Landon Gallagher

A Real Estate Broker at Higher Grounds

Landon Gallagher

Higher Grounds

A Real Estate Broker based in CUNY Lehman College

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Restaurants

Restaurants

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New York City is the best city in America to enjoy a meal, with restaurants serving hundreds of different types of foods, many of which you’ve never heard of. And the best places aren’t the ones tourists flock to in Lower Manhattan, but rather the holes in the wall and family-run businesses in places like the Bronx that are passed over by anyone who isn’t a local. With some experimentation and recommendations from upperclassmen, it won’t take new students long to figure out where the best restaurants in the neighborhood, and in the city, are.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The trains students can take to get to Lehman are the 4 (Woodlawn) and D (Norwood) subway lines, and the Harlem MTA train. These three options allow you to live anywhere in their near their numerous stops throughout the city and take the train to school, which is an perfect commuting scenario in NYC. Taking the bus is another option, but in my opinion less ideal than the train. Nonetheless, students will be able to take advantage of any form of public transit they can, and it won’t have to dictate where they live in the city.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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SJSU reminds students the inherent advantages of the school’s location and expertise with their slogan, which says the school is “powering Silicon Valley.” Not only does the university offer all the programs and professional mentorship you need to succeed during your career in the national tech mecca known as Silicon Valley, but they also have the connections that can get you started. And if you’re not trying to get a job in the valley, its location in downtown San Jose can give you a huge advantage and access to internships, conferences, and other professional opportunities.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The central hubs for the train and bus operations in San Jose are just a mile west of campus. If you need to commute or travel regionally, make sure you head there. But other forms of public transportation are available closer. The San Antonio station is practically on campus, and you can ride the city’s popular light rail from there--the 901 and 902 trains to be specific. Nearly a dozen bus routes also stop on campus or close by, so needless to say the ways to get around without your own ride are vast and varied.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The central hubs for the train and bus operations in San Jose are just a mile west of campus. If you need to commute or travel regionally, make sure you head there. But other forms of public transportation are available closer. The San Antonio station is practically on campus, and you can ride the city’s popular light rail from there--the 901 and 902 trains to be specific. Nearly a dozen bus routes also stop on campus or close by, so needless to say the ways to get around without your own ride are vast and varied.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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You may be annoyed by the tourists and vacationing Canadians or Europeans during your time at CCCC, but the truth is that they keep this area safe. Tourist spots like Cape Cod are some of the safest areas in the country because they have to maintain a pristine reputation and make their community presentable. The local neighborhoods may be more expensive because of tourism and real estate near the water, but I can guarantee that they’re safe. And really, when you factor in the safety, location, and quality of life, it’s worth paying the rent that’s maybe a couple hundred more than you’re used to per month.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Enrolling in classes in a vacation spot like the Cape is never as perfect as it may sound. To begin with, the regular school year starts in the fall, which is towards the end of the summer season. By the time classes start, you’ll be pulling windbreakers and light jackets out of your closet. And when they end, the air will still be too cool to enjoy a nice day on the water. So if you’re only hear from fall to spring, don’t expect to spend a lot of time on the beach. But if you live in the local area, or take summer classes, it’s the opposite: you might not want to go to class because you’ll be on the coast so often.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Students commuting to Abilene Christian generally live within the city or on its borders, so they’ll be more familiar with Routes 322, 83, and 36. I-20 can be useful because it weaves through the city, but it’s more generally thought of as the road you take to get out of the city. If you want to spend a weekend in Dallas you’ll be using it, but it’s not really feasible to commute from out of town every day unless it’s from one of the adjacent areas. Driving in the city is never too tough of a task except for certain busy times, but overall if you live in Abilene your commute should be be easy.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Abilene’s location is about as rural a place as a college student can find themselves in, as the only large cities nearby are Fort Worth/Dallas (two hours away) and Austin (three hours away). But fortunately, Abilene is an interesting large(ish) city in itself, with over 100,000 people, a lot of which are students. In town is McMurry, Hardin-Simmons, TSTC, Cisco, and so on, and of course Abilene Christian. My point is, you don’t have to wander all the way to Dallas or Austin to find people your age or who share the same interests you do. There are a lot of students and young grads in Abilene, so don’t be afraid to socialize around the city and try to meet new friends.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Northeastern is further removed from Chicago (ten miles) than other suburban areas, and as a consequence most of the rail lines don’t extend to campus. The blue and red lines are close if you have a car, but aren’t within walking distance. Fortunately, the brown line is a block from Northeastern’s campus, and runs through neighborhoods like Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, North Center, and Lake View. If you live in these areas, you can ride the rail to class every day, and if students need to reach the blue and red lines, there are buses that can take them from campus to the stations in a timely manner.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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MATC is in Kilbourn Town, which is separated from downtown by the Milwaukee River. Sometimes these two areas can feel very separate, like when you’re making the mile long walk in the thick summer heat or cold winter air, but oftentimes it just feels like the campus is in a western district of downtown. Nightlife is simple to find; even if you accidentally stumble into something, odds are it’ll be fun. But popular student activities like bar and club hopping or seeing a concert are just so easy, in the sense that you don’t have to worry about locating a fun place or traveling a great distance to get home. Just make sure you take some nights off!

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Milwaukee Intermodal station, which has Amtrak and Megabus service, is about a half mile from Milwaukee’s technical college. This is a perfect way to get home on school breaks or summer or that type of thing, I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s great for daily commuting. The majority of students wouldn’t use it for that purpose, but those who do usually get off the train and take Bus 80 to class. The city buses are useful like that; they’ll take you somewhere that’s a half mile from campus like the station, or several miles away if your apartment is further out. I would say that this is the best method of public transit you can use to commute, you just have to find out which route suits you best.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Mount St. Mary’s University is isolated from the rest of Emmitsburg, and from everywhere else. The campus sits along Route 15, with very few neighborhoods or establishments of any type nearby. When you live on campus, it can feel like you’re in a small, safe bubble where very few things go wrong. The security there is top notch, and serious crimes are scarce; they can seem nonexistent at times. If students have to move off campus, many of them worry that they’ll live in an area that won’t be as safe and protected as campus. Fortunately, if they live in Emmitsburg or any of the local towns nearby, they won’t have much to worry about. The crime in this region is low, and there are plenty of safe places where students can live comfortably.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The concern students have regarding off-campus housing isn’t so much about the cost of apartments, but rather the availability of apartments. The best place to live would be Emmitsburg, but their rental market is stretched thin. There are some houses that can be rented, but aside from that the a variety isn’t too impressive. If you look within 15 miles of campus there isn’t much else, either. If you are a commuter student who can search further than that it’s your choice to do so, but if not then be weary that there aren’t many renting options close to school.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The highway bowtie is just north of F&M, where Routes 220, 30, and 283 converge. Route 222 is the closest major road to F&M, and students who drive should familiarize themselves with it right off the bat. Not only does it take you outside of Lancaster, but it’s also a road you’ll take to get around within the city. F&M is near the downtown area, and if you’re driving around that neighborhood around dinner time you’ll probably run into some traffic. But that’s to be expected--most students try to avoid that time of day, and they know that aside from then it’s very easy to commute in Lancaster.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Right off of Harrisburg Avenue and North Prince Street are so many terrific restaurants in Lancaster. F&M is just a short walk from both, so students will have their choice of fine dining (or quick take out) on the days when they spare time between classes or nights when they want to go out. A lot of local restaurants keep the student crowds in mind, and offer deals on special nights or student discounts. With so many of them in the area, you won’t have to worry about running into every couple from your school on a date night, or the annoying kid from one of your classes when you’re out with friends. And the restaurants here aren’t just plentiful, but there are a lot of great ones, too.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The North Hollywood metro station is a short drive along Chandler Boulevard from LAVC. Here you can hop on the red subway line, which can take you to a number of desirable locales--most notably downtown LA. You can catch the orange bus line closer to campus, which can take you to a west or east area nearby or bring you to the North Hollywood station (it’s too far to walk to). There are also numbered buses like 167 or 233 that are designated for more local transportation, and are perfect for commuting to home and back.

