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Restaurants

Restaurants

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Go ahead, ask a PPU student what the best part about their campus’s location is, and a few are bound to mention the restaurants nearby. OK, maybe more than a few. Pittsburgh, and especially its downtown area, isn’t the most diverse place to live, but you wouldn’t know it from the restaurants near PPU. There are Cajun restaurants, Thai, Italian, Vietnamese, Mexican, Indian, Japanese... the list goes on. And there are so many to choose from, too. Students who live on-campus or nearby are blessed with the restaurant scene here, and students commuting from off-campus will definitely enjoy a lunch or dinner out as often as they can.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Point Park’s campus on Wood Street is a five minute walk from the Wood Street Station, which is one of the stops for the subway system that operates in and around downtown Pittsburgh. Students can board the blue and red lines there, and ideally ride them to their apartment, or close enough that they can walk or take a bus. As for buses near PPU, there are at least a dozen within walking distance, and they can transport you just as easily as the subway can. Most PPU students feel there’s no need to own a car--riding the subway, buses, or walking can get them to where they need to be most of the time.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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There are two main public transportation modes dedicated to helping SDCC students get around. The first is the bus system, which is closest with the numerous stops that dot the outside of the campus. This is many students’ go-to transportation for getting around the city. The City College light rail trolley stop is a five minute walk from campus, and has two trolley lines (Downtown and Lemon Grove) that run through it. This is a surprisingly extensive transit system, as it runs from San Ysidro on the Mexican border to Santee north of San Diego.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Sure, SDCC’s campus is smaller than USD’s or SDSU’s, but it makes up for it with its superb location. Why settle for a traditional college campus when you can have Balboa Park in your backyard instead? That’s right, SDCC is located on Park Boulevard, and is a five minute walk from Balboa. The most famous park in the city have over a thousand acres of recreational space, the best zoo in the country, museums, theaters, and plenty of space for students to hang out with friends. Even better, downtown San Diego is a ten minute walk from campus, and showcases all the nightlife and culture the city has to offer.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Moving out into your own apartment doesn’t mean that students have to abandon the campus and ship off to a faraway neighborhood in Washington. CUA’s neighborhood is a nice place to live, and students usually try to stay close by in communities like University Heights, Edgewood, Woodridge, and North Michigan Park, to name a few places. This way, they’ll be able to walk or drive just a couple miles to class. The Brookland-CUA Metro station is also right on-campus, and functions as a stop on the subway’s red line.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Like Howard, Gallaudet, and De Le Salle, CUA’s campus is on the outskirts of Washington DC. And like these other schools, the communities around CUA are safer than those you would find closer to the city. East and South Washington have a reputation for their crime--downtown did too, but has cleaned itself up in recent years. But as you go north you’ll find yourself in much safer neighborhoods. In fact, CUA’s campus, which is combined with the campuses of Holy Redeemer College and St. Paul’s, has one of the lowest crime rates out of any university in the area.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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SBCC overlooks the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Barbara Bay, actually, as well as several miles of sandy beaches on its coastline. Can you say beach party? As long as the weather cooperates, you can always find bonfire parties or late-night swimming on the coast at the city’s best beaches, like Leadbetter. Santa Barbara’s downtown district is also walkable from SBCC’s campus, and has lounges, nightclubs, bars, and great restaurants. What more could a student ask for?

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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SBCC stays connected to Santa Barbara with nine bus stops on and around campus, all spread out for seven different bus routes. Buses aren’t always needed to go downtown, however, because it’s just a ten to fifteen minute walk. Conveniently, the city’s Amtrak station is an eight minute walk from campus. Most students just use it when they’re traveling out of town on school breaks and at the beginning and ends of the semester. But it’s feasible to use it in your everyday commute if you have patience.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Dallas’s Arts District, with its museums, theaters, and music venues, South Dallas with its famous Cotton Bowl stadium, and downtown Dallas with shops, restaurants, and bars are all sprawled in front of ECC, ready to be invaded and consumed by students. Your cultural intake is about to drastically expand when you enroll here, with every city event and happening transpiring in front of you. Living in this downtown area is expensive, but to be so close to the school and the pulse of the city it’s, in my opinion, priceless.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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From El Centro’s downtown college, students can see the West End station, located a block from ECC and responsible for running the blue, orange, red, and green rail lines. They can also walk to five bus stops within a few blocks, each of them running different routes. The historic Union Station is a four minute walk, and students can catch DART and Amtrak trains here. The city’s public transportation can take you right to ECC’s doorstep if you want it to. And when you factor in how walkable the neighborhood is, it’s very easy to get around without a car.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Renting in Madison will cost you slightly more than if you found an apartment in a nearby area. It’s one of the only areas in the region where the average monthly cost of a rental is over $1000 (but don’t worry, it’s just barely over.) If you want to stay under a grand, a one bedroom costs around $750. Two, three, and four bedrooms will be more expensive, but keep in mind that you’ll have roommates to help you keep the costs down. Living in Madison is a bit pricier than other towns, but is worth it with the location and atmosphere.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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College life in a college town doesn’t get any better than in Madison. Half of the nights in the week are spent partying or having a night on the town, although some students restrain themselves to just Friday and Saturday, while others try to stretch the weekend into Monday and Tuesday. The community is very tolerant of the college crowds--they know that’s part of living in Madison. It doesn’t hurt that in most neighborhoods the demographics are young and full of students and grads.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Orange is Chapman’s home, south of Anaheim and north of Santa Ana in the LA metro area. California routes 55 and 57 run parallel on either side of the school, and I-5 (one of the region’s main arteries) intersects them. Everything you’ve heard about LA’s traffic congestion is probably true, and even though Orange is miles from the big city it still suffers from it. This can be blamed on the Anaheim/Santa Ana car flow nearby, and unfortunately it’s something students have to deal with.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Chapman is a small-to-medium sized university with around 7,000 students, and like many liberal arts schools it has a disproportionate female to male ratio (girls outnumber guys sixty percent to forty.) Calling Chapman a liberal arts school isn’t terribly fair, as its programs are a hybrid between liberal arts and professional studies. The university has schools for film, media, and performing arts, but also for business, science, and law. This academic dichotomy attracts different types of people to the school, and as a result the student body is very diverse and full of many characters.

