Leandra Medina

A Real Estate Agent at O'Brien & Knight Realty

Leandra Medina

O'Brien & Knight Realty

A Real Estate Agent based in Baker College of Flint

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Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The prices of apartments in Flint are extremely affordable. You’re looking at paying between two to four hundred per month, ideally, for rent. Compared to some of the other towns and cities in this region that’s a bargain--I really think Flint is the best place to rent a budget apartment. But because of the crime some students want to live elsewhere, and Burton, Grand Blanc, and Davison offer similar prices if you can find vacancies there. But if you’re solely focused on the price tag, my advice is to stay close to Baker and rent an apartment in Flint.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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If you’re from Michigan you’ve probably heard about Flint’s crime issues, and that’s putting it lightly. For the past decade the area has become progressively more dangerous, and most recently in 2013 the FBI named Flint the most violent city in the country for the third time in a row. Other orgs like Neighborhood Scout, CQ Press, and Forbes have also reported how Flint ranks among the worst cities for crime. Admittedly, property crimes have decreased, but this is of less concern than violent crimes. Students should be weary and remember that common sense goes a long way towards staying safe, as does taking precautions like walking in groups or making sure your doors are always locked.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Much like Madison in Wisconsin and Boston in Massachusetts, Columbia is unofficially Missouri’s premier college town. It always seems like everyone here is a student, recent grad, or affiliated with the school in some capacity. And as a result, the number of educated residents is significantly higher average, with many holding a degree of some sort. The largest school in the city is the University of Missouri, but Columbia College has a large presence, too. All the students here all get along most of the time, despite where they’re enrolled, and it’s likely you’ll have friends from different schools in the area.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Columbia is precisely in the middle of Kansas City to the west and St. Louis to the east. Both cities are about two hours away from the school, which is surely close enough for you to drive out to either place after you get your studying out of the way. You take the same road, Interstate 70, to get to both cities, and this road is also what you’ll be using to commute if you live outside of Columbia. But the majority of students live in Columbia, and take 163, 763, or 740 to get around. Commuting around here is usually a piece of cake, especially if you live in the city.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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There are nine local bus routes in Augusta, but they’re more the type of transportation you would use to get to the local Kmart for supplies or the mall for shopping. As means of everyday commuting the buses here are insufficient. Their hours definitely don’t suit a student’s needs, and they don’t have stops in all of the city’s neighborhoods. Cars are the choice of transportation for nearly everyone here; students are no exception. A vehicle would be a worthy exception, partly because commuting through public transit is unreliable and partly because it’s just easier and more convenient to be able to go wherever you want whenever you want.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Augusta is most well-known for its activities during the day, like its golf courses and shopping areas. But its nightlife isn’t too shabby either, which is what students care more about because they love to go out on the weekends more than the average Augusta resident. For that there are the typical amenities, like sports bars, clubs, lounges, pubs, and the like. There are a few other schools in the city so the locals are no strangers to students and their behavior on the weekends.

 
Weather

Weather

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JTCC is fortunate enough to be in a part of the country where, in my opinion, the climate is perfect. The western mountains and the eastern bodies of water act as climate control, and keep the winters from getting cold. Generally, when other parts of the country are getting snow or a rainy season, it will be mild or maybe a little brisk on campus. The bodies of water bring a lot of humidity in the summer, but they also bring pleasant cool breezes. Summer highs can reach the upper 80s, but the heat isn’t even close to as bad as it gets further south.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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John Tyler is just far enough outside of Richmond that it’s not feasible to drive into the city every day for food, but close enough that you’re tempted to swing over during your lunch break or after class to enjoy dinner at one of the state’s best restaurants. It can be tough to suppress these urges, but the restaurants in Midlothian help a little. There isn’t as much selection as in Richmond, but a few great lunch and dinner spots to keep you fed before and after class. And if you and some friends want to splurge on a fancy meal on a Friday or Saturday night, then you can give in and make the trip to Richmond.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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From just an eye test, Pinehurst looks like a tranquil place where crime is sparse. Those perceptions are verified by the stats, which show that serious crimes hardly ever occur here. Neighborhood Scout found that Pinehurst is safer than 90% of towns and cities in the U.S., and safer than 97% of North Carolina communities. This makes it one of the safest areas in the country to live in. You’ll be surprised by how the neighborhoods here will make you feel calm and at home, even in the wee hours. Crime shouldn’t be a large factor in your housing search here because it’s simply not significant enough to worry about.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Sandhills CC is steps away from the Southern Pine Waterworks and Reservoir Park, both of which are nice places to spend outdoor time. And a little further away is the Walthour-Moss Foundation, which holds events like cookouts, horse rides, etc. and is beautiful when the weather cooperates. But don’t forget about the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens on campus, which is every student’s favorite study spots and great for spending downtime with friends. There aren’t any cities around this area, so you’ll probably become more acquainted with nature and outdoor activities.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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There are a fair amount of apartments in the Bellingham area, certainly enough to house the students at the technical college. The cost of renting, per person, dips dramatically if you find houses with more bedrooms. With one bedroom, which you’d probably live in on your own, the average price is around $800. That’s a lot for one person to pay every month. But you can find two bedroom places, which you’d share with a roommate, for around $1100, so it would only be $550 per person every month. And three bedrooms can go for $1500, so it would be $500 per if you found two roommates. Finding friends you want to live with can be difficult, but is definitely beneficial financially.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Bellingham’s technical school sits near the Bellingham Bay--students can easily walk down near the water from campus. Unfortunately, this walk probably isn’t one they’ll be making every day. Instead, they’ll have to worry about a much longer commute, which may involve Interstate 5 or Route 542 or side roads to avoid traffic. Fortunately, getting around Bellingham, especially in the non-summer months, can quickly become routine once students familiarize themselves with the area. But if you can find a rental close enough that you don’t have to drive, jump on it. You may even be able to walk to the shore during your free time.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Every D’Youville student makes the pilgrimage up to Niagra Falls, and they all enjoy the close proximity of Buffalo’s downtown from campus. Others love to be near the lake’s shores, or to make a drive out of the city to any of northern New York’s state parks. Some students will go watch the city’s beloved Bills football teams, but some would rather immerse themselves in the city’s art scene and visit or contribute to the museums and other creative venues that surround them. Being in an urban environment that’s so close to natural areas is terrific for students, and the only downfall is choosing between them all.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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D’Youville holds terrific real estate in Buffalo, as it’s just three quarters of a mile from the coast of Lake Erie and a mile from downtown. If the weather’s right you can just walk around to where you need to go, but oftentimes in Buffalo that’s not the case. D’Youville’s location also benefits students in regards to public transportation, and you can catch several buses around campus that’ll drive you all around. The nearest rail stations, Summer-Best and Allen/Medical Campus are both only a mile away, and are a better option for some students’ commutes than buses are.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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You don’t have to be in the heart of downtown, Near North Side, or on the coast to enjoy the city’s nightlife. If you do want to enjoy these areas it’s a short trip with a car, but staying close to WWC can result in some fun nights. Most of your friends will probably live near campus and throw parties, or meet up somewhere and go out to a local restaurant or bar. Pulses of Chicago’s nightlife still beat in this part of the city, and some would even argue that it’s less commercial in this area, so the local businesses are more authentic and enjoyable. Whether you find this to be true or not, a weekend in Chicago is always interesting.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Chicago has been experiencing an increase in violent crime recently, and I wouldn’t go as far to call it an epidemic like some people are, but it definitely has an effect on students and their apartment searches. I’m getting more questions than ever regarding safety, like which neighborhoods are dangerous, and if there are any apartment buildings that have had problems with crime. I don’t like drawing negative attention to certain areas, especially considering that entire neighborhoods shouldn’t be unfairly branded as unsafe, but there may be certain streets or sections of neighborhoods that I may tell students to avoid. I’d definitely recommend doing research and spending time in a community before you decide to move in.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Sullivan has a massive online presence throughout the country and in other parts of the world, but even without factoring in the web-enrolled students, it still has the largest student body out of any private school in Kentucky. Last I checked there were five or six thousand students here, which doesn’t sound like a lot compared to other massive institutions in the city like UK or LU, but for a private school it’s a fair amount. Its main campus in Louisville is somewhat urban, but somewhat suburban at the same time. The city is accessible, but isn’t right in your face everywhere you go, which is nice. However, some students choose to live closer to Louisville’s downtown, but it’s up to you whether you choose to do that or not.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Sullivan holds the distinction of being the very first private school to be deemed deserving of SACS approval, which is an association created by the US Dept of Education. The school’s excellence spreads across its three campuses in Louisville, Fort Knox, and Lexington. There are many degrees you can pursue here, but like every school, Sullivan has its specialties. The main one that I always hear about is their culinary program, so any aspiring chefs should look into those classes. It also has a great HR program, and reputable management degrees. They also have a unique system that offers degrees in shorter time frames than normal schools, so be sure to look into that as well if you’re interested in the school.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Sullivan holds the distinction of being the very first private school to be deemed deserving of SACS approval, which is an association created by the US Dept of Education. The school’s excellence spreads across its three campuses in Louisville, Fort Knox, and Lexington. There are many degrees you can pursue here, but like every school, Sullivan has its specialties. The main one that I always hear about is their culinary program, so any aspiring chefs should look into those classes. It also has a great HR program, and reputable management degrees. They also have a unique system that offers degrees in shorter time frames than normal schools, so be sure to look into that as well if you’re interested in the school.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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KVCC is in an extremely rural area, with only six thousand people living in 55 square miles. But this is pretty typical in Maine, and a lot of students come from even less populated areas around the state. For any out of state students, the lack of diversity can be alarming. Nearly the entire town is White, with small populations of Native American, Asian, and Black residents. This is a very family-oriented area, as seven out of every ten Fairfield households have families in them. So if you arrive expecting a college town with a lot of students, this won’t meet your expectations.

