Oh okay, then yeah you definetly lived the college thing more than I did. Sadly, even with a PT job I couldnt really afford to move out, so I live with my parents until I get my degree and then will move out because I will be getting a better job. Because of my average grades in HS (I had bad senioritis), I went to a CC first, so once I went to a Uni I didnt go to a dorm and do all that stuff because my parents couldnt afford it on top of the cost of college (and Im not really a dorm person anyway, I like having my space in my room and having my own bathroom lol). So basically, I just did college different than you. Sometimes I wish I couldve done it that way, but like I said Im not really a dorm person. My own apartment close to campus wouldve been nice, but like I said, I wouldnt have been able to unless I seriously ate rahmen for 4 years, lol.
As far as Friends go, I agree. They really couldnt have afforded to move there with how expensive it is. I always hear of stories about a bunch of (girl)friends moving to NYC, and having to split a 1-BR studio aparment and still working outrageous hours to make rent. So I remember someone saying that in real-life, barely any of them wouldve been able to afford to live with how much money they make (I remember them pointing out Monica in particular, although I wouldve said Joey) because they wouldnt be able to afford it, and most people agreed. So now I see where you are coming from and agree as well (as well as those people in the other thread).
Ah yes -- I suppose I should have specified in my first post that I was referring to the dorm life aspect of college living. And, in particular, I am thinking of living in suites (two or three single bedrooms with a shared living room), similar to the Friends style of living, not hall-style dorms.
Living at home or in off-campus housing would definitely be a completely different experience! But it's true -- different living situations are better suited to different people.
And yes, the Friends definitely could not have afforded to live in those sized apartments in NYC on their salaries. They explained Monica's apartment was rent-controlled, but even so it was probably pricey -- not to mention the rest of the costs of living in NYC are not rent controlled. All of their apartments are just ridiculously big for NYC... especially for young professionals.
The friends I find the most unbelievable in terms of affording their NYC apartments and other cost of living expenses are Phoebe (before she started working at the corporate massage chain), Joey when he was no longer sponging off Chandler but before he got his soap opera job back, Rachel when she was a waitress, and perhaps even Ross. I have no frame of reference for chef salaries, so I don't know how believable it is that Monica would be able to afford her place. Chandler and Rachel (when she moved to the corporate world) I'm sure could afford to live in NYC... although living in the apartments they lived in still would have taken the majority of their paychecks.
In fact, I think the most realistically sized NYC apartment we saw was the studio Ross looked at with the "kitchen-slash-bathroom!"... minus the actual merging of the kitchen and bathroom, of course. heehee I do love that episode!
It clearly would have been ridiculous to have the friends living in actual NYC style apartments... and filming would have been quite tricky, too, what with the closet-sized spaces!
So yes... the unrealistic young professional in NYC lifestyle... one of the things that bothers me most about the show, but also one of the things I most enjoy