Kara Glover

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Kara Glover

Kara Glover Rentals

A Property Manager based in University of Hartford

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Kara Glover - Property Manager

There are seven colleges in the Hartford area, so finding a party on the weekend with other students is never difficult. The city itself also has great nightlife activities, like pubs that are always crowded and full of life, clubs that stay open into the wee hours of the night, sports bars where residents rooting for their respective New England or New York teams congregate, award-winning restaurants. There are also music venues like the Comcast Theatre and sports venues like the XL Center, where UConn’s basketball teams hold their games. Hartford is one of the largest cities in the state, and is a great place for college students to play on the weekend.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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UH is next to the Blue Hills neighborhood in Hartford, which has plenty of chains that are perfect for college students. For example, Boston Market, IHOP, and Blimpie have affordable food in a great location for UH students. But arguably the most popular restaurant in the area is on the west side of UH’s campus: Einstein Bros Bagels. Every morning it fills up with students who want coffee, bagels, or breakfast sandwiches. If students want a wider selection of restaurants, downtown Hartford is close by and has a great dining scene.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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New York’s majestic Adirondacks, which offer some of the best outdoor experiences in the Northeast, is the namesake of the college because of how close they are. The mountains are a half hour away, and some of its attractions, like Lake George, are even closer. When students need a break from classes there’s no better place to go than the mountains, where they can hike, bike, camp, and relax. Also, New Hampshire is a short drive away, along with its Green Mountain National Forest and its famous White Mountains. For a different experience, students can also drive to nearby Albany on the weekends.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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SUNY Adirondack’s campus is on Bay Road in Queensbury, three miles north of Glens Falls, a mile southeast of Glen Lake, and seven miles south of the popular and picturesque Lake George. There aren’t any public transit options to these lakes, so students will have to get in their car and hop on Interstate 87, which is two miles west of campus. The New Hampshire state line is a half hour away from campus, and Massachusetts is an hour and a half away. Albany lies an hour to the south on I-87.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Because it’s the largest city in the region, Davenport also has the most expensive renting prices. The average monthly cost for a two bedroom apartment is $822, and $700 for a one bedroom. If you look for a rental near the SAU campus, you will encounter apartments that meet these price tags, or could be even more expensive. For students on a smaller college budget, I would recommend looking further away from the downtown area in Davenport or its suburbs. Apartments won’t be as abundant, but they’ll be much cheaper if they’re not in downtown.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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As one of only three cities in Iowa with a population of more than 100,000, you would think that the crime rate here would be one of the highest in the state. But this isn’t the case at all, or at least it isn’t anymore. Recently, the city has become significantly safer than it used to be, as there were 500 less crimes in 2009 than in 2002, and there only 2 murders that year. As for SAU, it’s located close to downtown (which has the highest crime rate in the city), but it’s far enough away to be considered a safe place to live with less crimes than other surrounding neighborhoods.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The park that SLCCFP gets its name from, Forest Park, is footsteps north of the school’s campus. This is one of the most well-known and, in my opinion, the best park in St. Louis and its suburbs. It’s not just aesthetically pleasing and a welcome break from the city’s bustle, but also houses some of the best attractions in the area, like the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Science Center, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the World’s Fair Pavilion. SLCCFP students spend a lot of time in the park, so much so that it’s practically an extension of their campus.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Students at SLCCFP can buy a student semester pass through Metro Transit that will give them access to all of the city’s public transportation routes for a cheap price. I would recommend this to any off campus student who will be using either the bus or train to get to SLCCFP. There are several bus stops within walking distance of the campus, and two rail stations (Central West End and Forest Park). For any student who doesn’t have a car, they’ll be glad to know that public transit is a perfectly viable way to get to SLCCFP.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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DBU has an interesting location, as it’s technically located in Dallas but is located minutes away from Arlington’s best attractions, like the Ballpark at Arlington, Six Flags, and Cowboy Stadium. Also, it’s a great college area, as TCU, SMU, and UTA are just a short walk or drive away. This is super convenient if you’re looking for a party on the weekend or a college sports game. If you go closer to downtown Dallas you can experience the Arts District, the West End, and Uptown, all of which have their own quirks. Whether you like sports, shopping, clubbing, art, or all of the above, DBU has a great location with convenient access to multiple cities.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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DBU is located in a part of Dallas that’s on par with the city’s average crime rate. I wouldn’t label the campus or the surrounding areas as dangerous, but they’re not the safest places to live either. Students who prize convenience and want to walk to class should be able to find rentals nearby, but those who want to find the absolute safest places to live should look elsewhere in Dallas. The best places for those students is around University Park near SMU, in neighborhoods like Preston Hollow and North Dallas.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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There aren’t many apartments directly south of campus, but if you look north in the Kiwanis Park/West Douglas Park/Delano areas there are a lot of rental options. Most of them are quite affordable too. You can find a one, two, or even three bedroom apartment (depending on how many roommates you have) for $950 or less per month. Apartments cross the four digit threshold once you enter downtown Wichita territory, which some students can afford. But most of them stay around Newman’s campus or to the west of it where they cheaper apartments are located.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Newman is just a five minute drive from the best restaurants in Wichita. You could also walk there if you have time to burn; it would definitely build up your appetite! On streets like Central Ave, East Douglas Ave, and East 1st Street, you will be able to find the best restaurants in the city. The Harvest Kitchen and Bar (American), Thai House (Thai), Avi Seabar and Chophouse (Seafood), Sabor (Latin), and My Tho (Vietnamese) are just a handful of trusted dining establishments in that area. For restaurants closer to campus, you can’t go wrong with Bella Vita or Town & Country.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Downtown Winston-Salem is 3.5 miles from Wake Forest, which equates to about a ten minute drive. The quickest way to get there is to take University Parkway, but if you want to drive to places further away you should take US Route 52 or Interstate 40. Some students who have cars choose to live a bit further from campus, in communities like Pfafftown, Lewisville, Walkertown, and King. However, the majority of students stay local, as there are a ton of rental opportunities near campus, some of which are even within walking distance of Wake Forest.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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WFU runs shuttles from the school’s campus to downtown Winston-Salem’s art venues, bars, clubs, and restaurants. Unfortunately, the campus isn’t within walking distance of any spectacular nightlife opportunities, so students will have to take some form of transportation if they want to leave campus. However, many students, especially those that are under 21, stay on campus for the Greek life events and student parties that are held every weekend. Also, a lot students stay for the school’s sporting events. For example, the basketball team, which usually does well every year, always plays in front of sold out crowds