 
Weather

Weather

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Fairfield is in central Maine, but is close to the western part of the state where the winters are notoriously brutal. You’ll see the snow accumulate to your height (though not all at once, of course), and when the winter’s finally over you’ll be sick of driving, being inside, and possibly the color white. But a nice spring here can be lovely, the summers are what made the area known as “Vacationland,” and the autumns are my personal favorite time of year. It just seems like winter is longer than all three combined sometimes, but if you’re from the area you’re probably used to the snow and cold by now.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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With no major roads like an interstate in Bloomington, traffic can get hairy sometimes. A lot of students don’t want to worry about dealing with that, or just want to commute cheaper, so they ride public transportation. Bloomington Transit is the largest provider in the area, and there are more niche services like the IU bus, a shuttle for the airport, and a car service for rides to Amtrak. Ivy Tech students ride Rural Transit, which runs through three counties and aims towards helping the school and its students with their commute. Regardless of where your point A and B are, there’s probably a local bus you can take to get there.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The knock against community colleges having nothing to offer its students just isn’t accurate at all in Bloomington. Ivy Tech has a ton of great student clubs and orgs you can join, with new ones opening up every semester. You can even start your own if there’s an interest you have; odds are you’ll find someone who likes that subject, too. Bloomington has so many things to do thanks to all the schools and students here, from Ivy Tech to Indiana University to Jacobs. There are so many local venues for the kids, and plenty of awesome city events, like the traditional Little 500 race, for example.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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The food in Columbia is regarded as terrific, but if you go sniffing across the river you’re sure to find some gems where you wouldn’t normally look. MTC is a bit removed from West Columbia as its past I-26, but it’s just a quick drive to some of the best restaurants in the city. Any palette can be satisfied and any craving quenched with the variety of eateries here. I wouldn’t consider this region the most diverse, but there are still a lot of different types of ethnic culinary experiences you can have in West Columbia and Columbia.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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MTC’s location in West Columbia doesn’t provide a much cheaper price tag than rental real estate in Columbia. Both areas cost around $750 a month on average--pretty cheap if you ask me. The average apartment has another bedroom so you share the rent with someone else and only pay in the $300-400 range. Neighboring Cayce has prices that are slightly cheaper, so make sure you include that area in your search. These three communities are primarily where MTC students live and commute from.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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TCTC students can head up the Anderson Highway and arrive at one of the best party schools in the south, Clemson University. Their sporting events draw crowds from all over the region, including TCTC students. And most of them stay after the game for the festivities that surely follow every weekend. TCTC can offer a certain student life, but it’s not one that includes parties like Clemson’s. Instead of lamenting how there isn’t a lot to do on campus on the weekends, just hop in a friend’s car or ride public transportation to get to Clemson and all of its activities.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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I don’t blame students for prioritizing crime higher than other aspects of an apartment search, but in Pendleton they don’t really need to be too worried about it. The town just has a few thousand people; there are single neighborhoods in cities with double the population. It’s a tiny town where crime is rare. There’s the occasional shoplifting, vandalism, and other minor crimes, but you’ll hardly see any serious criminal acts here. When you’re looking for an apartment in Pendleton, you should put location, cost, and basically every other factor over crime, because it’s a non-issue.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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OHSU’s class buildings overlook the Marquam Hill Upper tram, which is without a doubt the most popular public transportation for students. Buses 8 and 44 circulate the area too, and though they’re not as prevalent as the tram, they cover a wider area and are more convenient for some commuters. The campus is in a fairly residential area with a lot of rentals in the surrounding neighborhoods, so if you could walk or bike to class you would significantly cut down on transportation costs.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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OHSU’s large medical campus isn’t just renowned for its size, but also because it’s a mile outside of downtown Portland. Students need only to hop on public transit or pile into a friend’s car and off they go, ready to conquer an area that’s dubbed by many as one of the hippest downtowns for young people in the country. The local music venues have gained new levels of popularity, and as blasphemous as this may sound, the city is now comparable to Seattle in this department. The nightlife has developed a certain character, one that young adults and students especially warm up to easily.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Saint Xavier has a great working relationship with Chicago, which has led to the school developing their campus out into the city and tapping into local resources. Students can use the school’s advisors and alumni to make the transition from school to Chicago’s job market. If you’re looking for the leaping point into your career, there aren’t many better options than this. But to even have that opportunity the academics have to be right, and at Saint Xavier that’s nothing to worry about. With a small student population (only 3,000 undergrads) and a talented group of faculty, the school is perfect for what the location offers.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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SXU is just out of the reach of a few of Chicago’s rail stations. The Oak Lawn station is two and a half mile away, and the Beverly Hills stops are three miles away, as is the Ashburn stop to the north. Students could organize a park and ride situation if they can find a place to keep their car, or they could take the bus to the train stations and back, but they will most likely not be using them in their commute. But the PACE and CTA buses are great, and of course if you can walk or get a ride from a friend these are the easiest ways to get to class.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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UM College Park is represented by just about every form of public transportation you could ask for. It has a station for service on the MARC train, a stop on the Washington DC subway system, and bus service to areas that are both right around the block and scattered throughout the Baltimore/DC area. And I’ve noticed recently that there are bike racks everywhere--in front of class buildings, residence halls, public transit stations, and all over campus. It’s nice to see the school do this, because when the weather’s nice there isn’t a cheaper or more enjoyable way of commuting than bicycling.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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It only makes sense that in a place like College Park, which becomes flooded with students every August, there are a lot of vacant apartments that may not be in the best shape but make up for it with their affordability. And the neighboring areas throw their hats into the housing ring too, offering apartments of their own and competing with College Park for leases. I can’t justify giving you the name of one individual town or city and telling you that you’ll find the best deal there, because the local areas are all pretty comparable with their pricing and you’ll be able to find steals anywhere you look if you’re patient enough. I’ll simply say that there are housing options for any type of budget, whether you’re roughing it at a couple hundred a month or splurging with a generous budget.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Route 209 is the gateway to UCC after it branches off Interstate 87 to the north and before it merges with 55 to the south. But once you’re aware of the local grid and know where certain back roads lead to, you probably won’t take 209 much unless you’re commuting from afar or if the snowy weather has made driving on local roads impossible. Otherwise though, you’ll be expertly cutting some corners and speeding (legally, of course) down the country roads as foliage blurs around you and your commute is cut in half.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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UCC is twenty minutes away from Woodstock, which the iconic music fest was named after, but it didn’t really take place there. However, it’s still a place renowned as a strong community for artists and musicians, and has annual music festivals and weekly shows for all types of performances. If you’re a student interested in art, Woodstock is a perfect destination for you during your spare time. Elsewhere, there are plenty of natural space for activities in the area and the usual college hangouts in places like Poughkeepsie and Kingston.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Holyoke has joined neighboring Springfield on lists that towns aren’t proud of: most dangerous places in the United States. For example, on Neighborhood Scout’s list of the worst 100, Holyoke is #85 and Springfield is #77. Students should understand that escaping the city, if they go to school in Springfield, doesn’t always mean that the neighborhoods will be much safer. In fact, a lot of communities in Springfield, especially on the eastern side, are safer than in Holyoke. But some students don’t really care about crime stats much, and are focused instead on rent prices, or being close to school. It’s up to you, but if you’re worried about safety than be cautious of where you rent here.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Though the famous Mount Holyoke College is located in nearby South Hadley and not Holyoke, there are still a lot of college students in the area. With MHC, HCC, and all the schools in Springfield, students need a place to live off-campus, and Holyoke has the housing to accommodate them. It’s a suburb that provides some much needed separation from the urban maze of Springfield and the buzzing campus over at MHC. As a result, you could easily be in a neighborhood with students from all over the area, not just from the community college.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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One of Cabrillo’s perks that puts it ahead of other Cali community colleges is its access to Santa Cruz. There aren’t many better places for young people to live than there, with all the hipster culture, parties, beaches and just overall location on the water. The nightlife is about as varied as you can ask for. Want to see an author speak at a local book store? Sure. Want to have a bonfire at the beach, and then walk the boardwalk? You can do that. And if you feel like dancing at a club or party, there are plenty of places where that can be arranged. There aren’t a lot of activities on campus, but Santa Cruz is a whole different story.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Major universities and colleges in the area don’t always have the most diversity in their learning environments. But at Cabrillo it seems like all ages, races, and lifestyles are represented. Of course, there are the typical young hipster groups you see all over Santa Cruz, and the older adults who imitate them. But there are also artistic types, jocks, hicks, and an eclectic mix of other interesting people who don’t necessarily fit a label. Caucasians are the majority, but just from walking around campus you’ll see that there are plenty of other races and ethnic groups here.

