Geraldo Vasques

A Property Manager at Vasques Family Properties, LLC

Geraldo Vasques

Vasques Family Properties, LLC

A Property Manager based in West Texas A and M University

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Demographics

Demographics

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West Texas A&M has grown from a small school of a hundred students in a small city of not much more to a thriving university with nearly eight thousand students. A hundred years has passed, and the school has graduated from a specialty teaching school to offering countless degrees and programs for students aspiring to enter a wide range of professions. But Canyon has remained small with a population of less than 15,000 people. It can be tough for some students to get used to rural life, and it could even be tough for them to find housing. If they’re struggling with either of these problems, Amarillo, a much larger city, is a few miles north.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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I consider Canyon to be one of the safest communities in all of Texas. Just from the eye test you can walk around town and see smiling faces, kind acts, and police officers looking for things to do. But the stats back this up too--they also say that Canyon is a city that has a crime rate that’s much, much lower than average. The college kids in town may get busted for alcohol or noise violations or, at worst, petty theft, but this is common in college areas, and West Texas A&M doesn’t have a problem with it like other schools do. To the students out there, you’ll be fine living anywhere in Canyon, and to the parents, don’t worry about any danger.

 
Weather

Weather

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Winters in Minnesota are colder than anywhere else in the country, save for Alaska and possibly Maine, and are especially miserable in Duluth. Because of its location right on Lake Superior, the city can get about a foot more snow than somewhere that’s more inland. And I could rant all day about the cold winds off the lake. I’ll just tell you this tidbit of information: the average low temps for December and January are in the single digits. Yes, you read that right. In January the average is 1 degree. And the high? Just 19 degrees. The summers on the lake are perfect, but you have to be able to brave harsh winters first.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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LSC students rent in Duluth, because really there’s no other choice. It’s the only place with a strong rental market within ten or fifteen miles of LSC. But this isn’t a gripe, of course, because it’s a great place for students to live. Right on Lake Superior, reasonable apartment costs, great access to LSC. What more could you ask for? Just make sure you don’t take Duluth for granted; some students wait until the last minute to find housing, and they end up without a place or forced to live somewhere they don’t like.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Cortland is such a small city that its SUNY college has nearly half as many people (almost eight thousand) as the population of the city (around nineteen thousand). When school’s in session the city carries a vibrant sense of life that simply isn’t around in the summer. There are so many college students that live in the area; it’s easy to make friends with others your age just getting coffee at a cafe in the morning or when you’re shopping on a sleepy Sunday. Cortland isn’t considered a major college city (like nearby Syracuse is), but it should be, because it really is one in many respects.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Your renting prospects at SUNY Cortland aren’t exactly pretty. There have only been 30 listings this month, which is very low--if you do a search on this site for Cortland apartments right now you’ll find two or three vacancies. The worse news is that there aren’t a lot of apartments in nearby areas either. Typically, rural areas don’t have a lot of rentals unless they have multiple colleges in the area, and that’s not the case here. SUNY Cortland has a great housing program, they even offer dorms for grad students, but if for some reason you find yourself looking for an off campus rental make sure you jump on any listings you find here.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Online food websites like Yelp and Urbanspoon have made finding local restaurants a cinch, but despite this many local establishments in the Bentonville/Rogers area won’t put their business online. Perhaps they’re stubborn, or maybe they just prescribe to the old-fashioned belief in word of mouth and spontaneously stumbling upon restaurants. It’s nice to be able to look up reviews and prices on Yelp, but whatever happened to just driving or walking around and choosing a random place, and then having your socks blown off by how great it was? I’m all for NACC students using food websites, but I also encourage them to go out and explore the area and see what they can find.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Bentonville is near the convergence of Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, so you could potentially commute from any of these three states if you wanted to. However, most students live in Bentonville, Rogers, or Springdale. These three places offer a commute of 15 minutes of less, and though there isn’t any public transportation you can take, the highways make it a very simple drive. You can carpool if you have roommates that drive, or friends who live nearby. To commute around this region, and much of the South, you either need to own a car or know someone who does.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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You know you’re at CSM when you see the giant ‘M’ letter on the mountainside near the campus. You’ll be excited, yet will still have an anxious knot in your throat, when you see it for the first time, and will look at it with pride (or relief if you have a long commute) all the times after that. You can take the Golden Freeway to get to school, or Route 6, or Interstate 70, determined by where you’re coming from. RTD runs buses to CSM, so check to see if you live near a stop and you could take cheap public transportation to class every day.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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I had an acting buddy who thought this school was called Colorado School of Mimes, so he showed up in costume and was clearly confused because this isn’t a school for mimes at all. CSM focuses on engineering mostly--anything you could imagine in the field is covered here, as well as various other scientific programs. This school’s over 150 years old and has a long and storied history. When you enroll here you can expect excellence, and in turn your employer will expect excellence from you because you went to school here. If you’re interested in any type of profession in engineering you will be very impressed by CSM. In fact, like a mime, you may even be speechless.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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When you’re in Montana, you’re likely to find a very distinct and certain type of person (read: White). The population of Bozeman, which at around 35,000 makes it one of the largest cities in the state, is almost 95 percent White. Asians account for almost two percent, but aside from that there aren’t many other ethnicities here. College is a great time to meet different types of people, and while you may meet students with different personality types and places of origin, the MSU student body is far from ethnically diverse. This doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker, but if you’re looking for diversity you will be disappointed.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Montana is best known for its square miles of natural outdoor areas. MSU is in the thick of the best parks in the state, with Big Sky, the Gallatin National Forest, and Yellowstone National Park south of it. It’s also close to the Madison Buffalo Jump State Park and Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. Most students here love the outdoors--it wouldn’t quite make sense to go to school in Montana if you didn’t--and take weekend trips to any of these natural areas, plus plenty more around the state and midwest/mountain region. Bozeman also has places to eat, drink, and party if that’s more your scene. Not saying that the two activities are mutually exclusive though; if you want to hike by day and dance by night you can. Come to think of it, you’d probably be a very active person if you did.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Salem is the type of city where the closer you get to the center of the city, the higher the crime rate is. If you look at the outskirts and outer areas of Salem, they’re some of the safest places in the state to live. Near Willamette’s campus near downtown, however, the crime is much higher than average. If you’re moving off-campus, you might as well take advantage of the opportunity to move and choose a new neighborhood that’s further away. If you are familiar with the bus system or have your own car the commute won’t be much longer than it would be if you were close enough to walk. Just make sure you research the community you want to live in before you sign the lease and become hitched to it.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Salem’s Amtrak station is on the southeast corner of Willamette’s campus, so going away for the weekend or home after each semester is easy--just pack up and walk to the bottom of campus. For everyday commuting Willamette wants to make catching a bus just as easy. They sell monthly bus passes half off what you normally have to pay, and with a prime location in downtown Salem, using buses to get around is quick and simple. They even have bike racks on the side, so if you live far from a stop you can ride to it, put your bike on the bus, and then take it off when you get to class.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Elizabethtown is 45 minutes from Louisville, but doesn’t feel suburban at all. Like much of Kentucky, it has a distinct rural feel. This can be a pleasant setting to live in, but infuriating to commute in. There isn’t any public transportation you can use to get around every day, and everything is spread so far apart. Just driving to the grocery store or bank feels like such a chore because of how far away they can be from your apartment. It’s a lot to get used to, but if you have your own vehicle and don’t mind driving then it’s not bad. When you think about living in an urban area with constant traffic, you realize it could be worse.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Finding roommates to split apartment prices with can be tough, especially at a community college where many students commute from home and others are grown adults with families. But ECTC shares a campus with one of Western Kentucky University’s regional campuses so you can always partner up with students there to share a pad with. Generally, the more bedrooms you have in your apartment, and the more roommates you have, the cheaper rent can be. And if you’re willing to share a room with someone, you can pay rent that ranges from relatively inexpensive to dirt cheap.

