Jane Williams

A Property Manager at Student Rentals 101

Jane Williams

Student Rentals 101

A Property Manager based in San Joaquin Delta College

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Jane Williams - Property Manager

On campus at SJDC, there are a couple sex offenses annually, a few robberies and burglaries, and a couple dozen motor vehicle thefts. There have not been any hate crimes in years. There are between 6 and 25 arrests on campus each year, for drugs, alcohol, or weapon possession related crimes. The area of Stockton between the West Side Freeway and Golden State Freeway is the middle region of Stockton, which is where most of the crime occurs. Stockton has a pretty high crime rate, and in 2012, was rated the 10th most dangerous city in America, and the 2nd most violent city in California. Stockton has gang problem, and most people wanting to relocate to the Stockton area often choose a town nearby and avoid the city.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There is a student chef restaurant, coffee shop, and the Danner Cafeteria. Students like the variety and quality of food from these locations. A nearby mall provides many more dining options to students. Stockton has a wide variety of good restaurants too, like The Waterloo. It is a restaurant with character, that is always busy, with reliably good steak and ribs. and BBQ. For breakfast, Chuck’s and Midtown are popular, and for dinners and celebrations, choose Papapavlo’s Bistro. Manny’s, the Cocoro Japanese Bistro, and the Siamese Street Thai Restaurant are just three other very good restaurants in town.

 
Weather

Weather

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St. Paul has a typical midwestern climate for the most part. It has extreme seasons, meaning a very hot summer into 80s, and very cold winters in the 10s. June through August see the most precipitation. In the winter, some days can be as cold as negative 30, and in the summer, days can sometimes hit the 100s. If you plan on living in St. Paul, be prepared for lots of snow, and wide temperature ranges.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Around 10,000 students attend SPC. The student body is about 43% White, 32% Black, 11% Asian, and 6% Hispanic. In St. Paul, there are 285,000 residents. The makeup of the city is 60% White, 16% Black, 15% Asian, 10% Hispanic, and 1% Native American. Over a quarter of those with European ancestry are German. Around 5% of the city has Sub-Saharan African ancestry. Over 1.5 million people work in the St. Paul/Minneapolis/Bloomington region.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Jane Williams - Property Manager

There are buses, including an Amtrak bus, that stop in Seaside. The bus system has various routes for student convenience. The Otter Trolley Campus Shuttle is another option for students looking to get around.

 
Local Events

Local Events

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Seaside is home to the Monterey Bay Blues Festival each year, which has been around since 1986. The Annual Monterey Peninsula Obon Festival is another yearly event, celebrating Japan with cuisine, martial arts performances, dance, drumming, exhibits, and more. In Monterey, the California Roots Music & Arts Festival is a three day event that features live music by big-name bands like Slightly Stoopid, Matisyahu, Rebelution, and many more. The Monterey Scottish Games are a celebration of Scottish and Celtic culture with dancing, music, animals, contests, drumming lessons, and many vendors. Another festival option is the Monterey Wine Festival, which is in its 37th year, with gourmet food, wine tasting, eating competitions, and other food and drink-related activities.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Only about 35% of students live on campus at Purdue University in West Lafayette. In WL, there are numerous townhouses for rent, as well as 1-4 bedroom apartments, and many are in walking distance of campus. The campus is located right near the downtown of West Lafayette, and there are at least two dozen in close range. Most are very, very affordable, even for one person, with one-bedrooms as low as $509, two-bedrooms as low as $395, three-bedrooms as low as $399.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Jane Williams - Property Manager

