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Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Most people, around 70% to be exact, in Houston use a car to commute to work every day. This is the primary reason why the city ranks in the top 5 US cities with the worst traffic congestion. Residents have recently seeked alternatives; the most popular other forms of travel are METRO’s buses and light rail lines (which are currently still being constructed and built out further from the city). Biking is also popular in Houston--there’s a even a bike sharing program for the public--and there are more bikers in the city than anywhere else in Texas.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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When it comes to safety in Houston, usually the neighborhoods west of downtown are safer than east, and downtown itself has spotty crime areas. The safest communities, like Satsuma, Falcon Pass, Clodine, Olcott, and Melendy, are all far from downtown; you could even say some are on the outskirts of the city. This isn’t a coincidence. As you move further away from downtown, what you lose in commuting convenience you gain in safety and lower crime rates. Houston has a negative reputation for its crime, but it really depends on which part of the city you live in.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Valparaiso’s median rent is around $839 (based around the average monthly price of a two bedroom), but can swing a few hundred dollars either direction depending on how many beds and baths you require. Valparaiso’s price range is similar to nearby Portage, Chesterton, Hobart, and Crown Point, so if you’re debating whether you should live locally or in one of these neighboring towns then price isn’t an issue. The commute is a larger issue, and the prices that come with filling up your gas tank every week. Cheaper college housing is also available in Valparaiso. The facilities aren’t as nice, but the low costs make up for it.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Valparaiso University is 30 miles east of the Illinois state border, 50 miles southeast of Chicago, and just 14 miles south of Lake Michigan. Interstates 80, 90, and 94 run north of the school, and 65 is to the west. US Route 30 provides direct access to the school, and is the road that most off-campus commuters will take to campus for class. However, if you are an on-campus student you will likely not be driving very much; only 46% of students bring their cars on-campus with them.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Students who have a car on campus with them at SVC are rewarded with a plethora of options for the weekend. The Canadian border is 50 miles away, and students at the school often make trips up north. Both the Skagit Bay and Padilla Bay are ten miles to the west, and the state of Washington’s best natural amenities like the Mt. Baker National Forest, the Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and the North Cascades are a 1-2 hour drive to the east. Of course, if you want to stay local there are on campus opportunities too.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Students at Skagit Valley College place a high priority on safety, and are always asking which neighborhoods in Mt. Vernon have the lowest crime rates. The southern neighborhoods, like Conway, Lake McMurray, and Big Lake. However, the area surrounding SVC’s campus is more dangerous than average. In fact, Mt. Vernon has a crime rate that exceeds the US average. Burlington, which neighbors Mt. Vernon to the north, has an even worse crime rate (124 inhabitants out of 1000 experience crime annually). However, if you’re careful about where you live in both places you should be able to avoid the high crime.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Approximately three out of every four Clemson students have a vehicle on-campus (74%). This illustrates how many students depend on cars to commute to school. There are buses that travel around Clemson, and an Amtrak station north of campus, but overall, vehicles are the dominant mode of transportation here. The Calhoun Memorial Highway (Route 123) is the primary route that students who are commuting from a neighboring area use to get to Clemson University. If you’re an off-campus student, you will probably need a car. Unless, of course, you are within walking distance of campus.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Clemson University’s total enrollment of students (both grad and undergrad) is around 20,000. However, the actual population of college town Clemson is just 14,000 according to the 2010 Census. This shows how many students live off-campus as opposed to in one of the university’s dorms. In fact, only 41% of students live on-campus; the rest of the student body either commutes from home or, more likely, has found a rental somewhere in the area. Usually, the upperclassmen are the ones who move move off-campus, and when they do this site is a great tool to use for the Clemson area.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Louisville has very reasonable apartment prices for students eyeing a move off campus. If you’re looking for a studio apartment, or a place with one, two, or three bedrooms, you will be able to find a place for under $1000 a month, guaranteed. There are expensive alternatives, but a cheaper college market does exist and is very popular with University of Louisville students. Downtown, Germantown, Shelby Park, Old Louisville, Park Hill, Parkland... so many neighborhoods to choose from and fortunately, there a lot of available