 
Weather

Weather

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You’ve undoubtedly heard that it’s always raining in Seattle, but that’s patently false. If you look at the list of cities with the highest rainfall every year, Seattle isn’t on it. The reason people say that is because it’s overcast here a lot, especially during the winter. So can the weather be gloomy? Sure, but it’s not any worse than the blizzards and freezing cold in the Northeast and Midwest during that time of year. So during your stay in Des Moines you’ll notice that it’s often cloudy, but probably not much rainier than what you’re used to. Just wait until the summers here--the weather is sunny, warm, and gorgeous.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Washington is far from being the most diverse state, but Highline Community College and the Seattle metropolitan area have populations that are much more diverse than average. Unlike a lot of other community colleges, students from Highline aren’t just from the counties that surround the city. You’ll meet people that hail from all across Washington, the West Coast and the Pacific Northwest. The school has large populations of multiple ethnicities, but also many age groups, too. You’re just as likely to see a teenage face fresh out of high school as a man in his thirties who’s working on career development or a woman in her fifties who’s completing a program for a new career. It might seem strange at first to have classes with such different people than what you’ll find at the typical college, but hopefully it will enrich and enliven the classroom and your learning environment.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Roosevelt is smack in the middle of the the Loop, which is Chicago’s downtown community. So, really, the question isn’t what can you do around here, but rather what can’t you do? Do you want to walk along one of the best urban parks in America? Roosevelt’s campus overlooks Grant Park. Want to see a show at the best venue in the city? The Chicago Theater is just a few blocks away. And as for shopping, don’t even get me started on how many shops and retail stores there are nearby. If you want to go elsewhere in the city, like for a sports game or to visit a friend, the school is well serviced by public transit.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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When you look past Roosevelt’s campus to its downtown, urban setting, it can feel like there are infinite forms of public transportation around you. That’s only mildly hyperbolic. The Loop is the hub for Chicago’s transit systems, and virtually every one of the city’s transportation routes is there for you to take. The Van Buren Street train station is steps away from campus to the east, and the Harold Washington Library subway stop is steps away to the west; you can catch five different subway lines there. I could go on but you get the picture. I should mention that the best part isn’t all this accessibility, but that more often than not you don’t even need public transit, you can just walk where you need to go.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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UW Seattle is far from downtown but makes up for it with a location that’s stellar in every other respect. It’s right against the Union and Portage Bays, which are fun to walk and hang out near on clear days, and the University District, with its restaurants--most of which are gloriously unhealthy--and student parties and events. There’s always something going on near campus too, as UW does a fantastic job at keeping students entertained. But if they want to head towards the downtown neighborhoods, there’s public transit or Interstate 5 that can easily take them there.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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UW Seattle students should consider investing in a U-Pass. It’s a card that grants students free or discounted access to every form of public transit in Seattle, and any full-time student can apply for it. And when I say every form, I mean virtually anything, from water taxis to streetcars to buses to vanpooling. There are six companies that run public transportation in the city, and this card gives you full-fare coverage on all of them. The school created this pass to help students find an alternative method of transportation, and it’s worked. Many students rely on public transit to get to class now, and every semester more kids are switching from driving and paying obscene gas prices to enjoying free bus or train rides.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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There have been several towns and cities in New Jersey that have made the list of the most dangerous places in America in past years, but Toms River has never been one of them. It sounds naive to say this, but I tend to trust strangers more here and feel comfortable walking anywhere at any time of night when I’m in town. But then again, maybe there’s a reason for this; Morgan Quitno Press, famous for ranking American cities based on crime, recently named Toms River the fourteenth safest city in the country. Toms River is one of the largest cities in the state by population, but its crime rate is still significantly lower than nearly everywhere else in Jersey, regardless of their size.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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How far would you drive for nightlife? It always feels like there’s a direct correlation here between the distance you drive and how fun your night is. Jersey City is just a half hour drive, however if you drive a half hour more you can enjoy a night out in the big city of Philadelphia. But nothing says big city like New York, which is an hour and a half away from OCC. Most students aren’t willing to drive that far and figure out a way to get back to Toms River, but if you do it’ll surely be worth the trip. For local options, the Jersey coast has a lot of fun spots, especially in the summer.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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As the economy weakens and the unemployment rate continues to fluctuate, one thing that stays dependable is the quality of the UC school system. Their tuition is much lower than private schools, and the education you receive there is of the same pedigree, if not better. Riverside is one of the best branches of the UC system, and is especially known for its eclectic student body. This isn’t to say that the academics aren’t noteworthy, but the diversity is the first thing you notice about Riverside. And not just ethnically, but in terms of economics, countries of origin, and so on. Riverside is a great place to learn about your field of study in the classroom and life and cultures outside of it.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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There’s really no reason for students to look outside of Riverside for an apartment if they’re enrolled in UC. There are over a hundred apartments that are within walking distance (under a mile) of campus, and if you look at the right time most of them will be vacant. And living close doesn’t cost too much either--if you look at the averages, Riverside isn’t any more expensive than its neighbors. You can expect to pay between $400-700 per month, depending on how many roommates you have and how many amenity needs you have. I don’t think that price is too bad at all.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Don’t focus on Tusculum’s ruralness, there are still a lot of activities here. You can drive a few miles down the road and visit Davy Crockett’s birthplace! OK, so maybe it can get kind of dull around these parts--in a town of 2,000 there isn’t a whole lot to do. Most students preoccupy themselves with on campus activities, like hanging out with friends or attending school-organized events. The problem is that there isn’t a lot to do outside of Tusculum, either. One of the few exceptions is the Appalachian Trail, which is a very short distance south of Tusculum. If you love hiking then you’ll want to visit this area every week, or even if you just like the outdoors. It’s one of America’s greatest natural areas, and is definitely worth at least a few trips.