 
Weather

Weather

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States like Maryland and Virginia can rightfully claim that they’re part of the South, but you haven’t truly experienced the unique climate of this region until you’ve been deep down in Louisiana. New Orleans has Texas’s heat combined with Florida’s humidity, and in the summer it’s just as unpleasant as it sounds. Average temperature highs in May through September are over 86 degrees, and from June to July they average over 90 degrees. The humidity adds a palpable thickness to the air, which is why you won’t mind when there’s 30 inches of rain in the summer. Overall, New Orleans gets 62 inches of rain every year, which makes it the wettest city in the country.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Undergrads in southeastern USA can often be at odds with each other, whether it’s regarding sports rivalries, where their schools finish in inconsequential rankings like party life or attractiveness, or just friendly competition. But one thing that unites them is the country’s most ubiquitous and festive annual event: Mardi Gras. Except, the difference between these students and those at SUNO is a matter of distance. Some students travel from states away for the event, but SUNO students just have to drive or walk down the street to find the parties. I wouldn’t recommend buying an apartment on Bourbon Street--studying would be impossible--but getting to and from Mardi Gras can be very easy if you find a rental nearby.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Renting close to LACC will be expensive, but definitely worth it in the safety department. Hollywood and West Holly are right next to LACC, and both are great places to live. Most of the crime in Hollywood is property crimes (shoplifting or robbery) because it’s a concentrated retail shopping area. Silver Lake is on the other side of LACC, and it hasn’t always been a low-crime area, but recently it’s become very trendy and more affluent. I’ve heard more complaints about “hipsters” from clients than crime, which I don’t really understand. Anyway, if you can afford the area, you won’t regret renting here.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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I don’t think anyone would disagree if I said that Los Angeles is one of the top dining cities in the country, and maybe even the world. Even near Los Angeles City College, which is removed from some of the more downtown neighborhoods, there are so many great places to eat. Forget what you heard about expensive city living--you’ll easily be able to eat out on a college budget in the area. In fact, right near campus there’s Amalia’s, Rincon Chileno, Sompun Thai, and Marouch, all terrific restaurants that are only a block or two away from LACC.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The bay area is among the most expensive parts of the country for renters, and because there aren’t many a lot of populated cities or towns near Santa Cruz, it’s tough to look outside of SC for cheaper prices like you can at other universities. For example, rentals are more affordable in Capitola, but there aren’t a lot of vacancies. You will probably have to pay the Santa Cruz rental costs, which are around $1300 for a studio on average, $1600 for a one bedroom, $2100 for a two, and $2600 for a three.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Santa Cruz is nestled in a little corner of central California, and has a very self-contained feeling. I encourage students not to lament their alienated location, but instead, celebrate it. UCSC is in one of the most beautiful parts of the state, with the winding trails of Pogonip on one side of it and 7,000 acres of natural, seaside park space in the Wilder Ranch State Park on the other side. The Pacific Ocean is a short drive, or hike, away from campus, and Santa Cruz is a perfect size: it’s not a huge, hectic city, but there’s still a lot to do here.