 
Demographics

Demographics

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PCC is, by far, the largest college system in Oregon. It has 83,000 students enrolled in three different campuses and six smaller centers that are dispersed throughout Portland. The large student body is one of the main reasons why Portland's demographics have been trending younger recently. The city has become more hip, and has also become known for its liberal attitude, green lifestyle, and “hipster” crowds. Though the entire city (and PCC students) aren’t all like how the popular satirical show Portlandia portrays them to be, it’s undeniable that Portland has been a trendy and popular place for young adults to live.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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PCC operates a shuttle service for students, with different lines for their three campuses and several centers. For example, the Orange Line covers the Downtown/Sylvania area, the Green Line covers Cascada/Sylvania, and the Yellow Line covers Southeast/Sylvania. There are three other lines that pick up students at other campuses and spots around the city. Students ride free, and can track where the shuttle is at any time on their iPhone or Android. PCC also offers discounted student passes for the city’s TriMet transit system if students want to use their buses or trains to commute to the school.

 
Weather

Weather

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The warmest months of the year in San Pablo are usually August, September, and strangely enough, October. During “indian summers,” which are fairly common here, temperatures in the fall can be hotter than in the summer. In fact, because of the area’s Mediterranean climate, summers usually aren’t too hot. The highs are usually in the low to mid-70s F, and only reach the 80s and 90s on warmer days. November marks the beginning of the rainy season, which lasts until April. There’s usually no snow here in the winter, but always a lot of rain. Spring is a beautiful time of year, with temperatures in the 60s and a lot of sunshine.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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The on campus dining selection is pretty slim at CCC. There’s a Subway and a student-run restaurant called The Three Seasons. Both are great places to eat at if you have an hour or two of free time in between classes, but they will grow old quickly. Fortunately, if you look beyond CCC’s immediate campus there are a plethora of dining establishments in the area. You can eat at Thai restaurants like Blue Bay, Chinese restaurants like China Express, sushi spots like Tokyo, Italian restaurants like La Strada, or Indian restaurants like Bismallah. You probably won’t eat out every day, but when you do there are enough options around to keep you fed and satisfied.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Athens is six miles north of GSC’s campus in Watkinsville, which is just a ten minute drive. The University of Georgia is located in Athens, and because of this it’s one of the premier college towns in the entire Southeast. The city comes alive on the weekend, and there are parties on campuses, in student neighborhoods, and in local bars and clubs. Athens also has an established music scene that attracts just as many impressive names as Atlanta does. And like Atlanta, there is also a strong sports culture here, except it’s for college teams instead of professional teams.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Watkinsville is considered one of the safest cities in the Athens area. According to the local crime statistics, the chance of becoming involved in a violent crime here is 1 in 2879. Though Gainesville doesn’t have any dorms or traditional housing facilities for students, they own several apartment complexes that are within walking distance of campus. If you can find a rental that’s close to campus, you’ll be rewarded with convenience and also a sense of safety. The closer you are to Athens the more likely you are to end up in a neighborhood with a higher crime rate.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The least expensive areas to rent in near MBU are Saint Ann, Bridgeton, and Saint Charles. For something a little closer to campus, I would recommend looking at Maryland Heights and Ballwin. The areas that are closer to St. Louis are generally more expensive because they have better access to the city, but if you stick around MBU you can find some very affordable rentals. Typically, you’ll be able to search for one or two bedroom apartments for $800 or less, although the nicer rentals and 3+ bedroom apartments can be listed at around $1000 or higher.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Missouri Baptist University sits right next to where Interstates 270 and 64 converge. If students are commuting from the north or south they can take 270, or 64 if they’re traveling east and west. If students drive east on 64 for 15 miles from campus they’ll reach downtown St. Louis. If you own a car, you can choose to live in any of St. Louis’s suburbs, or even closer to the city, because of the extensive highway system here. As for public transportation, Metro St. Louis runs bus lines that serve MBU.