There are a couple cases of sex offenses and assaults each year at PU, as well as around 50 burglaries, and about 300 drug- and liquor-related arrests. Generally 1-2 hate crimes occur each year. Considering upwards of 35,000 students attend PU, these crime statistics are not particularly bad. The campus has the lowest crime rate of all the neighborhoods in WL in fact, though it is next-door to the City Center/Duhme Hall areas that have a higher crime rate. WL’s crime rate is much lower than both the Indiana average and national average.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Most students are commuters, and many believe the average student age is 30 or so. In the Clear Lake area of Houston, there are several bars. The Challal Cafe is a hookah bar, Club Eden is a gay bar, and Twin Peaks, Molly’s, and Hooter’s are just a few sports bar options. The Cock Eyed Seagull is a dive bar that often has karaoke. You can go bowling at Main Event, or play pool at Reno’s. The Comedy Club Showcase is not too far from Clear Lake, as is the Secrets strip club. The Scout Bar often has small rock-band shows, the Union Tavern often has live music too, and if you want to go dancing, head to Club Pure. Considering Clear Lake is just one of the many neighborhoods in Houston, it has a plethora of places to go at nighttime.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Jane Williams - Property Manager

In the Clear Lake neighborhood of Texas, some of the best restaurants include Cuisine India, Tokyo Bowl and Masa Sushi, Frenchie’s, and for sports bars, Twin Peaks. Lupe Tortilla, Mamacita’s, and Chuy’s are the recommended locales for Tex-Mex. Angelo’s is popular for pizza, and for breakfast head to The Egg & I. At UHCL, there is a Cafe with a deli and coffee shop, another coffee shop elsewhere on campus, and a fair amount of vending machines. With many restaurants and fast food chains near the campus, many students opt to head that way.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Because of the close proximity of West Athens to Los Angeles (less than 20 minutes from the LASC campus), it’s definitely recommended to head there for things to do. LA is known for many things, like its beautiful weather and an abundance of actors, dancers, and artists drawn to Hollywood. There are more than 800 museums in LA, which is the most museums per capita of all cities in the world, and the Dodgers, Kings, Clippers and Lakers are all based out of LA, so for sports fans and history buffs, there is always something to go see. Universal Studios is always a wonderful experience, too. The beach is a huge hotspot for day and night activities, and beaches like Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo, and Venice Beach are all about 20 minutes away.

 
Demographics

Demographics

Jane Williams - Property Manager

In the 90047 zip code area of LA where LASC is, there are mostly white collar jobs, and there more women than men in a 54% to 46% ratio. About 6,500 students attend LASC. The graduation rate however, is strikingly low, at 9%. The majority of LASC students are Black (55%) and Hispanic (35%). There are more women than men at LASC; about 68% of students are female and 32% are male.

 
Weather

Weather

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El Paso is sunny almost every day of the whole year earning it the nickname “The Sun City.” Residents love the weather here. In the summers, the days can reach scorching temperatures in the 100s, and in the winters, the temperatures are usually in the 50s and 60s. Every once in a long while, it could snow, but it never stays. It rains less than 10 inches a year, staying true to its desert climate.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Jane Williams - Property Manager

In the city of El Paso, public transportation is rare. El Paso does have a public transit system called Sun Metro that operates numerous trolleys and buses, but many complain it is overpriced, unreliable, and the routes can be confusing. Over 94% of people use their cars for commuting, so if you’re planning on living in this large city, a car is a must-have. Since EPCC is a community college, there is no public transportation for students.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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On campus there are many school-sponsored events, most notable the annual Dolphy Day. Throughout the year, several events take place in De Witt. Free concerts are held outdoors every Thursday night in the summer at Ryder Park, and on the first Saturday in August, Canal Day is held. Canal Day is a family-oriented festival with crafts, games, vendors, and fireworks. Every year before October, De Witt hosts a “Howling Hayride” for some Halloween-themed fun for children. For children, there is also a Youth Fishing Derby each year, as well as a Track and Field competition for 9 to 14-year-olds who want to compete. Weekly there are lots of free events open to the public, like Table Tennis, art workshops, and holiday lunches. Each year, De Witt also holds over 50+ events through its Recreation Generation program, such as trips to see musicals or travel Vermont.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Syracuse has a very high crime rate, but the neighborhood of De Witt, where Le Moyne is, is a little bit safer. It is located near a bad neighborhood, and students quickly become acquainted to the presence of police officers. Like most colleges, Le Moyne has a nightly shuttle service for students who don’t want to travel alone, and emergency telephones. There were several forcible sex offenses in 2011 on campus, as well as in residential facilities. There are a fair amount of drug and alcohol violations reported, but on-campus arrests are very rare.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Jane Williams - Property Manager

