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Demographics

Demographics

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Even though NEIU is a suburban campus, its student body reflects the diversity one would find in an urban setting. Four out of every ten students is white, three are Hispanic, one is African-American, and one is Asian (10% of ethnicities are unreported, hence the one missing student). With a student body of nearly 10,000, you will meet all different types of people here, both in appearance and personality. It’s refreshing to see a campus with such diversity; students don’t need to journey into Chicago to find it.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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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.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Despite what the satirical TV show Reno 911 leads you to believe, Reno is actually a safe city. Truckee Meadows is in northern Reno, which is, in my opinion, the safest part of the city--look no further if you’re debating where to rent in the area. There’s an abundance of rentals in the city, and it’s very easy to scoop one up in a nice part of town. If your search leads you outside of Reno, however, I would recommend Carson City. It’s a city that’s ranked even safer than Reno on Neighborhood Scout, and has an easy commute to Truckee Meadows.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Rentals can trend towards the expensive side near FIU, with monthly rent averaging well over $1000 for two bedroom apartments. Doral is a nearby neighborhood, but the 2bd average is $1675. I’d recommend looking just a few more minutes away in Hialeah, which is a much more affordable $1289 for a 2 bed property. Tamiami to the west, Fountainebleau to the east, and good old University Park are also close, affordable neighborhoods for students to apartment shop in.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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For every FIU student that’s partying and having the time of their lives at the hundreds of clubs, lounges, bars, etc. in the area, there’s another student who’s under 21 and stuck on campus at disappointing parties. Sure, the school tries to keep the underage audience entertained with movie nights, sports games, and art/music events, but most college kids see the upperclassmen heading to South Beach and want to go with them. There are, of course, ways around this dilemma, but for those who want to wait until they’re legal I’ll warn you--it can be a frustrating experience. Needless to say, it’s all worth it once you finally turn 21.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Both the town of Ellensburg and CWU lack diversity. Their populations are both around 80% White, with their second largest ethnicity being Hispanic, at nine percent for CWU and sixteen for Ellensburg. Ellensburg is technically a city, but feels like a small town with under 20,000 residents. In fact, CWU has only 7,000 less people with eleven thousand currently enrolled. These stats show that more than half of the city residents are students, which would explain why only 48% of Ellensburg households have families--far fewer than the state and US average of 68 percent.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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CWU is in central Washington, tucked away in the small town of Ellensburg. It has the usual small town pros, like low crime and not a lot of traffic, and all the cons, like how it shuts down early on the weekends and there isn’t a lot to do. Students can make the 100 mile hike to Seattle, or they can actually go hiking at one of the five or so forests and parks in between. Ellensburg is a half hour away from a stretch of forested area that extends from the southern border of the state to Canada and contains the best parks and recreational areas in Washington. The city, the forest, and the local campus and small town--CWU is close to all of them.