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Idaho isn’t a state that most people necessarily equate with economic success and business, but over the past decade Boise has grown in these areas, and as a city, arguably more any other place in the Midwest. It’s Idaho’s state capital, but handles more than just politics and government. It’s the leading center for business, innovation, health care, finance, and technology in the region. As a BSU student located near the city’s downtown area, you will have access to all the internships, career opportunities, and economic resources that Boise has to offer.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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The most popular aspect of BSU’s on campus nightlife is the school’s Division I sports, especially the football team. On the weekends, you will see students dressed from head to toe in blue and orange and moving in crowds to a stadium or arena to watch a game. But on nights when there aren’t any games, expect to see the crowds moving off campus instead. BSU is located in Boise’s downtown area, where the bars, clubs, restaurants, and art venues attract students every weekend. It’s a city that’s growing quickly, and the nightlife opportunities both at BSU and in the city are becoming more abundant too.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Fairfax has appeared on Forbes’ list of US Places to Live Well, and landed the #3 spot in ‘09. One of the reasons it earned this recognition is its safety. Fairfax has a small city (just over 20,000 residents) that keeps teenagers and students alike out of trouble with an effective police force and a strong sense of community. There are numerous festivals, cultural events, parades, and holiday celebrations every year that exemplify this. When you factor in the high quality of education on all levels here, the high median salary, and the small town feel, Fairfax is a great place for both students and families to live.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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George Mason is one of the most diverse colleges in Virginia; in fact, it was named the #5 most diverse in the country by the Princeton Review. While the majority of the students are White, there are also a large number of enrollments of Asian, Black, and Hispanic students. Overall, the school has around 33,000 students (both undergrad and grad included). This makes it the largest university in Virginia. With GMU and nearby Northern Virginia Community College, the Fairfax area is overflowing with college students.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Downtown Columbus is a block away from CSCC, the Columbus Museum of Art is three blocks away, the Jefferson Avenue Historic District is four blocks away, and the Upside District is ten blocks away. All the city’s best culture and events are within walking distance of CSCC, and with the Columbus College of Art and Design, the Capital University Law School, and Franklin University nearby, you’re bound to meet other young adults in the area who are interesting in the same activities you are. Most people don’t know that Columbus has double the population of Cleveland and Cincinnati, and has much better nightlife and culture as well.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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CSCC occupies a large chunk of downtown Columbus, which has a lot of upside, especially for a young college student who likes to party in the city on the weekend. However, it’s also a part of Columbus that has one of the city’s highest crime rates. The safest neighborhoods here aren’t located near downtown, but are further away in communities like Mount Air in northern Columbus, Havens Corners to the east, and Blacklick Estates to the southeast. If you want to stay close to school while living in a safe neighborhood, the Brewery District and German Village in southern downtown are areas to look into.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Other universities and colleges may be more prestigious than LCC, but students here have a perfect location if they’re trying to get their foot in a political door. LCC is three blocks from the Lansing City Hall and four blocks from the Michigan State Capitol. Because LCC is only a two year school, many students pursue nearby internships during their time here, and then either graduate with an Associate’s and try to turn their experiences into a job, or transfer to another school with a rolodex of contacts. When looking for an apartment it’s important to consider how close you want to be to campus and the city’s political scene if you’re planning on getting involved.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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LCC students are footsteps away from the best restaurants west of the Grand River. Most of them are located on or around Washington Square, as this is where the local political crowd goes out for lunch and dinner. Zoup!, Troppo, Knight Cap, the Spotted Dog, and the Waterfront are just a few of the best places to dine in the area. Off campus students will become very familiar with the local restaurants if they have to stay near campus for the day or are at the library studying late.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Trinity College’s campus is the tenth safest community in Hartford according to a list of neighborhoods with the lowest crime rates. Overall, the area’s crime rate is considerably safer than the city’s average. Students moving off campus wouldn’t be remiss if they looked for an apartment near the school, as it’s a very nice community to live in. However, the four safest communities in Hartford lie just south of Trinity in the city’s South End and South West neighborhoods, from Hartford and Newington Ave to Interstate 91.