 
Weather

Weather

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Instead of snowstorms that colder regions of the country deal with, in Birmingham we have rain storms and thunderstorms. I’m sure most of us would take some rain and lightning over cold gusts and feet of snow, but it’s not always that simple. The storms can get pretty severe, and can even occasionally bring tornadoes, as you saw a few years back when we were hit hard by the EF4. But these storms are pretty rare, and most of the time the fall, winter, and spring are enjoyable seasons. It’s just the summer that’s the real killer, with sweltering heat that makes you want to run and hide in your air conditioned sanctum. If you’re from the South then you know what I mean, and if not, you’re about to find out.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The public transportation in the Birmingham area is remarkable, but not in a good way. It’s disappointing how few options there are for students who want to commute without a vehicle of their own. Carpooling is always a viable option, but as for public transit provided by the state or private entities, you won’t find much in Birmingham, let alone outside of the city in Hanceville. If you’re a student commuting to school in the area, then it’s simply expected that you will use a vehicle of your own, or a friend’s, to get to class.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Many community colleges don’t have dining options of any sort, forcing students to go off on their own in the area looking for somewhere to feed themselves. But at Terra State, the Grand Cafe does a great job at keeping students fed and fueled for class. They serve all three meals, and the school offers a dining plan for students every semester to make dining there quick and easy. This is the de facto place to eat on campus, and is a great place for students to meet new faces and hang out with friends.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The Ohio Turnpike and Route 20 run parallel to each other near Fremont. Commuters will become quickly acquainted with their exits, speed limits, and unfortunately, their traffic. It can be frustrating to ride these roads around five or six PM, and it’s irritating enough to convince students that they should stay local to Fremont instead of branching out to neighboring communities. The commute is more manageable that way, and really, the difference in apartment costs or apartment space is rarely enough to justify having to take the highways every day.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The rental market in these parts isn’t as plentiful as you would hope, but there are more than enough apartments to house every student who moves off campus every year looking for a place of their own. The problem is, the apartment for you may not be in Ashland. Nearby Medford has a lot more apartments to offer, and what you lose with convenience and distance you gain in variety. The prices in the two areas are comparable, with Medford finishing a hundred or so dollars more expensive on average. But overall, the longer commute and the ability to be selective are the difference makers, not the apartment costs.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The most alluring thought of going to school on the west coast is just that: the coast. SOU is pretty far from the ocean, though, so it’s not exactly feasible to make the trip out there often. Students could probably make a couple trips a month, or maybe once a week if they’re dedicated. And I wouldn’t really fault them if they were--the drive out there is spectacular, as Route 199 weaves past the Siskiyou and Klamath National Forests and through the Jedidiah Smith Redwood State Park. And when you exit the woods you’ll be on the beautiful northern coast of California, with the Pacific Ocean laid out in front of you. Some students find things to do locally, but those who make this trip are never disappointed.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Willimantic and Windham as a whole is an area I’d recommend to families because of its safety and friendliness. And I’ll tell you, college students seem to have a much higher tolerance for bad parts of town than families do, so it’s a no brainer that I’d suggest living here to them, too. Willimantic is a place where you’d want to stay after college and raise your kids in. In fact, many grads get a job nearby, in Hartford for example, and then stay in the same neighborhood. You’d probably want to transition from an apartment to a house, but who knows, it’s not uncommon in these times for families to live in rentals.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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CT Transit doesn’t offer a whole fleet of buses in Willimantic like it does in larger cities like Hartford, but students quickly become familiar with their #18 route. The most popular stop on eighteen is the city I just mentioned: good old Hartford. Students take the bus there for their internships, weekend activities, jobs, to visit friends, you name it. Some even live in the city or outside of it, and the bus weaves through the core of their neighborhood. If you live on campus or close by, you won’t have to worry about public or personal transportation--everything is very walkable and close-knit.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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There’s not much to report on traffic in Big Rapids. The city’s so small, both in terms of area size and population, that you’ll never have to worry about getting stuck in rush hour jams or anything like that. There’s a highway in town, but the majority of the streets are just normal city roads, with plenty of shortcuts and side streets you can take to get around. Any difficulty you’ll experience driving here will be because you don’t know your way around, not because of traffic or long commutes. But once you’re familiar with all the local roads and where each one will take you, your driving will become simple and efficient.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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There may not be a lot to do around Big Rapids, which oftentimes feels too small and rural to actually be considered a city. But if you don’t think there isn’t a lot to do in the region then you clearly haven’t left campus enough. The Manistee National Forest, which has to be one of the best parks in Michigan, is a mere five minutes outside of the city. The Cadillac State Forest is also a fun spot that’s not too far. If you’re the type that would rather stay put, or if you don’t have a vehicle to get out and explore in, don’t get me wrong; there’s still a lot you can do to occupy your time on the FSU campus.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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I can personally vouch for Davenport’s professionalism and how well they prepare their students for the world beyond Grand Rapids. I can’t even count how many friends and family members have put their four years in here and then seamlessly transitioned to a full time position in their career. Nowadays it’s just as important to look at how the school can prepare you for the job market after you graduate as it is to look at how good the academics are before then. Even if you have the latter, it doesn’t always equal the former. Luckily you can have both at Davenport, a school where you’re in good hands before and after you leave.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The costs of living in Grand Rapids and Wyoming are relatively similar; it’s around $875 per month for the average apartment there, usually split between two or three people. This price is pretty typical around the area, but just to the south in Kentwood the cost of the average apartment is about a hundred less per month. Conveniently, Davenport’s campus is closer to Kentwood than any other part of the Grand Rapids. So if you’re asking for my opinion on the neighborhood with the best value, I’d say that Kentwood is as good of a place to rent as any.