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The Andrew Johnson Highway is what connects rural Tusculum to the rest of Tennessee with links to Interstates 81 and 26. But most students live in the local area and won’t travel as far east and west as the interstates are very often. They just hop on the Andrew Johnson near their apartment or rental home, and get off at Tusculum’s exit, and then do the opposite on the drive home. Some students live in Tusculum and just have to drive on the local roads to get to class, but there aren’t many of them. It’s a town of a couple thousand, so there aren’t a lot of places for students to rent. At TC most students have to drive a good distance to get here.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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GCC has perfect real estate in LA--it’s not too close to the bustle of the downtown or business districts, but still is close enough to them to have access to their culture. Sandwiched in-between Burbank and Pasadena, Glendale is a suburban neighborhood that doesn’t offer a lot to do, but is close to so many places that do. All students have to do is hop on Interstate 5--at the right time of day, of course, to avoid traffic--and drive through the metropolitan area. They can go to the ocean, the city, or north to the Acadia Wilderness Park or Angeles National Forest. Students shouldn’t forget just how much there is to do in the area, they just need a car and a sense of adventure.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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There are some disadvantages to taking public transportation, like, for example, standing outside in the muggy California summer heat waiting for the bus, or planning your entire schedule around route times, or taking it late at night and feeling unsafe. But to be fair, a lot of complaints could be made about driving, too. There’s the price of gas to worry about, repairs, inspections, traffic, construction, parking. Both sides of the coin have their own advantages and drawbacks, but if you choose to commute with public transit at GCC you will have the benefit of a terrific bus system. Plus, any time you can avoid dealing with LA’s traffic it’s best to cash in that opportunity.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Don’t put a lot of stock into things you hear about how Long Beach is a dangerous place to live. That’s not fair to say--it has areas that have high crime, but so does every city. Every town, even. And if you’re smart about where you choose to live, you’ll never have to deal with the crime from the more dangerous areas. Some students find that the dangerous areas are also the cheapest places to live, so they sacrifice a certain level of comfort for a low price tag. I wouldn’t recommend doing that, because to me feeling safe is worth an extra couple hundred every month. But to be clear, there are safe spots in the Long Beach area, and more sketchy parts; where you live is up to you.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Long Beach is known for a lot more than just its pier food and ice cream. LA’s best and least-known eateries are in the LB, waiting to be found by CSU students. If they’re not from the city they won’t be used to being able to order a pizza at three in the morning or getting anything from pancakes to sushi delivered to their apartment. Large cities, and especially LA, are unlike any other place in the country with how many great restaurants there are and how late you can order their food. Honestly, you will never miss the dining hall when you move off-campus into your own place in the city.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Spokane’s Amtrak station is a 25 minute walk from campus, which is close enough for some but too far for others who have a lot of luggage and bags with them. In that case, buses 26, 28, and 39 can take students there from campus. These buses can take you mostly anywhere you need to go, whether it be home, a friend’s place, a restaurant, a job, or another place. Gonzaga benefits from being neighbors with Washington State University. With two large schools so close together, Spokane has made sure that there’s plenty of public transit that goes there. For students, this means an easy commute that is also cheaper than driving to campus.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Living on campus from year to year makes students’ lives much easier. They just have to step outside and the dining hall, library, their class buildings, and the other residential halls are right there. But living on campus can have a major drawback, which is that oftentimes it’s much more expensive than living in an apartment somewhere off campus. It’s more work to go out and get your own groceries, pay rent and utilities, and navigate a commute, but I think it’s worth it in the end if you can save hundreds, or depending on the school and what it costs, thousands of dollars. Ultimately it’s your choice, but in my eyes it’s a no brainer to move off campus when you’re an upperclassman.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The most common--and many would say the only reliable--form of public transportation in the area is Transpo, which is a bus company that holds the responsibility of providing transit for South Bend. Once you learn the schedule and operating hours you can start taking the bus every day, but if you live on campus or close to it you won’t really need to. Coach USA and Greyhound also have stations in South Bend if you need to travel further away, but they aren’t really intended for everyday use. There are plenty of apartments in South Bend; lease one that can get you to the bus easily or allows you to walk to class.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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A few miles north of IU South Bend is the university that gets most of the attention in the area: Notre Dame. Students at the two schools like arguing about mostly anything--who has the better dining hall, the more attractive co-eds, and of course the better nightlife scene. In reality, you can’t go wrong with either school. Every weekend both campuses light up with countless activities, and you’ll even see IU students partying at Notre Dame and vice versa. Even if there’s a local rivalry, you can still make friends at ND so you’ll be invited to big events. You can make the argument that one nightlife scene is better than the other, but there’s nothing better than being able to enjoy both.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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I love to tell friends and family who live in other parts of the country that they haven’t had real Mexican food until they’ve eaten it in this part of California. Forget about Taco Bell and Chipotle, the real authentic Mexican cuisine is right here in San Diego. I’m not sure what type of food they’re feeding students at the GIA, but whatever it is it’s definitely not as good as the restaurants you can find right down the street in Carlsbad, Vista, or San Marcos. I know frugality and saving money is crucial to being a student, but with all the awesome places to eat nearby you should create some space in your weekly budget, and your stomach.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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There will always be something GIA students can do as long as their campus is within walking distance of the greatest coastline in America. Anyone in the country would kill to be so close to the shimmering Pacific, and if students don’t take advantage of it with at least a few beach days every month they’re wasting a great opportunity. Especially considering that the South Carlsbad State Beach is only one and a half miles away and the best beaches near San Diego are just a short drive from campus. You can also have a fun time in Oceanside, downtown Carlsbad, and nearby Encinitas.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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No, Houston will probably never be named the safest city in America, but as one of the five largest in the country it’s inherently going to have more crime than other areas in the U.S. HBU is located in between Southwest Houston and Westside, and it’s in a neighborhood that has less crime than other parts of Houston. If you want to live near campus but still stay in a safe community, I’d recommend Gulfton, Bellaire, Alton Oaks, and Uptown, all of which are either within walking distance or are a short drive from HBU.