 
Weather

Weather

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Milton is located close to the Atlantic Ocean, which means the campus receives less snow every year than more inland parts of Massachusetts. But don’t get me wrong, rough winters can still bring over 50 inches of snow to the town. Students who are from warmer regions of the country usually are shocked by how terrible roads can get in the winter, and are hesitant to commute after a storm. Keep in mind that New England winters are a breed of their own, and the school doesn’t usually cancel class unless a blizzard or nor’easter hits the area.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Boston’s subway system, the T, stops its southbound red line service just a few miles north of Curry in the city’s Mattapan neighborhood. This is unfortunate for students because it would really open up their housing options if they could use the subway, but instead they are given two accessible stops on the city’s commuter rail. The Fairmount station is half a mile from the northwestern corner of campus, and Readville stop is the same distance from the soutwestern corner. There are also MBTA buses, and they can take you to the rail stations or to the communities in the Milton area.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Going to school at Belmont will drain your wallet in two ways: when you pay for an apartment in the area, and on the weekends when you experience Nashville’s nightlife. It won’t be long before you’ll be scanning local concert listings and highlighting your favorites, then realizing that you’ve marked a dozen of shows in just one semester. The music scene is so great here, and it’s no surprise that’s what the city’s known for. But there are also bars, clubs, karaoke, and every other staple of a great nightlife.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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For better or for worse, Belmont is in a very affluent part of Nashville. This is clearly represented in the monthly apartment prices in the neighborhoods of Edgehill, West End, Music Row, and Historic Waverly, all of which surround the campus. If you look at the rental market there, you’ll see that it’s common for apartments to cost over a thousand per month, even for one bedrooms! My recommendation is to get as many roommates as you can--usually you’ll find that rentals with a lot of rooms cost less per person than rentals with one or two rooms.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Savannah’s traffic grid is pretty pesky--this city just wasn’t designed for rush hour traffic. Hopefully you’ll be able to figure out some shortcuts and sideroads after you get used to the route to class. But there’s good news: SCAD’s campus is only a mile from Interstate 16, and parking at the school is usually pretty easy. If you don’t want to drive, however, there are buses that are free for students with an ID and bike racks all over campus for students who prefer two wheels over four.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Any SCAD student would be adamant that safety on campus is excellent: the security team is always on watch, and IDs are required in every building. But they would also tell you that once you step outside of campus into the city, and that many of the streets nearby are shady and should be avoided at night. And it’s true; there are high levels of crime near campus and in the surrounding communities. The safest places for students to live are north of campus in Downtown or the North Historic District. Otherwise, they should look further out in places like Richfield/Liberty City or Midtown.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Lewiston has around 30,000 residents, yet it’s still the second largest city in northern Idaho. This shows just how remote the region is, as it has more forests and rivers and lakes than it does cities. LCSC, meanwhile, is a small school with many academic possibilities. There are over 3,000 students spread out over 80+ majors here. The majority of the students (63 percent) are female. The school’s campus is located on the border of Lewiston, ID and Clarkston, WA.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Despite what everyone thinks when they glimpse its name, this college isn’t officially tied to Lewis & Clark, the famous explorers (they traveled through this area, actually). But still, I have a feeling they would be thrilled with how many outdoor recreational opportunities are available for students at the school. The Clearwater/Snake River slithers through the region just north of campus, and the Hells Gate State Park, The Nez Perce National Park, and the Winchester Lake State Park are all near LCSC.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Washington U benefits from being close to Forest Park, the city’s most visited public park. Because of this, there are tons of public transportation vehicles that move through the area every day. The U City Big Bend station and Skinker station are both right on-campus, and are popular with Washington U and Fontbonne University commuters. St. Louis’s metro system also has buses that circle campus and bring and deliver students from local student neighborhoods. It seems that a lot of students still use cars to commute, but I wouldn’t be surprised if more started using public transit in the future.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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You won’t hear Washington University’s name in the conversation of top undergrad schools as often as you’ll hear Harvard, Stanford, or Yale, but it’s not a stretch to say that this school’s academics come close, or even match, those schools’. I’ll go on record saying it’s the best non-Ivy school in the country. Various publications have ranked it among the best in the U.S., and most impressively, the Academic Ranking of the World Universities named it #30 overall. The school is especially known for its engineering school, which has been turning out successful alumni since 1854.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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As a college city, Tallahassee restaurants know how to lure students out of their on-campus dining areas. There are so many places in the city that have delicious, carb-heavy meals for a low price, and most of them stay open late and deliver to dorms. Just look at the menu for any restaurant near Florida A&M, you’ll most likely find that the items on their menu are $10 or less. The city also has more expensive restaurants for special nights out like a date or a birthday, and of course, like any bona fide college city, bars.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Tallahassee isn’t just the capital, it’s also one of Florida’s largest college cities. There are three schools here: Florida A&M, the Tallahassee Community College, and the big one, Florida State University. There are always school-related events going on, especially involving sports. The students at these three schools always mingle and attend each other’s parties and sports games--or, to be fair, Florida A&M and TCC are attending FSU’s games. For non-school related fun, Tallahassee has both urban and rural activities. For example, you can spend a day at an art museum in the city and then the next at a nearby lake.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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A first glance at rental data for the area--available on this site’s college page for SDMC--will probably be shocking to you. Average one bedrooms go for around $1,500, two bedrooms are $2,000, and $2,700 for three. The good news is that La Jolla, a nearby community that’s one of the most affluent in San Diego, and some of the rentals on the beach and near the bays over-inflate these averages. Truthfully, if you’re looking in the right neighborhoods, many of which are right near campus, renting in San Diego can be affordable for SDMC students.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Every student prefers over a quick commute over a long one, especially when it’s hot and you’re sitting in city traffic, melting and wishing you lived closer to campus. Linda Vista, Sierra Mesa, Clairemont Mesa, Birdland, Bay Park, and Kearny Mesa are the closest neighborhoods to SDMC. Mission Valley, Mid-City, and Tierra Santa are communities that are further away, but the commute to SDMC is an easy one thanks to Interstates, 8, 805, and 15.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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NCC’s campus sits perfectly in the middle of East Bloomington and West Bloomington. Regarding crime, West Bloomington statistically has a lower crime rate. This may be because West has newer housing developments, and East has less expensive housing. For students, this poses a difficult choice. Most of them are on a tight budget, but they also want to live in a safe area. It’s also worth mentioning that West is slightly closer to NCC. I would recommend staying patient in your housing search. If you are, you’ll be able to find a place that is both inexpensive and in a safe neighborhood.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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NCC’s campus sits perfectly in the middle of East Bloomington and West Bloomington. Regarding crime, West Bloomington statistically has a lower crime rate. This may be because West has newer housing developments, and East has less expensive housing. For students, this poses a difficult choice. Most of them are on a tight budget, but they also want to live in a safe area. It’s also worth mentioning that West is slightly closer to NCC. I would recommend staying patient in your housing search. If you are, you’ll be able to find a place that is both inexpensive and in a safe neighborhood.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Normandale Community College is a ten minute drive from the most popular attraction in Bloomington and Minnesota, and arguably the best shopping destination in the country: the Mall of America. I probably don’t have to explain its sheer size and grandeur to you, because either you’ve already been there before or you will as a student. Shopping isn’t the only thing to do here, though. It seems like every mile you drive you see a different lake, park, or field. There are so many public recreational areas here in the Twin City area, probably more than in any other major US metropolitan area. Studying is important, but you should take some time to enjoy them while the weather’s nice.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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K-State has two types of shuttles for students: one that runs to the dining halls on campus and another that takes them to nearby stores so they can buy groceries or just shop and enjoy themselves. Beyond this, shuttles aren’t really necessary because the campus is small and walkable. Off-campus students wish that the shuttles would travel to their neighborhood in Manhattan, but instead they have to ride one of the two aTa bus routes, run by the city, to get to class. On the weekends, K-State has a Safe Ride system where students can call and get a free ride home if they’ve had one too many drinks.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Manhattan has a great bar scene, with pubs full of students enjoying cheap drinks on the weekend. I’m not talking about New York, but rather Manhattan, Kansas. The university and its students are what make the city come alive socially and culturally. This culture can be seen in the school’s arts, with shows by the theater department and performances by student musicians at the university and around the city. These are fun nightlife options for students under 21 who can’t check out the bar scene, although many of them instead go to house parties, fraternities, or school events like sports games.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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When it comes to commuting to Richmond, everything is a mile away. For example, downtown Richmond is a ten to fifteen minute walk from campus and has stores and restaurants that students who don’t live in the dorms will use to stock up on food and supplies. And as for where these students will live, there are a range of apartment rentals within a mile of campus, too, whether they’re in downtown, near Million Park, or elsewhere. For students who use their cars to commute, Interstate 75 is, you guessed it, just a mile away.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Greek life is huge at EKU, and one out of every ten students is a member of a fraternity or sorority. When you think of how many students are enrolled here, over 15,000, then you start to grasp just how integral these organizations are to the student body. There are over 30 frats and sororities here, giving students a range of options to choose from. The Non-Greek students benefit from them too, as the organizations always host the best parties and events every semester.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Brighton, a town in Rochester’s metropolitan area, has one of the safest communities in the city. The two colleges near its borders, Monroe Community College and Saint John Fisher College, both benefit from its low crime and superb police department. The closer you get to downtown Rochester the higher the crime rate gets, but fortunately Brighton is far removed from that--four miles from the city center--and has an entirely different community. Living here may not give you the “typical” student experience that you’ll find elsewhere in this college city, but it will certainly be a safer one.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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MCC straddles the border of Brighton and Rochester. In fact, I would say that living in Brighton would give students a quicker commute than Rochester. However, there aren’t as many apartments in Brighton, and less selection for student apartments especially. What I mean by “student” apartments are cheaper rentals that landlords will lease out to students during the semester, and Rochester has a lot of these because it’s such a huge college city. Brighton doesn’t have as many, but it’s closer to Monroe so it may be worth the patience.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Wilmington is known for its picturesque beaches and a downtown area that combines southern charm with a modern nightlife, and almost looks like a setting you’d see in a Hollywood movie. Film executives agree, and have made the Screen Gems production studio in the city the largest facility for film and TV in the country outside of LA and Cali. Odds are that some of your favorite shows and movies were produced right here in Wilmington. North Carolina is also known for its technology sector, most notably the Research Triangle Park, the world’s largest research park. Wilmington doesn’t have as many tech jobs as Raleigh or Durham, but still has a similarly impressive job growth as these cities.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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UNC Wilmington students soon find out that the best part about living in a port city also has a negative effect on their academic focus. Of course I’m talking about the beach. Students love to make the seven mile trip out to the Atlantic, and when the weather’s warm the beaches are crowded with teens and twenty-somethings every day. Even at night, many stay and have bonfires while hanging out with friends. Another popular body of water is the Cape Fear River, which is home to the city’s famous river walk. It adds a beautiful aesthetic and a number of activities to Wilmington’s downtown area, which is also a popular stomping ground for UNC students.