There are lots of places to eat in Plattsburgh! There are the big name chain restaurants like the 99, Texas Roadhouse, Uno Chicago Grill, and Applebee’s, as well as family-owned restaurants. For some fancy dining, try Anthony’s Restaurant & Bistro; it has many unique dishes, including wild boar, duckling, calamari, bison, quail and ostrich. For Mexican food, Cheechako Taco and The Smoked Pepper are Plattsburgh’s best, while Quiche et Crepe features French cuisine and the Himalaya Restaurant serves Nepali cuisine. The new Butcher Block restaurant has gotten some mixed reviews, so it’s up to you to give it a shot and see for yourself. If you want to stay on the SUNY campus to eat, there are a couple dining halls, a Tim Horton’s, a Subway, a couple cafes and a grocery store.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Jane Williams - Property Manager

The Amtrak Train makes a stop in Plattsburgh. The Student Association operates a shuttle to and from places in Plattsburgh, and also sponsors buses to NYC over vacation breaks. Burlington, Vermont is about an hour away by ferry. The Clinton County Public Transit (CCPT) runs about fifteen buses to connect Plattsburgh to other nearby towns as well as within Plattsburgh. Student passes for CCPT bus rides (either by Greyhound or First Transit buses) are $20/month. There also several taxi companies that operate in Plattsburgh if you need a ride.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Kent’s unemployment rate is one of the lowest in all of Ohio. Only 5.5% are unemployed. The outlook for future job growth looks good. There are a healthy mix of job opportunities for all education levels, though the biggest demand is for skilled workers in the manufacturing industry in Kent. Due to the high number of college students in the population, the average income appears pretty low. There are many jobs available on campus and locally in town so most students don’t struggle with finding a job.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Kent is definitely one of the more inexpensive places in the region to have an apartment. Kent’s average rental costs are lower than in all the nearby towns. The average two-bedroom rental in Kent is about $650/month, compared to Stow and Tallmadge, which are $770 and $830, respectively. There are numerous apartment villages to choose from, not all of which are near KSU if you want some peace and quiet from the college crowd. There are more rental properties than owner-owned properties in most neighborhoods.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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There isn’t too much to do in the town of Arcata, though there are a few 21+ bars in a strip at the town’s center. Students throw house parties and hold bonfires on the beach occasionally. There is no public transportation after 7pm, so students are limited to local parties if they don’t have a car. Over 70% of students opt to walk to parties. There aren’t generally house parties during the week, and really good parties only happen every so often. HSU is more of a laid-back college experience for most. At the local bars, most students hit up Sidelines Sports Bar, which definitely qualifies as a college bar, and it can get really overcrowded and sloppy Thurs-Sat nights. Toby & Jack’s bar is a good option for an environment a little more laid-back.

 
Demographics

Demographics

Jane Williams - Property Manager

About 8,000 students attend HSU, which means about half the population of the town of Arcata is made up of college students. Arcata is definitely a college town. The average age of an HSU student is one of the highest in the country: 26. About 52% of the students are White American, 22% are Hispanic American, 3% are Asian American, 1% are African American, and 0.3% are Native American. There are more women than men at HSU; 54% are female, 46% are male. Only 11% of students that go to HSU aren’t from California. The graduation rate is surprisingly low and only 14% or so will graduate in a four-year span. In Arcata as a whole, over 80% of the population is White.

 
Weather

Weather

Jane Williams - Property Manager

San Luis Obispo is known for its beautiful weather. In the winter months, the average temperature during the day is in the 60s, while in the summer, the temperature hovers around the upper 70s. Heat waves can occur at any point during the year though, and temperatures will reach into the 80s. Cool breezes off the ocean keep the days comfortable, so air conditioners are not a daily necessity. Storms don’t really ever happen here, and clearly, it would never snow. Mornings can sometimes be a little chilly in the 40s, but nearly every day is sunny. The weather is about as perfect as it gets.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Jane Williams - Property Manager