 
Weather

Weather

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Houston summers bring the double whammy of scorching heat and sweltering humidity. Sometimes leaving your air conditioned apartment to go outside and a hot day can feel like stepping into an oven, and it feels like you’re living in one if you don’t have A/C. This is a given, but still: make sure your apartment has it. The good news is that in the winter you won’t need to heat your pad. The temperatures stay in the 60s, and rarely fall below 40. I much prefer this to the 90 degree heat in the dog days of summer, but I suppose you can’t have one without the other. There’s sometimes flooding and cyclones here, but it’s not a huge concern--I’d be more worried about dealing with the heat than anything else.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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ECU has a very central location in Greenville, so students who live in the city won’t have to go near any of the highways in the area, except perhaps Greenville Boulevard (264). Instead, they just have to learn local roads and how to commute around downtown. This is mostly convenient, but can be a pain when traffic piles up. For public transportation, ECU Transit runs buses that are there to help students get around. Amtrak also runs a connection to Wilson, where you can catch a train or bus that will take you out of town.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Downtown Greenville is seconds away from ECU, and has rows on rows of restaurants, clubs, bars, and parties that stretch late into the night. Every ECU student spends many of their nights here, although the over 21 crowd frequents the area a little more often because they can enjoy the bars and clubs to the fullest extent. Underclassmen can still tap into downtown’s resources, but because they can’t legally drink they’re more likely to find somewhere on campus to do so, like a dorm or frat party. But don’t worry, there’s somewhere for everyone to go to enjoy the nightlife here, no matter their age or if they like partying or not.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Today students are looking towards their post-grad life before they even enter college. It’s part of the planning process; they consider all the programs the school has to offer and consider which one will one will put them in a position to succeed when they leave school. And when they do leave, where will they go? At McKendree, many graduates head to St. Louis, which is just a twenty minute drive from the school. A lot of them form connections in the city through internships or jobs during their undergrad years, and this leads them there after they graduate. Other students head to eastern Illinois to live in or around Chicago, some head home, and others travel across the country, or even the world, to begin their professional lives.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Lebanon isn’t exactly a renter’s paradise, with only one or two listings up on this site right now. In my personal experience I’ve never had more than a dozen vacancies at one time here; there just aren’t a lot of rental opportunities around there. If you want more options look closer to Belleville. To be more precise, suburban areas of Belleville that are close to Lebanon. For example, Fairview Heights, Swansea, and O’Fallon all have more apartments available right now, with decent monthly costs and a reasonable commute to McKendree University.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The end, or beginning if you want to look at it that way, of the Brown Line on the subway is about a ten minute walk south of NPU’s campus. There are two stops you can walk to: Kimball and Kedzie-Brown. And if you’re commuting to the school via the train, you should get off at either of those stops. There are around seven or so stops that surround the campus for buses 82, 92, and 93. That’s essentially all there is for public transportation, but I think it’s more than enough if you’re willing to take the bus or the train every day.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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You know that the NPU campus has terrific access to outdoor recreation when it has a park on its campus. The Chicago River actually cuts through the middle of the campus, and along its banks is Kiwanis Park, a place where students can sit and study, spend time with friends, or jog. Look a little further and you’ll find River Park, Legion Park, Hollywood Park, and the Eugene Field Park, all within walking distance. I think that it’s critical to have open outdoor spaces near you where you can exercise or relax, especially in a large city like Chicago. That’s why I’m pleased to say that students at NPU and nearby NIU have plenty of parks at their fingertips.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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NCC is conveniently next to where Route 64 and I-95 intersect, so you could take either road to get to school and they would both lead you right there. In my experiences I’ve found that the interstate has less traffic congestion during busy hours, but the difference isn’t noticeable enough that you should go out of your way to choose one over the other. There isn’t a reliable form of public transportation around NCC, unfortunately, so you’re going to have to rely on your own four wheels or two feet. If you need to, you could link up with a friend and carpool with them. This is a commuter campus, so practically everyone drives.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The western part of Rocky Mount is the safest area in the city, specifically in the vicinity of the Easonburg, Halifax Crossing, Hunter Hill neighborhoods. The parts of the city with the highest crime are right in the center of the city. This makes sense because it’s the most populated area, and so naturally there are going to be more crimes. Technically this makes it a more dangerous area to live in, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a dangerous neighborhood. The crime here is usually pretty contained, and even as the city’s population increases, there hasn’t been a noticeable rise in violence or anything like that. Students could feel comfortable living anywhere here, but probably want to be as close as they can to campus.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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A lot of the safety guidelines in Durham revolve around common sense. Students should know not to be walking around city streets past midnight, especially if those streets aren’t main roads or well-lit. And if they’re in a shady area, they should have a friend or two with them at all times. I’m not going to fault the city for their dangerous neighborhoods--every city has them, and in my experience Durham has far fewer than average. With that said, I wouldn’t recommend signing a lease in the wrong part of a community. Basic online searches and conversations with other students or assistants at DTCC will clue you into what areas are best for students, and which ones to steer clear of.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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DTCC is a great school for software engineers and other fields within the technology industry not just because of its programs, but also its location. Downtown Durham is close by, but what will really get a student salivating is the region's research triangle, a humongous office park dedicated to helping entrepreneurial students with their tech start ups or ambitious grads entering the ranks at a mega company. For this line of work I would say that there isn't a better place to work in America, and DTCC is a great place to set yourself up for a job there.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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A lot of people want to experience what LA has to offer without actually living in the city. There's always bad traffic, there are crime issues in some areas, housing is expensive, and the public transportation isn't the best. Mount St. Mary's, fortunately, is on the outskirts of the city in a very nice community. Students are able to make trips into the city whenever they wish, like on the weekends or during breaks, but otherwise they can live in their nice, quiet college community. Their campus also sits on the base of the hills, which have a lot of nice parks and hiking areas for students to explore.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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St. Mary’s is located near the affluent ‘burbs of SoCal. Bel Air, Brentwood, Westwood, Beverly Hills... these are the closest neighborhoods to campus. These areas have huge homes, fancy cars, low crime, but most critically to students, very high housing costs. It can be frustrating for students because living on campus will set them back pricewise, and when they look off campus the same problem persists. Simply put: this is an expensive part of the state to live in, there’s no denying that. If you can find an affordable rental, there’s no sense in waiting and risking that it’s taken by someone else; just grab it.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Normally Canisus’s student body of around five thousand would be considered small, but instead it’s one of the biggest private schools in this region of the state. The campus itself is impressive; even though it’s located in a very urban area it has over 30 acres of space and stretches out for more than a mile along the Buffalo city blocks. And even though it was founded in the nineteenth century, the old dog has shown it can learn new tricks. It has added new majors as recently as a couple years ago, making for a grand total of over a hundred and counting. It’s tough to label Canisius as a small school with its location in Buffalo and its willingness to expand.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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A lot of Canisius kids depend on Buffalo’s train system to get around, mostly because of the convenience of it. There’s a station right on campus called Delavan/Canisius College, and you can catch two trains (the university and downtown lines) here. These two trains also stop right north of campus at the Humboldt stop on Main Street, which some students claim is closer. Either way, you have two great public transportation links that are a stone’s throw away from your class buildings. There are also student neighborhoods nearby that you can ride the bus to get to, or even walk to when it’s nice out.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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I don’t often hear as many jokes about Tampa’s nightlife as I used to. Back in the old days, people would call it the “strip club capital of America,” referring to how many seedy gentlemen's clubs the city had. That aspect of the nightlife still exists to a certain extent, but the city is becoming known for so much more than that. The clubs, music venues, lounges, and theaters have been attracting more big names and crowds than I’ve ever seen before. And the shops and restaurants? They’re expanding and doing well, too. Tampa is a city where it’s becoming increasingly fun to play on the weekends.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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I don’t usually like to use words like “renaissance” when describing a city, but I don’t know how else to describe this newfound trendiness in Tampa. The city has been trying to revitalize a lot of neighborhoods that were previously thought to be run down or problematic. They’ve succeeded, especially around downtown, and as a result a lot of local businesses are flourishing and even more are opening up. This is pretty noticeable with the restaurants around here. You may be thinking, why should I care about local restaurants? You should care a lot, actually, because community colleges just don’t have the dining options of other colleges or universities. You will be spending a lot of time in restaurants around Tampa, especially in Northwest Tampa where Hillsborough is located.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Lock Haven is in between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in central Pennsylvania. This isolated part of the state has nothing in common with those two cities, however. This region is full of pristine natural areas, like the Bucktail State Park, the Hyner View State Park, the Tiadaghton State Park, and the Sprout State Forest. Lock Haven has better access to these spots than any other town or city, and this isn’t more apparent than when you look out your window and see mountains, trees, and forest in the distance. Some students feel alienated here, but I hope you will realize that it’s a blessing to live in this beautiful, recreation-friendly part of Pennsylvania.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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LHU’s local highway is Route 220, which you’ll be using a lot to get around. The road switches to Interstate 180 after Williamsport, and to Interstate 80 just a few miles south. Lock Haven is very rural, and a good distance away from the region’s more populated areas. That means that if your rental search takes you out of town, it’ll be quite the drive to get to Lock Haven every day. Route 220 helps, but your vehicle will still put on a lot of mileage. The easiest commute you can have is to stay right in town, and drive to class in ten or less minutes.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Ideally, every student would like to live close to their school to cut down on commuting costs and stresses. But many Flagler students will be dismayed when they look at St. Augustine’s monthly rental prices. The average student will pay in the range of $650 to $850 per month. The only problem is that to find other places they can rent, students will need to drive far. Ponte Vedra, the Palm Coast, Fruit Cove; all these areas have lower average rental prices, but are each 20+ miles away. In the end, I think living in St. Augustine is worth the extra costs.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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St. Augustine receives its share of tourists, but not nearly as many as there are further south in Daytona or the Palm Coast. Instead, St. Augustine is a beautiful little city of around twelve thousand or so, and has miles of white, faultless shoreline. Days spent at Vilano Beach, St. Augustine Beach, Butler Beach, or Crescent Beach, the four local sandy spots, are usually always perfect. Anyone who criticizes Northern Florida’s beaches should visit any of these and soak up the warm rays of enlightenment! I know that Flagler students will be out there on any and every sunny day when they don’t have class.

 
Weather

Weather

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People who think Syracuse gets a lot of snow clearly haven’t spent a winter in Oswego. Let’s compare: Syracuse gets around 110 inches of snow per year. Admittedly, that’s a lot. But Oswego, on the other hand, receives over 15 inches annually, and sometimes that’s on the conservative side. Just a few years back there was a two week stretch where they received over 100 inches in that time period alone. The worst winters will give Oswego two or three hundred inches of snow. It’s mind-blowing when you think about it, but because of its lakeside location it receives more snow than nearly any other place in the country at its altitude.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Oswego has a crime rate that’s a third of the US average and half of the NY average, with especially low numbers of annual robberies, murders, and assaults. This shows just how scarce violent crimes are here, and even though property crimes like larceny and burglary have higher rates, they still aren’t alarmingly high. Oswego is a very small town of less than 20,000, which doesn’t always translate to a lower crime rate, but in this case it does. Students should anticipate feeling safe and comfortable during their time here.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Grand Forks ranks third in city population in the great state of North Dakota with around fifty thousand residents. The student body at UND, which is around fifteen thousand or so, is certainly a huge reason why. In fact, the university is the top employer in the city, which shows just how integral the school is to Grand Forks. There’s definitely a cool small city vibe here, call it a college city vibe if you wish, that is completely unique. There are still all the city amenities, like bars, and malls, and museums, but still keeps the small community atmosphere you would expect to find in North Dakota.