 
Weather

Weather

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The joke around southern California is that the local news broadcasts don’t need weather reports, they just like to have an excuse to put an attractive face on the air and tell the audience that it’s going to be 75 degrees and sunny every day of the week. The weather doesn’t normally fluctuate much--occasionally there will be a few more rainy days in the winter and a few more hotter days in the summer, but the temperatures stay in the 60s and 70s for the most part. I would say it’s the perfect climate, and if you’re coming from a different part of the country you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Baltimore’s nightlife is best symbolized by the restaurants, shopping, and clubs near the harbor and downtown. But that’s all over a mile away from MICA, and even though many students will make the trip down there, many more will want to stay close to school. This is especially true if they’re drinking and want to be able to get home quickly and safely. Midtown, which is the neighborhood MICA calls home, has many clubs, bars, lounges, restaurants, and the rest. Adding in student parties near campus, there’s a lot students can do at night without having to travel far.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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MICA shares real estate with the University of Baltimore, which makes it a convenient location for public transportation. It’s steps away from Penn Station, which is where you can catch trains like Amtrak, and the Mount Royal light rail station. These are also two hubs for bus service, which can be both intercity or throughout the greater Baltimore area. If you’re commuting from an apartment in the city, there are so many ways you can get back and forth. I wouldn’t recommend driving; battling traffic and figuring out parking on campus can be difficult tasks. Since public transportation is so easy, why wouldn’t you use it to commute?

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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There are certain crimes you expect in a college atmosphere, like noise violations for parties that get too loud too late at night, or thefts from students leaving their valuables out in the open in public areas. The worst offense can be a drunken fight outside a bar, sexual assault, or something violence-related, but usually it doesn’t escalate to murder. So even if you see that some areas have higher crime than others, this usually isn’t indicative of serious crimes. This shouldn’t be a concern anyway, as Madison is usually quite safe.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The Jackrabbits have used their athletic success to rally students and locals to flock to their games. In recent years, their football, basketball, and baseball teams have produced players who have been drafted by professional sports teams. With so much talent on the team, they have become the best in their conference in multiple sports. I’m drawing attention to the athletics because it’s the most popular activity on campus for students; attending games and cheering for their school. There are parties, of course, but even most of the parties are tied to sports in some way.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Your commuting options in Kaplan are fairly minimal. There isn’t a consistently dependable form of public transportation here, and though Davenport has a number of great cycling trails along the river downtown, there aren’t a lot of people who bike to get around every day. Driving is the popular choice of transit, and sometimes the only choice. And if you have a vehicle, getting around Davenport is easy. Interstates surround the city, and Routes 61 and 6 cut through the center of it vertically and horizontally. The problem is some students don’t have a car, and I think they’ll find that getting around on bike or walking will be a tough challenge.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Kaplan is almost equidistant from downtown Davenport and Bettendorf, so it would be practical for students to live in either area. The difference between the two areas is that Bettendorf has about a third as many rentals, so with less variety it’s a seller’s market, and the prices tend to be higher. But even though the average costs are different, it’s plausible that you could find an apartment for the same cost in both places. Personally, I’d recommend living in Davenport, but really it depends on where you’re comfortable and where you find the best deal.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Albright has a large dining hall that has enough different meals and choices to be satisfying with every trip, but even the most eclectic dining halls can become monotonous for students. Albright expects that, and they have three cafes on-campus that students can eat at to mix up their daily routine. One is Jake’s Place, which has subs and sandwiches at an affordable price. The second is an extension called Jake’s Java, which is essentially a Starbucks. The third is Peg’s Cafe, which is similar to Jake’s and sells sandwiches and pizza. Together these three places enliven students’ dining options.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Albright is a great liberal arts school with a slew of art-related events, whether it’s a concert or performance students can watch, or a workshop that they can participate in to hone their craft. This isn’t just limited to music or art students, but also those interested in fashion and theater, too. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the college’s sports teams draw a large attendance, and their games are always noteworthy events on campus. As for off campus activities, Reading is close to Allentown, Harrisburg, and even Philadelphia.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Kennedy King College is connected to Chicago’s public transit grid through two subway routes -- the Green and Red lines. The Halsted station is literally on the college’s campus, which makes for an unbelievably easy commute if you take the subway (and it’s perfect for when the colder temperatures set in and you don’t want to walk far). The Ashland/63rd station is also only a few blocks away. A strong number of students take public transportation to get to Kennedy King every day, and honestly it’s not too surprising to me. Why would you want to deal with a car, traffic, gas, and parking when it’s so easy to just take the train?

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Kennedy King students learn quickly that their school doesn’t offer many shows, festivities, or special nights. Any student events they plan are few and far between each other. But I’ve hardly heard of anyone lamenting this. Why? Well, it’s simple. When the downtown area of the third largest city in the United States is just a 15 minute drive or 30 minute train ride away from your school, you will never really complain about nightlife. The city’s ripe stock of culture is at your disposal anytime you want it, whether it’s on a vibrant Saturday night or quiet Tuesday night. And, really, how could it be better than that?

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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UCC could easily have the safest campus and surrounding area in all of New Jersey. Cranford doesn’t just have one of the lowest crime rates in the state, but also in the entire Northeast. The town is close to some of the most populated (and sometimes dangerous) parts of the state, like Newark, Elizabeth, and Jersey City. But you really wouldn’t be able to tell if you didn’t look at a map. This is such a great suburb to live in, and the students fit right into the town’s culture. There are very few parts of town, if any, where I wouldn’t recommend you to rent.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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New Jersey Transit’s local train line runs on a straight line about a mile away from UCC’s campus. You can either go to the Garwood or Cranford stations, both of which are cogs in the Raritan Valley route. There aren’t any bus routes that can take you to these stations, which means you have to walk. This can get rough in the winter when the temperatures fall below freezing, so make sure you consider this before you rule out other transportation options. The buses, however, do run to different parts of Cranford, Springfield, and Union, so if you have an apartment in those areas you should check out their routes.

