You cannot afford that 1 BR apartment. You need to be looking for a studio or efficiency apartment, or rent a room. These are also more likely to include more utilities, or all utilities. So you will save quite a bit there. Utilities on a 1 BR can run $200/month (if you skip cable TV, or go with the lowest bargain-price service). Once you hit $500/month on your income, you're in financial hot water very fast.
Sharing does not always save you money, and roommate problems (including deadbeat roommates) will leave you in deep financial doodoo.
Do NOT touch those savings to cover routine living expenses - rent, utilities, groceries & household expenses, transportation to work. That's really not very much in savings, so if you ever had a real emergency, you're not covered.