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Old 11-12-2012, 01:40 PM
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Hi all...

I will be starting training later this month (November) and all indications are currently pointing to me being based in Newark shortly after the new year.

I've been doing some research into the area and I know a few things about it now, but I still have some worries about it and figured some of you more experienced guys and gals out there might have some real world experience with being based out of Newark Liberty.

Basically, as a new FO, let's be honest, I'll be on reserve for a while and I'll be getting paid just enough to get by so my budget is tight. I'm also unfamiliar with the the area. Here are some thoughts:

1. How viable is it to find an affordable apartment around Newark?

2. Would Crash pads work considering I'll be spending a bit of time on stand by? (I imagine hanging around a crash pad for days on end would end up being a little soul killing )

3. What areas should I avoid?

4. Is pubic transport an affordable/safe option? (if I can get away with not having a car, that would be perfect for my budget)

If anybody can help me answer these questions or even just give some sage advice, I would appreciate it hugely...


Thanks in advance,


Rob
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:46 PM
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Just do a crash pad. Most of them are about $175-225 a month. No point in renting an apartment in Jersey unless you are dying to make it your permanent residence so you can pay a ton in taxes.

If you're going to be on first year pay, you will most likely only be able to afford the questionable areas in Jersey to rent.

Public transportation isn't bad. Trains and buses run a lot. Cars will be broken into if you are gone on a trip if left at your residence if you're in a "shady" area.

Can you commute for now or are you deadset on moving to this base? Also, are you going to be bounced around in bases?
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:19 AM
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Thanks for the info, Freeflyer... you confirmed one or two things I suspected.

As for commuting, I live in Washington state... so it would be one hell of a commute, but I guess manageable.

I'm not too certain about my base permanency... I get the impression this will be for a while.

I guess as this is all so new, I'm not sure quite what to expect... but there must be others out there who have been in my shoes once upon a time. Just want to make sure I don't get mugged on my first trip to/from the airport!
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:43 PM
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Living in NJ isnt too bad!

You will find pretty good neighborhood if you get away from newark about 20mins away by car.

You can park in the employee parking on the airport.
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