 
Weather

Weather

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UND is in the plains of North Dakota, which offers wide open views for miles and miles. But this openness also leaves the area susceptible from freezing cold winds in the winter and heavy humidity in the summer. There just aren’t any lakes or oceans or mountains nearby to temper these conditions, and consequently the university deals with the polar extremes of both seasons. The difference between the two is that summer is short, usually from June to August, and winter is long, from November to March, and feels even longer. No one comes here for the climate, but to be fair there are some nice times of year.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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In Kean’s nearly 160 years of existence, it has gone from a small college for teachers to one of the top three largest colleges in New Jersey. It currently has over sixteen thousand students and several campuses around the state. It took a few name changes, but the school has established its identity. I think it’s one of the best public schools in the state, and one of the few places where you can pursue either a biology degree and an arts degree and have them both be of equally great quality. Just walking around Kean’s historic campus will give you a feel for the academics here, and I don’t think you will be disappointed.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The closest public transportation to Kean is the Union train station on the west part of campus. Here you can catch the Raritan Valley line of the NJ Transit system, which will get you close to the Newark or Jersey city areas, or to connections elsewhere. The next closest is the Elizabeth rail stop about a mile away. The NJ Transit trains run here, too, but instead it’s the popular Northeast Corridor line and the North Jersey Coast Line. This station is a little outside of walking distance for students, but NJ Transit also runs buses to it from campus, as well as to many of the other areas in Union.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Palm Beach nightlife, the three sweetest words in the world for a local college student. Or maybe even any college student. After all, there are so many of them who come to Palm Beach during their vacations and spring breaks. If you don’t know about how crazy it can get on Friday and Saturday nights here, you’ll probably find out the first week of class when you’re spending your grocery budget at the clubs and bars and not regretting a second of it. And if you don’t want to spend a lot, you can find a college party in the area or find a cheap show to go to.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Palm Tran is the go-to bus company locally, but I don’t know many students who use it on a daily basis. They really only ride it on occasion or when they absolutely need to. The majority of PBCC students drive their own cars, instead. The commute is what they make of it. Some of them strategically find rentals that have good access to I-95 and cut their drive time down with highway miles. Others find apartments close by so they just have to drive down the road. As for traffic, it’s not usually a problem. Sometimes the end of the work day or construction will slow things down, but there aren’t any persistent congestion issues.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The CFCC campus overlooks the Cape Fear River, and on a warm day it’s nice to walk along its edges. But most students would tell you that they’d rather hit Route 74 and take it ten miles east. This is where the Wrightsville Beach is, which is probably the city’s best and most popular spot on the Atlantic. CFCC is also right down the street from Wilmington’s historic district and downtown neighborhood, both of which are ripe for exploring for their shopping and dining during the day, and nightlife when the sun sets.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Anyone who looks outside of Wilmington to find cheaper apartment prices is wasting their time. The only two places within ten miles that have lower average rents are Hempstead and Burgaw, but the difference of a couple hundred per month isn’t worth the long commute you’ll have to make to get to class, in my opinion. Students with roommates and reasonable expectations (e.g. not luxury or an oceanfront property) can expect to pay anywhere from $400 to $700 per month. I’ve known a lot people who have rented for less, actually. Housing around here is very affordable, which makes living close to school possible for anyone.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Denver isn’t a city that many people would associate with danger or crime, but like any major urban areas, there are definitely some troublesome blocks to avoid. The Regis community and northwest Denver are pretty safe areas, so I wouldn’t worry too much if you stay close to campus, but when you open up yourself to the whole city’s rental market, make sure you be cautious. If you see an apartment that’s less expensive than the city’s average, do your homework before you jump on the deal. Paying an extra hundred or two per month is worth it if it means that you’ll feel safe and comfortable with your surroundings.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The regional transit buses 52, 31, and 44 are a block or closer from Regis. All of these three will take you to the heart of downtown or other neighborhoods of interest. This interest could be a shop in Five Points, a club in Capitol Hill, or maybe your apartment in Highland. If you aren’t from a city you probably haven’t used a bus outside of transportation to your elementary, middle, and high schools. But don’t be intimidated or think it isn’t a viable way of getting around. Denver has a great public transportation system, and you should try to make the most use out of any rail or bus opportunities near you.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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GCU is directly in the middle of Phoenix and Glendale. A lot of people consider Glendale to be part of Phoenix, either as a city neighborhood or suburban area. But officially they’re completely independent from each other, and their demographic stats show just how different the two areas are. Glendale has half as many non-White Hispanics as Phoenix. They only account for a quarter of the population there, whereas they represent almost half in Phoenix. Also, you will find that housing in Glendale has slightly cheaper apartments on average, and a lot of students choose to live there for that reason.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Most locals would be justified in claiming, as they often do, that Phoenix has the best Mexican. I’m sure GCU student familiar with one of the many Mexican restaurants near campus, like Federico’s or La Huasteca, can attest to this. But what may surprise you is just how delicious the other restaurants around here are, and how many exotic eateries you’ll find close to campus. You can find any type of meal around GCU, from Polish to Caribbean to Cambodian to Italian. It really just depends on what you prefer, or what you want to try. The campus is close to both Phoenix and Glendale’s best restaurants, so don’t be bashful with eating out locally.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Mizzou’s Columbia campus isn’t as close to big cities like their campuses in St. Louis and Kansas City are. But this doesn’t have to be looked at as a bad thing. There’s much less local traffic to worry about, so students can drive on back roads and take shortcuts to get to class instead of sitting in traffic on congested highways. And the stretch of interstate near Columbia (I-70), which is in the middle of STL and KC, is much more manageable than when you get closer to the cities. Commuting to UM Columbia is a synch by comparison.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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There aren’t many better value schools in the country than Mizzou. It’s a public school so the tuition is a lot less than the typical private university, but the education is just as good, if not better. In fact, the school is consistently ranked in the top 100 American public schools by sources like US News and others. I would say that above anything else, Mizzou is best known for being the first college ever to open up its own journalism school, and its program is generally regarded as the best in the United States. But the university also has many other areas of specialty, and provides students a great all-around education.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Oxford is the quintessential Southern town, with a quaint, historic atmosphere that’s impossible not to fall in love with. The Square is the most popular place for students, as it’s the center of downtown and is where all the town’s bars and restaurants are, as well as boutiques and shops. The largest reason why outsiders come to Oxford is for Ole Miss’s football games, which are supported by Mississippians statewide. If students need to escape the stresses of academia, a popular retreat is the Holly Springs National Forest, which is directly east of Oxford.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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It’s fair to say that there’s a dearth of rentals outside of Oxford, or at least until you get to the southern part of Memphis’s metropolitan area near Hernando. College students who want to move away from the University of Mississippi’s campus usually stay in Oxford, or commute from home if their hometown is within driving distance. But the apartments in Oxford are relatively cheap; you can land a one bedroom for $500 or less, and a two bedroom for $750 or less, depending on their quality.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The University of the Arts is footsteps from two subway stations: Walnut Locust and Lombard South. It’s also just blocks from two rail stops: 15-16th Street and 12-13th Street. Additionally, several buses are constantly stopping and going at the school, transporting students in and out of campus. But the best part of getting around this part of the city is the walkability: the campus received a 98 on WalkScore, or a “walker’s paradise,” as there are countless restaurants, shops/stores, and recreational areas nearby.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The university, which is one of the oldest in the country for art, is a staple of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts in Center City. Some call it the theater district, as most of the city’s best theatrical venues are located here, seven of which belong to the university. The university also owns ten of the art galleries in the neighborhood. The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts is also located in the Avenue, and together the two schools give students the chance to make their mark in an incredibly creative and cultural district of Philly.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Despite Northeastern’s large size, it doesn’t have the same nightlife that neighboring schools like Boston University have. Most of the parties on the weekend are at student apartments in Mission Hill. There are frat parties, too, but they often are overlooked in favor of Greek life at BU, MIT, or Harvard. One thing that can’t be denied is that Northeastern has one of the best collegiate sports scenes in the city, with fantastic hockey, basketball, and baseball teams. It also has a great location, as it’s close to popular sites like Fenway, the Museum of Fine Arts, and is just several T stops away from downtown.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Northeastern has a unique program called a “co-op,” where students switch off between semesters of study at the college with semesters where they’re employed in the field they’re studying with a professional company. This allows students to get their name out there, gain crucial experience, and establish contacts in the business. Even though some students have to stay at school longer than the traditional student pursuing a bachelor’s degree, it’s worth it when they leave school with the skills, experience, and hopefully a job offer from their co-op.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Skyline is in Western San Bruno, two miles east of the Pacific Ocean. Four miles south is the naturally stunning Pacifica State Beach, and four miles north is Daly City, and if you drive fifteen more miles past it then you’ll be in downtown San Francisco. Most off-campus students live in San Bruno, which is huge and has a lot of great neighborhoods for students, or nearby in Daly City, South San Francisco, or Millbrae. If you’re commuting to Skyline, you will most likely be taking Interstate 280, which can suffer from congestion during rush hour.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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What Skyline lacks in size it makes up for a level of education that far exceeds its junior/community college designation. It consistently ranks among the best community colleges in the state, most recently in a study that examined the schools that best prepared a student for a transfer to an independent school. But students who don’t transfer are able to graduate from almost a hundred Associate’s degree/certification programs. Skyline is also considered one of the most diverse colleges in the area.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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USD has a tram service on campus that can take to commute between classes. You can also take the tram to the trolley, the bus, or another one of the city’s public transportation vessels. Cars are the dominant form of transportation here, and on any given day the lots will be full because mostly all the upperclassmen live off campus. If you commute through public transit, you will be able to avoid the always annoying parking situation. There are even buses that can take you to the beach, although it takes a little longer than driving.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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It’s not uncommon to see students donned in swimsuits tying surfboards on top of their cars, or packing a bag with towels and sunscreen. On the weekends, or during the week for some students, the ocean is the most popular destination for everyone here. The Enchanted Cove and the South Shores are just two miles away, and the coastline is five miles away. The Fiesta Bay, Sail Bay, and other inlets are also nearby, along with the city’s best attractions, like Seaworld (2.5 miles away) and the Santa Barbara Cove (4.5 miles away).