San Luis Obispo, usually just called San Luis or SLO, is pretty well-known for all the outdoor sports and activities available to do. There are opportunities for hiking and biking trails just minutes from the downtown center, rock climbing, and lots of beautiful scenery, like the site of the Seven Sisters volcano plug, a view of the San Andreas fault, a dead lake called Soda Lake and its wide array of wildflowers, and beaches not too far of a drive from “SLO Town” where you can surf, water ski, sail, kayak, balloon, go on a boat cruise, and more. In town, there are wine tastings, a drive-in theater, the performing arts center, a farmer’s market on Thursdays, the Palm Theater which runs completely off solar energy, and outdoor mall called the Madonna Plaza Shopping Center. All in all, there are many things to do in SLO.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Ashford University has a pretty safe campus. There are only a couple burglaries a year on campus, but there have been a handful of sex offenses in recent years. There are 24/7 police patrols, free late-night transport services, and emergency phones throughout the campus. The crime index in Clinton is much higher than average, however. Only 13% of cities in Iowa have a higher crime rate. While hate crimes don’t happen in Clinton, there are much more burglaries, thefts, rapes, and assaults than in your average city.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Clinton, Iowa is home to many historic landmarks and buildings. Among them is the Van Allen Building, though it is currently amid a remodel of the interior and not currently open. The Clinton County Courthouse, the Clinton Public Library, the Howes and Arkeny Buildings, and the St. Iranaeus Church are all historic, though none are particularly intriguing unless you are an architecture or history buff. An arboretum, or tree museum, is free and home to hundreds of rare trees, if you’re into that. Otherwise, the only other local attraction would be the Children’s Discovery Center, which is geared toward small children. For college-aged adults, there is a casino and some movie theaters, but otherwise you’ll have to hit up the dive bars for some fun.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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University Circle, or “The Circle,” has many methods of public transportation. The CircleLink shuttle offers free rides within The Circle.The bus rapid transit line known as the HealthLine has seven stops in University Circle. At least seven buses also have routes stopping in The Circle. The Red Line rapid transit subway-style trolleys make two stops in The Circle. All in all, there are many ways to get around within The Circle, but don’t forget that walking and cycling are good options as well if you plan on staying in the immediate area.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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CWRU is located in a part of Cleveland called “University Circle,” which has about 10,000 residents. Some really great little restaurants thrive in this area, like L’Albatros, a somewhat fancy French cuisine restaurant, and Sergio’s, an Italian restaurant. For a quick bite of Chinese food, try Chopstick over in the Little Italy neighborhood. If you’re crossing your fingers for a big-name chain restaurant however, there is a Qdoba Mexican Grill nearby, as well as an Einstein Brothers Bagels shop, Quizno’s, and of course, Starbucks.

 
Weather

Weather

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Most of the time, Carson is a sunny and mild place to live. For a few weeks in late spring it gets overcast in the mornings and then clears up. It rarely rains all summer, and it never snows in the winter, since the temperature stays in the 50s. Carson isn’t as hot as other parts of southern California because it’s only a few miles out from the ocean, so the average temperature on a hot summer day is in the upper 70s, though on occasion the temperature might reach the 80s.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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There are around 14,500 students that attend CSUDH. The majority of students are women (about 66%). Around 42% of students are Hispanic, 28% African American, 18% White, 7% Asian, and 5% Filipino/Pacific Islander. In the city of Carson, about 50% of the population speaks English, 30% speak Spanish, and the remaining 20% speak another language. About a third of Carson’s population was not born in the United States. About a fifth of Carson’s population is under the age of 18.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Jane Williams - Property Manager

The MNSU campus is very secure, with 24/7 police patrols on foot and in vehicles.There is a free Safe Walk service for any student, guest, or staff member who does not want to go somewhere on campus alone. Most arrests on campus are actually just alcohol-related, but burglaries are reported a few times a month. In Mankato, the violent crime rate is lower than the national average, however the property crime rate in Mankato is higher than both the Minnesota average and the national average. The Benning and Cambria/Judson parts of Mankato are easily the safest areas, and MNSU is square between them in the center of Mankato.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Mankato has a few main employers in town. The Mayo Clinic Health System employs 2200 people, Minnesota State University Mankato (MNSU) employs 1700 people, the Independent School District #77 employs 1400 people, MRCI WorkSource employs 1200 people, and the Mankato Clinic employs about 600 people. Mankato is a great place to live, and has made several national lists of best places to live for various reasons, including the number of jobs available, low unemployment rate, and low cost of living. In fact, the unemployment rate at Mankato is just 4%, far lower than the national average. This is great news for college students at MNSU since they’ll probably be able to find work in town!