 
Weather

Weather

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In the summer you won’t want to leave your apartment unless you’re going to a pool, lake, or ocean. The temperatures are consistently in the nineties every day, and I mean from June to September. May and October aren’t much cooler; it’s usually in the eighties every day during those times of year. A reprieve arrives from November to April, and this is when you’ll be thankful that you’re living here. Aside from a few chilly days, the weather’s always pleasant and in the sixties or seventies. And most of the year’s rainfall accumulates in the summer, so winters are dry and sunny. It’s good that the main classes are in session from the fall to spring, because being here in the summer can be brutal.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Waco has a young population, with close to 50 percent of residents under the age of 25. There are a few colleges in the city, most notably Baylor University, and all the students in the area add youth to Waco. The city’s demographics also show that graduates are staying in the city after they graduate, either to enter the job market, start a family, expand the roots they formed while in school, or all three. Waco has expanded twenty percent in the past twenty years, with twenty thousand new residents during that time span.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Regardless of your hobbies or how you get your kicks, you’ll find plenty of ways to enjoy your time around Dominican University of California. For example, if you crave the big city then Oakland and San Francisco are within reach by driving or taking public transportation. If you love the outdoors, you can walk to the scenic China Camp State Park from campus, or to the San Rafael Bay. If you just want to have a relaxing weekend shopping, dining, or going to the movies, San Rafael has you covered. And finally, DUC has a lot of events that take place on or near campus if you want to party or enjoy a show.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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San Rafael is the home of DUC, and Route 101 runs through it. You can hop on 101 and take it east, where it switches to Interstate 580 and can take you over by Berkeley and Oakland. If you take it south, it’s a straight shot to San Francisco and only about a 20 minute drive. I’m not saying you should live in any of these areas, but if you choose to do so, or already live there, the commute would be easy. Route 101 also extends north to communities like Novato and Petaluma. For commuting within San Rafael, the campus is a five minute drive from the center of the city.

 
Weather

Weather

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Everyone knows that Chicago’s nickname is the Windy City, but I think that Detroit is just as deserving. The wind that rolls off of Lake St. Clair sends a chill through the city during the winter, and it can be felt as far as Dearborn. Students dread early morning classes in the winter; waking up early isn’t even the problem, it’s how the cold breeze greets them as they power walk through campus. As painful as the gusts can be in freezing temperatures, they are admittedly refreshing in the summer when the temperatures reach the high 80s or 90s. But if you’re a student here from fall to spring, this won’t be a consolation to you, and you’ll just have to grin and bear it through the winter as you curse the cold on your way to class.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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The ideal landing spot for grads looking for a job is Detroit. The city is just ten miles from UM-Dearborn, so the transition would be very simple--students could even keep their college apartments if they wished to do so. But beyond that, Detroit is on the rebound. The recession hit the city harder than nearly anywhere else in the country, and for a long while unemployment was at an all-time high and a solution didn’t appear to be in sight. But recently, the community and the government have combined to help repair the city and create jobs. The economy still isn’t where it could be, but it’s clear that in the future it will meet, if not exceed, expectations. For the first time in a long time I would recommend grads to look for jobs in Detroit after they leave Dearborn.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Bridgeport has the cheapest average housing prices in the area, and it’s not even close. The average cost of an apartment here is around $1000, so let’s compare that to nearby areas. Within five miles there’s Stratford and Trumbull, both with average prices of $2000/month, which is double Bridgeport’s. Milford is $1700, Westport is $2500, and Shelton is $1750. And this is even before you consider how many more apartments Bridgeport has than these suburbs do. The ideal rental situation for students in terms of availability and price is absolutely in Bridgeport.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Housatonic’s proximity to the University of Bridgeport really helps out its safety levels. The university’s campus has one of the lowest crime rates in the city, so students will feel very safe when they’re on campus both during the day and at night. But when they look for housing, they might not be able to stay close to campus and may have to look further out in the city. Bridgeport has received some negative publicity for its crime rates, including a spot on some lists of cities with the highest crime in the United States. So make sure you’re careful about where you rent, and always tour the property and inspect the neighborhood before signing a lease.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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The community college’s central location in Philly makes nightlife a whole lot easier. If you live near campus, you don’t have to worry about designated drivers or where to leave your car overnight. You can either use public transportation to get around or simply walk. And there’s so much culture and life on the weekends in this part of the city. You can put on face paint and a team jersey and go to a sports game one night, then the next wear a suit and go to a show at a theater or a museum gallery. You’ll never have to compromise on transportation or nightlife if you live on or near campus.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Philly’s community college is located in the middle of a haven for public transportation. There are five or six subway stations you can walk to, with different ones running different train routes through them to help you get back to wherever you commute from. Center City’s Suburban train station is a ten minute walk, and it provides service to 13 different trains. If you walk fifteen minutes north you’ll reach the numerous light rail stops on West Girard Ave. And if you don’t feel like walking to any of the places I’ve mentioned, a city bus can take you there, or anywhere else really, for a low price. I would recommend utilizing public transit, it just makes much more sense than finding a parking spot and paying for it on top of gas costs.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The Basin Transit Service has bus routes in Klamath Falls with great student rates, but they only come once or twice every hour, their hours aren’t as late as students would like, and are even more limited on the weekends. Most students would rather rely on their own four wheels and take routes 97 and 39 to get to campus whenever they need to. That way they won’t have to worry about being late for class if they miss a bus, and don’t have to stand and wait in inclement weather for transportation, either. Gas might be a little more expensive than the student rate, but it’s worth it for convenience.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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OIT is positioned perfectly on the Upper Klamath Lake, with views out over the sparkling water. Lake Ewauna is also close, just south of Klamath Falls, as is Aspen Lake to the west. The California state border is only 20 minutes away, and beyond it lies its its best parks, like the Klamath National Forest and Wildlife Refuge and the lava springs state park. Oregon’s most treasured national areas are also within driving distance of OIC. Students spend most of their time in front of a screen doing work and talking with friends, but with so much great outdoor recreation around them I’m sure they’ll spend a lot more time than they’re used to in the woods.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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St. Joe’s is a middle-sized school, with a little under nine thousand students. The undergrad/grad split is almost even, as is the ratio of females to males. But what’s disproportionate is the number of White students (around 85 percent) compared to other ethnicities. The next highest is the population of Black students at five percent. If you’re looking for a school with a lot of diversity, this isn’t your best bet. Or, you will just have to look outside of campus towards the city of Philadelphia to interact with different types of people.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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St. Joe’s is far from South Philly’s cheesesteaks and the restaurants in downtown and Center City, but the city’s signature cuisine is still very much present around campus. A few of my favorite places to eat in the city are in West Philly, and I hear the Wynnefield/Bala Cynwyd area has some nice spots, too. But a college student won’t be going to restaurants very often if they want to keep a tight budget, so make sure you become familiar with nearby stores like Weis Markets, Philadelphia Fresh Foods, and the Wyndale Food Market.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Anytime you look for an apartment in a Chicago suburban area you have to adjust your expectations accordingly. If Lisle was located just thirty miles to the west the prices would be much cheaper. But as a suburb, the average price of an apartment here is around $1300, which is calculated based on two bedroom rentals. These costs stay pretty consistent in nearby areas like Naperville, Woodridge, and Downers Grove. But just think that if you lived closer to Chicago these rates would be even higher. In the end, paying six or seven hundred per month isn't too bad.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The best train system in the region, Metra Rail, rides through Lisle. Unfortunately this is a couple miles away from Benedictine, so students aren’t able to walk to it every day. But they can grab a PACE bus that conveniently circles from the campus to the train station. The PACE buses can also take you to nearby Naperville, where some students live or go to hang out on weekend nights. And most significantly, they can also transport you around Lisle to commute. If you don’t have a vehicle, I’d encourage hopping on the PACE.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Just a quick glance at CU’s list of alumni will show you how many district attorneys, athletes, politicians, and reporters graduated from here. And outside of the public eye, many more business owners, engineers, and teachers have left the school to enjoy successful and impactful careers. It’s a tough job market right now, but CU has over 150 programs to prepare you for the world after graduation. Whether you’re staying local to launch your career in the Pittsburgh area, or going to a bigger city like Los Angeles in the state this school was named after, you’ll feel well prepared with an education from here.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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California is considered by some to be a suburb of Pittsburgh, but it’s officially a borough of the metropolitan area. Either way, the way I see it is as a small town. It has a little over six thousand people, which is noteworthy considered the university has almost ten thousand students. This is a place where if you’re a student you’ll become friendly with the locals, whether it’s at a barber shop you go to every month, or a store you shop at every week. It seems like everyone here knows each other, or has at least seen each other around. I’m confident that you’ll feel safer and more at home here than at any other Pittsburgh school.

