@dss5 From what I have read, 41 Cooper Square seems to have been a Bad Financial Decision. While the Board of Trustees stated that: "It is also important to state that 41 Cooper Square was not the cause of the current financial dilemma. Its construction relieved Cooper Union of the costs that would have had to be incurred to renovate the old engineering building and the Hewitt Building to make them acceptable sites for a 21st-century education and meet accreditation standards," (source: http://nplusonemag.com/save-cooper-union) As a rejoinder to that statement, no one outside of the (mostly) boy's club of the trustees knows 100% of the financial data. And this is why I assume the occupiers are demanding some sort of transparency from these not so trustworthy trustees. Good luck, Occupiers! You've got the support of this uptown university graduate student.
I'm assuming you're talking about the Summertown Health Centre? As an American who studied at Oxford, I find your nitpicking with the "carpeted basement" absurd. You're not there for the scenery. Also, is it weird that I don't find it strange that the practitioner didn't acquiesce immediately and hand you a bag of antibiotics? Over-prescribing antibiotics is a serious issue, and one shouldn't expect them to be handed out freely. And finally, and this is advice more for everyone, as someone who's lived abroad with a pre-existing condition, it's in your best interest to bring documentation of that with you (especially if you have a rare disorder). Your doctor at home should additionally know that you're leaving the country and if need be, be able to fax/scan documentation as well. Word of mouth is, unfortunately, not how the medical community works.
$26750, graduate student in NYC.
I have to say that I love the "Places I've Lived" series. I'm currently hating my apartment (bedbugs in the building, though we only found one in our apartment, and did all the laundry, the toxic-spray extermination, etc.) to no end. These lists of places makes me wistful for the time where I can look back on this place in bulleted format and chuckle at my lack of money and my vermin-filled fifth-floor walkup.
Talent doesn't seem to be meaningless here. If the ability to tear one's love story out of his or her heart is the price of admission, talent can be likened to a simple act of will of going to the ticket booth.
@armagnacforbreakfast Although with a grad student stipend, I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that even in affordable/commute-friendly locations, 30-40% of my income will be swallowed up in rent (right now I'm at 35%).
@The Dauphine Living on the border between Washington Heights and Harlem (Sugar Hill) is also an incredibly lovely area as well as affordable.
It's pulp board, but I love the MUJI bookshelves—by that I mean I'm going to buy two after I move. Cheap and sturdy! That's all a writer/phd student like me needs. http://www.muji.us/store/furniture-1/shelving.html (the multirack one)
I'm overzealous about my budget. I have a credit card, but never use it. I only use my debit (important for this budget). I'm a phd student in NYC and so I make very little, but somehow have managed to save (I think) 5-8% of my income. What I did was I took my stipend amount subtracted taxes ( I have to pay those out of pocket), some school related incidentals, my monthly rent multiplied by twelve, and the amount I wanted to save. I then got some number, divided that by 365, and there was my daily spending limit. It's incredibly paltry...about 35 bucks per day. At the beginning of the month, I transfer from my savings to my checking the amount I'm allowed to spend for that month. That's usually rent+utilities+($35*31 days)...which tends to hover around 1900. And that's all I get in my checking account for the month. I religiously tally my spending for the previous week in a spreadsheet in excel to make sure I'm not going too over budget. I've only gone over budget once - about $150 over.