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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In Louisville, the plentiful number of on and off campus events on the weekend are always a good time. Usually, the most popular things going on are related to sports, especially with the school’s football and basketball teams. There are also parties thrown by school organizations, like the Greek chapters. Off-campus, the school is a few blocks from downtown Louisville and its restaurants, culture, and history. Or, as the college students will tell you, bars and clubs. There’s nothing wrong with taking a night off from studying, and when you do there will be countless opportunities waiting both on and off campus.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Drexel’s students are within walking distance of subway stations, trolley stations, light rail stations, and an Amtrak station. To say that they have access to public transportation is an understatement. The only possible reason I can think of a student needing a car is if they live outside of the city and commute to Philadelphia every day (which I don’t think is worth it). If you’re an on-campus student, you will be able to use public transit to get anywhere you need to be. If you live off-campus, then most likely you’re living in another part of the city that has one of the many facets of public transportation you can take to Drexel.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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I can’t imagine anything more difficult than being a student at Drexel and eating at the dining hall knowing that Philadelphia culinary standouts like Kaffa Crossing, Tria, Vernick, Gia Pronto, and Matyson are within walking distance. However, in University City, college students are more likely to swing by the numerous food stands and food trucks in the area like Cucina Zapata, Pitruco Pizza, Kung Fu Hoagies, and La Dominique. There are perfect examples of cheap yet delicious, quick-serve spots that college students love. With such a prime location in Philadelphia, Drexel students can either eat at a stand like Kung Fu Hoagies or a fancy sit-down restaurant like Matyson.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Harrisonburg’s crime rate is lower than both state and national averages; the chances of being a victim of a violent crime here are one in 500, and for a property crime, one in 47. Unfortunately, the parts of town with the highest crime rates are the ones that surround JMU’s campus (because it’s located near the city’s center). The campus itself has the third lowest crime rate in Harrisonburg, but for off-campus students, closer isn’t always better. Massanetta Springs, Green Mount/Linville, Melrose/Zenda, and Lacey Spring/Arkton are some of the safest bets.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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More often than not, freshmen at JMU aren’t allowed to have parking permits, which forces them to stay on-campus where they can walk to class and take advantage of Harrisonburg’s buses to get around town. However, when they become upperclassmen, it’s standard for them to move off-campus and find housing elsewhere in the area. The vast majority of these students live in Harrisonburg, thus the average commute by vehicle isn’t longer than ten or fifteen minutes. It also helps out-of-town commuters that JMU sits right on Interstate 81.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Melbourne, FIT’s home, is one of Florida’s most beautiful coastal cities. This is especially apparent when you cross over 5th Avenue to the thin strip of land sitting on the Atlantic Ocean. This is where many of beaches are, and where you can find a lot of FIT’s students on the weekends or after class on sunny weekdays. Everyone knows that Florida’s beaches are perfect for students, but Melbourne is a great city for them to explore. There are historic sites, museums, plenty of culture, and over 30 parks for exercise and recreation.

 
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Traffic & Commuting

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Most students at FIT bring a vehicle to school with them (65%), even though the campus is small and walkable. This shows that the majority of off-campus students need vehicles to commute to FIT. The only exception are the students who take public transportation (SCAT’s Bus 26) to class. FIT is just a few miles from Interstate 95 to the west and US Route 192 to the north. A lot of students look towards Palm Bay for off-campus housing, as its only four miles away. Wilson Gardens and West Melbourne are two other popular local areas, and both feature short commutes to FIT’s campus.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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St. Norbert’s campus is compact and contained; walking is by far the most popular mode of transportation for on-campus students. But for those who live off-campus, a vehicle is highly recommended. Taking local buses isn’t ideal, especially in the winter where walking to and from the stops and waiting can be torturous. You would be lucky to find a rental within walking distance of campus, but if you don’t, you will need a car. Owning a vehicle will also help on the weekends when you and your friends want to go to Green Bay for the night, or Lake Michigan on a day trip.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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St. Norbert has one of the most aesthetically pleasing campuses in Wisconsin. It overlooks the Fox River, and the academic buildings’ architecture is beautiful. Even students who aren’t photography students can appreciate the beauty of a walk along the river in the summer or a stroll through De Pere’s historic districts. Also, Green Bay is just seven miles away if you want to see the Packers play or tap into a more active nightlife. On-campus there are sororities, frats, and “social groups,” which are similar in a sense. These organizations throw a lot of parties, and there are also more low-key student get-togethers on the weekend as well.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Nashville is a large city, as it’s population has jumped nearly 100,000 people to 601,222 total residents since 1990. The majority of people who live here are White (65%), but there is also a thriving African-American population here (27%). Going from the Lincoln College of Technology (formerly Nashville Auto Diesel College) to the Nashville workforce should be an easy transition, as the economy here is anchored largely by automobile production and technology manufacturing, which fit perfectly with the school’s academic programs. You will also get plenty of chances to meet other college students; there are over 25 schools in the area, from small specialty colleges like Lincoln to large universities.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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The Lincoln College of Technology (LCT), or as it was formerly known, the Nashville Auto Diesel College, specializes in the fields of automobile technology, repair, and maintenance. If you’re looking to pursue a degree in these fields, this school is for you. It’s one of the best trade schools in the area, and not just for its academics. Unlike many schools of its kind, it offers on-campus housing and financial aid, just like any other university. LCT will teach you the skills necessary to become a mechanic, technician, etc., but it will also give you a degree, which is a valuable commodity in today’s tough job market.