 
Local Events

Local Events

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Because of its rich musical history, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame often hosts a “Georgia Music Week” once a year. The Georgia State Fair takes place each spring in Macon, with rides, games, food, and contests. The Tubman Pan African Festival also takes place every spring featuring Reggae and African music, cultural demonstrations, dancing and movies. In summer, the Bragg Jam takes place in late July for two days of local bands and DJs performances. Each autumn, the Ocmulgee Native Americans gather at a 12,000 year old historical site to share their heritage with the public. Macon in the winter is rich with events as well, with plentiful holiday events in December, and then the Macon Film Festival in February. Macon is always coming up with new events and shows for the community, so try and keep up!

 
Recreation

Recreation

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Macon is the hometown of many famous musicians, such as the Allman Brothers Band, Jason Aldean, and Otis Redding. The Allman Brothers Band Museum is inexpensive to gain admission to, and is an interesting showcase of the band’s memorabilia set in the house they lived in for a few years in the 70s. The Hay House, Sidney Lanier Cottage, and Cannonball House are old homes open to the public which offer tours most days. The Museum of Arts and Sciences is somewhat small, but very interesting, as is the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. For outdoor fun, take a relaxing walk on the beautiful Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, or check out one of Macon’s golf courses. There is a big outdoor flea market open Saturdays and Sundays right off of Highway 247 for shopping enthusiasts.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Pensacola offers tons of apartment options, most at really impressive prices, and a good amount of them are pet friendly, too. One bedroom apartments start around $450/month, though the average is around $670/month. If you’re really searching for the lowest prices possible, you might consider apartments in Pace, Florida, about ten miles away, where average apartment costs run a little bit cheaper. If you want to stay close to the UWF campus, the Fountain’s Apartments, Waters Edge, Jasmine Creek, Eaton Square, and Creekside Apartments are under two miles away.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Jane Williams - Property Manager

There are many places to eat on campus a UWF. At the Commons, there is the Nautilus Market Grill, the Argo Galley, a Quiznos, Chick-N-Grill, and an OutTakes Quick Cuisine. Elsewhere on campus there is a Papa John’s, a Starbucks, the Bistro Blue mobile cafe, 3 OutTakes coffee shops, and a sub shop. The cafeteria food is well-liked, but if you want to get off-campus, there are plenty of places to eat locally in Pensacola as well. For fresh seafood, definitely check out Joe Patti’s Seafood or Peg Leg Pete’s Oyster Bar. McGuire’s Irish Pub is a favorite, and the decor is extremely unique (there is money stapled all over the walls!) Be prepared for it to be packed in there, but many will tell you it’s well worth the wait. The best pizza can be found at The Tuscan Oven next to the Courtyard Apartments.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

Jane Williams - Property Manager

The nightlife scene in Spokane is surprisingly vibrant. There are casinos, comedy clubs, live music venues, pubs, karaoke shows, billiards, and wine tastings. There are plenty of places to dance, namely Irv’s Bar which is known for its diverse group of visitors, and Bluz at the Bend, which offers live dancing and music five nights a week. The Marquee is a trendy bar with two floors, live music, a DJ, a dance floor and an outdoor patio. The sports bar The Swinging Doors is also wildly popular. It has over 60 TVs, darts and pool tables.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Jane Williams - Property Manager