 
Weather

Weather

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Like many of southern California’s coastal cities, Ventura’s temperatures never really fall or rise to extreme temperatures. The winters and springs are typically in the 60s, and the summers and falls are in the 70s. But to be fair, the city is susceptible to heat waves and inland winds. For example, it has reached a hundred degrees in months like April and October, and every summer there will be dry, hot days in the 90s. But this type of weather is the exception, not the norm, in Ventura’s climate. The only real difference between the summer and winter is that winter is the rainy season, whereas summer is dry and hardly gets rain at all.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Ventura is, for obvious reasons, the leading location for VC students renting off campus by far. The property managers in the city are always well prepared for the siege of student renters and are good about not taking advantage of them. But in the event that a student didn’t get an apartment in Ventura, either because they want cheaper prices or because they missed out on the rentals they wanted, there are other options. Check out Oxnard right down the road, their average apartment price is slightly cheaper and there’s a good stock of them there. The second best alternative is Camarillo, but it’s also a more expensive option.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The public bus system in Pueblo is decent but not ideal. For example, it doesn’t run on Sundays and the daily hours end earlier than most people, especially students, would like. The solution for many is a bicycle. There are plenty of local shops around here where you can pick up a cheap one, and a good number of racks around campus where you can leave them during class. And on the weekends you can take your bike out to the natural trails in the area and go riding with friends. The only problem that arises is snow in the winter, but usually the roads are plowed enough that you can ride on them if you’re careful. And don’t worry, vehicle drivers in the city are very respectful of bikers.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Everyone talks about how great the outdoor recreation is up by Colorado Springs and in the Denver/Boulder area. I won’t lie, there are some terrific parks and mountains up there, but a little ways south on I-25 near Pueblo lies my favorite natural areas in the state. There’s the fabulous Lake Pueblo State Park, and then west is the Pueblo Mountain Park, and even further west the Great Sand Dunes National Park and mountains like Cottonwood Peak, Mt. Zwischen, Crestone Peak, and others. Students will probably take advantage of Lake Pueblo the most, but it just goes to show that you don’t have to travel north to find outdoor areas to have adventures in.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Most towns have a bar, or a club, or even just a restaurant that college students will lay a claim to on the weekends and make it their hangout spot. But Millersville is so small that it really doesn’t have any place like that. There is one bar, or two, depending on your definition of a bar. But over 21 students will head to Lancaster right nearby on the weekend, and under 21 students usually end up staying on campus. There’s a strong Greek life presence here so there are always festivities going on, as well as non-Greek parties thrown by students with nothing better to do. The nightlife isn’t particularly outstanding but if students make the best of it they can stay entertained on the weekends.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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It becomes pretty clear that Millersville is a small town when there are as many students at its university as there are residents in its town, which is around 8000 or so. Yes, this is probably more rural than many students are used to, and yes, a lot of students look outside of town at places where there are more apartments. Some candidates are York, Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and certain parts of the Harrisburg area. But many other students try to stay on campus or close to the school, and I don’t really blame them. There’s nothing better than a short commute, and the campus is wonderfully gorgeous. Whether you stay in this small town when you make a move out of the dorms is up to you, but I’d recommend it.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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We’ve all been in the situation where we forget to eat breakfast and didn’t pack a lunch, so by the time the afternoon rolls around we’re famished, parched, and desperate to get some food in our stomach so it’ll stop growling. At DMACC’s campus you’re less likely to experience the Des Moines restaurant scene and more likely to enjoy the flavor of Ankeny. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, Ankeny is an area on the northern edges of Des Moines -- it’s almost like it’s part of the city -- that is right next to campus. You don’t need to go to downtown Des Moines to enjoy that meal you’ve been craving. Just look around Ankeny and see what you’ve been missing out on.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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You can find approximately fifteen DART buses interweaving and criss-crossing and following each other through Des Moines on any given day. There are regular routes, express routes, flex routes, shuttles, all of which help DMACC students commute to class, or to the library, or even to friends’ places when they can’t use a vehicle. Not every student will be able to bring a car with them to college, or have a friend they can ride with. These students can feel safe relying on DART to take them around Des Moines every day.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The neighborhoods SUAMC students will want to look at in Baton Rouge are Port Allen, Mid City North and South, Scotlandville, and Brownfields. These communities are the closest to campus, but aren’t necessarily the most affordable. You may find that the apartments you like at first are out of your pay range. My advice is to stick with it until you find a rental in the right location for the right dollar amount. Baton Rouge has so many great student deals because of the schools in the area, so be patient and you’ll be able to reel in the right fit for you.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Some students have contacted me asking to find them a new apartment because their old one was broken into. This is definitely an issue you should be careful of. Someone could be watching your apartment to see when you’re home and away, and take advantage of your routine to break into your apartment when you’re not there. Sometimes it’s neighbors who know when you leave and whether you’ve locked your door or not, and sometimes it’s just burglars who know students are easy targets. This is a problem in a city like Baton Rouge, where there are so many colleges and students. Just remember to always lock your door, don’t keep your valuables out in plain sight, and be aware of your surroundings.