 
Weather

Weather

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The University of North Texas’s campus and Denton are located at the bottom of the infamous “Tornado Alley,” which runs through the Midwest and into part of Texas. However, tornadoes rarely hit Denton in full form. Heavy thunderstorms and flooding, on the other hand, are very common here, especially in the spring. Starting in June, the temperatures reach an average high of 90 degrees, and stay that high until September, when they drop to 85 degrees. The peak is July, the hottest month of the year with an average high of 94 degrees. The winters are mild, and are usually in the 40s and 50s, with lows dropping into the 30s or 20s on colder days.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Denton is one of two colleges in Denton, with Texas Woman’s University being the other. Both schools are on the larger side: TWU has almost 14,000 enrolled students and UNT has nearly 36,000 students, making it one of the largest colleges in Texas. Even though there are just two schools here, their combined enrollment (50,000) is almost half of Denton’s population of 113,383. This makes Denton a bona fide college city, as you will undoubtedly meet a lot of students in the area, especially if you’re a UNT student looking around Denton for off campus housing.

 
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Public Transportation

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St. Thomas runs a shuttle for students three times during the week to nearby museums, grocery stores, parks, etc., but this isn’t a mode of transportation you can use to commute to and from an off-campus apartment. If you want to use public transit in your everyday commute you will have to rely on Houston’s city buses, which run late into the night but aren’t always the safest option. There is a light rail that runs to downtown, but this is a couple miles from St. Thomas. The best option for off-campus students here is to buy a car.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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As the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest in the country, Houston arguably offers more culture than any other Southern city. St. Thomas students are lucky enough to be a ten minute drive and 15 minute bus ride away from downtown. Here there both swanky bars and dive bars, a park for jogging and a recreation and a park for the city’s professional Astros baseball team, and venues for Shakespearean theater as well as venues for hardcore metal rock concerts. It doesn’t matter where you seek your thrills on the weekends, downtown Houston will have a spot for you.

 
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Local Events

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Durham, North Carolina is home to many festive events throughout the year, including numerous events year-round hosted by Duke University and its Blue Devils athletic teams, NCCU and its Eagles athletics teams. Many festivals are held year-round in Durham, in part due to the good weather. The American Dance Festival is a six-week-long summer festival highlighting modern dance and choreographers. Every spring, for four days, filmmakers and enthusiasts worldwide gather in Durham to celebrate the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Winter is the time for the Hayti Heritage Film Festival, Gothic Film Festival, and Annual Art Guild Art Show. Every June, Durham celebrates the Herb Festival, and every October, the World Beer Festival. Every month, there are plenty of events to attend to, from the lesser known silent auctions and historic tours, to the Holiday Fun Fest and Tree Lighting Ceremony in December.

 
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Weather

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There are few negative things to say about the climate in Durham. Winters are mild, with temperatures hanging around the high 40s and 50s during the day. Summers can get oppressively humid, as temperatures reach into the 80s and 90s, but overall, the weather is beautiful. Thunderstorms are somewhat common in the summer months, with August being the rainiest of all. Snowfall is somewhat rare; a light snow may fall a couple times over the course of the winter, but it always melts quickly.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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About 230,000 people call Durham home. Of this population, about 52% are female, and 48% are male. About 38% of the population is White alone, while about 5% are White Hispanic. A little over 41% of the population is Black or Black Hispanic. About 5% of the population is Asian. More than 86% of residents over the age of 25 have graduated high school, while nearly 50% have a Bachelor’s degree. Nearly a quarter of the population is under the age of 18. At Duke, the nearly 6,500 undergrads all come from impressive academic backgrounds, as nearly 90% of students from the class of 2015 were in the top 10% of their class. The student body is nearly 47% non-Hispanic White, 21% Asian American, 10% African American, 6% Hispanic American, and about 16% Unknown or International.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Despite the concerning crime reports for the city of Durham, the campus where Duke is located is considered much safer by students. Most DU students feel that the campus is well-lit, that campus security has a presence, and that the biggest threat to safety comes from venturing off-campus. The vast majority of crimes on campus are liquor law violations, burglaries, and drug law violations. As a whole, Durham is rated just 6 out of 100 in terms of safety by NeighborhoodScout, which is extremely poor. However, several safer neighborhoods, like Huckleberry Spring and West Cornwallis Road areas, are right near campus. Leaving campus doesn’t have to be dangerous, but all students agree: don’t go anywhere alone.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Within a mile of Howard University there are three subway stops: Columbia Heights, U Street, and Shaw. All three of these stations provide access to both the city’s Green and Yellow lines. Howard’s students clearly embrace public transportation: only 15% of them have a car with them on campus. When you factor the handful of buses that swing by the campus, there really are a lot of public transit options for Howard students. And this is all without mentioning the 85 (or “very walkable”) score the campus received on Walk Score, which shows that a lot of students travel by foot.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The student body at Howard, a historically black college, is mostly African-American, but there is also a large Hispanic population. American Indian, Caucasian, and Asian students also make up small slices of the student body as well. The majority of the student body is female (70%), and 30% are male. Almost the entire population (97%) is out-of-state, and the most popular major is journalism. Students here live in an urban setting with a diverse population, which is one of the reasons why Howard is one of the best schools in the region.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Ithaca is a city heavily influenced by a collegiate presence, so it has a culture that is hipper and thrives more than a normal American city its size. There are museums for the arts and sciences, professional theaters, movie theaters, festivals, and plenty of parties thrown at off-campus college housing and on campuses too. Nights on the town will help you meet other college students from Cornell, Ithaca College, and Tompkins.