The Spokane Transit Authority (STA) uses buses, shuttles, and vans at the rate of $1.50 a ride, or $3.50 for a day pass. Services have been slightly reduced in the recent years due to decreased ridership, but it still operates 7 days a week. Bus routes operate in and around the SFCC campus, so students utilize the STA regularly. The Amtrak train also makes a stop in Spokane, and Greyhound buses are also available. As with most public transit services, the STA buses occasionally run late.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Nevada State College is a very new college, and as such, there aren’t yet many events hosted here. The city of Henderson offers some ideas for things to do locally, however. If you’re into museums, the Clark County Heritage Museum is a favorite, and boasts the inexpensive price of around $2 a person. Naturally, with its close proximity to Las Vegas, casinos are the big attractions. The Sunset Station Casino, M Resort Casino, Emerald Island Casino, and Rainbow Club Casino draw the most crowds. There are many golf clubs, including a course at Lake Las Vegas, where guests can also shop, eat, and enjoy the lake, though hard times have led to several stores’ closing and sparse maintenance of the landscape.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Historically a center for manufacturing, in particular of magnesium during WWII, Henderson’s main economic growth now is related to the tourism of Las Vegas, which is less than a half hour away. Henderson’s population has exploded in recent years, gaining over 220,000 citizens in just twenty-five years, though the cost of living in Henderson is above the national average. The unemployment rate in Nevada is the worst in the nation. An article published in December 2012 described how Nevada youths are still struggling to find work. Due to the economic conditions in Henderson, it will likely be difficult to find a job.

 
Weather

Weather

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Rochester is notorious for its treacherously long, cold, windy, and snowy winters that can last from October until late March. It’s not exactly known for being sunny and hot in the summer, either, though temperatures can occasionally enter the 80s. If you’re picky about precipitation, you probably won’t enjoy Rochester’s volume of snow, and you’d better be cold-weather hardy for the long winters. Rochester residents share a sense of camaraderie in their mutual weather suffering so at least you won’t be the only one bummed out by too many cloudy days in a row.

 
Demographics

Demographics

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Most unique about the demographics of students at RIT is the high amount of deaf or hard-of-hearing students. Nearly 9% of students fall into this category. RIT receives twice as many applicants from male students so it’s no surprise that nearly 70% of students are male. Nearly 83% of the student body is White American. The rest of the student body falls into the categories of: 6% African American, 6% Asian American, 5% Hispanic American, and 0.5% Native American. Around 5% of RIT’s students are international. Most (91%) of RIT students are full-time students. In terms of age, 90% are under the age of 24.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Since Redding is the biggest city north of Sacramento, California, with around 90,000 residents, there are many people looking for jobs. There are not many places to work within town, and the unemployment rate is higher than the national average, at about 13% compared to the national average around 8%. Redding has been chronically struggling with its unemployment rate for quite some time. In 2009, it landed on the list of the 10 Jobless Cities in America when the unemployment rate reached nearly 17%. In December 2012, Mercy Medical Center in Redding, announced more layoffs in the months to come. For those wanting to move to Redding, it is highly recommended they have a job secured.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Shasta College is an extremely safe area, with little to no crimes beside a handful of reported thefts a year. The crime rate is less than 0.05%, which is extremely low. With over 10,000 students, an average of 5 crimes a year is pretty exceptional. For Redding as a whole, the crime rate is actually pretty high. While Shasta College is a very safe place, Redding’s violent crime and property crime rate are both higher than the national average. The very different rates between Shasta College and the city of Redding may be due to some neighborhoods being much safer than others. The city’s center is the hub of crime, while the easternmost and southernmost areas of town have much lower crime rates.

 
Weather

Weather

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Harrisburg is a city with four distinct seasons with cold winter temperatures dipping into the 20s, and hot summers peaking in the mid 80s. Harrisburg receives a good amount of snow and ice in the winter, with a few major snow accumulations throughout the season. In February 2010 alone, Harrisburg received a record-breaking 42 inches of snow. If you hate snow, this isn’t the place for you. In the summer, It gets humid with frequent thunderstorms. Fall is generally a fairly gloomy time of season, with September’s in particular being very rainy.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Jane Williams - Property Manager

HACC is one of the larger community colleges in the country, with about 20,000 enrolled undergraduates, however, has no on-campus housing for students in any of its locations. Thankfully, there are a wide array of apartments and housing available in the Harrisburg area. With studios and one-bedroom apartments as low as $620/month, the average price for an apartment in Harrisburg is around $700/month. For those wanting to go the roommate route, there are numerous three- and four-bedroom apartments for low monthly rents of around $800-$900 as well. Harrisburg is a place where options are plentiful, it’s recommended you look at a few locations before settling.

