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    If Sheldon had to pay his own rent, he wouldn't be able to afford all those collectors items...lol. But yeah, Raj has his own place, too.
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    I have no idea why I try so hard to figure out the budgets of tv characters :p
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    the whole roommate thing is bogus - they're both Drs with great jobs at a university.

    the whole concept of Leonard staying in that situation is laughable- roommate agreement anyone.....

    If Penny being a Cheesecake factory waitress living on her own is the barometer for affordability, Leonard & Sheldon coudl easily have their own apts.
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    Five years ago, they were mid-twenties, at the beginning of their careers, and a roommate made sense. Now Sheldon couldn't afford to pay all the people he would need to in order to do what Leonard does for him. Leonard wouldn't be living across from Penny, which he really wants to do. And that is why they are still roommates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JavaJo View Post
    If Sheldon had to pay his own rent, he wouldn't be able to afford all those collectors items...lol. But yeah, Raj has his own place, too.
    Yes, but Raj's parents are loaded and it sounds like they give him some money. (based off my recollection of the show - though I don't think it's been explicitly said, just implied)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbamom View Post
    I figured maybe Sheldon had a load of student debt?
    Students in Ph.D. programs don't have much in the way of debt. Generally their tuition is covered and they are given a stipend, for which they act as teaching assistants or research assistants. In a field like Sheldon's they would be particularly well paid (vs., say, English). I suppose he might have debt left from being an undergraduate. However since he finished his Ph.D. he's almost certainly been a postdoctoral fellow (again a decent pay, especially for someone who lives like Sheldon), and now he's a faculty member. Since he's not cashing those pay checks I'm not sure WHAT he's living off of!
    FYI Students in MA or MS programs, such as a certain astronaut was, may have to pay their own tuition and support themselves....it varies, but in general if you are just in an MA program, that is, the MA is the end degree, not something you pick up along the way in your PhD program, you have to support yourself and pay tuition.

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    I'd be broke just on their take-out bill! They eat out every night. lol And Penny never pays her way, Leonard usually foots her bill.
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    People its a show!! lol!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PWS View Post
    Students in Ph.D. programs don't have much in the way of debt. Generally their tuition is covered and they are given a stipend, for which they act as teaching assistants or research assistants. In a field like Sheldon's they would be particularly well paid (vs., say, English). I suppose he might have debt left from being an undergraduate.
    I think whether doctoral students end up with debt depends one where they get their degree. My BIL finished without any meaningful debt. However, I know of many people who graduated with Ph.D.'s, including myself who ended up with $100,000 of student debt...and I graduated in the 20th century. My tuition was covered but my stipend of $800 per month wasn't nearly enough to cover living expenses in the expensive east coast city where I lived along with the cost for books, photocopying articles (this was pre-internet), etc. Annually, I didn't take out what seemed like big loans, but they added up over the seven years it took to finish my degree. (I'm on the 30-year repayment plan...some people buy a house, I bought advanced education...)

    At the well-regarded private university where I currently teach, none of the doctoral students receive full support and none receive tuition remission. Unfortunately, it was founded at the turn of the 20th century when most of the students (at this university) were trust funders who didn't need any kind of financial support and that legacy has been slow to change with modern realities.

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