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Trinity’s campus is small and manageable, and only 36% of students who live on campus have a car with them. But as soon as you make the move to an apartment away from the school, you’ll find that a car is a necessity (unless you’re within walking range). The school has an intermittent shuttle service, but there isn’t enough of a public transit system to depend on it for an everyday commute. You should either own a vehicle or live with a roommate who does and can give you a ride. If you’re commuting from outside of Hartford, you will probably end up using Interstate 84 or 91 every day.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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West Los Angeles College is close to some of the city’s most dangerous areas. You might have heard of the crime reputation in nearby South Los Angeles and areas like Compton or Inglewood. There’s a lot of gang history there, and it’s considered by many to be one of the most dangerous parts of the entire country. If you’re looking for an off-campus apartment, no matter how cheap the rent is I wouldn’t recommend living in that area. Instead, look northwest of Culver City in West LA, which is a pretty safe area overall.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Culver City’s buses serve West LA’s campus from Monday to Friday, from 7AM to 10PM (with shortened hours on Friday). The buses are very reliable, and though they don’t run on the weekend they can be used for your everyday commute on class days during the week. Also, the Metro Expo commuter train connects Culver City to popular spots like downtown LA, Long Beach, Pasadena, and more. It’s a definite plus if your apartment allows you to tap into these public transportation resources in your commute to the school.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Sierra’s campus sits near the Sierra Nevada Mountains, one of California’s most beautiful natural areas. Students take advantage of the mild winters and warm springs/autumns by escaping from class to nearby state parks and forests on the weekends. This appeals to the crowd that enjoys outdoor recreation and/or staying fit. Other crowds of students--like those who want to party or enjoy nearby culture--take the 20 minute drive to Sacramento, California’s capital. These two areas near Sierra’s campus couldn’t be more different, but each other fun local activities for the weekends.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Finding an apartment in Rocklin is usually every student’s number one goal, as the closer they are to campus the better. The part of town with the most rentals is downtown, directly west of the Alan S. Hart Freeway. Right now there are 22 available apartments in this area, compared to just five near Sierra’s campus. Rocklin’s rental prices are around the norm for the area, with a monthly rent average of around $1100 for a two bedroom apartment. This falls in line with prices in Roseville, Orangevale, and Lincoln. If you’re looking a bargain in a nearby area, check out Granite Bay.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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CSU LA has one of the toughest academic curricula out of any university in the city, and prepares its students to succeed in a large urban environment. Most CSU students find that the transition from school in the city to a career in the city is seamless. Some of them even keep living in the same apartment they had in college, or at least initially after graduation. If your goal is to work and live in Los Angeles, there aren’t many better school choices. It also doesn’t hurt that the campus is located in Monterey Park, just four miles east of downtown.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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CSULA’s campus is an eight minute drive from downtown and a 15 minute drive from Central LA, although this isn’t taking the city’s pesky traffic into consideration. Buses also take students to and from various parts of the city, most commonly on the city’s Silver Line. With such great access to so many of the city’s neighborhoods, students can take full advantage of everything Los Angeles has to offer on the weekends. It has one of the country’s most exciting nightlife scenes, right up with New York City and Las Vegas. There are almost too many activities in the city; students could do something different every weekend and still would have plenty left on the to-do list when they graduate. Academics are important, but there’s no denying that part of the allure of coming to LA is for the nightlife.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Most people think that the number one weekend destination for Purchase students is New York City because it’s just 33 miles away, but in reality nearby White Plains is where most students go when they want to leave campus. It’s a small city with enough bars, clubs, and culture to keep students coming back. Metro North and Bee-line provide buses from SUNY Purchase to White Plains, and there are also school shuttles that run every 45 minutes that can take you there as well.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Right now there aren’t really any vacant apartments in Purchase; the town just doesn’t have a rental market. Students usually head over to neighboring White Plains to look at apartments. The downside is that in White Plains, or practically any nearby area for that matter, the prices are very inflated because of the close proximity to New York City. The average monthly rent for a two bed apartment is $2882 in White Plains. You might be able to find a one bed for around $1400-1750 if you’re lucky, but it’s hard to find a rental for less than that. The cheapest places to rent near SUNY Purchase are Tuckahoe and Elmsford.