 
Weather

Weather

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Some locals will say that these areas of Maryland and Delaware are part of the South, whereas others laugh at the claim. As for me, I think it depends entirely on each year’s winter. Some winters are very mild, with temperatures in the 40’s or low 30’s on the coldest days and very few snowstorms. Other years, however, are almost comparable to the Northeast, with temperatures plummeting to the teens and several feet of snowfall accumulating in the city. I really don’t know what to tell people about the winters here, because they’re every year! The summers are always very hot, though, with constant humidity and temperatures in the high 80’s or low 90’s.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The Delaware Turnpike/John F Kennedy Highway (both are part of Interstate 95) and the South Dupont Parkway are Newark’s popular connections to the regions around it. And these aren’t just Delaware parts, but Maryland and Pennsylvania too. The University of Delaware is about three miles south of where the three states meet in a triangular convergence, which makes out of state commuting less of a hardship and more of a common occurrence for students here. Getting around the area to campus is easy, and even offers some scenic driving along the edges of the White Clay Creek State Park.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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If you start to notice that all the students on campus are looking fit, it may not be just because they’re hitting the gym or eating healthy. Many students use their free time to enjoy Montana’s natural qualities, which is why Outside magazine named UM one of the best schools for combining academics and outdoor recreation. The surrounding area has mountains, lakes, forests, rivers, and I could go on but you’re probably getting the green, glorious picture by now. It’s the only school where hot springs could be a popular student getaway destination, which is a rare quality that many will love and others will hate.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Sometimes it feels like there are more students at the university than there are in all of Missoula! This isn’t true, of course, but the university is famous for being a city within a city, with all the unique amenities that a normal city would have, like eateries, banks, etc. In reality, the school has around 15,000 students (undergrad + grad combined) and over 800 faculty members contained within more than 200 acres of campus space. This can provide a populated feel to a very rural state, while still maintaining a quaint charm.

 
Weather

Weather

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The sunshine state’s tourism center isn’t always the bright and beautiful city it’s marketed as. It’s an annual target for hurricanes (although most aren’t strong enough to cause significant damage), and receives over 50 inches of rain every year. By comparison, the infamously rainy city of Seattle receives 37 per year. In fact, there are over 40 more cloudy days than sunny days in Orlando every year. And when it’s not raining in the summer, it’s incredibly hot. The temperature highs average over 85˚F for half the year (from May to October), and are stifling, even for lifelong residents.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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FHCHS is a mere three miles from Orlando, which is known for its nightlife involving Mickey Mouse and fireworks, but should really be praised for its hopping clubs and bar scenes. This is a fantastic city for twenty-somethings--usually I’d be telling this to young professionals, but it’s true for college students too (I’ll just leave out the part I usually tell them about eventually settling down and taking the kids to theme parks, I know you don’t want to hear that). FHCHS doesn’t have a lot of nightlife on its campus, but it more than makes up for it with its proximity to Orlando.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Ball State owns and operates a number of apartment complexes near campus, so transitioning from dorms to off-campus rentals is always easy. Even if you don’t rent a place owned by the school, you should be able to find a place within walking distance. Landlords and realtors know that students don’t want to delve in Macie in their search, so the neighborhoods surrounding the school are loaded with rentals. But in the event that you do move, downtown Muncie is just a mile or so away from Ball State.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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The cool thing about Ball State’s meal plan is that you can use it at restaurants outside of the dining hall. The school understands that everyone grows tired of on-campus food eventually, so they decided to allow their students to use meal swipes at places like Chick-Fil-A, Taco Bell, Sbarro Pizza, and even Starbucks for morning coffees or pastries. These aren’t the healthiest options, but let’s be honest, college students are far from the healthiest eaters. They would prefer a quick, cheap meal, and there are plenty of places for that on and off campus.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Like most downtown areas of large cities, Portland’s has one of the highest crime rates in the city. More specifically, this area contains I-405 to the Northwest District, but once you get past there you’ll find safer neighborhoods like Willamette Heights and Linnton, and same thing for south of I-405, where communities like Marquam Hill and Portland Heights have lower crime than average. Downtown Portland is closest to PSU, but be weary that you may see more crime in the area than in neighborhoods that are further away.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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At Portland State, the problem doesn’t lie in whether there’s any public transportation nearby, but rather which form of public transit you want to use. At its downtown location, there are ten rail stations within three blocks, and a bus stop on almost every block of the main streets. These are great ways to commute for students, but others resort to biking and walking; two means of getting around that are popular in downtown Portland. This city is more environmentally conscious than most, and as such a lot of residents take advantage of carless commuting.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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AIFLI is well-respected in the local art scene, and has the technology and facilities to help their students advance in their careers. Some of this technology includes a selection of photography and video equipment that can be rented out, as well as Mac computer labs with the up-to-date programs and applications installed on it. Fort Lauderdale is also accessible to artist communities in nearby Miami and Hollywood, and encourages their students to tap into the local, vibrant south Florida culture.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Only a tenth of a mile of concrete separates AIFLI from the Atlantic Ocean, and the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, one of the city’s many fantastic recreational areas, is within a mile. If snow white sand and sparkling beaches are your thing, you’re going to fall in love with AIFLI’s location. Central Fort Lauderdale isn’t as close--it’s four miles away--but this is just a short drive from the school. Also, I-95 is a five minute drive, and this road can take you to any of your dream destinations in southern Florida.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Bowie is a smaller school with around 5,000 students. But more importantly, it’s the oldest historically black post-secondary school in Maryland and one of the oldest in the country. The majority of the student body reflects this, as nine out of ten students are African-American. Approximately seven out of every ten students are female, and nine out of ten are from Maryland. Bowie has a population that’s just over 50,000, but it’s still one of the most populated cities in the state.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Aside from shuttles to local clubs, the nightlife scene on campus at Bowie leaves a lot to be desired. Instead, students take public transit or group up with buddies and make the voyage to Baltimore and DC (but more often DC, because everyone knows it has better nightlife). Is it irritating that students have to travel outside of Bowie to have a great time? Sure, but having two large cities so close is great nonetheless. To be fair, some students prefer to stay in Bowie and have fun at small parties or low-key get togethers with friends.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Caravela, Cinderella, Apsara, Fiesta, and the Boat House are the most well-known restaurants in a town where there’s a rich variety of eateries. BCC is a short walk from downtown Fall River and its plethora of restaurants. Many of the best places are within a block or two of Interstate 195 or are near the coast of the Mt. Hope Bay. Seafood restaurants are big here, as expected, but there are also a few great Portuguese restaurants too.