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Adelphia has been recognized by publications like US News and World, the Carnegie Foundation, the Princeton Review, and the Fiske Guide to Colleges for its academics. Its proximity to New York City is superb for any major, whether its business, politics, sciences, writing, or any other field. The city is a great place to find a job after graduation, and no matter how the economy is you should be able to find an open position or at least an internship there.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Garden City and Nassau Boulevard train stations are both a quarter mile away from Adelphi’s campus, and both are stops for the Hempstead train. The Port Jefferson train stops at the Merillon Avenue station, which is a mile north of campus. The rail is a great way to get around in an everyday commute or a weekend journey to another borough. There are also local bus routes that students may be able to use in their commute if they stop near their apartment.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Gwinnett student renters typically search through the Atlanta and Athens metropolitan areas for an apartment, but I would recommend staying close in Lawrenceville. There isn’t anywhere within close range that has more apartment listings (although Duluth and Norcross are in the same ballpark), and for convenience it simply can’t be beat. Gwinnett isn’t exactly in the downtown area of Lawrenceville (15 mins from the city center), but 316 (University Parkway) still make it an easy commute from anywhere in the city.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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As a technical school, Gwinnett doesn’t have the housing, campus life, or nightlife you would find at an ordinary university campus. To get the “typical” college experience, Gwinnett students have to travel outside of Lawrenceville. Fortunately, Atlanta is just a half hour away, and the state’s ultimate college city (and home of UGA), Athens, is 45 minutes away on University Parkway, fittingly enough. There’s nightlife aplenty in these two cities, from bars filled with trendy young professionals to underground clubs and concert venues that no one else has heard of. Even if they have to go a little further to attain it, great nightlife is definitely available for Gwinnett students.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Burlington is a city meant for college students, with three universities and thousands of young adults walking between the trendy restaurants, lively bars, and loud nightclubs on the weekend. The Burlington Bay is part of Lake Champlain, and students love to relax and walk its shores when it’s warm out. But it’s cold more often than it’s warm during the school year, although it doesn’t matter when you’re inside of museums, music venues, bars, or fraternity houses for parties.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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You wouldn’t expect to find Mexican in a city as far north as Burlington is, but restaurants like Boloco, El Gato, El Cortijo, and Madera’s, to name a few, bring a great reputation for Mexican food in the city. But, you can also make that case for Italian, Asian, and so many other types of foods. There are a lot of fantastic restaurants in Burlington, and with so many young college-aged residents, it seems like there’s always another hip place opening up or becoming popular. If you go to UVM, make sure you don’t spend every night at the dining hall!