 
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Apartment Costs

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With Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College located within or near the city’s boundaries, there are plenty of local housing complexes that are purposed for students living off-campus. Your housing search will depend entirely on your budget: Ithaca has two bedroom apartments as cheap as $750 a month and as expensive as $1,600 a month. This wide range is perfect for students who either want to live by themselves or split the bill with a roommate or two. Also, because there are so many schools in the area, you will undoubtedly have neighbors that are students as well, and hopefully you will be able to make friends with the other tenants.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Women outnumber men in Millikin’s student body by a 60% to 40% split. The vast majority of students are Caucasian, but there are also pockets of minority students and student organizations to support them. Overall, the school is very small with just over 2,000 undergrad students and under 100 grad students. 64% of students live on-campus, and 36% live in off-campus housing. There are around a hundred student organizations (which is a lot for a smaller school), and one out of every five guys and girls join a Greek organization.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Millikin, on the western edge of downtown Decatur, is ranked in the top 10 on the list of the city’s neighborhoods with the lowest crime rates. And the communities that surround it to the west like West Main Street, West Pershing Road, and Elwin are also in the top 10. The neighborhoods directly to the east of Millikin (north of Near Westside) are usually the ones with the highest crime. The communities close to Downtown typically have higher crime, and if you don’t mind a slightly longer commute, outer neighborhoods like Elwin and North Martin Luther King Jr Dr (near Cresthaven Park) are safer.

 
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Restaurants

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Most college campuses have the usual quick-serve chains, like Subway or Starbucks, along with smaller pizza joints and cafés. But at Gannon, within footsteps of the campus and University Square, are a plethora of delicious restaurant options. Bertrand’s Bistro, El Toro Loco, Under the Clock, 1201 Kitchen... with all of these eateries within walking distance, students will always be tempted to skip cafeterias and quick-serve spots in favor a night out. But if you’re just looking for a pizza, Stevo’s and Papa Joe’s are sure fire bets.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Gannon University is located right next to Lake Erie, and on the warmer days early in the fall semester and late in the spring semester students will head out to the lake to sunbathe, jog, etc. Gannon is located in Erie, which is actually a pretty large city (over 100,000 people). However, some students drive to larger nearby cities on the weekend. Buffalo and Cleveland, despite being in two different states (Ohio and New York) are closer to Erie than Pittsburgh. But there are plenty of fun activities, culture, and on-campus events in Erie, and most students usually find things to do right in town or on the lake.

 
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Apartment Costs

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Shaw University is definitely part of Raleigh’s urban center (it’s just a few blocks south of Downtown), so when most students look for off-campus housing they begin their search near the campus. Unfortunately, prices in Downtown Raleigh are more expensive than the average college student would want to spend on a rental. If you’re looking for anything bigger than a one bedroom, you will almost definitely be paying $1,000 or more per month. Some students have found studio and one bedroom apartments for under a grand, however. The further you move from Downtown the cheaper the prices will be, but the commute will be longer.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Shaw University, and the city of Raleigh, are circled by Interstates 40 and 440. The university’s campus is located just three blocks from Downtown, which makes walking a popular mode of transportation. In fact, Walk Score gave the campus a “very walkable” score. As for other options: the city’s R-Line (the free downtown circulator bus) stops by Shaw’s campus, as does Buses 13 and 22. The city’s Amtrak station is also seven or eight blocks away if you need to travel out of town or commute via train. Interstate 70, another major road, also slices through the center of the city.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Brandeis University and Bentley University, located in Waltham, both have very low crime rates. However, Brandeis has a slightly safer campus. In a list of the Waltham neighborhoods with the lowest annual crime, Brandeis’ campus ranks fifth lowest, and Bentley is eighth lowest. For students who are concerned about crime and safety when looking for off-campus pads, you should look towards the Beaver Brook Station neighborhood, as well as Kingston and Piety Corner.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The most convenient way for Brandeis students to commute to Boston is via the school’s stop on the city’s commuter rail system. It’s just a short ride to the city, and no driving is required. However, for students who are commuting to school or to Boston, Route 128 runs to the west of campus, and if you follow it for less than a mile you have access to Interstates 90 and 95 as well. These major roads can be very backed up during rush hour (which off-campus students should take into account when planning their schedule), but overall they’re convenient for students who want to live off-campus but don’t want a tough commute.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Saint John’s may not be the best place for students to party (even students are of age aren’t allowed to have alcohol on campus), but finding nightlife isn’t an issue in the least. Students have unlimited access to New York City through public transit or their own vehicles. Manhattan is just 12 miles away, and Brooklyn is even closer (just 8 miles). Students find themselves adventuring all over the city in search of concerts, comedy shows, theaters, parties, clubs, bars, and restaurants. More often than not they find what they’re looking for--there’s no better place for a young adult to be than New York City.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Saint John’s students’ reliance on public transportation is best highlighted by the fact that only 30% of students have a car with them on-campus. This is well below the usual percentage, but brings up a good point: with so many public transportation options around the campus, why would students need a car? The “F” line on NYC’s subway system is within walking distance, and the “E” line is a short bus ride away (on the Q46 bus, which stops on the northern tip of the campus). New York City has one of the best transportation systems in the world. Saint John’s are connected to all other parts of the city; all they have to do is hop on a bus or the subway.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Emmanuel students don’t have the benefit of going to a “party school,” but in a large college city like Boston this doesn’t matter much. Most of the events they go to on the weekends are thrown by social organizations at other schools like Boston University, Northeastern University, and MIT. However, there are also small parties thrown at student apartments in neighborhoods like Mission Hill and Allston. If parties aren’t your thing, Boston is one of the major hubs of culture on the East Coast, with plenty of top-tier museums, theaters, music venues, and sports events.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Emmanuel College’s campus is located near the MBTA’s Fenway stop on the D (subway) line and the Longwood Medical Area and Brigham Circle stops on the E line. Both of these lines are subsections of the larger Green Line which is by far the largest, busiest, and most notorious (for its problems) in Boston. Students often live along the Green Line in other parts of the city like Allston, Mission Hill, and the Kenmore area. Because these neighborhoods have so many students, there are plenty of cheap housing opportunities and public transportation coverage.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Students at SCU should be thankful that they have more culinary options than students at other schools. The campus is close to downtown Santa Clara and Koreatown, which has some of the best Asian food in the San Jose metropolitan area. Also, downtown San Jose is just 3 miles away; a short drive, or bus/train ride away. Because San Francisco is considered such a foodie mecca, San Jose is often overlooked, but everywhere you go, there are wonderful restaurants!