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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VSU is twenty miles north of Florida’s border, with trips to Jacksonville and Tallahassee from campus clocking in just under two hours. Interstate 75 is the road that connects VSU to Florida as well as the neighboring towns and cities that off campus students live in. If this applies to you, you will most likely be using I-75 in your everyday commute. Lakeland, Homerville, Quitman, and Nashville are several nearby places where students can find housing.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Weekends signify the end of classes, a momentary break from stress, and of course, great food. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays you will see students making the mile walk or drive from VSU’s campus to downtown Valdosta, where the best restaurants in town are located. There are expensive places like 306 North and Bistro for fine dining dates or when parents come into town, and reasonably priced options too. Enjoy southern home cooking at Steel Magnolias, barbecue at Bleuq, Chinese at Ming’s, or sandwiches and hot dogs at Red Door Records.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Santa Monica is not just one of the most beautiful parts of Los Angeles, but also in the entire country. Students will spend a lot of time on the beaches that are just a mile away from campus, as well as outdoor areas like Palisades Park and the Will Rogers State Park. Downtown Santa Monica is also a mile away, and has great dining and shopping. Downtown Los Angeles is just 13 miles away with all of its culture and bright lights. But if you want to get away from the urban area, the hills and state parks like the Topanga State Park, the Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park, and the Crestwood Hills Park are within 15 miles to the northwest.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Santa Monica is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Nearly every resident here has found success in their careers, or in your case, are going to school at SMC to launch their careers. You’ll be glad to hear that wealthier neighborhoods in LA typically have more rentals. Unfortunately, because there’s so much money here, those apartments have extremely high monthly rates. LA is expensive in general, but that’s especially true in a wealthy area like Santa Monica.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Carnegie Mellon isn’t close enough to Downtown to take advantage of Pittsburgh’s subway rail services, but buses run by the Port Authority swing right by Carnegie’s campus. Your student ID doubles as a bus pass that will allow you to ride the buses and rail lines anytime you need to. Carnegie also runs its own shuttle service from seven in the morning to eleven at night, which are fairly extensive hours. And for when it doesn’t, there’s an escort service that can pick students up wherever they are.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Pittsburgh’s downtown area, Cultural District, and the Strip District are four miles west of Carnegie Mellon. Students love to go to Market Square, the center for downtown activity, and the surrounding streets for delicious dining, club hopping, bar crawling, and for concerts and theater performances. Pittsburgh may have a small city feel, but on the weekends it’s no different than Philadelphia or New York. There are countless things to do here in Pittsburgh’s thriving nightlife scene.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Worcester has reasonable apartment prices for a city its size, and cheaper monthly rates than the nearby areas of Holden, Shrewsbury, Milbury and Grafton. The prices in Worcester are more than half the costs of renting in Boston. You can easily find an apartment for less than $1000 per month, especially if you have a roommate or two to share it with. Assumption is a bit further out from downtown, which means that prices are much more affordable. With so many colleges in the area, like WPI, Becker, and Holy Cross, to name a few, there’s a large market for student apartments.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Worcester’s Union Station and Amtrak stop is on the east side of downtown, which is three miles southeast of Assumption. Unfortunately, there isn’t a reliable form of public transit that can take you there from Assumption, which means you can either take a taxi or drive a car back and forth. The same goes for commuting from an off campus apartment to class or on campus facilities. A vehicle is highly recommended if you don’t live in the dorms and aren’t within walking distance.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The University of Virginia’s campus is certainly safer than most schools, with police officers and campus security patrolling around the clock. But when you move off-campus to another part of Charlottesville and beyond, you could find yourself living in a dangerous area where you aren’t as protected. I would recommend looking for rentals in northern Charlottesville (the Hollymead, Bedford Hills, Deerwood, and Briarwood communities) or western Charlottesville (Flordon, West Leigh, and Country View neighborhoods along Ivy Street), as they have the lowest crime rates in the area.