 
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Recreation

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Providence is a great college city, as around eight schools (like Brown, RISD, Johnson & Wales, etc.) have campuses here. You can always find a party going on in Providence, whether it’s on college campuses, in student neighborhoods, or at local bars and music venues. There are specific clubs and bars that are frequented by college crowds; it won’t be long until you figure out which spots in the city are best to go to on the weekend. And with local public transportation, the means of getting back and forth is never too complicated. There are also on-campus activities that keep students entertained without ever having to travel too far from home.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The local public transit near RIC really helps students expand their housing search beyond the immediate area surrounding campus. Students with cars don’t have to worry about how far away from the school they are, but distance is a real concern for students without their own vehicle. Fortunately, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority runs around 100 bus routes throughout the state, with many of them serving the Providence area. Because of their extensive coverage, your housing search won’t have to hinge on owning a car. Just narrow your listings down to their proximity to bus stops, and you can use public transportation to get to class every day.

 
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Recreation

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Tacoma has a great location on the coast of the Puget Sound and Commencement Bay. The harbors and waterways are beautiful in the spring, summer, and fall, and spots like Owen Beach, Titlow Beach, and the Waterfront are very popular with students. American Lake and Spanaway Lake are also hot spots for locals. The UW Tacoma campus is just a few steps away from Downtown and its great bars, Theater District, and waterfront area. If you’re up for a short drive, Seattle is just 30 miles to the north along Interstate 5.

 
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Apartment Costs

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One large advantage UW Tacoma has over its Seattle sister campus is the local apartment prices. If you’re a Tacoma student you’re going to be paying hundreds less than the typical Seattle student. In fact, when comparing every apartment listing within ten miles of both their campuses, the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment near Tacoma was $640 less than a typical 2 bedroom in Seattle (Tacoma: $939/month average, Seattle: $1679/month average). Another benefit is that the cost of living in Tacoma is much less expensive than in Seattle, where inflated city prices can really hurt a student budget. UW Tacoma students can expect to find a rental that meets their requirements for less than $1000/month, but UW Seattle students aren’t usually as lucky.

 
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Ordinarily, a small town like Bloomington wouldn’t have many apartments at all. However, because it’s a college town, locals know that students will want to rent an apartment off-campus. Consequently, there are dozens of listings in the area for cheap student housing. How cheap? There are three listings right now for four bedroom apartments that cost less than $400/month. In most places, you would only see this type of deal once every few years, let alone in three listings at once. Mostly all the rentals are under $500/month, which is perfect for a college budget. Depending on your roommate situation, you can shop for rentals ranging from one bedroom to four. If you’re looking to live off-campus at IWU, renting in Bloomington is an excellent option.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Certain students find that having a car is absolutely necessary if you go to IWU, while others find it completely unnecessary. If you’re wondering whether you should buy a vehicle, or bring one from home, you need to take a few factors into consideration: are you living on-campus, or within walking distance? If so, a car isn’t necessary. There are extensive bus routes provided by Bloomington and student-run transportation at IWU (Titan Transport) that can take you wherever you need to go, and the campus is small and very walkable. However, if you live far from campus, such as in another town or city, you will need a car to commute to class. A car is also recommended if you plan on spending weekends outside of Bloomington (such as in Chicago or Indianapolis).

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Boston’s commuter rail routes extend far beyond the city’s metropolitan area, and there are stations for the Haverhill Line in both nearby Andover and Lawrence. Students generally use the commuter rail on the weekend when they want to get to Boston. Some go down just for the day and eat at Quincy Market or catch a Red Sox game, while others make a weekend out of it and stay with friends in the city. The commuter rail is also useful if you have an internship or job in Boston. Locally, the MVRTA runs buses in North Andover if you need them, but the campus is fairly small and everything is within walking distance.

 
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Economy and Jobs

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Andover’s a solid reputation in all levels of education. Phillips Academy Andover is considered one of the best high schools in the country, if not the world. And Merrimack College meets the Boston area’s high standards for post-secondary universities. This part of the country is regarded as having the best colleges in America, and U.S. News & World Report named Merrimack the 8th best in the Northeast in 2012. This is an incredible honor when you consider all the other schools in the region (Harvard, MIT, Dartmouth, the list goes on). The Princeton Review also named it one of the best schools in the region, and Forbes has it ranked on its list of America’s Top Colleges.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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ASU has earned the distinction of having the highest enrollment out of any public university in the country. There are over 70,000 students if you add up the tallies from every campus. This large student body is diverse: around one out of every twenty students is from another country. White students are the majority at ASU with 60% of the population, but other ethnicities like Latinos, African-Americans, and Asians comprise almost a third of the student body (28%). With over 1,000 student organizations and multiple campuses that are individually larger than most public colleges, you will be a small fish in a huge pond if you go to ASU.