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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SCU’s campus is literally footsteps away from both the Santa Clara Caltrain Station and the University of Santa Clara station. There two places are a hub for buses and trains that can take you to nearby San Jose and beyond (even as far as Sacramento). San Francisco is a popular spot for students on the weekend, and on the train it’s just a 90 minute ride. Because of the campus’s connected access to public transportation, you can rent off-campus anywhere along the local train or bus lines, and you won’t even need a car to commute.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Boston’s neighborhoods all have commercial areas, and in Cambridge Harvard Square is one of them. If you want to live in the square or directly outside of it then it will be tough to find rentals that fit your budget and needs. However, if you travel a bit further outside of the square (but still within walking distance) around Cambridge and Somerville, there are pleasant residential areas that look like they belong in a Boston suburb. Cambridge is a huge college town with MIT, Harvard, and Lesley, so there is a ton of housing available (and you will most likely have college-aged neighbors). Just remember that if you want to live in a more commercial area like Harvard or Kendall Square it will be more expensive.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Lesley’s campus is squeezed in between the Harvard Square and Porter Square T stops, both of which are on Boston’s Red subway line. Depending on where you decide to live in off-campus, you will be closer to one of these two, or another of the Red line’s stops like Central or Davis Square. Either way, you can’t go wrong. The Red Line is generally the best subway service in Boston in terms of service, reliability, and coverage. From Lesley you are connected to Medford, Beacon Hill, Downtown Boston, South Boston, Quincy and nearly any area of Cambridge through the red line. The MBTA also runs buses in the area that you can take if your rental is near a stop.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Anderson University is well connected to a system of major roads. Routes 81, 29, 178, 81, 24, and further away, Interstate 85, bridge students from their off campus apartments to class buildings. The majority of Anderson students (78%) have cars with them when they’re on campus, making the university very car-centric. There aren’t many public transportation options available to students, so if you depend on commuting you need to get four wheels of your own (or two if you’re into cycling).

 
Weather

Weather

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Winters on Anderson’s campus are milder than in the Northeast or other pockets of the Midwest, but are still reasonably cold, with average temperatures in the 20s F. The summer, if you stay on campus or in a nearby rental when classes aren’t in session, is incredibly humid and hot, with temps consistently in the 80s and 90s on hotter days. But with the sticky humidity, the real feel could easily exceed 100 degrees. Fall and spring are somewhat in the middle of winter and summer, with temperatures in the 50s and 60s, although both seasons have unexpectedly have warmer and colder days.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Those wanting to live in Worcester fortunately have many options. Worcester has lower average rental costs than any of the neighboring towns, and due to the number of college students, there are plentiful multi-bedroom apartments and houses for rent. There are one-bedrooms to rent too, in one of the numerous complexes all around the city. Some of these one-bedrooms go for as little as $550/month with utilities included! Since QCC has no dorms, 75% of WSU students live off campus, and 50% of WPI students live off campus, you can expect tons of opportunities to split rent costs with roommates.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Worcester is a hotspot of bars and clubs. Students of QCC, Worcester State, and WPI are definitely in luck. There are many frat parties in town, too. Some of the most popular bars in town are Armsby Abbey, Club U, The Citizen, The Dive Bar, and Ralph’s. The MB Lounge is a popular gay bar, and Funky Murphy’s is the best Irish pub in town. Ritual is both a great steakhouse and bar, and the Loft, or Loft 266, with its DJs, trivia nights, Ladies’ Nights and more, is very popular with the college-aged crowd.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Brooklyn is home to a vast array of annual events. From the Brooklyn Book Festival to the Great GoogaMooga food festival, there is a celebration for everything under the sun. Bayfest is a big waterfront music festival, the New York Photo Festival, the BEAT Festival, and the BoCoCa Arts Festival are just a few of this city’s special celebrations.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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On the Brooklyn campus of NYU-Poly, the only crimes to occur in the past few years are
burglaries, two assaults, and numerous alcohol referrals. There were no hate crimes, sex offenses, murders, etc, on campus or in the residence halls. In the area of Brooklyn where Poly is located, the crime rate is not especially high. There are blocks near this University that are have slightly higher crime rates on paper, but in general, when Brooklyn comes to mind, the most dangerous area is agreed to be the East New York, as well as Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Brownsville.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Many annual festivals are held in Tuscaloosa. Aside from parades for just about every national holiday, there is the German Weindorf Festival, the Japanese Sakura Festival, the Kentuck Festival of Arts, the Moundville Native American Festival, and the Christmas Dickens Downtown celebration. In addition to these annual events, once a month, local art galleries showcase local artists. During football season, the Crimson Tide takes over, and it seems like all of Tuscaloosa shows up for tailgating, pep rallies, and the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, which seats over 100,000 fans.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Tuscaloosa is one of the biggest cities in Alabama, and as such, there’s plenty to do. As if events hosted by SSCC, Stillman College, or the University of Alabama weren’t enough, there are numerous performing arts theaters that often have shows, the bustling nightlife area of The Strip, the Temerson Square area in the Downtown District, tons of restaurants, and beautiful parks. The Crimson Tide football team’s games at the University of Alabama attract many attendees, but if you want a quieter night, there is a 3D IMAX theater in town, as well as several museums, including the Alabama Museum of Natural History, and two regional malls.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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More than 1,600 of the 3,000 students that attend LU live on-campus, and are shuttled from their apartments and dorm buildings to classes. The remainder, mostly upperclassmen, choose to rent apartments and townhouses nearby. Most rentals listed in Greenwood are for single-family homes, though there are some apartments available for as little as $550/month for a one-bedroom. Most students use Uloop to find housing.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Greenwood is a small city with a variety of restaurants. There are several popular pizza joints, like NY Pizza and Pasta, Mig’s Pizza Castle, and The Millhouse. For lunch, try Kickers, a busy little restaurant and a local favorite for its delicious soups. For a dining experience with a great view, try Harris Landing, where there is a Tiki Bar on the lake, and a beautiful view of Lake Greenwood. Danish’s Trattoria is known for its high quality Indian cuisine, Pascal’s is known for its pristine French cuisine, but if you want an authentic southern burger and sweet tea, you must visit the Dixie Drive In.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The public transit in NYC is one of the most comprehensive in the US. More than 50% of residents of NYC do not own a car, and in Manhattan, over 75% do not own a car. The Grand Central Terminal is one of the biggest and busiest train stations in the nation. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or MTA, provides public transit via subway, bus, and rail. Both the NY Port Authority and NJ Port Authority also operate public transit in and out of NYC. New Jersey Transit, Amtrak, the Tramway, Ferry, and numerous taxi systems, are just a few of the other transportation options that residents and commuters of NYC can utilize.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine has around 500 students enrolled. Touro College’s student body is 43% White, 32% Asian, 9% Hispanic, 7% Black, 1% Indian, and 1% Indonesian. About 55% of students are Female, and 45% are male. On average, students are about 24 years old.