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Thanks to the city’s downtown revitalization project that launched last decade, officials were able to accomplish two goals that don’t usually go hand-in-hand: they created a thriving business district, and lowered the city’s crime rate. As a city grows larger, it usually doesn’t grow safer, but in this case that’s what happened. Police established an authority through community stations and increased patrol, and as a result, Williamsport now has a crime rate that is safer than average for a city its size.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Every August, hordes of young children and their parents invade Williamsport for the region’s largest event of the year: the Little League World Series. The city is the headquarters for the popular youth league, and hosts the sport’s international championship every year. Residents and PCT students support the event in droves along with fans, media, and participants; it’s always a celebration, not just on the fields but on the streets and in local establishments, too. Williamsport is a small city that can sometimes feel dull, but there’s no denying that the LLWS is one of the most exciting events around.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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CUNY LaGuardia’s size lives up to the city’s “Big Apple” nickname. Its enrollment is at almost 18,000 and is only a two year school, so roughly there’s around 9,000 students in each class year. But it may be a little less, as a small number of students (four percent) are there seeking certificates. But the other 96 percent are pursuing degrees in over 50 majors. Its enrollment size makes it the third largest in the CUNY circuit, and it’s arguably the most diverse, as over 150 countries and 120 languages are represented.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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There’s a reason why 55% of NYC residents use public transit in their everyday commute: there’s a stop at every block, its operating hours are extensive (great for students), and it makes getting around a huge city manageable. CUNY LaGuardia’s connected to the transportation grid through two subway lines--the G and 7 trains. The 7 on 33 Street is just a five minute walk from the school, and the G at the Long Island City-Court Square station is a ten minute walk. Students who go here don’t even have to live in the same borough, they can just hop on the subway anywhere in the city, and once they learn the system they’ll be able to navigate there fairly easily.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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While most of the country’s economy was still experiencing the Recession’s lows in 2010-11, Champaign-Urbana added a several hundred private sector jobs and actually lowered their unemployment rate by a couple percentage rates. This growth has only increased, and today Champaign is becoming a hotbed for tech/software companies, with offices for giants like IBM, Yahoo!, and Intel, along with smaller companies. These businesses love hiring graduates out of UIUC, and there aren’t many better places to get a tech job in the Midwest.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Students ask me all the time if there’s a difference between renting in Urbana and Champaign, and the truth is that there is, but it’s slight. On average, the rental prices in Urbana are $100-200 cheaper per month than Champaign. But to be fair, averages don’t mean everything. Champaign has hundreds more apartments than Urbana, and in my opinion this may even give you more flexibility to find a deal than in Urbana. There are so many ways of looking at it--my advice is simple: take a look at the rental markets in both areas, and find a place that you like and is affordable. Don’t worry about the location, unless there is a marked advantage to living in one over the other because of where your classes are located. Essentially, focus on the apartments alone, not the cities.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The prevalence of public transportation is present in the key statistic of 15 percent--this is how much of the student body has a car with them on-campus at Yeshiva. But off-campus students who can’t afford to rent in NYC, or don’t like urban living, and commute from outside the city tend to favor cars over public transit. Yeshiva is very accessible from two interstates, 87 and 95, as well as US Route 9 and the Henry Hudson Parkway. But don’t even get me started on traffic in the morning, late afternoon, and oftentimes in between. It can turn a simple commute into a very stressful one. I would recommend taking the subway or train when at all possible in your commute.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Yeshiva U has seven campuses, and most of them have a distinct demographic: one school is for female students only, one is a business school, one specializes in medicine, and another in law. But the one common theme the university instills in its campuses is a Jewish secularism. This is most apparent at its campus in Israel, but even at its New York campus you’ll find that the majority of the students are Jewish. Many students bond over this shared religion; who knows, it could even help you find a roommate.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Raleigh has a noticeably low crime rate for a city its size, but NC State’s campus isn’t located in the safest area. That distinguishment lies north in the city’s northwest neighborhoods, generally past Interstate 440. But if you want to stay south of I-440, look into the southern parts of Leesville and Six Forks, as well as near Ray Road. Statistically, these communities have very low crime rates. If you want to be closer to school, the North Hills neighborhood also has a good reputation.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Like to party? Or, do you like to enjoy Raleigh’s arts? Students who live on-campus often complain about the school’s distance from the downtown area; it’s not close enough to walk, and when the buses aren’t running they have to find a friend to carpool or suck it up and pay for a cab. But students who aren’t living on-campus can live wherever they want, hence my original question. If you know that you’ll be spending most of the week in downtown (Thursday-Sunday is more than half of the week), why not live nearby? Some students would rather be close to campus, but I’ve helped others find spots in and around downtown, and I’ve only heard good things from them.