 
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Nightlife

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ASU’s ranking in Playboy’s 2011 list of Top 10 Party Schools confirmed what the students and Tempe locals already know: ASU has one of the best college nightlife scenes in the entire United States. Playboy ranked it third on the list, and it was only one of two Western colleges on the list (UCal-Santa Barbara being the other). There are plenty of bars, clubs, music venues, and parties both on-campus and in the city that have enough variety to keep both current students and post-grad students satisfied. The weekends usually start early (either Wednesday or Thursday), so there’s always something going on around the area.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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There are around 25 parks of all shapes and sizes located in Crystal Park. They’re perfect for families, but as a student they’re also ideal for quiet studying or hanging out with your friends on a warm day. The Crystal Lake Park District does a great job of maintaining all of the local facilities, and is always finding ways to improve the parks. Arguably the most popular recreational area in town is the city’s namesake, Crystal Lake, and its two beaches (Main Beach and West Beach). If you find an apartment in Crystal Lake and are wondering what to do after class or on summer break, look no further than the local parks and beaches.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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There are around 25 parks of all shapes and sizes located in Crystal Park. They’re perfect for families, but as a student they’re also ideal for quiet studying or hanging out with your friends on a warm day. The Crystal Lake Park District does a great job of maintaining all of the local facilities, and is always finding ways to improve the parks. Arguably the most popular recreational area in town is the city’s namesake, Crystal Lake, and its two beaches (Main Beach and West Beach). If you find an apartment in Crystal Lake and are wondering what to do after class or on summer break, look no further than the local parks and beaches.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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McHenry County College is located on the border of Crystal Lake and Woodstock, and is positioned in a safe part of both areas. It’s considered to be part of Crystal Lake’s Bull Valley neighborhood, which has the second lowest crime in the area behind southwestern Crystal Lake (near the golf course). The college is also bordered by Woodstock’s Ridgefield neighborhood, which has a slightly higher crime rate than Bull Valley but is also considered safe. I really wouldn’t worry about parking your car here, or walking to classes. It’s a part of town with friendly people and low crime.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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The Berrien County Fair is an exciting annual event that takes place right next to the Andrews University campus. It happens in August, right before classes start up for the fall semester. The fair has fun events like pie-eating contests, carnival rides, races, and of course, fair food (who doesn’t love funnel cake?). There isn’t a better way to kick off the beginning of a new school year than a county fair. The school also holds other traditional events like homecoming and athletic contests, and unique events like cook-offs and “Nerf olympics.” Needless to say, there are always fun things in the area for students to do.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The only public transportation in the area is the Amtrak station in Niles, the town south of Berrien Springs. Students mostly use this to go home for break and for coming back to school after. As for getting around locally, vehicles are the dominant form of transportation. Students use them to get from their dorm or apartment to classes, to go to Lake Michigan (eleven miles west), or to go to South Bend (famous for being the home of Notre Dame University) on the weekend. There is a major road, Route 41, that cuts through Berrien Springs, which makes for an easy commute.

 
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Recreation

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The Jacksonville campus is a mile, give or take, northwest of downtown. After you get out of class, you can take a stroll to one of the area’s museums, restaurants, bars, or just walk and take in the bustling city around you. Jacksonville is quickly making a name for itself among other Floridian cities like Miami and Orlando, and if you enroll here you will have a front row seat to the renaissance. Beyond downtown is Midtown, which has its own nightlife and attractions, such as Everbank Field (where the Jaguars of the NFL play).

