Our apartment is about $1200 a month once you include all the sneaky fees like trash pickup and pest control. My share is $400. You can probably see why my sister is eager for me to pick up a bit more of it when I can! Coming from Alabama where apartments are much cheaper, we were pretty shocked, but this seems to be the standard price for non-sleazy apartments here. We looked at cheaper places ($700-$800) but they all made us feel uneasy about our safety and quality of life (repairs and such).