 
Weather

Weather

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Charlottesville students can spend their winters walking around campus in a light jacket, except on days when a cold front sweeps the area. But for the most part the winters are mild, with temperature highs staying in the 40s. They reach the 50s on warmer days and can dip into the 30s when it’s colder. Summers are far from mild, with average highs in the upper 80s, and that’s not even factoring in the sticky humidity. It can feel like it’s over a hundred degrees on the warmest summer days, so it’s important to make sure that your apartment has air conditioning if you’re living here in June, July and August.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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It’s often disappointing to be a freshman or sophomore at UNLV on the weekends. The Las Vegas strip is just three miles away, and juniors and seniors over the age of 21 are always making trips there for a show, the casinos, the restaurants, or the clubs. There are 18 and over activities, but not many of them authentically capture the feel of Las Vegas’s nightlife. Fortunately, there are plenty of on campus activities, whether they’re school-sponsored like basketball games or organized by students, like frat parties and small apartment get-togethers.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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UNLV offers a carpooling system calls Club Ride where students who live off campus can pick up other students on their way to class. Aside from this, public transportation in the area is generally unreliable. If you have a lot of time you can take the city bus, but if you’re in a rush it’s not the best option. They’re infamous for operating on a random schedule, and are always late or early for their pickup times. The school doesn’t offer its own transportation options, so you can either figure out a car pool, drive on your own, or deal with the city buses.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Wayne State has enough campus activities and parties to keep students occupied, but for those who want to explore there’s a lot to see in the area. Downtown Detroit is just two miles away from campus, and for the more daring, the Canadian border is four miles away. Immediately beyond it is Windsor, which is a fun city to spend a weekend or two in. Wayne State is also within walking distance of the Detroit River, which flows into St. Clair Lake (ten miles from campus). Hanging out by the river banks and the lakeshore is a popular activity for students when it’s warm out.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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WSU’s campus is located in a region of Detroit that has a higher crime rate than the city’s average, with exception to the Woodward Ave/Putnam Street area next to the campus (it has the second lowest crime rate in the city). If you lived in a nearby apartment you probably wouldn’t feel safe walking back at night after a long day of class. I would say the safest part of the city for students is Southwestern Detroit, particularly on Michigan Ave/Military Street or in the Fort Wayne neighborhood. The only problem is, this community is a bit far from campus, and may not be worth the longer commute.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Kara Glover - Property Manager

