. It’s a high cost of living area but popular with families so large houses are crazy money but small flats are reasonable to rent. Our landlord also hasn’t increased our rent in the 3 years we’ve been here which is appreciated. I actually pay less per month than when I was a student living in a cheap northern town! 

Post # 5
1124 posts
Bumble bee

We live in a one bedroom condo we’ve been renting for a year and a half, in one of the “cheaper” suburbs of the Bay Area. We pay pretty much exactly 1/3 of our take home to rent, $1200, went up from $1100 just this month. We’re very fortunate to have found such a cheap place though…if we were to look for another place right now, the cheapest I’ve seen is at least $1500. Our landlord has another condo in this same complex, same one bedroom layout, and he’s charging them almost $1500 currently. It sucks! 

Post # 6
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

I pay 29% of my income for a studio apartment ($1600 a month) and that doesnt include the $125 for parking 🙁 Unfortunately living anywhere within 20 mins of my work is obscenely expensive. 

Post # 7
52 posts
Worker bee

SO and I are both PhD students, so our income and housing situation is probably not at all comparable. We each spend about 1/3 of our teaching salary/stipend (depending on quarter) on housing, but then we probably don’t have half the responsibilities that the rest of your bees have 🙂 I would be very interested in seeing a large scale study on this though – it would be very valuable for future house purchases!

Post # 8
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I pay about 30% of my take home income on rent. It’s definitely a number I feel comfortable with and I think I actually got a pretty good deal on this apartment. It’s a studio in a very desriable neighborhood with so many shops and cafes. Plus I can walk to work which saves me a little money every month on gas

Post # 9
8787 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

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whimsywallaby:  My rent was 46% of my income and then me and a friend moved in together to reduce costs but my rent is still 30% of my income, just rent, nothign else.

Post # 10
1939 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - City, State

About 30%

Post # 11
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Sassafraz in Toronto, Ontario

A little less than 25% of our combined take home pay. This is pretty rare in Toronto where rents are crazy, but we live on the outer edge.


Also, our place is tiny – 640 sq ft for two people and two cats, incl one who works from home.

Post # 12
2238 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

My husband is graduating law school tomorrow (!!) and we’re moving closer to his firm (downtown) when he starts. At that point, we’ll be paying about 17% of our income. That doesn’t include utilities.

Post # 13
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

16% of my take home pay goes to rent ($500/month) but I’m in grad school, so I make very little money. My Fiance pays 20% ($1000/mth) – $1500 is about average for a two bedroom apartment in our neighborhood. 

Post # 14
2141 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

we have a housing cap set by the goverment meaning we get charged a lower rate because of our low income overall I pay 10% of my income per month on rent

Post # 15
3298 posts
Sugar bee

Our rent is around 20% of our combined income – and our rent is cheap for the area we are in. 

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