 
Weather

Weather

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It’s striking how different the climate can be in one state. In southeastern Idaho, near Utah and Wyoming, the winters are brutal with average temperature lows in the teens during winter months. But in Moscow, which sits on the Washington and Idaho border, the average winter lows never drop below 23 degrees. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a very cold winter, but the southern part of the state has it much worse. The summers are often cooler too, and the average temperature highs during this time don’t exceed the mid-80s.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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At UI, typically only freshmen and frat/sorority members live on campus. After students’ first year, the school encourages them to find an apartment in the area. UI actually runs three apartment facilities, Elmwood, South Hill, and South Vista. But students also sign leases with independent landlords and move into apartments around Moscow, or they look for housing in Pullman, a city across the Washington state border. It’s only a ten minute drive, and their apartment selection is much deeper than in Moscow.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Everyone knows that Chicago specializes in pizza, and not just thick crust either. I know quite a few thin crust restaurants that are on par with New York City’s best. And many of these restaurants are in Greektown, which is a five minute walk from UIC’s campus. There’s also a nice little pocket of Italian restaurants near campus and the University Village, with established names like RoSal’s, Tufano’s Vernon Park Tap, and the Tuscany Restaurant. Also, UIC is just two subway stops or a 15 minute walk away from the Loop, which many think has the best restaurants in the entire city.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The UIC campus is lucky enough to have its own station on the Chicago subway’s blue line. This stop, UIC-Halsted, is on the northern edge of campus. Also, right down the street near the northwestern corner is Racine, another stop on the blue line. The city’s BNSF rail line runs near UIC too; the Halsted station is right off the southern tip of campus. As for buses, I won’t even start counting all the stops or routes on campus, because it would take way too long. I’ll just say that buses stop on every corner and they run many routes; I have no doubt that no matter which part of Chicago you need to get to, one of the buses can get you there.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Like most of Texas, there isn’t a great public transportation for students at Brazosport. The county runs buses in Lake Jackson and other nearby towns and cities, but their hours are pretty limited, and even when they’re running they aren’t always on time. For a student, this is far from a perfect commuting option. Mostly all of the commuters at Brazosport drive their own vehicle or depend on a friend’s to get to class. The two most common ways to get to campus are the Nolan Ryan Expressway and Texas Route 288.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Despite the name of the city, Lake Jackson isn’t the most popular lake here. I would give that honor to either the Mammoth Lake, Lake Bend, or Eagle Lake. There are actually a lot of lakes in the area, as well as reservoirs, rivers, and even a bayou. But the body of water students hang out at the most is the Gulf of Mexico, the coast of which is just ten miles from Brazosport College. Also, the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge is close to campus and has great natural areas, lakes, bays, and Gulf beaches of its own. If you’re not a big outdoors type, the cities of Angleton and Houston are eight and fifty miles away, respectively.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Auburn is a city of 50,000+ people, but it never really feels like a city of that size. It’s more like a town. Maybe I just think that because I hear it referred to as a “college town” so often, but it really does feel that way. If you’re near the AU campus or downtown, you will always feel totally safe. Students have told me that they stay out at night until two or three in the morning and then walk back to campus, or to their apartment nearby, and don’t think twice about if it could be dangerous or not. Some would say that’s foolish, but I think it’s truly a testament to how safe this area is.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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A divisive housing dilemma for students is considering whether they should choose an apartment that’s close to campus for a quick commute to class, or near downtown so they can live in the most exciting part of a city and drink as much as they want without worrying how they’ll get home. At Auburn University, this quandary is nonexistent. Campus and Auburn’s center are a half mile apart, so if students choose their location right they can walk to both the bars and clubs in downtown and campus for class or fun parties and events like football games on the weekend.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The apartments in Elizabeth City are very cheap, with students paying anywhere from $300 a month to $700 a month if they can get 1 or 2 roommates to live with them (the majority of apartments here are 2 or 3 bedrooms.) Don’t listen to claims that there aren’t a lot of rentals in the area. Even though Elizabeth City is a very small city, it still has a lot of rental opportunities in the form of apartments or houses. Every summer after the end of the spring semester and before the beginning of the fall, there are always dozens of vacancies that pop up for students, and they’re always very affordable.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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ECSU is, without a doubt, one of the best public historically black universities in America. The curriculums, instructors, and facilities all combine to provide students the best chance to succeed academically. And what does this student body look like? Unlike many of the nation’s historically black schools where the Caucasian population is in the single percentage digits, or nonexistent, there is actually a large White population here of around 15 percent. But the majority of students (around 75 percent) are Black, and the ratio of females to males is almost as disproportionate (64 to 36 percent).

 
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I’ve heard that MUSC is the oldest medical school in the South, and was founded before the Civil War even began. This is so impressive to me, and the university’s growth is even more so. It seems like the school’s always adding new buildings, whether for classes or hospitals or libraries. And as the school grows, so does its list of successful alums. I’ve heard a lot of great stories of students who go to MUSC and move on to do great things in their field of medicine. If you want a college that’s ripe with history, academia, and a lot of great, smart people, this is your school.

 
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The public transit service at MUSC is fantastic. Instead of outlining the routes around the outside of campus like at other schools, the buses at MUSC weave through the school’s campus, stopping in front of the class buildings and offices. These buses are run by the city, so students could literally walk out of their apartment, step onto the bus, get off at their building, and then walk inside to class. If you’re thinking that this is the most efficient commute you’ve ever heard, you’re absolutely right.