 
Weather

Weather

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Greenville’s climate highlights everything that’s great about living in the South. The winters are mild and over before they even really begin. The rain is fairly spread out through the year so there aren’t months that are wet and depressing like in other regions of the country. The average temperature highs are over 60˚ in every month except three, and are over 70˚ in all but five. The summer can get hot, yes, but air conditioning can remedy this. Only July is unbearably hot, with highs over 90 degrees, but I find the rest of the summer months to be manageable.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Many college campuses make students feel isolated, or claustrophobic, like they need to leave to go home for the weekend or to a nearby city or university. But Furman’s campus, which has been featured in esteemed places like the Princeton Review and Southern Living, is welcoming, large but not too much so, and one of the most aesthetically pleasing in the country. But most of all, it has so much to do. Some students like to sit, study, or just hang out by the 45 acre lake in the middle of campus (yes, you read that right), while others will wait until it’s dark and head to one of the fraternities or sororities for weekend partying. There are also fields for both intramurals and the team’s sports teams, theaters, and a music library. Why leave the campus when there’s so much to do on it?

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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UMBC’s transit department is one of the most helpful there is in terms of assisting students with public transportation. They have a campus map with all the transportation stops and routes drawn on, and connect students with an app that can track local buses and the schedules for these buses. There are seven ways of getting around: one shuttle run by the school, five bus routes, and one rail line. At UMBC, public transportation is integral in most students’ commutes and is very easy to figure out.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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UMBC is on the southwestern outskirts of Baltimore--in fact, you could even argue that the communities of Arbutus or Catonsville could lay claim to the school. Either way, parts of Baltimore have negative connotations with crime, but where UMBC is located is, in my eyes, one of the top three safest spots in the city. As I mentioned, it’s very removed from the city and is set in a suburban environment. Students shouldn’t have to worry about staying away from the city’s dangerous neighborhoods because at UMBC they won’t be anywhere near them.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Seattle’s nightlife has become a hot scene in recent years, highlighted by the heightened popularity in Capitol Hill. This neighborhood is a five minute walk from SCC, and undeniably has the best nightclubs in the city, as well as some of the best bars and restaurants. After a long week of classes, it’s the perfect spot in Seattle to unwind. Downtown is also just a fifteen minute walk; any nightlife opportunities that you can’t find in Capitol Hill you will definitely find here. SCC may not have the nightlife that other nearby colleges do on its campus, but you can’t beat its proximity to the city’s best.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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All the culinary buzz on the West Coast seems to be directed towards California in cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. But I think that Seattle’s restaurant scene easily matches them; this city should be known for more than just its coffee. SCC’s central campus gives students a wide range of restaurants to choose from, with close access to Capitol Hill, the Business District, First Hill, and even Downtown. I’d rank SCC above any other school in terms of nearby restaurant selection. Students deserve that, with the school providing less on-campus dining options than the traditional college.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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UIW is one of the top five largest private schools in Texas and is the largest Catholic school, with around ten thousand enrolled students. The school’s secularism has helped it develop partner relationships with almost a hundred colleges around the world, most of them being religious universities. Unsurprisingly, you will find that more students here hold religious values and principles higher than students at other colleges, and students here are also more intelligent: the school has been ranked on many publications’ “top liberal art universities” lists, including US News and World Report.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The McAllister Freeway (281) is the vein of San Antonio that leads commuters north out of the city, and also functions as the gateway to UIW (along with Route 368). UIW is 2.5 miles out of San Antonio’s downtown area, and is near the Alamo Heights and Terrell Hills neighborhoods. Some students choose to live miles away from campus and take the freeway to class, whereas others will stay closer and just take the main roads--or side roads--that they know won’t be as congested during the busy times of day. For public transportation, buses 9, 10, and 14 can bring you to UIW.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Ithaca tries to keep its students on-campus for as long as possible, but when upperclassmen can finally get their own place, they’ll realize it’s much cheaper than the dorms. For apartments, you should look in nearby communities like Aurora, Hudson, East State, Lansing, Kendall, and other neighborhoods in Ithaca. If you split it with a roommate or two, you’ll find that rentals in the area are very affordable. Keep in mind that most students have their own vehicles and use them to commute, as opposed to public transportation or biking.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The eastern border of LAHC is flanked by bus stops run by the LA Metro system. The bus is the only representation of public transit on campus, but it’s efficient nonetheless. The routes from here extend to Long Beach, San Pedro, Carson, Torrance, and pretty much anywhere nearby. So if you have an apartment in the area, odds are you can catch a bus to class. I should also mention that to get to downtown LA from campus, only one bus connection is required, and it’ll take around an hour and half.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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LAHC’s main campus area is only a half mile tall and wide, which makes it rather small. But immediately west of the campus is the Ken Malloy Harbor Park, and beyond that, Machado Lake. This isn’t exactly an area where students will spend a lot of their time, but it adds a nice touch of green space and openness to the campus. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to do in the neighborhood, and students usually drive ten minutes south to the Pacific Ocean and hang out in San Pedro, or four miles north to the city of Carson. Long Beach is also pretty close by--it’s just a ten minute drive.