 
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Public Transportation

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The school’s downtown Jacksonville campus is just a mile north of Central Station, which is a stop on Amtrak’s Silver Meteor and Silver Star lines. Jacksonville’s elevated people mover, the Skyway, also stops at Central and several nearby stations like Hemming Plaza and Jefferson, both of which are reachable from campus. If you need another form of transportation, there is also a bus service that runs through the city and its outskirts with 56 routes, 5 of which are express. Most students here commute, and many do so with public transportation. Owning a vehicle would be helpful, but is not necessary.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The University of Buffalo is the biggest post-secondary school in the Northeastern U.S. region (New England and the state of New York). The student population is nearly 30,000 if you combine both undergraduate and grad students. If you are looking for a school with a small population, this isn’t it. However, one of the upsides of the university’s size is that every year there are thousands of students who are looking for off-campus housing, so there will always be a variegated and plentiful local market that you will be able to tap into.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The main campus for the University of Buffalo is actually about 15 miles northeast of the city’s downtown area. The drive on Interstate 240 and Route 33 takes around 20 minutes, although traffic can really slow you down during certain times of day. Because of the distance, commuting back and forth (for an internship, job, or if you find an apartment near the downtown area) requires a vehicle. The city of Buffalo does have a light rail line that it operates, but it only serves the University’s South campus. If you have to go there for classes, you can use public transportation to commute, but otherwise a vehicle is recommended.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Pittsburgh Tech’s housing department tries to help their off-campus students find apartments that are within walking distance of their campuses, which is the ideal situation. However, it doesn’t always work out this way, and many students end up looking around the city for apartments. Fortunately, Pittsburgh has a great public transportation system, and it’s very possible to not need a car depending on which campus you have to commute to. The school’s downtown location is near two subway stops (Wood Street and Steel Plaza) as well as an Amtrak station. However, if you’re commuting outside of the city, a vehicle is recommended.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Pittsburgh Tech’s Downtown campus is within walking distance of the city’s best restaurants. And not only are they the best, but also most diverse in terms of food, pricing, menu, and hours open. For example, you’ll be able to find Italian restaurants open past midnight, then an American restaurant open for breakfast the next morning. As for specific places, the Capitol Grille, Palazzo, Habitat, Penn Avenue, and Sonoma Grille are some of my favorites. It’s true that college students don’t go out to eat as often because they usually have a restricted budget, but treating yourself (or a girl or guy you’re trying to impress) on the weekend doesn’t hurt.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Pittsburgh Tech’s Downtown campus is within walking distance of the city’s best restaurants. And not only are they the best, but also most diverse in terms of food, pricing, menu, and hours open. For example, you’ll be able to find Italian restaurants open past midnight, then an American restaurant open for breakfast the next morning. As for specific places, the Capitol Grille, Palazzo, Habitat, Penn Avenue, and Sonoma Grille are some of my favorites. It’s true that college students don’t go out to eat as often because they usually have a restricted budget, but treating yourself (or a girl or guy you’re trying to impress) on the weekend doesn’t hurt.

 
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Apartment Costs

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Before Alverno students begin their housing search they need to figure out where in the Milwaukee metropolitan area they want to live. Do they want to live closer to the city in an urban part of town, or further away in a place like Oak Creek? Your decision will most likely be persuaded by the cost of each option. The rental data on this website actually has Oak Creek as a barely more expensive option than Milwaukee ($983/monthly for the average two bedroom in Oak compared to $905). But looking at these trends don’t tell the entire story; in Milwaukee there is a deeper market, and naturally there will be both cheap and expensive housing options. But also remember that the cost of living will be higher, and the commute will be further than a closer option.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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I’ve always said that southern Milwaukee is the safest part of the city, and that Alverno College has a great location for safety. Two of the bordering neighborhoods (Layton Park and Burnham Park) ranked second and third, respectively, on the most recent list of Milwaukee areas with the lowest crime rates. Harder’s Oaks, where the school is located, is also a very safe neighborhood itself, and if you look around the general area, neighborhoods like Green Moor, Hawley Farms, Fairview, and Jackson Park also have low crime.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Unlike nearby Denver, the city of Boulder doesn’t have too many public transportation options. Students can take BOLT buses to get around, but this service isn’t as extensive as someone using solely public transit to commute would hope. Most off-campus students use vehicles to commute to classes. The campus is just to the west of Route 36, which is also the road students use to get to Denver. This is an example of how owning a car can be more than just beneficial for your class commute; on the weekend you can drive to Denver, or west to the mountains and state parks to ski in the winter or go camping during warmer months.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Boulder’s campus is a half mile south of Downtown, which opens up myriad options for students looking for ways to take studying off their mind for a night. Downtown is great for shopping, dancing, drinking, and dining; activities which most college weekends consist of. There are also a lot of students at Boulder who love the great outdoors, the Boulder Mountain Park is a mile away from campus. If you want to bike, hike, jog, or enjoy nature, this is a great place for it. Many of the state’s most well-known mountains are located west of this park, so if you know someone on-campus who has a vehicle, the best skiing/snowboarding in the state is just a drive away.

 
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Because there isn’t any on-campus housing provided by Bunker Hill Community College, many students are left scrambling for other options in Boston. Beginning an apartment search in a large city like Boston is daunting, especially for a first timer. The first thing I would do is figure out how you will be commuting--if you have to take public transportation to class, you need to find a rental near an Orange Line stop (on the city’s T subway system). Apartments are much cheaper the further you get from downtown Boston. So instead of looking in neighborhoods like Back Bay or the North End, Orange Line neighborhoods like Jamaica Plain or Roxbury may be more viable options.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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If you’ve seen the bank robbery movie “The Town” starring Ben Affleck, you probably have a perceived notion that Charlestown is a dangerous part of Boston (the movie said that the neighborhood has one of the highest bank robbery rates in the country). There has been no proof that this is true, and locals didn’t like how their community was portrayed in the movie. In reality, Charlestown, which is home to Bunker Hill Community College, is one of the safest areas of Boston. There is a genuine togetherness that locals here share; it’s one of the last parts of the city that still has a sense of community. If you enroll at Bunker Hill, I wouldn’t worry about safety at all.

