For some kids, fun trumps cost
For many young people living on Martha's Vineyard for the summer, the high cost of living, which includes sometimes astronomical rents, makes it difficult to save any money. But not for all.
Several college students living on Martha's Vineyard for the summer interviewed by The Times said they are managing to save some money and in addition are having "a blast." Strategies for economizing include riding a bicycle and utilizing public transportation to avoid the high cost of gasoline.
A number of young people here for the summer said they share a house with friends and roommates because splitting the rent makes it possible to stay for the whole summer. Others manage with help from their families either by living with them or through a rent subsidy from mom and dad.
Lindsey Perkins, a Florida resident working at Brickman's, the venerable clothing store on Main Street in Vineyard Haven, rents a house with eight other college students. Lindsey came to the Island through a program called FOCUS, a Christian fellowship program with a campus in West Tisbury. On an Island where some students pay as much as $4,000 per share in rent, she pays $1,800 for the summer.
"The FOCUS program rents the house for all of us and then we pay them back the money. It means that our rent is lower which is really nice, and they did all the looking for a house for us," she said.
Some young people have to find their own affordable housing for the summer. Nick Middleton of Boston, who works for Beadniks in Vineyard Haven, a local bead shop, is living in a house with three friends. They each paid $2,100 in rent for the summer.
House sharing with other young people is not the only living option for young people with generous parents. Chris Hubbell from upstate New York works for a local landscaper. He rents a small apartment just outside Vineyard Haven for the summer. He is able to afford the rent because his parents help him out.