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Before you commit to an apartment in Bristol, you should look at BCC’s location and how far away it is from your rental. I say this because BCC isn’t actually in Bristol, but rather across Mount Hope Bay in Fall River. The bay also contains the state line between Rhode Island and Massachusetts, so if you live in Bristol you’ll be commuting across state lines every day to go to class. I think living in Fall River is best for students, or even a neighbor like Somerset.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Severe, violent crimes are practically nonexistent on Bentley’s campus. At worst you’ll hear about an assault, which is still serious, but it could definitely be worse. This feeling of safety isn’t exclusive to Bentley, though--Waltham has one of the lowest crime rates in the Boston metropolitan area. I’d say the safest area to live in is the easternmost part of Waltham near Belmont and Watertown. Kingston, in the northwestern corner of town, is also a nice area. And, for students, living near Brandeis and Bentley’s campuses is safe and convenient.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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At Bentley, dorm get-togethers, apartment parties, and fraternity events dominate the on campus nightlife. But students who don’t want to be crowded in someone’s room or end up doomed by a low female to male ratio at a frat house go ten miles east of Waltham to the great city of Boston. There, your nightlife opportunities are unlimited; especially if you’re over 21. These students could also find fun in downtown Waltham, with its bars, pubs, and restaurants.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Students will be relieved when they look at Madison’s apartment costs compared to the area’s other towns and cities. Using two bedroom monthly rents as a frame of reference, the average cost of apartments in Madison is $1658. This sounds expensive until you compare it to nearby communities: Morristown, Whippany, Cedar Knolls, and Morris Plains all have average 2bd apartment costs of over $2000. Madison is the cheapest local place to rent by far. Parsippany is also less expensive if students don’t mind a longer drive.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Fairleigh students use public transit to leave campus on the weekend or to run errands, but don’t use it for everyday commuting. One reason is that the walk to the train station from school is unlit and dangerous at night. As for the buses, most students find that its times are unreliable, too far apart, or that they don’t stop near their apartment. However, if you will be out of classes before it gets too late you can easily take the train, or the bus if its schedule and routes work for you.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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I-520 and I-20 make two half-circles around east and west Augusta, respectively, to form a full loop of highway that surrounds the city. Augusta Technical is in southwestern Augusta, and is conveniently a minute off of 520. For students living in Augusta, they just need to take Route 1, which runs through the city. The school is ten minutes from downtown Augusta, and 15 minutes from North Augusta. As for out of towners, the interstates make for easy access; just be weary of traffic at peak times of day.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Augusta is synonymous with green jackets, Tiger Woods, and fierce competition. Of course I’m talking about the Masters, an annual golf tournament; the most popular in the sport. It takes place during the first week of April, and the ordinarily calm city is turned upside down with golf fanatics and excited spectators. Augusta Technical is 15 minutes away from the course--just close enough for students to work in visits to the green around their class schedule.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Williamstown’s quaint, scenic atmosphere is terrific for a liberal arts setting, and Williams college more than matches it with its academics. Over the last three years, US News and World Report and Forbes both ranked Williams #1 on their respective college rankings (Forbes on the overall list, US News on the liberal arts list). Ever since its inception in 1791, the school has been one of the most selective and prestigious universities in the country. Not surprisingly, many of its graduates have gone on to become successful, even in a tough economy.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Williams is in northwestern Massachusetts, six miles from New York and two from Vermont. Students will be able to find things to do in all three states. In NY, Albany is an hour away, and the famous Adirondack Mountains are two hours away. In Vermont, Woodford State Park is ten minutes away, offering hiking, swimming, and other outdoor thrills in warm weather and snowboarding and skiing in the winter. In Mass, Springfield is 90 minutes away, but the more popular city for students is Northampton, which is about the same distance.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Stillwater’s restaurants have been keeping OSU Cowboys happy for as long as the school’s been around. Downtown especially is a lure for hungry students, or nightlife seekers on the weekend. The Main Street Noodle, Brooklyn’s Contemporary Comfort Food, Tokyo Pot, Louie’s, and Revé 324 are very popular. Closer to campus, college-friendly eateries like Hideaway Pizza, Cafe 38, Coney Island, and Eskimo Joe’s are Stillwater mainstays.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Stillwater is as rural of a small town as you’ll find a large college like OSU in; aside from Perkins, you have to drive over 20 miles to reach the nearest town. The population of Stillwater is a little over 45,000, and the combined enrollment of its two major colleges (OSU and Northern Oklahoma College) is just under 30,000. College life dominates Stillwater, and students will feel like the entire town is its campus. You can’t go anywhere without seeing students, and in the fall all everyone can talk about is the OSU football team.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Twin Cities campus is several miles long, from one end to the other. Students need public transportation just to get from one class to the other, let alone from campus to downtown Minneapolis. Bus stops are perched on every block of the campus’s main roads: Riverside Ave, Washington Ave, 19th Ave, and University Ave. They belong to the city’s Metro Transit and come early and often. For getting around campus and the nearby neighborhoods, there’s a shuttle run by the school, too.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The Twin Cities campus and the neighborhoods to the west, towards downtown, are among the safest communities in the city. Many cities have the highest concentration of crime in their downtown, but in Minneapolis this isn’t the case. Students try to stay close to campus, both out of convenience and because it’s a safe part of town. There are some shady areas south of campus, such as near Augsburg College and around I-94 and East Franklin Avenue.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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UK couldn’t have a better location, with a campus in downtown Lexington--right next to the Historic South Hill--and great access to the city’s main roads. However, the city has notoriously bad infrastructure that can be backed up during the morning and evening commutes. UK students usually find shortcuts and sideroads depending on where they’re commuting from. This isn’t as big of a deal for students living right in Lexington, but if you’re driving in from outside the city you should keep this in mind.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Are you trying to calculate the costs of renting in Lexington near UK? The pricing is easy enough to find; on this website just look at the section labeled rental data. A one bedroom averages $623, $767 for two, and $921 for three. I find these prices to be very cheap--keep in mind that if you can always find roommates who can split this cost in two or three ways with you. But if you want to find something even less expensive and don’t mind a commute, Nicholasville and Winchester are two cheaper, and further, options.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Seattle is one of the best American cities for music, especially with its homegrown talent. With CUS’s location near downtown, the city’s best venues are footsteps away and you have no excuse not to see at least a few shows every semester. You can catch a huge headliner at KeyArena, or go to a small lounge or bar and see a rising star perform for a smaller crowd. Aside from music, there are also great theaters, professional sporting events, dance clubs, comedy clubs/shows, and movie theaters just a few blocks from campus.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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CUS gives students direct access to the best city in the American northwest, and has perhaps the best location out of any school in Seattle. Its campus has a Walk Score of 98/100, and it’s a ten minute walk from downtown and the business district. If you need to get around the city, there are several light rail stops you can walk to from campus, and multiple buses that you can take from the school.