 
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Crime & Safety

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A glimpse at crime statistics in Fairbanks doesn’t tell the city’s complete story. You would probably expect crime to be low, but statistically it’s high. For students worried about safety, I would say don’t fret over it. The majority of crimes here are drug or alcohol related. When the cold winter sets in, people turn to substances and they end up getting in a lot of trouble for it. So, the only thing I have to say about safety concerns is that some bars don’t have the friendliest patrons; mostly locals who could act cold towards students (excuse the pun). Otherwise, I’d say this is a very safe community to live in.

 
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It always irks me when people say that Fairbanks is in the middle of nowhere. They don’t realize that being in the middle of such natural and untapped beauty isn’t nowhere, but rather somewhere very special. If you drive outside the city you’ll quickly end up in either a state forest, a wildlife refuge, a national park, or some other recreational area. I’ll go out on a limb and say that there isn’t a better school in America that gives you better access to nature or outdoor recreation. As for local things to do, Fairbanks is the second largest city in the state and has the same establishments that any other city does, like stores, restaurants, bars, and malls. I don’t think this location is made for every student, but those who like it will quickly love it.

 
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Most Saddleback students live in Mission Viejo, but some branch off to nearby places like Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, and Aliso Viejo. Overall, the prices don’t differ much between these areas (although Laguna Niguel is just a little more expensive). No matter which you choose, you’ll find that the average price for you and a roommate will be from $1750-2000 a month, so about $950 or so each. I know it’s expensive, but that’s just how the housing in the area is priced. If you can’t afford the apartments you’re looking at, contact me and I can try to get you a student deal somewhere.

 
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Traffic & Commuting

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The Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo metrolink/Amtrak stations are under a mile from Saddleback College, and there are a few buses in the area, but the primary mode of transportation for Saddleback students is definitely cars. And why not? The school is designed perfectly for vehicular commuting. Its campus is an exit off of the San Diego Freeway (I-5) and Routes 73 and 241 run nearby, too. All in all, aside from some traffic problems that arise during certain parts of the day, commuting should be a simple task for students.

 
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Weather

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When someone in Santa Barbara says that every day in the summer is sunny, they’re not generalizing at all. During the summer months here, the city gets less than 0.1 inches of rain. Crazy, right? You would think that with so much sun and such little rain the temperatures would be unbearably hot, but it’s actually the opposite. With the Mediterranean climate here, the temperatures in the summer regularly stay in the 70s. During an especially hot stretch, it’ll jump up to the 80s. The best part about the local climate is definitely the winters. The temperature only drops about ten degrees from the summer to the winter, as it stays in the 60s through the “coldest” months. Sure, this the rainy season, but it’s dramatically better than winters in other parts of the county.

 
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Nightlife

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UC Santa Barbara’s nightlife has gained national attention thanks to the Princeton Review and Playboy (trust me, I know how weird it is to mention those two publications in the same sentence). The most infamous detail about the nightlife is how the school has its own beach, and many of the weekend parties take place there. But there have also been rooftop, deck, and balcony parties where a DJ spins from high up and a crowd of students gathers on the streets below. There are plenty of Greek and house parties, and for a more controlled setting, the downtown area has some of the best bars and clubs for students in SoCal. There’s no doubt about it: UCSB is one of the best party schools in the U.S.

 
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Dalton’s reputation as a leader of textile industries earned it the nicknames “Carpet Capital of the World,” and “Carpet Town.” Some locals view these nicknames with pride, while others think it’s a joke. Either way, Dalton State College is helping students build an expertise in the field of their choice so they will be able to find employment beyond a local mill or factory. DSC may not have the flashiest name, and may not be recognized in national magazines for its academics, but nonetheless they give a good education to their students. And when you consider the low tuition, I would say a degree here holds a lot of value for students.

 
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For nature lovers, Dalton’s campus is located in the sweet spot of Georgia. It’s located on the fringes of the Taylor Ridge and the Conasauga River District of the Chatahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Basically, incredible hiking trails, great mountains to climb, and additional areas for biking, jogging, photography, or whatever your favorite outdoor activity is. The Fort Mountain State Park isn’t as close, but is still a short drive from DSC. Personally, this is my favorite park in the area; it’s just beautiful country out there. College students look forward to partying and chasing girls or guys, but personally I think the outdoor recreation here is much more rewarding.

 
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Many WNEC students don’t have to worry about commuting, because around three quarters of the student body lives on campus. But for those that do, they have to figure out how to navigate the city and which routes are quickest in regards to traffic and distance. And if students don’t have a car, the matter is even more difficult. Those students should get familiar with the PVTA, which is the local transit agency. They run buses around Springfield, and fortunately these buses stop at WNEC. With no rail system or school shuttles, students who need to use public transit will have to map out the bus lines and figure out where they can live and still be near a stop. It’s an inconvenience, sure, but it’s certainly feasible for students to commute this way to WNEC.

 
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Crime & Safety

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A lot of students and older residents alike email me with concerns over the city’s safety. I find that most of their fear stems from “crime rankings” that are put out by online publications and magazines. I really wouldn’t encourage anyone to judge a city by those lists, because they don’t mention the individual neighborhoods of these “dangerous” cities that are safe and nice to live in. In Springfield, the safest neighborhoods are near WNEC. In fact, WNEC’s campus is arguably the safest part of Springfield. I would even say that there’s no doubt East Springfield is the best part of the city to live in, especially for students.

 
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The small size of Stetson’s campus allows students to be able to just walk or ride their bike around. The thing is, students don’t usually own bikes, typically they own a car or or nothing. That’s why the school decided to give away free bikes to any students who want one, which I’ve never heard of before but it’s a terrific idea.

 
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If you get a chance to hop on an apartment near Stetson, I’d say do it, even if it costs a little extra. In my eyes, there’s nothing more important for a student than convenience and proximity. Once you forego those two qualifications and look for an apartment further away, you have to begin weighing other factors like safety and transportation. But if you live in a neighborhood near campus, most of which are safe and within walking distance, then those problems are immediately solved.

 
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If you get a chance to hop on an apartment near Stetson, I’d say do it, even if it costs a little extra. In my eyes, there’s nothing more important for a student than convenience and proximity. Once you forego those two qualifications and look for an apartment further away, you have to begin weighing other factors like safety and transportation. But if you live in a neighborhood near campus, most of which are safe and within walking distance, then those problems are immediately solved.