 
Local Events

Local Events

Jane Williams - Property Manager

It’s no secret that New Orleans is home to the biggest Mardi Gras celebrations in the world. The season of Carnival is in full-swing for about a week or two in January or February, depending on what date Fat Tuesday, the day prior to Ash Wednesday, falls on that year. Aside from Carnival festivities, New Orleans is constantly awash in festivals and concerts. New Year’s Eve means a massive party in Jackson Square. The Sugar Bowl is an annual college football match held at the Superdome in early January preceded by a parade.The New Orleans Jazz Fest is a six-day festival held in Spring to celebrate jazz heritage and culture with singing, dancing, music, food, and crafts. In fact, there are more festivals in New Orleans than just about anywhere else. From SatchMo Summerfest in honor of Louis Armstrong, to the Louisiana Swamp Fest at the Audubon Zoo, there is always something to do in New Orleans, and if you’re a student at a local college, be ready to get involved!

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

Jane Williams - Property Manager

New Orleans is a city world-renowned for its bustling nightlife. With more bars, nightclubs, and live music venues than can be counted, New Orleans is sure to keep you entertained. The “French Quarter,” the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, is home to Bourbon Street. Bourbon Street is world-renowned for its numerous bars, many of which are historic. New Orleans is one of the few places in the United States where drinking openly in the streets is permitted, so be prepared to encounter a lot of alcohol on your travels. Home to Cajun dancing establishments, Harrah’s Casino, jazz, burlesque, and cabaret clubs, hookah bars, and more, New Orleans is not just a college student’s ideal social scene, but a place where anyone over 21 will be delighted.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Jane Williams - Property Manager

DCCC, as a small community college, has limited options for on campus dining. Students either utilize the cafeteria, or go off campus for food. The town of Media has a variety of popular restaurants in town. A Cut Above Deli is in Newtown Sq, PA, about five minutes from DCCC. It’s extremely popular and can turn even the biggest hoagie-skeptic into a lifelong fan. Also five minutes from DCCC, is Alfredo’s Pizza, a favorite amongst residents, and one of the few great pizza places that also offers gluten-free pizza.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Media, Pennsylvania is a very small suburban town, but it does have a trolley that makes a couple stops in town, and in the various surrounding towns. The historical trolley lines in and around Media were built around 100 years ago. They only cost about $2 per ride. Besides bicycles and cars, this is the only way to get around. About 3,000 people utilize the trolley system around these towns daily, though Media has big plans to increase its bike-friendliness. As a state, Pennsylvania is working on increasing safety for cyclists and recently put into effect a law requiring motorists to stay at least four feet away from cyclists, and yield to them in more situations.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Jane Williams - Property Manager

Unfortunately, Flint is somewhat notorious as a dangerous place to live. In the past ten years, it has made numerous lists of cities with the highest violent crime rates, and most dangerous cities in the US. In 2010, it was named the most dangerous city in the US by one study, and in 2011, the most violent city in the US by another study. In 2012, Flint ranks second, behind only Camden, New Jersey, in terms of the number of violent crimes per capita. While many efforts have gone to raising money for the police department, it doesn’t seem like these numbers might be changing anytime soon. The motor vehicle theft, arson, and burglary crime rates are also among the highest in the country. When looking for a place to live in Flint, it is imperative to consider the safety of the immediate area.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Jane Williams - Property Manager

There are many things to do in Flint. The Flint Institute of Arts is a popular museum with children and adults alike, with many special exhibits annually, and special events regularly. Several other museums are nearby, like the Flint Children’s Museum, the Sloan Museum, the Buick Automotive Gallery, and the Whaley House Museum. For some throwback fun, visit the drive-in theater, US 23, where you can relax in your own chairs or car to watch the latest blockbuster. The Flint Farmer’s Market is a great place to pick up local greens, and the Longway Planetarium is a hit with kids.

 

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