 
Weather

Weather

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The temperatures in Monterey stay more or less the same the entire year. The winters are slightly colder with average temp highs in the high-50s F, and summers are warmer with averages in the high-60s F. The reason for this is the city’s location on the Pacific Ocean, which gives it a cooler climate. The factor that distinguishes the summer from the winter the most is the rainfall. In the winter, there are several inches of rain per month, whereas in the summer it’s always less than an inch.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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If you go to MPC, consider yourself lucky to be studying in a place that others consider perfect for vacation or retirement. The ocean shore and one of the main wharfs are a 15 minute walk from school, and you’ll be tempted to spend a lot of your time on the beach tanning or fishing on the docks. If you’re caught up with studying, there’s no harm in that. I’d encourage you to explore and enjoy what Monterey is known for; what other people vacation here for.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The MBTA runs public transportation all over Massachusetts and even into Connecticut. Its most extensive service is the commuter rail, and Bridgewater State is the penultimate stop on the Middleborough/Lakeville line. It’s about an hour ride to Boston, with stops in-between in Campello, Brockton, Montello, Holbrook, Randolph, and Braintree. Some students live in these areas and take the rail to class every day, and why not? It’s not much more expensive than driving and doesn’t take too long either.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Outside of the UMass school system, Bridgewater State is the largest state school in Massachusetts. There are over 12,000 enrolled students; this is especially incredible when you consider the population of Bridgewater is just over 25,000. The school specializes in liberal arts, and when you factor in the politics of the local area, it’s unsurprising that most of the students here are liberal Democrats. The college is in a rural, small town setting, but its large student population can make it feel like the campus feel like its own community.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The peaceful North Natomas Regional Park borders part of ARC’s campus, and has a pond and plenty of green space for relaxing and playing frisbee or pass with a football or soccer ball. There are over a dozen other small neighborhood parks north of Natomas that are within walking distance of ARC, and are great for recreation. Downtown Sacramento is also less than a ten minute drive away, and is a huge change of pace from campus. It’s very alluring to students for its nightlife, and a lot of them head down on Friday and Saturday nights.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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ARC’s Sacramento campus is on the city’s outskirts, just a few minutes past North Sacramento. But it’s a straight shot to the city; students just need to hop on Interstate 5 and take it seven miles south. As for nearby neighborhoods of the city where students could find a place to live, North Sacramento is closest, but West Sacramento and Arden-Arcade are two other viable communities. You should also check the neighborhoods surrounding the campus for listings, too.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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When you start your search for rentals near MSU, you should know that you won’t find a variety of apartments outside of Springfield or its suburbs. But this isn’t a problem, because apartments are very affordable in the city and the burbs. When factoring in apartments within ten miles of campus, the average monthly rent for a two bedroom is $627, and only $778 for a three bedroom. Just imagine splitting that with two other roommates, and you’ll see how low the cost is. Of course, if you have a bigger budget you can spend a little extra to get a nicer place.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The downtown areas in cities usually have the highest crime rates, and Springfield isn’t different. MSU’s campus is safe because the school’s security team does a good job patrolling it, but unfortunately they don’t move with students when they find an off-campus rental. I would suggest looking east of campus for an apartment instead of west. The communities to the west have higher crime, whereas the ones to the east, even though they’re further from downtown, have much lower crime rates. Areas like Langston and Mentor, for example, are very safe.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Hollywood, with its late nights and bright lights, is an easy 20 minute drive from CSUN’s campus on the freeway. Northridge doesn’t have any nightclubs or places to dance on the weekend, so students often have to drive to Hollywood or other parts of LA. Like any other school, there are frat parties that get shut down around midnight and dorm parties that end even earlier. The local nightlife isn’t very thrilling for a student, to be honest, and a lot of people go to LA, Santa Barbara, or home on the weekends instead.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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CSU Northridge students who love Asian food will love the campus’s location, and if they don’t like it then they’ll learn to in their four years here. There’s Thai, Chinese, Japanese (delicious sushi bars!), Vietnamese, and Korean, all within a block or two from campus. Most of these restaurants serve affordable, quick meals and will deliver them to your dorm or apartment. There are also the usual chain restaurants like Papa John’s, Panda Express, and Johnny Rockets nearby.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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UNL is known for giving students a great education for an affordable price. The Princeton Review named it one of the “Best Value” universities in the country in 2013, the only school in the state to receive the honor. Students leave UNL without debt or loans hanging over their heads, but with the same skills that students at other schools paid thousands more for. Best of all, the school is in Lincoln, the economic center and capital of Nebraska and a great city to find a job in after graduation.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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UNL’s campus is a walker’s paradise, or at least that’s what Walk Score, a site that measures the walkability of different parts of the country, has it officially labeled as. A perfect walkability score is a 100, and UNL was given a 95. The campus itself has a lot of walkers, with plenty of places to shop, eat, socialize, and relax close by. And because the campus is located in an urban area, you’re sure to be able to find a good selection of rentals you can walk to from campus.

 
Weather

Weather

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Students from outside the midwest who come to school here have often never experienced a tornado. Unfortunately, St. Louis is right in the middle of Tornado Alley, and there’s usually one noteworthy tornado a year. Some years, however, don’t have any tornados, and other years have multiple large ones, so it’s pretty inconsistent. What is constant are the heat and humidity of summer, with temperatures surging in the 90s on the hot days, and the cold, snow-filled winters, with the temps dipping below freezing on most days. Spring is the wet season, and autumn can sometimes be a late summer or an early winter. The weather is unpredictable here, but this is the blessing and curse of a four season climate.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Maryville has a shuttle program that takes students to its off campus site, but aside from this, public transportation is sparse here. Because Maryville is located in a suburban area, there aren’t many city bus routes here. If you’re planning on taking one, you better know its schedule because they don’t come by often. The good news is that Maryville is such a small campus that everyone just walks to where they need to go. It would be ideal if students could find apartments they could walk to and from, but if they don’t then they should consider investing in a car.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Students under the age of 21 will be disappointed with Las Cruces’ nightlife offerings. The town shuts down relatively early, and then only the bars are open. There are a lot of house parties around campus though, and students of all ages flock to them on the weekends. The school has a cab service, Crimson Cab, that is free of charge and transports students wherever they want to go on the weekend so they don’t drink and drive. For students who want big city thrills, El Paso is just 45 minutes away.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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At NMSU, you will likely meet students who hail from all over the world. The school has a terrific exchange program that allows their students to explore the globe and foreign students to experience life at an American college. NMSU students can choose from over 100 schools across the world to travel to, but for those that stay they still learn about other cultures through the foreign students in their classes, and they’ll also meet students from across the U.S. With over 18,000 students, there are students of all different backgrounds and personalities here.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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With Missouri 152 to the north, US 169 to the west, and Interstate 435 to the east, MCCMW is well connected to the region by the local major roads. This is good news for students, as it’s largely a commuter school, and there isn’t much public transportation in the area. KCATA runs a few buses in and out of campus, and while some students ride them everyday, the majority drive their own vehicles to class or carpool with friends.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Landon Gallagher - Real Estate Broker

The areas of Kansas City with the lowest crime statistically are the southeastern part (near Overland/Roeland Park and South Kansas City) and the northern part (near Gladstone and Liberty.) Fortunately, MCCMW’s main campus is located in the latter area, and its campus and the neighborhoods around it are all very safe for students. A lot of student renters ask if I would recommend living closer to the city, but I don’t see the point. The school is located in a great area, and even if there aren’t as many rentals as the city, I think it’s a better community overall.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Outside of Boston, you won’t find many cities in New England with better restaurants than Portland. Hugo’s is the first name that everyone will mention, but the Portland Lobster Company, Duckfat, Five Fifty-Five, Flatbread Company, and 51 Wharf are all gems. For dessert, there isn’t a better place than Gorgeous Gelato. SMCC doesn’t have the number of dining facilities that nearby USM or any of the state’s larger schools have, so why not grab lunch in Portland after class?