 
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Demographics

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At Morgan State, 8 out of every 10 students is African-American. The next largest group of students are International students, which comprise 1 out of every 20. There are also small populations of White, Asian, and Hispanic students. But overall, MSU’s demographic stay close to its historically black heritage. The school is small as a whole, with just under 6000 undergraduate students. However, once you leave campus the small-community feel dissipates; it’s located in Baltimore, one of the largest cities on the East Coast.

 
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Almost half of Morgan State’s undergrad students live on-campus in either a residence hall or in a nearby school-owned apartment building like Morgan View or Marble Hall Gardens. The rest of the student body lives off-campus in a Baltimore community, or in one of the city’s suburbs. There are numerous complexes that are within walking distance of Morgan, but some students decide to move further away to neighborhoods like Roland Park, Keswick, Harwood/Barclay, or others. You should be able to find affordable housing in any of these areas, but you will notice price tags increase if you look closer towards Baltimore’s downtown area.

 
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The state border of Nevada is within driving distance of CSI’s campus, but the vast majority of students either live on-campus, elsewhere in Twin Falls rentals, or in another nearby area like Burley, Rupert, or Jerome. All of these places are connected by major roads like Interstate 84 or US Route 30. There aren’t any practical forms of public transportation in the area, so students will have to find a vehicle if they live off campus, or live with a roommate who has one. Most of the commuting is easy highway driving, and there’s rarely any congested traffic on the roads.

 
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Crime & Safety

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Twin Falls, like the majority of Idaho, has a crime average that is lower than the national average. The only part of town that could be close to considered a problem area is the city’s center, but CSI is a couple miles away from there. The school is almost secluded in its own little bubble; a campus that’s a mile long from east to west and half a mile tall from south to north. This area is a very safe place for students to live, and if they can’t get housing on-campus I would recommend for them to look for rentals in the areas immediately surrounding it, as they are very safe as well.

 
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Valley Metro’s bus 184 is the dominant form of public transportation at MCC’s McKellips Road campus (bus 61 swings by the Southern Ave campus) and can be used by students to get back and forth from their classes and home if they live in the city. Bus 40 serves as a link from 184 to both other communities in the city and also Mesa’s light rail transportation service, which travels to nearby cities Phoenix and Tempe. The public transit system is connected enough that you can use it to commute to class at MCC, but be wary that it can be a long journey--much longer than just driving to class--depending on where you live.

 
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MCC’s McKellips Road campus is located in northeastern Mesa, right along the Red Mountain Freeway’s outer loop. It’s just a couple miles from the Tonto National Forest, which is the largest park of its type in the state of Arizona, and the fifth largest in the United States. The forest, which is also a short drive from the Southern Ave campus, is a perfect outdoor destination for every student, regardless of whether they enjoy nature or not. For students seeking city thrills, downtown Mesa is always hopping on the weekend, as is nearby Tempe and Phoenix, both of which are accessible on the cities’ light rail line.

 
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Economy and Jobs

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Everyone knows that Harvard is the best school in the United States, and possibly even the world. But what’s not as well known is that Cambridge is becoming a leading innovator and business incubator. Technology giants like Microsoft, Google, IBM, HP, and Amazon.com have all set up offices in Cambridge, and one could argue that their ability to attract high-profile businesses has surpassed Boston’s ability. Harvard and MIT graduates are finding more reasons to stay put in Cambridge after school, and this has helped the city grow significantly.

 
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It’s well-known that Harvard Greek life organizations throw the best college parties in Boston (if you’ve seen the movie “The Social Network” then you know what I’m talking about). Most Boston and Cambridge students aren’t allowed in, but as Harvard students you will have access to all these parties--and they’re all happening on your campus. But the nightlife options don’t end there, that’s just where they begin. At Harvard you’re just a few T (subway) stops away from downtown Boston and its thriving sports, culinary, art, and music landscapes.

 
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Boston’s subway system, the T, has two stops that are close to MCAD: the Longwood Medical Area and the Museum of Fine Arts. Both are located on the “E” branch of the city’s Green Line, which is the most popular but easily the most maligned aspect of Boston’s public transit because of the long waits and delays it experiences on a daily basis. Both stops, unlike most of the T, are above-ground. In the winter, it can be miserable if it’s freezing and you have to wait out a delay on your way back to your apartment. But aside from that, the public transportation access at MCAD is direct and convenient.

 
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MCAD is located near Boston’s Fenway, Roxbury, Mission Hill, Back Bay, and Brookline neighborhoods. Brookline and Mission Hill are student favorites because there are a lot of cheap student listings there. Roxbury has a wide selection too, but many students stay away from it because it has some dangerous areas. Back Bay and Fenway are more expensive neighborhoods to live in, but provide the most convenient access to MCAD and the rest of Boston’s best attractions. But keep in mind that because of Boston’s excellent public transit system, you can basically look for rentals anywhere in the city and use the T to commute to class.

 
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When I think of the restaurants near the College of Charleston, high-priced eateries are what come to mind. Circa 1886, FIG, Charleston Grill, and Fulton Five are some of the city’s most expensive restaurants, and are all a couple blocks from the college. However, most students will skip these places in favor of affordable spots like the Leaf Cafe, Chick-Fil-A, Jimmy John’s, Bella Pizza, the Taco Spot, and Five Guys Burgers. These restaurants, some of them chains, others not, are popular with students in the area because of their low prices and calorie-filled dishes.

 
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Demographics

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The College of Charleston is much less diverse than the city its located in. Over 80 percent of the school is White, whereas Charleston is a just a tick over 50 percent. The school’s Black population is only 7 percent, whereas in Charleston it’s 41 percent. Once you move from on-campus housing to apartments in the city, you’ll be able to live in diverse neighborhoods with a lot more color than you’re used to seeing at school. However, it’s worth mentioning that the school has students from over 70 countries, and 10 percent of the student body is Jewish, so there is some diversity there.

 
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The neighborhood next to MDC is called Little Haiti, and in the summer the name is particularly fitting, as Miami actually feels as hot as the tropical island of Haiti. Temperature highs during that time of year regularly sit in the 90s, but with the humidity the real feel is well into the triple digits. If you’re living here over the summer, you will absolutely need a rental with air conditioning. You’ll need an umbrella too; summer is easily the wettest part of year here, as more than half of the days in June, July, August, and September have rain. The winters, on the other hand, are drier and much more mild, with temperatures in the 60s and 70s.

