Ds will be starting a paid summer internship in mid-June. He and a friend (who is also doing an internship in the same city) came to the conclusion that renting an unfurnished apartment and renting furniture was more affordable than renting a corporate apartment. To further keep costs down, they are renting a one bedroom and putting a bed in the living room as well. Lol. Ds will likely travel M - Th, but the friend/roommate will be there all week, I have suggested perhaps purchasing an inflatable bed for the living room rather than renting two beds depending on the cost differential. Anyway, I'm not sure they are getting that there will be NOTHING in the apartment. We will fly out to visit before the internship starts and help him get situated. I am trying to come up with a list of bare bones necessities. I can't imagine they will do much cooking, but I'd like for them to have a few kitchen items to minimize eating out ALL the time, which I fear would mitigate any savings they are getting by going this route. Likely anything will be pitched at the end of the summer (except maybe the inflatable bed/mattress). Can y'all help me brainstorm a list of necessities?
When my oldest interned in Silicon Valley a couple of years ago, she and her three roommates could not find a furnished apartment anywhere. Finally, the mom of one of the roommates found a furniture rental company and rented an unfinished apartment at one of the complexes that turned them down for a furnished apartment. They rented everything. The furniture rental company had packages avaiable for different rooms, bedroom, kitchen, den, bathroom. So, you could ask to see what is included in the different packages, to see if you see if there is anything that would be important to your son. Then, buy whatever he needs while you are out there.
We use the XL twin sheets on our regular twin beds at home and at beds at camp. Even though these beds are smaller, there has never been a problem with the longer sheets. So, he should be okay bringing his from college. He could do the same with towels, bath mat, shower curtain, blanket, etc. He could even bring any small kitchen items or appliances (coffee maker) that he has at college.
It might be cheaper to ship him a small box of the little stuff, like silverware, can opener, dish cloths, etc., if you have extra of that kind of stuff around your house, than buying it all new.
If you are checking suitcases for your vacation, you could bring some of these items to him in your suitcase. Some could be brought in a carry on suitcase.
Not sure why this decision was made instead. It's his $, and he is pretty frugal. Though it seems crazy expensive to me. Not used to big city prices. Hoping he made a good choice.
It drove my frugal kid crazy, and it wasn't even her money as they all received a housing allowance. However, it was the only way to find an apartment. They had started looking on craigslist for people renting rooms in their houses. She did suggest not getting the kitchen/dishes package, because she knew they could easily buy a set of dishes, glasses, silverware for less than it cost to rent the package for one month, much less three. She also thought it would be easy to find an organization to donate them to after the summer. However, no one really wanted to deviate from the plan. It all worked out; they all had a great summer.
Does the apartment have a fridge?
What about internet? I remember that being an issue that was discussed, but I don't remember how it was solved. I can find out what they did if you like. They did not have a TV.
Enjoy your vacation. I was able to visit her for a long weekend, and we went to Yosemite. She went back the next year, and one of my other kids and I visited for a four-day weekend. We drove down the coast to Monterey and other scenic spots. On Monday, the sibling and I walked/biked the Golden Gate bridge.