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Portland is a city on the rise, and offers more culture to students than any other part of Maine. The Maine Mall, the largest mall in the state, is just six miles from SMCC. And across the bay that separates the school from Portland is Old Port, the city’s go-to destination for nightlife. Only three miles is what separates the campus from the port, as well as Hadlock Field, where one of the Boston Red Sox minor league teams plays, and the Portland Expo Arena, where the Boston Celtics’ D-league team plays.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Washington’s transit system is one of the best in the country; AU is four miles outside of the downtown area but students still have access to the subway. The nearest stop is about a mile walk away from campus, which is too far for some (especially in the winter), but many students use it to get back and forth in their commute. Others take one of the several regional buses that stop on campus. But the form of public transportation that students take most often is the shuttle program operated by the school, which runs through the campus and to surrounding areas.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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AU’s about fifteen minutes outside of downtown Washington DC--great news for student renters. Trying to pay for rent in that part of the city will really stretch a wallet thin. AU students should be looking for apartments close to campus in communities like Forest Hills, Cleveland Park, Wesley Heights, McLean Gardens, and Tenleytown. There isn’t a substantial difference between rental prices in these areas, but students tend to look more towards Tenleytown and the Cleveland Park area because of access to the subway.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Most FAU students live off-campus; in fact, 94% of them do. That means that on any given day, the vast majority of the student body is wondering how they’re going to get to class. For some, it’s as easy as plotting out a walking route. But for most, they have to consider the various roads they can take, and how bad traffic will be on each. The most popular road students take is I-95, but traffic on the interstate can be backed up during rush hours. Glades Road (808) and Spanish River Boulevard (800) are other options, but you should definitely map out a commute before you decide on a rental.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Landon Gallagher - Real Estate Broker

A lot of students at FAU use their cars to get around, and they could tell you that most of the local student hotspots are just a short drive or walk from campus. There’s a mall, restaurants, shopping plazas, and downtown Boca Raton has movie theaters and museums--or conversely, clubs and bars--for students to enjoy. And, of course, the ocean and the beaches on the coast are just a few miles away. Boca is the perfect mix of a calm and relaxing retirement destination and a hopping, nightlife-packed college city.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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This may come as a surprise, or no surprise at all, but I’ve met countless Temple alumni who tell me that when they were students they partied every night of the week. School organizations--whether involved with Greek life, athletics, or other--throw parties every night, some of which are free and others that cost just a few bucks. These types of parties are popular with underclassmen, but when students turn 21 they head to bars in Center City, Manayunk, Old City, or in and around Temple’s campus. Also, with public transit, they can head to other parts of Philly and enjoy sports games, art shows, music concerts, or just serendipitously explore the city.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Landon Gallagher - Real Estate Broker

Temple is located in North Philly, which is regarded as a pretty scuzzy area. Students living on-campus don’t have much to worry about because Temple police and the security guards there are terrific, but once students move off-campus there isn’t the same safety net. Because of this, a lot of students decide to leave North Philly and live in another part of the city instead. With public transportation, a longer commute isn’t too much of an inconvenience, and would be worth it if they didn’t feel safe living near the campus.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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University City is the neighborhood that UPenn’s campus is in. It’s named after the schools located there, most notably UPenn and Drexler. Because of this, mostly everyone you’ll see in the area are young, and if they’re older they’re probably professors or administrators for one of the schools. This is a perfect neighborhood for UPenn students; there are college-friendly restaurants like Chik-Fil-A, it’s a short walk to class buildings, and there are a lot of deals that landlords offer to students. Students should be able to find an apartment and individually pay $500-750 per month with roommates, which I think is a deal for an area like this.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Ask any UPenn student what the benefits of living in a city area, and they’re sure to mention the public transportation. The Philly campus is well served by a variety of transportation services; trolley lines conveniently stop north and south of the campus, and bus routes circle it, too. Students who live in other areas of Philly can easily take the trolley or buses to class, and there’s also a subway station about a half mile away on 34th Street. For students who live outside of Philly and commute from a suburb, the University City train station is just outside of campus and serves five commuter rail lines.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Bolton Hill and Midtown are two of the most expensive neighborhoods in Baltimore, with monthly rental prices easily topping $1000. Most students who go to universities in the downtown region of Baltimore, like John Hopkins or the University of Baltimore, usually live in neighborhoods that are outside of walking distance (more than a mile away) from their school, and rely on public transportation or a car to get to class. My only piece of advice is this: Baltimore has its fair share of shady neighborhoods, and even if the rent may be cheap, don’t move into an area until you’ve researched its crime and safety.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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John Hopkins is respected worldwide for its science, engineering, and medical academics, and has been ranked number one by the National Science Foundation for them. Students in these fields can’t find many schools in the world, let alone the U.S., that are better than John Hopkins. The school churns out surgeons, scientists, and even Nobel Prize winners, 37 of which have hailed from Hopkins. US News and World Reports ranks Hopkins as the thirteenth best national university in the country, and the second best grad school.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Pratt students come to the city expecting to cross into Manhattan every weekend for its nightlife, but they quickly find out that Brooklyn has almost as much to offer. The NBA’s Nets franchise recently moved to the new Barclays Center, and the NHL’s Islanders will also be relocating there soon. Brooklyn has also become one of the hippest parts of the city in the past decade, which led to bars, clubs, restaurants, and art/music venues becoming trendy. There will be no shortage of apartment parties, concerts, and club going opportunities for Pratt students on the weekend.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The Pratt Institute is just a mile off the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, which makes the commuting relatively easy for students driving from other parts of the city. But traffic on the expressway or on the city streets, especially during rush hour, can be a real pain. Most students would rather avoid it altogether and take public transportation. There are two subway stops near Pratt, both of which are a half mile (seven minute walk) away. These two stations, Classon Ave and Clinton-Washington Ave, are both stops for the city’s G train.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Loyola is located on Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile, which is a famous stretch of the city along North Michigan Avenue that’s known for its shops and restaurants. Loyola students are able to treat themselves to any of the mile’s eateries whenever they please, but the prices on the menu may scare some students away. However, there are still nearby restaurants with college-friendly budgets, such as Friends Sushi, Rosebud on Rush, Quartino, and the Coco Pazzo Cafe.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Loyola’s campus is very walkable--in fact, its Walk Score is two steps down, so to speak, from a perfect 100, and earned the coveted “walker’s paradise” title. Students can head east and take a stroll along the banks of Lake Michigan, or south to downtown Chicago’s famous landmarks and cultural hotspots. There’s also a red line rail station a couple blocks away, and a bus that runs along the campus. These two means of transportation are how most off-campus students get to class, but the lucky ones are located near the “walker’s paradise” and don’t need to take any vehicles to get to campus.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Landon Gallagher - Real Estate Broker

Pretty much the only safety concern in Nob Hill, where the academy is located, is slipping down the hill and breaking a bone. Other than that, there’s very little crime in the community, and I would feel safe walking here at all hours of the night. The area’s affluence and upper-class population certainly is a large part of this, but also there are crowds of people walking around late every night because of the restaurants and bars here. If you can afford Nob Hill’s expensive rent, then I would encourage you to live here, as it’s one of the safest neighborhoods in San Fran.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The academy is located in San Fran’s Nob Hill neighborhood. It’s often referred to as “snob hill” because it’s a very affluent area with upper-class residents and a growing population of young professionals. Even when it was founded it was this way: nob is short for noble and in olden days this referred to affluence. As for its academy of art, it has a massive enrollment of over 17,000, which is one of the highest in the country for an art school. Students here are a large reason why Nob Hill stays cultured and hip.

 

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