 
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At MDC, students will be close to all of Miami’s cultural highlights. Wynwood’s art community is just south of the school, with its galleries and art walks. Both Marlins Park (where the city’s major league baseball team plays) and the American Airlines Arena (where the city’s basketball team the Heat play), are a few miles away and are fun places to spend your nights during the summer and winter, respectively. And then there’s South Beach, which has some of the best beaches and nightlife in the country, and is just eight miles away from MDC. The warm weather allow you to explore the city year-round, and when you do you’ll appreciate how much there is to do and see in Miami’s unique culture.

 
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OSU is seemingly an hour away from everything. An hour to the west is the Pacific Ocean, an hour north is Salem, an hour south is Eugene, and an hour east is the Santiam State Forest and the Willamette National Forest. But students who are moving off-campus should focus on areas that are less than an hour from campus. The nearby cities of Albany (15 minutes away on US Route 20) and Lebanon (30 minutes away on Route 34) are two great areas for students to rent, but the best is in Corvallis. It’s close, the commute is short--your apartment could even be within walking distance--and you’ll never have to worry about traffic or inclement weather ruining your drive to class.

 
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Local Events

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The Benton County Fairgrounds are a short walk from OSU’s campus, and hold many popular events throughout the year. The most well-known is the annual county fair, and there are also concerts, rodeos, and dog shows. As for on-campus events, the most notable are always sports games, specifically football on Saturdays in the fall. The Beavers are competitive every year, and have always have a huge following. The football homecoming game is always one of the biggest nights of the year. The school also holds other types of events, like the Flat Tail Music Festival, battle of the bands, art festivals, and family weekends.

 
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CHC has a smaller-sized campus, but you’ll never notice with all the public park space that surrounds the school. The Morris Arboretum sits against the northeast corner of campus, and in my opinion it’s the most beautiful natural space in the city. An area of the Fairmount Park lies south of campus, and the Andorra Natural Area and Wissahickon Environmental Center are within walking distance. When the weather’s nice, crowds of Chestnut students gather at these two recreational areas to study, sunbathe, and play frisbee.

 
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There aren’t many apartments that students can walk back and forth from near CHC. Most of the local rentals for students are in Lafayette Hill or southeast of the campus in the part of Chestnut Hill where the train stops are clustered. The apartments in these areas are more expensive than average college rentals because of their location in Philadelphia, but still not as expensive as those closer to Center City. You’ll be able to find a one or two bedroom for under $1000 near CHC, and of course three and four beds will cost more.

 
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Crime & Safety

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Northwestern’s campus is a very safe part of Evanston. In fact, Neighborhood Scout ranked the campus as the third safest neighborhood in town. The neighborhood north of Northwestern, near Central Street in the northwestern pocket of Evanston, is the fourth safest. But overall, crime isn’t a big issue in Evanston, as its crime rate is safer than the state average and there are plenty of student and family neighborhoods where it’s totally fine to walk alone at night.

 
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Public Transportation

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Chicago’s rapid transit line extends to Evanston, where Northwestern students can board the Purple Line and can use it to switch the Red Line (which will take them to Chicago), or they can use it as a means of commuting between their apartment and NU’s campus--Davis, Foster, and Noyes are three stations that are close to NU. A lot of students look for apartments along the Purple line, which also extends north to Linden, and then take the train to class.

 
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UMass Amherst’s nightlife is why the school is jokingly referred to as “Zoomass.” There are parties every night, although most students wait until Thursday through Sunday to go out. On the weekend, downtown Amherst is full of students (mostly the bars, there aren’t a lot of good clubs) and there’s always a lot going on closer to campus too. Southwest and Puffton are popular areas for off-campus partying in student apartments, and the school’s fraternities and sororities throw weekly parties. The PVTA buses are a great way to get to parties without having to drive, and many students also walk.

 
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Traffic & Commuting

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UMass is a mile and a half away from downtown Amherst, which is accessible to students by bus or car. A bit further away is Northampton (ten miles away), but is still worth a trip on the weekend for students. It’s become a very trendy city, and is the center for arts and culture in Western Massachusetts. If you’ve got a car and want to start your rental search outside of Amherst, check out its neighbors Hadley, Hatfield, South Deerfield/Sunderland, North/South Amherst, or the aforementioned Northampton.

 
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When most people think of weekends at Florida, the football team playing at “The Swamp” comes to mind, as does the crazy party scene. Playboy ranked UF third in the country on its 2012 list of America’s best partying schools. Every Friday the school sponsors Gator Night, where musicians, comedians, and improv groups perform at the campus. Brand new movies, as well as classics, are also shown on some nights. But when the sun is out, students should take advantage of Florida’s warm weather. There are two state parks that are both a short drive away (or walk), and Newnans Lake is to the east of campus.

 
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UF may have a reputation as a party school, but it’s also becoming known for its stellar academics. It’s consistently ranked high on lists of schools where students receive the best value (#3 in Kiplinger’s, #7 in Princeton Review’s, and #2 in SmartMoney’s.) Additionally, US News and World Report ranked it #17 overall on its list of Top U.S. Public Universities. The school has an amazing freshman retention rate of 96% and has an average student to teacher ratio of 21:1. It would be fair to say that UF is one of the best public universities in the South.

 
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Demographics

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BYU is an enormous school, with nearly 30,000 undergrad students and over 1,000 full-time teachers. It’s the country’s largest religious university and one of the top three largest private schools by enrollment. Many, if not most, of the students at BYU are Mormon, and 8 out of every ten male students take a year or two off from school to be Mormon missionaries. Mormon students also marry young; one out of every four BYU students is married. The school focuses heavily on religion, including making students adhere to an honor system where they can’t drink alcohol, do drugs, or have sex unless they’re married.

 
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Crime & Safety

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BYU has one of the safest college campuses in the country. Usually, the only crimes that occur here are when students are too trusting and leave their doors unlocked or their possessions in open places. But the fact that they form such a level of trust speaks volumes about how safe it is here. There’s a program called Police Walks, where campus security will walk with you at night if you feel unsafe. The lack of alcohol on campus is something that most college students would lament, but it’s a large reason why there isn’t much crime here.