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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As a community college, Phoenix College doesn’t offer all the same dining options that a larger school has. Most students don’t usually pack lunches, so when they’re at class on campus they need to find somewhere to eat. There are great Mexican restaurants nearby, such as La Pinata, Mi Patio, and Gallo Blanco Cafe, which is one of the trendiest spots in the neighborhood. A variety of other cuisines, like Thai, Vegan, Cambodian, and more are represented nearby as well.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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This school shouldn’t be confused with the University of Phoenix, which is headquartered in the same city but is more well-known for its online programs. Personally, I would rather have an education from Phoenix College, which is one of the oldest and most respected community colleges in the Southwest. It also offers opportunities to advance your career in the real world, with a campus that sits in the heart of Phoenix’s business district. Overall, there are more than 200 degrees offered here.

 
Weather

Weather

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It’s amazing and surprising how two different areas of Los Angeles can be so close yet so different climate-wise. If students live in areas like Glendale, Burbank, Calabasas, or elsewhere in the San Fernando Valley, the summers are stiflingly hot, dry, and almost desert-like. But if students live in Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, or elsewhere in LA’s Westside, the climate is Mediterranean and much cooler. This may not be important for students who will only be here from the fall through the spring, but for year-round residents--take note.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Apartment prices can be an issue for Pepperdine students on a budget; Malibu has some of the most expensive housing costs in Southern California. Pepperdine students usually end up living in two areas, the Valley (short for the San Fernando Valley) or the Westside (of Los Angeles). The Valley’s most popular neighborhoods for students are Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Woodland Hills, or Agoura Hills, and Westside’s neighborhoods are Venice, Santa Monica, Century City, and Brentwood. Westside is generally much more expensive than the Valley, but has more desirable neighborhoods. Where you live depends entirely on how much you want to pay to live in Los Angeles, and the quality of life that you need.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Marquette’s actual campus is very safe, but there are some nearby neighborhoods that have shady reputations. Fortunately, the school’s Department of Public Safety officers often patrol these neighborhoods outside of campus to keep an eye on them. This is something that you won’t see at many schools, but it does a great deal in making students feel safe. With that said, students should still know the safety do’s and don’ts when they move off-campus, and the school offers free safety education programs for that very reason.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Marquette wants its students to take public transportation, and encourages them to do so with a U-Pass, which they can use to ride the bus for free as many times as they’d like. Milwaukee has a reliable public transit system that students can use to get to a local store, or as far as, say, the Lower East Side for dinner. The U-Pass is perfect for off-campus students who want to commute using the city’s public transportation. Taking the bus might take a little longer than driving, but it’ll end up saving you hundreds of dollars per semester because you won’t have to pay for gas, parking, or car repairs.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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SFC has over 17,000 students, and nearby UF has over 30,000. When you factor in the enrollment numbers from smaller schools like the Warren College of Business and Levin College of Law, the total number of students in Gainesville is over 50,000. It’s no wonder why the city is known as the ultimate college town. With a population of just over 120,000, around one out of three residents is a student. This isn’t more apparent than in downtown on the weekends, where the crowds walking from the restaurants to the bars to clubs and music venues all are people in their early 20s.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Gainesville is best known for being home to another school: the University of Florida. At SFC, students swing by parties at Greek houses, apartments, and dorms on their campus. But when there isn’t a lot going on, or they want to experience a different kind of nightlife, they head to downtown Gainesville and UF’s campus. Their football, baseball, and basketball teams are in competition for a Division I national title every year, and SFC students often go to spectate and party after. There are also the bars, clubs, and popular hangouts in Gainesville, which are packed with students on any given night.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a school with a mascot named “Rowdy” has great nightlife. In fact, there aren’t many schools in the entire state with nightlife quite like MSC Denver. Students can walk to the arena where the city’s NBA, NHL franchises play, and the field where Denver’s MLB team plays. The campus is equally close to the shopping and clubs of the LoDo District, and the bars, lounges, and music venues in Downtown. Students can also stay on campus, where there are movie screenings, theater productions, events, and student parties on the weekends.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a school with a mascot named “Rowdy” has great nightlife. In fact, there aren’t many schools in the entire state with nightlife quite like MSC Denver. Students can walk to the arena where the city’s NBA, NHL franchises play, and the field where Denver’s MLB team plays. The campus is equally close to the shopping and clubs of the LoDo District, and the bars, lounges, and music venues in Downtown. Students can also stay on campus, where there are movie screenings, theater productions, events, and student parties on the weekends.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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With MSC Denver’s great location, the city’s central Business District, Downtown, LoDo, Five Points, and Capitol Hill communities are all walkable from campus. This provides students with a variety of areas they can search for rentals in, not to mention that all of the city’s best art galleries, bars, shops, restaurants, and any other activity you can think of are right nearby. Ideally, students would be able to walk to class, the library, nearby stores, etc. and wouldn’t need a car. Like true city residents, they should be able to rely on public transportation if they aren’t able to walk anywhere.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Most of Portland’s safest neighborhoods are across the Willamette Sound from the University of Portland, such as Linnton, Cedar Mill, and West Union, and Bethany/Rock Creek, to name four. A lot of UP students will want to be closer to school, and in this case they look towards North Portland, which is much closer and very safe. The school’s actual campus area has low crime, but some of the communities that immediately surround it don’t.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The University has made it clear that it wants to take steps to help students and faculty reduce their carbon footprint, and the school’s public transportation system is the best way they do this. There’s a UP shuttle that picks up and drops off around campus, including the nearby Yellow Line MAX rail line, which many students use to travel to and from UP. There are also two city bus routes that run by UP’s campus, and the city has a streetcar service that can be helpful too. Two other options are biking and car-sharing, which aren’t as common but are still viable transit methods.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Emerson has four dining areas on-campus; one is a dining hall and the other three are cafes. They leave a lot to be desired, notably with their hours--only one (the Max cafe) stays open past 10pm. However, there are literally dozens of restaurants within blocks of Emerson, including three Dunkin’ Donuts locations. City Place, a food court on campus, is the most popular place for students to buy food, and features restaurants like D’Angelos, California Pizza Kitchen, and Crazy Dough’s Pizza, to name a few. Students can even use ECCash, which is money they can put on their student ID, at City Place.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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When Emerson students are booted off campus, usually after sophomore year, where they live depends entirely on their budget. Students with a higher budget live within walking distance in neighborhoods like Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Financial District, or elsewhere in downtown. Students with lower budgets move out to Allston, Brookline, Mission Hill, Cambridge, or Somerville. And students who want to find the lowest rental costs in Boston head to Dorchester, Roxbury, or East Boston, neighborhoods that are dirt cheap but also the most dangerous in the city.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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This should be a no-brainer at an engineering school, but if you a lot of feedback about the school focuses on the gender discrepancy: 80% of the school’s full time students are male, and only 20% are female. While it’s understandable that male co-eds complain about this, they should focus on the positive diversity at NJIT. Students come from 109 countries, and there are four races in double digits in the percentage of students: 31% are white students, 20% are Asian, 13% are Hispanic, and 11% are African-American.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Many grads land six digit salaries when they graduate from NJIT. It’s one of the best tech schools in the entire country, right up there with MIT and RIT. Many of the professors are involved with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, making them the best in their field. And industry professionals are always visiting campus, conducting interviews with students and participating in job fairs. At NJIT, you’ll definitely receive a great education and will be all set after graduation if you do well here.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