 
Weather

Weather

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Some people will beat around the bush and use euphemisms like “coat weather,” “chilly,” or “brrrr,” but the plain truth is that in the winter, the temperatures are always below freezing and it can oftentimes be miserable. In fact, the average lows from December to March are in the teens, and single digits with wind chill factored in. Usually, the city receives around 50 inches of snow annually. I know that some people love winter, which I will never understand, and others learn how to tolerate it. Make sure you dress warm here until the summer, which usually has average temps in the 80s.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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There isn’t much nightlife on the campus of any technical college, no matter where it is. But MATC students aren’t complaining. Why? Because their school is in the best college town in the country. Madison is home to the University of Wisconsin’s main campus, where MATC students travel to every weekend to party and hang out. It’s really easy for MATC students to meet and mingle in this town, as both crowds are usually at bars, clubs, or concerts at the same time. It’s great to be a student in this town, no matter what school you go to.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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GSU has existed for exactly a hundred years now, and has given out almost 200,000 degrees. The list of successful alumni is staggering, as well as the success stories of graduates who were able to succeed in a challenging job market after leaving GSU. The school has grown noticeably since its inception, and now enrolls over 30,000 students and has nearly 2,000 faculty members. With a great location downtown and over 250 degrees and programs offered, this school is one of the best research universities in the state of Georgia.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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GSU has a sweet location in downtown Atlanta, which means that any of the city’s public transportation is at your disposal. The school even has its own metro station, Georgia State, south of campus, and it runs the blue and green metro lines. More importantly, the school’s location gives it close to a perfect score in the Walk Score grading system, meaning that the campus and the surrounding area is as walkable as it gets. Sure, public transportation is readily accessible and is helpful for out-of-town commuters, students should try to see if they can keep their commute to just walking or biking.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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If you’re looking for late night pizza or a quick bite to eat in between classes, there are restaurants on-campus that specialize in college student-friendly food (think Subway or Domino’s-type places). But for more of a quality, sit-down dining experience, students should head to downtown Salem, which is within walking distance of campus. There are plenty of excellent restaurants here that are sure to impress a date or a group of friends. If you’re willing to make a trip (eight miles from campus), downtown Roanoke has an even deeper selection of restaurants. There are different types of restaurants available to Roanoke College’s students; it just depends on the occasion and how far you’re willing to travel for a delicious meal.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Because Roanoke College’s campus is on the smaller side, most students just walk to and from classes. It also helps that downtown Salem is directly south of the campus, so students can also walk there on the weekends or if they need to do errands during the week. But some errands, like grocery shopping and carrying the bags back, are tougher to do while walking. In these instances, the school provides a bus shuttle that can take students to the local shopping center, or around campus to classes if they need it. This is called the Maroon Express, and exclusively serves the school. City transit options are also available, like the Valley Metro buses that can take you around Salem, and the Smart Way Bus, which will take you to Lynchburg’s Amtrak station.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The Syracuse campus has a high crime rate compared to other parts of the city, but most of these crimes aren’t serious (violent) crimes. If you look at the reports, you will probably see incidents stemming from parties or minor crimes like petty theft. Living on-campus is safe, as any of the students could tell you. As for neighboring communities, you don’t need to give them the benefit of the doubt; Eastside (directly east of campus) is one of the top-five safest parts of Syracuse, and Downtown to the northeast of campus is arguably the safest. If you’re looking to live off-campus, I would look in these areas. Or, the neighborhoods near Le Moyne College to the east are generally safe as well.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Syracuse is terribly cold in the winter, with temperatures below freezing nearly every day. Despite this, there aren’t many college campuses that are more fun in the winter than Syracuse’s. Much of this is because the school has one of the best Division I basketball teams in the country, and the team receives incredible support from students. Instead of staying in their dorms or apartments to stay warm or study, students always come out in droves for games and party hard after significant victories. And when the team advances deep into March Madness, the campus goes into a frenzy. Even if you don’t follow sports, you will love the energetic atmosphere when the teams are doing well (other Division I sports also have a strong following here). The school is just a mile away from downtown Syracuse, which offers a lot for students to do as well.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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UNC Chapel Hill has an abundance of nightlife for its students to enjoy on the weekends (or, if they’re partiers, on weeknights too). Chapel Hill is a college town with venues that cater towards the young adult crowd. For example, the best local clubs are 18+ so all students can get in, and the bars are packed with juniors and seniors every night. There are also smaller parties, like at fraternities and apartments, that are organized by students. You’ll always be able to find something fun going on locally, but if you get bored of the usual hangouts you can make the trip to Raleigh, which is a gold mine for nightlife.

 
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Economy and Jobs

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Chapel Hill is a college town in the truest sense of the term. The school is a staple of the town’s economy, and most of the residents are connected to the school in some way; as a student, professor, administrator, or otherwise. The school’s campus spans much of Chapel Hill, so if you live off-campus you will probably still be within walking distance of academic buildings. This is great if you have a work study or other on-campus job, and are able to walk right from your apartment to your job. Some students also stay in Chapel Hill after they graduate and work either as a faculty member, teacher’s assistant, or grad student. So when you’re looking at rentals, it could be your home for longer than the next four years.