Valencia doesn’t have a lot of great dining options, as it’s a commuter college that doesn’t offer on-campus housing. Students can either pack a lunch and/or dinner when they go to class, or they can find somewhere to eat near Valencia’s campus in between and after classes. Fortunately, in Kissimmee the latter is remarkably easy and convenient. Because it’s a major tourist area, there are chain restaurants and locally owned establishments on every block and along the highway. Whether you want a sit down meal or a bite to go, there’s no shortage of restaurants to choose from near Valencia.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Kara Glover - Property Manager

Public transportation near Valencia consists solely of local buses, but their routes aren’t necessarily far-reaching. For example, there isn’t a direct route that can take you from Valencia to downtown Kissimmee, which is kind of ridiculous considering they’re only three miles apart. Most students drive their own vehicles to class, or get rides from their friends. Valencia is located off of the Florida’s Turnpike, which is the most common road that students take to get to class.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Kara Glover - Property Manager

Indianapolis city buses stop by UIndy every hour, and are convenient for students who want to leave campus or get to campus from their apartment. If you live on campus or within walking distance, public transportation isn’t necessary as everything is close to each other. But half of the student body commutes to school, and has to rely on either the bus system or their own vehicle. The city buses serve a limited area so make sure you choose an apartment near one of its stops if you want to ride it to classes every day.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

Kara Glover - Property Manager

There’s no better place in Indiana to launch a career than Indianapolis. It’s not just the state capital, but also the capital for business. And it isn’t only a statewide economic leader--Forbes Magazine ranked it number 8 on a list of the best U.S. cities for jobs in 2008. It’s a great place to foster a startup company, and also to join an already established corporate giant. The city stands among Chicago and Detroit as the best Midwestern cities for business, and as a UIndy student you already have a leg up on other college grads who want to work in the city.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Kara Glover - Property Manager

If you casually browse the listings in Hilo, you’ll be shocked at how many monthly price tags exceed $1000. Some of the more expensive apartments can even approach $2000, which is unquestionably out of most students’ budgets. Fortunately, the university has a list on their website of popular realtors, and a list where landlords and other students can post cheap student apartments for rent. If you look on this list and at sites like MyApartmentMap, you will definitely be able to find student deals that stay in the triple digits.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Kara Glover - Property Manager

Going to school in Hilo will make you feel like you’re living in paradise, and not just because of the beautiful scenery and weather. The crime rate here is very low, and students should be able to feel safe when they leave their dorm or apartment. The safest part of Hilo is the western half in the Wainaku area. But that’s more inland, and there aren’t as many apartments there. If you’re looking for a spot close to school with a lot of rentals, check out Hoolaulea Street/Hookano Street.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Kara Glover - Property Manager

The University of St. Thomas’s campus is ten miles west of St. Paul and six miles southeast of Minneapolis. To get to both cities, students should take Interstate 94. It can get a little congested during rush hour, but it’s quick and easy driving most of the time. For those who don’t have cars, there is a bus that stops by the campus every half hour during the week and once an hour on the weekend that can take students to both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Best of all, students just have to show their school ID and it’s free.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Kara Glover - Property Manager

The University of St. Thomas sits closer to Minneapolis (barely) than St. Paul, but both twin cities are in play for students here. Two legitimate big cities, two areas full of culture and nightlife, and two destinations for weekends after a long week of class, both within ten miles of campus. There are also plenty of on campus activities, such as in the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex, weekly visits from singers, poets, and other performers, and hanging out at friends’ places. The University of Minnesota is also nearby, and they usually have a better party scene than St. Thomas.

 

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