Geraldo Vasques - Property Manager

Most students leave Azusa when they graduate from the university. It’s a small city, and the job availability there pales in comparison to nearby large cities in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. A common trap for students to fall in is they sign a September lease for their apartment, but then after they graduate in the spring and want to move out of Azusa to pursue a job elsewhere they’re still bound to their apartment. They’re faced with the decision of staying, or moving away and still having to pay the last few monthly installments. I would recommend signing a lease that expires in May, June, or July at the latest.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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There isn’t much partying on campus on the weekends; this Christian school frowns upon that type of behavior, and the city of Azusa is rather tame. Some students who live nearby even head home on the weekends. There are tons of way to have fun here, you just might have to travel a little bit to enjoy it. Los Angeles is 30 minutes away, and there’s a bus that can take you right from Azusa to the city. Why not drive out there, or use public transit to spend a Saturday night out there, or in Long Beach or Anaheim? If you want to stay closer, the Acadia Wilderness Park is just minutes north of campus and offers fun nature-related activities.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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As someone who’s been helping people find homes in the area for years, I’d have to say my go-to neighborhood recommendations are always Hurley and Slide, the two communities in southwestern Lubbock, as they’re both very safe. However, they’re further from TTU than most folks prefer. Students should look south of campus to 50th Street (especially near Quaker Ave) or north to Reese Village if they want to live in a safe neighborhood with an easy commute to their campus.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Lubbock is a self-contained city, with Route 289 literally forming a circle around it. If you want to enter or exit Lubbock, you have to either have to take 289 or pass by it. Interstate 27 is the other most trafficked highway in Lubbock, as it cuts vertically through the heart of the city. If you’re a student, you should be looking for apartments in Lubbock. It’s mostly surrounded by small towns with very few apartment rentals. Plus, it’s far more convenient to find a place in Lubbock when it comes to commuting. You’ll either have to drive just a short distance or you’ll be able to ride the city buses to class.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Outside of Atlanta, there aren’t any better nightlife spots in Georgia right now than Athens. It’s a burgeoning downtown area that’s attracting big musical and comedic names to their venues, building new businesses and residential areas, and is more popular than ever on the weekends. Once Thursday arrives, students flock to downtown Athens and its many bars, clubs, lounges, and art venues. This is the perfect area for college students if they’re 21, but even if they’re not there are enough fun things to do that the underclassmen won’t feel left out.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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UGA and Athens Transit provide public transportation to students and make living off-campus a breeze. There are multiple bus routes that weave through the campus, and transport students around to classes, dining halls, and residential halls. This is perfect for students who are in a rush or don’t want to walk from south campus all the way to north. Athens Transit, meanwhile, is free for UGA students, so if you live off-campus you can take any of the city’s buses to UGA for free.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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The College of the Desert is a fifteen minute drive from Coachella in Indio, which is a famous arts and music festival. Right now, it’s arguably the most popular festival in the country. It’s common for COD students to buy tickets, get together with friends, and make the drive out to the festival grounds every year. Best of all, they don’t even have to camp out or find a nearby hotel--they can just go back and forth between Coachella and their apartment rental each day of the weekend.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Interstate 10, which stretches from California to Florida, is ten minutes from the College of the Desert, and California 111 is less than a minute away. Most students that want to live local (and aren’t commuting from home further away) stay in Palm Desert, where the college is located. However, Cathedral City, Indio, and Palm Springs are viable renting options as they are within 15 miles of campus.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Housing prices are typically less expensive in East Haven than in New Haven, but are more expensive in West and North Haven. The nearby areas of Hamden and Ansonia are also generally cheaper. The neighborhood closest to Yale is downtown New Haven, but this is also the most expensive part of the city. East Rock is close to campus as well, but is nearly as expensive as downtown. These two communities, however, are still the most popular neighborhoods for Yale students to live in, along with Wooster Square.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Everyone knows that Yale students do very well in the job market after graduation, but not many know just how many students stay in the New Haven area after they receive their undergraduate degree. It doesn’t draw as many graduates nearby cities like New York or Boston, but many continue living in the area to work towards a post-graduate degree, or stay at the Yale as a professor, or receive a job at the school and use their facilities for research or academic pursuits.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Outdoor recreation is huge in this part of the country, mostly because there are so many great parks and forests here. For example, the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is right outside of USU’s campus, and is one of the largest parks in the state. It spills into Idaho, which is a half hour north of USU. An hour south of Logan is Utah’s famous Great Salt Lake, and the cities of Ogden and Salt Lake City are 60 and 90 minutes away, respectively. There are also numerous recreational spots in Logan, such as a zoo, aquatic center, parks, and fairgrounds that hold popular annual events.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Logan’s safety has been praised by Neighborhood Scout and Morgan Quitno, two online publications that rank US cities and towns by their crime rates. Scout listed Logan in the top 50 of its “Top 100 Safest Cities in the US” rankings, and Quitno named it the safest city in the US two times in the past ten years. One of the best parts of Logan is USU’s campus (Scout ranked it the safest neighborhood in the city), which is known for its conscientious students and top-notch security. If you’re moving off-campus, try to find a rental that’s close to the school, but even if you can’t find one you can’t really go wrong with the other Logan neighborhoods.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The Arkansas River is a mile from Oral Roberts, and if you follow it on Riverside Drive seven miles north you will be in Tulsa’s downtown area. The two closest major roads to Oral Roberts are the Creek Turnpike (four miles away) and Interstate 44 (two miles away). Both these roads run east to west and can take you to the nearby communities of Jenks, Sapulpa, Oakhurst, and Broken Arrow, any of which are possible destinations for students looking to make the move away from campus.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are a few college friendly restaurants near Oral Roberts’ campus. First Watch, a breakfast chain, is perfect for students after a rough Friday or Saturday night. The Boston Deli Grill & Market is a small and affordable spot, yet is one of the city’s most popular restaurants amongst residents and students alike. Luby’s, Pho V-Nam, Tres Amigos, and Hideaway Pizzas are a few other nearby, college-friendly restaurants that vary from Vietnamese dishes to Mexican burritos.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Most of the under-21 crowd at the university frequents the typical state school party scene. They start drinking in their dorms, and then head out to house parties or frat parties both on-campus and off. This can quickly get old for most students, and they look forward to when they’re 21 so they can go to the bars in Eugene. However, there aren’t as many bars as you would expect in a college city, and the club scene is virtually nonexistent. The best part about Oregon’s nightlife is the sports. The school has very popular and successful Division I teams, and nothing’s more exciting than the night of a big game. Also, Portland is relatively close, as it’s 90 minutes away.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The university has its own police force, and anytime you’re on campus you’re bound to see an officer or two patrolling the areas. Their presence is especially visible at night and on the weekends, when students are drinking and the campus can become rowdy, especially after sporting events. As for Eugene, it’s the second largest city in the state but certainly doesn’t feel like it. It’s almost like a college town atmosphere (at least near campus) and has many safe neighborhoods where off-campus students can live.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Queens is the second-most populated borough in New York City, with about 300,000 less residents than Brooklyn. It’s also credited with having one of the most diverse populations, not just in New York, but in the entire country. You’d be hard pressed to find another area that has as many ethnicities, nationalities, and languages (almost 150 spoken) as Queens has. There are also a variety of age ranges here, as there are a lot of older residents that have been here for decades, as well as college students in their early 20s and young professionals.