 
Weather

Weather

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As is the case at most of the Ivy schools in the United States, you will have to deal with long, freezing winters at Dartmouth. The temperatures from late November to the middle of March can regularly drop into the teens, and on warm days reach the 30s (F). This will come as a rude awakening to students from the West or South, and many of these students underestimate how much heat costs in the winter. It’s important to receive full disclosure from your landlord about how much of the heat bill you will have to pay for, because sometimes it can be pricey enough to move a rental out of your budget.

 
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Economy and Jobs

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Dartmouth College isn’t just one of the most respected Ivy League schools in the entire country, but it also has one of the highest graduation rates (89%). So many alumni have been successful after graduating that I would be typing for hours if I wanted to list them all. But before you can graduate and begin your career, you will probably need a part-time job during school to pay the monthly rent. Dartmouth helps its students find local jobs both on-campus and in Hanover that will help them learn useful skills that are applicable to their respective field. These places range from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the Hood Museum of Art, and the school’s fitness center.

 
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Nightlife

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Most people consider Boston to be the definitive college city of the Northeast (and perhaps the entire U.S.), but Providence has a lot of universities within its borders as well. Johnson and Wales, URI-Providence, Brown University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, and the Rhode Island School of design all are either headquartered or have satellite campuses in Providence. This adds an extra layer to nightlife options for students. Not only do they have the bars, clubs, and restaurants in Downtown (where schools like Johnson and Wales and Brown are located), but they can also attend any of the other colleges’ events.

 
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Crime & Safety

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In most cities, the center of the city, or downtown, area usually has the highest crime rates. However, in Providence, it’s the opposite. Because of the three universities located in downtown (URI, Johnson & Wales, and Brown University), there is an added emphasis on safety. The schools know that if they have their dorm and class buildings in Downtown, students need to feel like they can safely walk around at night. Also, students comprise a large population in Downtown, which makes it a safer area because this young, educated demographic is less likely to commit crimes. If you’re looking for a part of the city to live in an apartment, other neighborhoods (especially south and west of Downtown) aren’t as safe and should be thoroughly researched first.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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BU students may debate this, but Boston College has the best collegiate sports in the area. Their hockey team has won the national championship several times in the past decade, and the football and basketball teams always draw large crowds, even in off years. BC students may have to travel to the city to see the professional sports teams like the Red Sox and Celtics, but many Bostonians travel out to BC’s campus on the weekends to attend their sporting games. Even if you’re not into sports, there’s still a lot happening on the campus every weekend. There are school-sponsored events, as well as parties happening at fraternities and nearby apartments. Many students also take the T into Boston on the weekends.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Boston College’s name is misleading because the school isn’t actually located in the city in Boston, but rather in the suburbs of Chestnut Hill and Newton. However, it’s very easy for students to get from campus to the city. The B (Boston College) line of the Green Line on the subway (T) is the easiest way, although students can also take the D (Riverside) line. These T rides usually take from 45-60 minutes, and run until 12:30 AM. As for on-campus transportation, there are free bus shuttles provided by the school that run until 1 and 2 AM on the weekends. These shuttles can take students from their dorms/apartments to their classes, or to other forms of public transportation like the T.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Houston’s light rail service is one of the most used facets of the city’s public transportation system. Fortunately, Rice has a stop (Rice Station) on the rail, and it’s just a few stops away from Downtown Houston. This is the best, most popular, and easiest method of transportation for students who don’t have a car to get to Downtown. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, which runs the light rail, also operates buses that stop at Rice. Like the metro rail, it can take students anywhere in the city. The bus and light rail will be your best friend if you live off-campus and don’t have a car; they can take you back and forth from your apartment to class every day.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Rice University has a large, beautiful, and urban campus in Houston. Hermann Park, located adjacent to the university across Main Street, is essentially part of the campus. You will see students there on sunny days tossing a frisbee, studying, or just sitting with friends. The park is also home to the Houston Zoo, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, a reflection pool, and McGovern Lake. There’s a lot to see and enjoy here, but most importantly it’s just a pleasant place to be on a nice day. Rice is also just four miles away from downtown Houston, which is accessible via public transportation or Route 59. This is arguably the best place in the city to spend a weekend.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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WVU really looks out for students who are commuting to class. They have special lounges where commuter students who have to stay on-campus in between classes can hang out. These lounges are equipped with furniture, TVs, outlets to charge electronics, and internet. They also have commuter events like housing fairs, breakfasts, and pizza parties. The school knows that living off-campus can make it tough to have a healthy social life, and it can be hard on a college budget, so they try to help as often as they can.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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WVU was ranked the #1 party school in the most recent Princeton Review list, and has been featured on the list 12 other times in the past 20 years. The school also has constantly landed spots on lists by other sources like Playboy. There are always parties happening on the weekends, and often on weeknights as well. There are events thrown by Greek life organizations, apartment/dorm parties, and of course, after-parties when one of the school’s sports teams play. Sports are very popular here, and the school’s teams are usually very successful (especially the football, basketball, and baseball teams). There are few places in the country more electrifying than WVU when one of these teams wins an important game.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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BYU Hawaii is located right on the northeastern tip of Oahu, which means that the island’s white-sanded beaches are practically part of the campus. If you like being outdoors (is there anyone in this beautiful state who doesn’t?) you will love the school’s location. You can stay close by and attend on-campus events like sports games, or you can explore the island of Oahu and all its natural splendor. The parks and reserves on the island are some of the most amazing not just in the state, but the entire U.S. And Honolulu, on the southern shore of the island, is a huge city that offers countless activities for students will enjoy.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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BYU Hawaii offers very reasonable housing prices considering how expensive the cost of living in the state is; the last time I checked students paid $5,000 for two semesters of room and board. If you’re looking to live off-campus, there’s not really any way you would be paying less than $1000 a month for any type of apartment, whether it’s a studio or three bedroom rental. So one semester of living off-campus would match two semesters of on-campus living price-wise, and that’s without even calculating how much you would spend on food and other necessities. You should know that it’s much more expensive to live off-campus, and if you want to find your own place you need the right budget to do so.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The areas close to SDSU’s campus, College West and College East, aren’t considered to be nice parts of San Diego. Usually, the annual crimes reported there are higher than the city’s average. If you’re looking for a low-crime area in your apartment search, I would suggest going north of campus. Places like Allied Gardens, Tierrasanta, and Miramar, for example, have low crime and are considered very safe. It just depends on how far you want to be away from campus--Allied Gardens is just three miles away, but Miramar is ten miles.

