I've been thinking about it once I graduate from college and going to support myself in grad school. That means no financial support from family and owning no property of my own (no car, no bike, no house which means I will rent, etc). So how much would a person need? I heard most grad schools will waiver my tuition, but do they actually pay the students so they won't live on the streets? I am a person who doesn't buy clothes occasionally, I eat plain meals (steaming fish and rice, don't judge...), I don't own a car so i won't have to pay for gas, and overall I think i am pretty cheap. I guess this also depends on where I plan to go to grad school (if the area is expensive or not). What net income do people need to survive? Is $10,000 enough? Or am I being naive? Other grad students or people living on their own, please share your wisdom with me. I thank you!