 
Weather

Weather

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Raleigh is known for its beautiful climate. While summer months can be uncomfortably hot and humid, the majority of the year is sunny and mild. Only a few inches of snow fall in the winter, and generally all snow melts pretty quickly. There is just enough weather to enjoy separate seasons, but not so extreme as to discourage vacationers and and families.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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At WTCC, crime is incredibly rare. Little to no crime occurs on campus, and in the Banks/Mack Village area of Raleigh where WTCC is located, crime is also rare. However, the closer north toward Raleigh that you go, the level of crime increases. The areas with the highest crime rates are in central Raleigh. However, the crime rate in Raleigh still isn’t too bad for a city of its size, and in January 2013, Raleigh was rated the #1 most family-friendly city in the US.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Newport is famous for many of its festivals. The Newport Folk Festival has been around since 1959, growing with popularity each year, and in 2012, more than 10,000 people attended each day of the Festival. The Newport Jazz Festival is another enormous event, also attracting over 10,000 attendees. There is an annual Newport Winter Festival, now in its 25th year, the Schweppes Great Chowder Cook-Off, The Newport Kite Festival, The Black Ships Festival, The Harvest Fair and Harvest Festival, Oktoberfest, and Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Nearly 2,600 students attend SRU, of which more than 63% are female. About 70% of the student body identifies as White, while 4% are Hispanic/Latino, 2% are Black, 1% are Asian, 1% are international, and a whopping 22% are unknown/not reported. In Newport, there are about 25,000 residents. The population is 79% White, 8% Hispanic/Latino, 6% Black, 4% two or more races, 1% Asian, and 1% American Indian. More than 87% of those over 18 have a high school diploma.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Ames is normally about 40 minutes from Des Moines. Traffic is generally not an issue in Des Moines, or Ames either, so if a car is your main mode of transportation, have no fear! The majority of residents don't see traffic congestion as an issue.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are numerous places to eat at ISU. There are 4 residential dining centers, 3 on-campus restaurants, 9 campus cafes, 3 C-Stores, and numerous vending machines. Students love the quality of food, and the variety of options offered to them. Out in Ames, there are plenty of great restaurants too. The most popular restaurants include the Hickory Park Restaurant, The Cafe, Great Plains Sauce & Dough, and Chinese Home Style Cooking. People also adore Thai Kitchen, the West Street Deli, and Vesuvius Wood-Fired Pizza.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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As of December 2012, the unemployment rate in Huntington is about 7.1%. About 43% of households in Huntington make less than 25k a year, and more than 70% make less than 50k a year. The cost of living here is somewhat low, but jobs don’t pay that well. The biggest employers in town are Marshall University, St. Mary’s Hospital and Cabell-Huntington Hospital, Marathon Ashland Petroleum, and AK Steel. For those seeking employment in education and health services or manufacturing, there are more opportunities for you.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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In the past few years, aside from burglary/robbery/larceny, crime on campus is rare. There are a handful of forcible sex offenses that have occurred since 2010, as well as frequent drug and liquor law violations. Students here feel extremely safe on campus and are comforted by the presence of the campus police, which is great, because in Huntington, WV, the crime rate is high. In this city, there is a high rate of having your motor vehicle stolen (1 in every 362), numerous registered sex offenders (1 in every 361), and a high rate of property crime (1 in every 126). Marshall University is essentially a safe block, surrounded by more unsafe neighborhoods.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Every July, Bellingham holds the Festival of Music at the WWU Concert Hall. Also in July is the annual Independence Day Parade and then later, fireworks over the Bellingham Bay. August brings the Blues Festival, Chalk Art Festival, and Sand in the City sand sculpture contest, and September signifies the circus coming to town! Bellingham also has an annual Purim Festival, Antique Car Show, Stamp & Coin Show, and more.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Housing in Bellingham is fairly inexpensive. There are one-bedrooms available for less than $700/month, and two-bedrooms for less than $850. There are apartments that allow animals, apartments with public pools, and furnished apartment options. The prices nearby in the town of Ferndale are also fairly low, and an option for college students seeking affordable housing. Only about 30% of students live on campus, while the rest live locally and/or commute. Only about 20% of students have cars on campus.

 
Weather

Weather

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Castleton’s weather is fairly cold. In the winter, several feet of snow fall, and most days are in the teens. Summers see a few days above 80 degrees. July and August are the rainiest months, while February is the driest. In terms of sunshine, November is incredibly dreary, though the beauty of July and August makes up for it. The chance of natural disaster is very slim, and the only concerns locals may have regarding the weather is snowfall interrupting daily life. The air quality here is good.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Castleton is a very small rural town, with a few small stores, a post office, and the bank. There is not much to do in town, though Lake Bomoseen has a beach, marinas, and for those who enjoy water sports in the summer, or have a boat, Lake Bomoseen can be a lot of fun. There is also a local ranch where you can ride horses down trails. Castleton is a quaint little town, but thankfully the city of Rutland nearby provides more cultural options for locals, with its shopping mall, and annual Vermont State Fair.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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For a quieter night, check out the local tiki bar, Hala Kahiki, where you can enjoy a variety of cocktails. This Hawaiian-themed bar is drinks only, aside from a few small appetizers. Cue-Phoria is the local billiards joint, and for karaoke nights, head to Club Amore. Otherwise, you’ll have to head to one of the various dive bars in town, or make the trip east toward Chicago for more exciting nightlife. Most students suggest heading into Chicago for fun.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Students at Triton can use the Pace buses. There is a stop on campus, and students have a discount. In addition, there are two Metra stops in River Grove, one by the North Central Service route, and another by the Milwaukee District Route. These lines can take passengers to Chicago, as far north as Antioch, and as far west as Elgin. Overall, there are many ways to get around in River Grove.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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There are 4,200 students at SVA. Slightly more women than men attend SVA. About 60% of the student body is female, whereas 40% are male. The population here is somewhat diverse; about 41% of students are White, 22% are from different countries, 12% are Asian, 10% are Hispanic, 4% are American Indian, 3% are Black, and 8% are Unknown. More than ⅔ of students receive grant aid and loan aid to attend school at SVA.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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The SVA is on Manhattan’s East side, near Union Square. In this area, the variety of restaurants is plentiful. From the Max Brenner chocolate shop, to the Gotham Bar and Grill, Union Square is teeming with great eateries. Grab a coffee at Paradis To-Go, stop for brunch at the Union Square Cafe, and grab a snack at Patty’s Taco Truck in the afternoon. For a delicious Cambodian dinner, try Num Pang, or if you’re in the mood for Japanese cuisine, hit up Bamboo Tori. Students at SVA can purchase food on the school’s food plan from Moe’s Cafe, Hidden City Cafe, and the Gramercy Star Cafe.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Between full- and part-time students, undergraduate and graduate, there are over 44,000 that attend NYU. About 40% of students are White, 16% are from out of the country, 15% are Asian, 7% are Hispanic, 5% are Black, and another 15% are Unknown. Slightly more women than men attend, in about a 60/40 ratio. In recent years, NYU has taken steps to try and address the diversity issue, and encourage more African American applicants, specifically.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Students feel very safe at NYU. The campus security is very present, as well as helpful and friendly. Despite this, NYU is not crime-free; there are several forcible sex offenses each year on campus, as well as a hundred or so burglaries each year. There are very rarely any arrests on campus, though there are plenty of disciplinary alcohol referrals. In addition, there are a handful of bias-related incidents each year.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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FIT is right near Chelsea, where there are a variety of restaurants to choose from. The HIT Korean Food & Deli is a lesser known restaurant where you can get a great lunch deal. Sergimmo Salumeria has delicious Italian food, and everybody loves Halal Food Carts for great ethnic food. Le Bernardin is a favorite for a quiet romantic dinner, but if you want some fast pizza, try Merilu Pizza Al Metro. The FIT Dining Hall, Express, and Starbucks on campus are not quite what the students are looking for, and most report that the options are limited and the prices are too high.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Near Chelsea, there are many apartments. In this neighborhood, prices are very expensive. Studios start at about $1700/month. The Garment District has studios that are similarly priced, though there are some around $1600/month, as well. Midtown has slightly more reasonable prices, with studios available that are around $1200/month. With nearly ¾ of students living off campus, many opt to commute from out of the city to save money.