 
Weather

Weather

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When out of state students think of San Diego State University, the first things that come to mind for most of them are the palm trees and beaches. It’s no secret that the weather here is beautiful year-round (although occasionally the heat can affect some people). Would you rather be sunbathing on a beach in December, or be holed up in your apartment because it’s too cold or snowy outside? It sounds like a simple choice, but some students wouldn’t be able to focus if they had the temptation of going to the beach or skipping class to hang out in San Diego instead. If this sounds like you, I would suggest finding an apartment close to campus (or just far away from the beaches and the city) so you don’t get distracted.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The School of the Art Institute has a perfect location in downtown Chicago that is unmatched by nearly any other school in the city. The school doesn’t necessarily have a traditional college campus, but if you walk one block east, you will find Millenium Park--Chicago’s most well-known public park. In the summer, there are always concerts, festivals, and other fun events going on there. Aside from the park, the school is within blocks of the city’s best bars, music venues, theaters, clubs, and any other hot weekend spot you can think of. And because of the access to public transportation, you will be able to easily explore the rest of the city as well.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The School of the Art Institute’s location allows students to have better access to public transportation than arguably anyone else in the city. There are four subway stations within just one block of campus, which provide access to the Red, Blue, Brown, Green, Pink, Purple, and Orange subway lines (essentially all of them). Outside of the one block radius, there are around 15 subway stops within walking distance of campus. There are also three train stations within walking distance of campus, which provide access to the city’s “L” rail system. Last but not least, there are dozens of nearby bus stops that students can use to get around the city.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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In 2000, the number of rentals within ten miles of the college was 191,026. Then, just nine years later in 2009, the number spiked to 206,379. As you can see, the popularity of rentals has skyrocketed in the area. As more listings pop up in the market, there will naturally be more variety and, most importantly, a more diverse price range. Typically, rentals are very expensive if you’re looking to live near campus: the average monthly rent of a two bedroom apartment within 10 miles of campus is $2085. However, if you keep your eye on San Jose’s rental market, as well as the markets in surrounding areas like Campbell and Santa Clara, you should be able to find a reasonably priced apartment.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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SJC performed a survey asking students how they get to classes every day. The vast majority (84%) said that they drive themselves. Six percent take public transportation, and another five percent carpool. The survey also found that the average commute times for students are between 15 and 30 minutes (41% of students) and less than fifteen minutes (30%). Even though there are small minorities of students who ride bikes and walk to class, you will probably need a car to commute to campus. Or, an option I would suggest looking into is you can look at the city’s public transportation routes and find listings near bus stops, then take them to class.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Because of Suffolk’s location, it’s tough to find affordable housing that’s near campus. Most students begin their search in two of Boston’s most expensive neighborhoods, Beacon Hill and the North End. It’s very disconcerting to start looking for your first apartment and only see monthly rents in the thousands. The same goes for students who look in the expensive neighboring Back Bay area. To find cheap housing, Cambridge and Somerville may be your best bet. They are nice areas with great access to the red line, which takes you right to Park Street (the T stop near campus). Popular student neighborhoods like Allston and Mission Hill are also an option.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Suffolk is located in the heart of downtown Boston, and the city’s most desirable neighborhoods are within close walking distance. More specifically, if you’re looking for a good restaurant to go to, your options are limitless. Faneuil Hall and the Quincy Market are just a 10-15 minute walk, and you’ll be able to find dozens of diverse places to eat there. But when you become a student you will realize it’s overpriced and touristy. If you keep walking a few minutes past that area you’ll find the North End, which is Boston’s best dining neighborhood (if you like Italian food). There are restaurants everywhere you look in the North End, and the best part is all of them are incredible. The South End is also a short walk from Suffolk, and has a very underrated culinary scene. Lastly, the Back Bay (specifically Boylston and Newbury Street) is a 15 minute walk from Suffolk and features some of Boston’s most acclaimed restaurants.