 
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MCTC’s campus is in the middle of Loring Park, Downtown West, and the Downtown neighborhoods of Minneapolis. Coincidentally, the best cafés, restaurants, and bars are interspersed throughout those areas. MCTC students are able to get coffee and a breakfast sandwich in the morning at the Espresso Royale Café, a quick lunch in between classes at the Lunch Cube or Davanni’s, or dinner before a late night at the library at Eli’s or Lotus. Best of all, these restaurants are just a short walk from campus.

 
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Public Transportation

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Downtown Minneapolis is well-served by public transportation, and fortunately MCTC is located right on its fringes in the Loring Park. If you’re staying in the Downtown Zone of the transit system, the fare to ride the bus is just 50 cents. Or you can ride the city’s light rail train, which connects downtown to 18 stops around the city. Make sure that when you’re searching for a rental you look in neighborhoods that are connected to Downtown through either the bus or the rail, like Uptown, the Warehouse District, Mill City District, the Theatre District, or another nearby community.

 
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Traffic & Commuting

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There are five or so bus routes that loop around, run parallel to, and cut east and west of UNM’s campus. It’s easy to use these buses for everyday commuting, as they circulate throughout the city on a regular basis. But for students with cars, Interstate 25 and Interstate 40 both run next to campus, creating a quick and easy route for commuters to take. There are also a lot of popular student apartment complexes near UNM that are within walking distance or are a short drive away.

 
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UNM’s campus is a 15 minute walk (five minute drive) away from downtown Albuquerque. This area has really become hip and trendy in recent years, especially the Entertainment District. If you’re a UNM student searching for nightlife, this is where you’ll want to go. It has art, theater, music concerts, restaurants, shops, comedy, and bars. Of course, it’s always an option to stay on campus. With an enrollment of over 20,000 on the Albuquerque campus, there’s always something going on.

 
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NSU’s campus is packed with students, except they’re not all college-aged. NSU shares a campus with Nova Middle School. As strange as this is, it also shares it with Florida Atlantic University’s Davie campus and Broward College’s central campus. Between these three schools, there are thousands of college students walking around the adjoined campuses and the surrounding neighborhoods every day. Another note: even though NSU is officially located in Fort Lauderdale, it’s closer to Davie, a town that’s half the size of Fort Lauderdale.

 
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The Atlantic Ocean is just a 15 minute drive east of NSU’s campus. Any student who has a car is always driving out there, and anyone who doesn’t gets a ride from a friend. And who can blame them? With Dania Beach, Hollywood, and Fort Lauderdale within driving distance, there are no shortage of pristine beaches nearby. Fort Lauderdale is a great small city with a lot of charm and culture, from spring training baseball games to a great bar scene. And with two other colleges on NSU’s campus, there are always parties going on closeby.

 
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It’s not tough to find cheap student rentals in a place called “State University,” which is a nickname for the ASU campus and the area surrounding it. Jonesboro is the most popular off-campus destination, and there are always dozens of apartments available nearby. Some of them are a five minute walk, and others are a five minute drive. The rental averages are very inexpensive, with the average two bedroom cost coming out to $651/month. For the typical three bedroom, the price rises slightly to $831.

 
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Weather

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The climate at ASU and Jonesboro is officially deemed humid subtropical, but I don’t think there’s enough emphasis on the “humid” part. Summers around this area can get incredibly muggy and dry, as precipitation falls in the summer and the air becomes thick from the heat. For June through August, the average highs are in the 90s, and in the 80s for May and September. But October through March is the solace, as temperatures are very mild and comfortable during this time (even though it can get nippy on colder days.) Just keep this in mind: you should absolutely have air conditioning in your apartment if you’re staying here in the summer.

 
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Recreation

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Have you been to the Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park? It sits on Florida’s western shoreline and is great for hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. Or what about the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, a similar recreational area just a few miles away? And don’t even get me started on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and its spectacular beaches and views. All of these places are just minutes away from PHCC’s campus. When you factor in all of the lakes closeby, or the city of Tampa (just 30 minutes away), you’ll wonder how students convince themselves to go to class instead of exploring the area.

 
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Traffic & Commuting

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New Port Richey, Bayonet Point, Elfers, and Holiday are communities close to PHHC where many off-campus students commute from. But a lot of students commute from home, and oftentimes that isn’t close to campus. For those who drive from further away, they can hop on Florida 589 or 19 and have an easy highway commute to class. 589 is also the road that students can take to get to Tampa in a half hour, or they can take 19 straight to Clearwater, also a half hour away.

 
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Public Transportation

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The city’s subway stops near DePaul’s campus are impossible to miss. There are three stations nearby: Diversey to the north, Armitage to the south, and Fullerton, which is literally steps away from campus. There are two subway lines that run through Diversey and Armitage, but Fullerton provides access to three (the brown, purple, and red lines.) The train is undoubtedly the most popular form of public transit for DePaul students, but city buses also transport students for a fairly cheap price.

 
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DePaul is one of the largest private schools in the U.S. with over 15,000 undergrads. But it’s also widely considered one of the finest private universities, and its college of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is its most popular and prestigious branch. But no matter what your major is at DePaul, you will be well off when you graduate. This isn’t just because of the quality education you’ll receive, although that’s part of it, but it’s also about the location. DePaul is in Chicago, minutes away from downtown, which gives students the perfect opportunities to network and intern in the big city. When they graduate, they’ll be able to utilize the contacts and resources they made during their previous four years in Chicago.

 
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OCH Student Rentals - Property Manager

From 1995 to 2005, Rollins College was ranked the second best post-secondary school in the South by US and News World Report. This was impressive, sure, but what’s followed in the years since has been incredible. Rollins soared to the top of the list in 2005, and 2012 marked the eighth straight year it was ranked the #1 college in the South. It holds top spots in countless other rankings, with its MBA programs, arts and sciences programs, and abundance of Fulbright Scholars gaining significant attention. Students here are getting the best education in the South, and can use nearby Orlando to their advantage when they want to connect with companies and specialists in their field.

 
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Rollins was established in 1885, and with old age comes storied traditions. One of these is the Bach Festival, which was born in 1935 and continues to this day. For two weeks the campus is transformed into a haven for classical music and its fans. Fox Day is another event, created in the 1950s, that continues to this day. Every Spring, there is a day where classes are canceled and students are encouraged to go out and enjoy what the Orlando area has to offer and return for a barbecue celebration later in the day. Sports events (Division II) also draw a lot of buzz around campus, and students always turn out in droves for important games. With everything that goes on at Rollins, you probably won’t be spending much time in your dorm or apartment.

 

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