 
Weather

Weather

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New York City isn’t exactly known for its climate; winters are cold and gray, and summers are very hot and humid. Hurricanes can occasionally reach up to NYC, though New Yorkers more likely have to be aware of snowstorms. Flooding is becoming more and more of a concern as the sea level slowly creeps up, and more frequent storms causing storm surges.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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New York City is home to many annual festivals and street fairs. Every month, there are annual events, from the Lunar New Year in January, to New Year’s Eve in Times Square, New York City is full of events. The Westminster Dog Show is a nationally televised event, but if you want to be right amid the action, attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Pride Week Parade, Puerto Rican Parade, Halloween Parade, and so many more. There is a festival for everything you can think of, including Chocolate, Anime, Trains, Dragon Boats, Cherry Blossoms, Food, and Antiques!

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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The economy in Fort Worth is doing well. Lockheed Martin, the city’s biggest employer after American Airlines closed its maintenance base, has over 13,500 employees. There are 11,400 employees at the Naval Air Station Base, and 10,100 employees in the school district. Millions of tourists visit Fort Worth each year which contribute to the success of the economy. The cost of living here is low, and the unemployment rate here is about 5.9% as of January 2013. TCU also has a Career Services office for those seeking employment while attending school,which has job listings on a database called FrogJobs.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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In Fort Worth, there are many fun things to do, like visit the zoo, rodeo, shooting range, and water gardens. There are museums and movie theaters, comedy clubs and jazz lounges, strip clubs and karaoke bars, art galleries, and tons of retail stores and restaurants in the Sundance Square. You can always head down the rodeo and watch some bull riding, or explore the Log Cabin Village. The Bass Performance Hall is always putting on phenomenal shows, and for golf enthusiasts, there are courses galore.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Around 3,600 students attend LUM. The student body is 85% White, 5% Black, 3.5% Hispanic, and 3% Asian. More than 80% of all undergraduates live on campus. About 65% of juniors study abroad in one of sixteen available countries. Over 621,000 people live in Baltimore, Maryland. About 64% of residents are Black, 30% are White, 4% are Hispanic/Latino, and 2.5% are Asian. Only 23% of people living in Baltimore are married. There are more than 4,000 homeless people in Baltimore.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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The neighborhood around Loyola, there are many places to eat. Miss Shirley’s Cafe is a breakfast favorite, and the Evergreen Cafe, a popular hangout. For fast food and take out, students lovee Chow Mein Charlie, Denny Yum’s, Chicken Run, or S’Ghetti Eddie’s. On campus at Loyola University, the Boulder Garden has a grill, cafe, “Breakfast Nook,” deli, pizza place, bagel shop, and market. At the Andrew White Student Center, students can find a sushi shop, home-cooked meals, a Starbucks, and Red Mango froyo. The Newman location has a market, the Flannery Hall has a C-store, and the Sellinger Hall has a cafe. There is no one dining hall like most colleges have, and the price of food can seem expensive, having to use a retail account for all food purchases.

 
Weather

Weather

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The weather in Plattsburgh is typical of New England. It can get hot and humid in the summer, with temperatures into the low 80s, and dip as low as the 10s in the winter. Plattsburgh sees a lot of snow; often several feet of it over the course of the winter. Most days, even year-round, are cloudy, with the most overcast days falling in November, through the winter. June through September have the most clear days, though most days are partly cloudy. Natural disaster of any kind is rare here.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The central, and south-central areas of Plattsburgh have the highest crime rate. CCC is located in the southernmost part of Plattsburgh in a very safe neighborhood. On average, one sex crime occurs annually, a few thefts, and a handful of drug arrests. Otherwise, CCC is pretty crime-free. Plattsburgh is city with a crime rate 36% higher than the average in New York state, and an unusually high rate of theft. About 1 in every 295 residents is a registered sex offender, which is fairly high.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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At KSU, the student body is 60% women and 40% men. The vast majority of students here are White, at 16,000, followed by Black at 3,800, Hispanic with 1,500, and 940 Asians. A wide range of ages of students attend KSU, from 14-year-olds, to 81-year-olds, though the average age is 24. About 75% of undergraduates attend full-time. About 30,000 people live in Kennesaw, Georgia, of which 59% are White, 22% are Black, 11% are Hispanic, 5% are Asian, and 5% other. There are more women than men in this city, with only 89.7 men for every 100 women over 18. About 11% of the population is below the poverty line.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Kennesaw is a pretty affordable place to live. Since about 87% of students live off-campus, and nearly all of them have cars, they don’t have to live within walking distance. Many one-bedroom apartments are available for under $800/month, many two-bedrooms are less than $850/month, and plentiful three-bedrooms for less than $1000/month. Acworth and Marietta are nearby towns to Kennesaw that have slightly lower average rental rates.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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UHV is not known for its parties, and for students to get to bars and parties, they have to use a designated driver/go by car. In Victoria, the nightlife is somewhat limited to dive bars. The Pumphouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar is one of the more popular places in town, though they close at midnight. The nearest big city to UHV is Corpus Christi, about 1 hour and 35 minutes away.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Victoria Transit is a bus company providing service to around 23,000 residents each month. The Red/Blue/Green bus routes all stop within walking distance of UHV, though many students don’t utilize it. Most students are able to walk everywhere they need to go, or have their own cars.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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San Francisco has a huge number of festivals year-round. It is perhaps most well-known for having the biggest gay pride parade annually, though many of the festivals here draw huge crowds. There are many jazz events in SF and around SF, like the San Jose Jazz Festival, North Beach Jazz Festival, Fillmore St Jazz Festival, and San Francisco Blues Festival. Independence Day brings the Waterfront Festival, and Oktoberfest is a big deal here, too. Other events include the Chinese New Year, Pacific Orchid Expo, The Nihonmachi Street Fair, Dia de los Muertos, BarBot, Beer Week and Beer Festival, Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival, Wine and A Capella Festivals, and more.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The traffic situation in San Francisco can go either way. 280 usually isn’t bad, but 80 can be at times. Getting off the freeway and navigating the streets and congestion within the city can be frustrating, since the rush hour traffic is mainly a problem in Downtown and not on the freeways. 101 is often sluggish. Most people will admit that LA traffic is much worse than San Francisco in comparison.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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In December 2012, the unemployment rate in Norwalk was 10.8%. There are four employers in Norwalk that have over 1,000 employees: the school district, Metropolitan State Hospital, LA County Registrar, and Cerritos College. The cost of living in Norwalk is higher than average, at about 130 as opposed to the 100 national average. The most common industries for men in Norwalk is Construction, and for women, Health care, and Educational services. CC’s Career Services office offers counseling, job placement help, and other resources for students.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Norwalk is a city of over 100,000 people, so there are lots of things to do, like bowling, mini golf, and parks to visit, movie theaters. There are bars with karaoke and dancing, plenty of restaurants, and the Norwalk Indoor Swap Meet Mall. Norwalk is 20 minutes from Anaheim, 25 minutes from Long Beach, and about 25 minutes from Los Angeles. Anaheim has a huge mall, and Soak City USA is about 6 miles from Norwalk. There are lots of local places to hang out and enjoy the outdoors.

 

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