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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There are over 400 apartment listings within 10 miles of Towson on MyApartmentMap. This may sound overwhelming at first, but it’s much better to have more rentals to search through than not enough rentals. Deciding where you want to live will significantly narrow your search. Baltimore is technically within 10 miles of the school, so most of the listings are located there. If you’re wondering, yes it is possible to live in Baltimore and commute to Towson, although you would probably need a car to do so; commuting via public transportation would be tough. The downside to living in Baltimore, aside from distance, is the high apartment costs. If you want more affordable rentals aimed at college students, I would recommend limiting your search to Towson and the area surrounding campus.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Towson is just ten miles north of the city of Baltimore, making it a suburban campus. There are two buses run by the Maryland Transit Agency that students can take to the city, and they are used pretty frequently, especially on the weekends, by students without cars. For on-campus commuting, the college runs shuttles that take students to classes, sporting events, the library, etc. The best part about these shuttles are that they run from 6 AM to 2 AM during the week, and from 2 PM to 2 AM on the weekend. Unlike many campus shuttles or buses, Towson’s services fit perfectly with a college student’s schedule.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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There are public transit options available through the Rhode Island Public Transportation Agency (RIPTA), which has bus routes that connect URI’s campus with places like Warwick, Providence, Newport, Jamestown, and Narragansett. The school also has a shuttle service (also run by RIPTA) that is free to students and takes them to class buildings, on-campus parking lots, the local train station, and more. Amtrak’s Northeast Regional trains also stops in Kingston, and can take students as far north as Boston or as far south as Virginia.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The most popular activity for college students is, by far, hanging out on Rhode Island’s beautiful beaches. The school is just five miles from the coastline, as well as the harbors, coves, and inlets near places like Jamestown and Newport. If you explore these islands you will be rewarded with some of the most breathtaking views on the East Coast, and you will also see some of New England’s best beaches. One of the biggest benefits of renting an apartment in the area is that when campus closes and other students return home for the summer, you can stay on the coast and enjoy the beaches when the weather warms up.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Springfield is considered one of the most dangerous cities in the country, and was recently ranked #12 and #77 on lists of US cities with the highest crimes compiled by Business Insider and Neighborhood Scout, respectively. However, not all parts of the city are dangerous. If you go east of campus into areas like East Forest Park, Western New England University, and Upper Hill, you will find that they are safer. But if you go west of campus towards neighborhoods close to downtown, I would certainly be careful. You shouldn’t visit these places late at night, and should travel with friends.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Springfield College is technically an urban campus, but the school feels like its own community. Many students are reluctant to venture off into the city, especially at night, because there are some unsafe areas. The school has plenty of activities available for these students, and most of them are sports-related. The majority of the student body is very active, and there’s an enormous, state of the art gym that they can use on campus. There are also plenty of intramural activities and club teams that they can join. Another sports-related activity is visiting the Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Springfield. If you aren’t into sports or are looking to spend a weekend away from the area, other cities in the state like Worcester and Boston are popular destinations for students.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Price ranges for rentals in Athens are extremely flexible, and where you begin your search depends entirely on your budget. Most college students aren’t able to afford high-end apartments and aim for apartments that have rents in the mid to high hundreds (per month). Usually they also have a roommate or two to split the bill with. Athens is a huge college city because of the University of Georgia, so there’s lots of affordable housing for students. You should be able to find a good one or two bedroom rental for around $500 or less, and a three bedroom for $800 or less. There are also more expensive options that are nicer homes than typical college apartments, and peak around $1,000 or slightly more.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The commuting options for the school depend entirely on which campus you live on. The main campus is in the city of Athens, and there are several satellite areas. For example, if you go to the campus on the outskirts of Elberton, there isn’t a constant public transportation service that students can take to and from the campus, so you will need a vehicle to get back and forth from class. However, the urban campuses like the one in Athens are reachable via public transportation and walking.

 

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