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Unfortunately, there aren’t any subway stops on CUNY Queens College’s campus. The nearest stations are to the north in Flushing (7), in Forest Hills (E and F), and in Jamaica near the other CUNY campus (J). However, there are multiple buses you can take from campus to any of these stations, such as QM4, Q25, and Q64. Or, vice versa, if you’re commuting from your apartment to class via public transportation, you can get off at a nearby subway station and take a bus to the Queens campus.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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There are two subway stops a block away from Fordham’s Lincoln campus: one on 59th Street (Columbus Circle) and one on 66th Street (Lincoln Center). The Columbus stop serves the A, B, C, and D lines, and the Lincoln station runs on Lines 1 and 2. And, best of all, the subway runs 24 hours so students aren’t restricted to limited hours like in other cities. The city’s public transportation, one of the best in the world, can be used for commuting purposes, but also for getting to any other area of the city for fun on the weekend. Going to school in the Big Apple is great because of how much there is to do in the city, but none of it would be possible without public transportation.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Academics should always be the most important aspect of college, but it’s hard to ignore how much there is to do at Fordham’s Lincoln campus. It has a perfect location in bustling Manhattan, next to Central Park and less than a mile away from Times Square and the Theater District. This isn’t just a paradise for students, but it’s considered one of the trendiest and hottest downtowns in the entire world. Broadway is a short walk away, there are nearby music venues like the Madison Square Garden that attract the biggest entertainment names in the world, and any restaurant, bar, club, museum, or sporting event that you want to go to in the city is accessible via public transit.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Worcester has a thriving club scene that features more under-21 clubs than the nearby city of Boston. But for upperclassmen students (or underclassmen with fake IDs, it seems like all of them do nowadays), there are also a lot of bars in downtown. Music venues like the Palladium and the DCU Center have been attracting more high-profile names than ever before. This is a great college city, with nearly a dozen other schools in the area, and even if you can’t find anything to do in the city there are plenty of college parties that are always going on.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The apartment prices in and around downtown Worcester can be very expensive, but fortunately, Worcester State is two miles west. The apartment costs are a lot more reasonable in that area, but there aren’t as many to choose from. If you look at this website’s map feature, you’ll see that there’s a large concentration of rentals in downtown, but halfway in between there and Worcester State they thin out dramatically. When you look for an apartment, keep in mind that you should be able to find something for under $1000 (unless it’s four or more beds), and that even if it’s not within walking distance of campus, it should at least be a short drive away.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The university is right off of Exit 235A of Interstate 35, and is a short drive away from Texas Route 1. These are the two major routes through Austin, as the downtown area is squeezed between the two roads. It should be mentioned that downtown is footsteps south of the university’s campus; the campus is located in a very walkable part of the city. The easiest commute is one where you can walk to and from your apartment, but with the major roads’ close proximity to the university, it’s very likely that your drive won’t be very long if you live outside the city.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Austin is a rising city, especially in the coveted age demographic of 18-to-24 year olds. It’s among the top U.S. cities in this category, with larger cities like Boston and San Francisco. A lot of this can be attributed to the students in the area, but it also shows that graduates are staying in Austin after college. Jobs are being created in the city in fields like finance and business, as well as cultural areas like music and art. The latter is also what keeps students around; Austin has one of the best art and music scenes in the South, as exemplified with its world-famous SXSW Festival.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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The university’s campus is next to Chicago’s Burnside and Chatham neighborhoods, and there are a good amount of restaurants in both areas. The city is internationally known for its cuisine, and this extends to even its most southern neighborhoods, where Chicago State University is located. There are affordable, college-approved places like New China Express, Uncle Joe’s, Brother Tim’s, and Taurus Flavors. But there are more expensive places too if the occasion calls for it.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Chicago State University is 13 miles south of the city’s downtown area, but fortunately the two areas are connected by public transportation. The subway’s red line can take students from the school’s campus to downtown in 45 minutes. It also opens up the possibility for students to live anywhere in between too, and they can easily take the train to class or to the city on the weekends. A car-less commute isn’t perfect (you still have to pay to ride and wait at the station for the train to arrive), but most students think it’s far more convenient and cheaper than commuting with a vehicle.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The U of Pitt is two miles removed from the city’s downtown area and its pricey apartment costs. Students usually settle for more affordable areas near campus like Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, and East Liberty. Shadyside is especially popular among students, and is known for its cheap rental prices. However, others think it’s too far from campus. Oakland (along with west, central, and south Oakland) and the Hills (upper and middle) are two of the city’s neighborhoods that are closer to campus and still have affordable rentals.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Pitt’s campus is a short walk from Schenley Park, a massive 300-acre public space, the second-largest of its kind in the city. It has trails to walk or bike through, a conservatory, a sportsplex, and most importantly, plenty of open space for students to study, relax, or hang out with friends. To them, it really is a second campus. But they will want to be on their actual campus on the night of sports games, as there’s always a fervor in the area and plenty of partying when the home team wins, and often when they lose, too.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Notre Dame is one of the toughest non-Ivy schools to be accepted to in the country, and once you’re accepted it gets even tougher. The academics are strenuous, and require a great amount of dedication and effort from students. However, the school’s statistics show how successful students are: only Harvard and Yale have a higher graduation rate (96%), and Notre Dame has one of the highest freshman retention rates in the country (98%). A Notre Dame education can get you far once you leave the school, both because of the skills and knowledge you gain here, but also because it’s one of the most respected schools to earn a degree from in the country.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Notre Dame is an academically rigorous school, and many students aren’t able to separate themselves from their books aside from one night on the weekend. Meanwhile, other students are bar hopping as early as Tuesday and going to parties on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday. The underclassmen tend to have a lot of dorm parties, whereas upperclassmen who are off-campus have apartment parties. There aren’t a lot of clubs in South Bend, nor are there any Greek life organizations at the school, but there’s an active bar scene and students are always throwing parties of their own.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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UTD’s campus is in Richardson, not Dallas, which can be disappointing for students on the weekend, but is ultimately better regarding safety. Richardson has a crime rate that is four times lower than Dallas’s, even after adjusting for size. In Dallas, the chance of being a victim of a violent crime is one in 147, but in Richardson it’s just 1 in 578. Also, the campus is surrounded by the safest neighborhoods in town. Mimosa Drive and Campbell Road to the southwest of camus, North Collins Boulevard to the east, and Custer Parkway/West Renner Road to the northeast are three of the safest areas you can find in Richardson.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Even though UTD is located in the Dallas metropolitan area, it’s not in the city. Instead, it’s 16 miles north, past North Dallas, in Richardson. To get to Dallas, students can hop on the President George Bush Turnpike, hook up with Route 75, and take that straight to the city, or just go right to 75 from campus. But most students who live off-campus are elsewhere in Richardson or neighboring areas like North Dallas, Plano, or Carrollton. The major roads I mentioned, along with Interstate 635, are great ways to get back and forth from your apartment and class.

 

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