 
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Apartment Costs

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Berklee is located in the Back Bay, which is one of the most expensive neighborhoods of Boston. Unfortunately, if you’re a student who wants to be within walking distance of Berklee’s campus, the surrounding neighborhoods of Downtown, Beacon Hill, and the Fens are all pretty expensive. Many students live in Allston, Mission Hill, or Brighton, all of which are connected to Berklee through the city’s Green Line on the T. If you’re adamant about living close to campus, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for listings in the area. Landlords know that there are a lot of students looking for housing in Back Bay, so sometimes they offer deals or cheaper housing. If you see one of these discounts, you should snag it quickly.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Berklee has one of the most unique student bodies not just in Boston, but in the entire country. The students here are brought together through a common interest--music--and are all incredibly talented. If you walk through the campus here, you will see more street performers than in any other part of the city, and you will see students wearing guitar cases or carrying their instruments. Most of the students are artistic types, and many are hipsters. If you’re searching for a roommate, you will find that most of the students are unique or peculiar, but this isn’t a bad thing. After all, they might know about the band you didn’t think anyone listened to or an indie movie you adore. And, like most of Boston, but especially here, mostly everyone has a liberal political view.

 
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Restaurants

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There are 23 restaurants within walking distance of UConn’s campus, and another 32 within driving distance. Because the campus is so isolated, most of your eating will either take place in the university’s dining halls or cafes, or to somewhere you can walk to. Most of the restaurants within walking distance are chains like Subway, Domino’s, Friendly’s, etc. These types of places are perfect for the college student who’s looking for quick and cheap food, but for couples who want to eat somewhere nice, they may have to borrow a friend’s car or find off-campus transportation through the school.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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UConn’s campus is huge, but outside of it there aren’t any large towns or cities for many miles. This makes it tough for off-campus students who want to live outside of Storrs and commute, because there aren’t many public transit options, and they could end up living far away. For students who live on-campus though, they benefit from the university’s transportation services. There are around a dozen shuttle bus lines they can take, such as ordinary lines, weekend services, and late night routes. This is especially useful in the winter, when walking to class can be miserable in the snow or freezing cold.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The student population of Temple College is pretty evenly split between Whites and minorities. Whites make up just over half of the student body, and non-Whites are just under half. The two largest non-White groups at Temple are African-Americans and Hispanics, which both represent one out of every five students (21% each). However, the gender split is less balanced. Nearly seven out of every ten students are female, and only three are male. So while the school’s demographics are racially diverse, you may find yourself outnumbered if you’re a male student--although this may not be a bad thing. The school is on the smaller side with 5,000 students.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Temple is a small city, when you compare it to nearby Waco or Dallas, but still has a public transportation system that can take you to your classes at the city’s college. This system is called The Hop, which runs throughout Hill County. Three routes run through Temple, and the college has a stop on the South route. A one way ride is just a dollar, and students get half fare with a pass and ID. If you want to live off-campus and use public transportation, you should look to see where the bus stops are in the city, and find a rental nearby.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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If you look at the crime maps of the areas south and north of campus, you will see two conflicting reports. South of campus, in areas like Hillsboro Pike, Hillsboro West End, Woodmont Boulevard, Green Hills, etc., there are relatively low reports of crime. But if you look north of the campus, which marks the neighborhoods between Vanderbilt and Downtown Nashville, there are high reports of crime. This is normal, as most cities have higher crime near their city centers. But if you’re trying to find a safe place in the city to live off-campus (within a couple miles), I would look to the south or southwest of campus.

 
Recreation

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Vanderbilt is situated two miles southwest of downtown Nashville. You can commute between the two areas by car, by foot if you’re ambitious, or through bus lines run by Nashville’s MTA. Once you get to downtown, the options of things to do are endless. This part of town has one of the best music scenes in the entire country (hence its nickname, “Music City”). If you’re not into live music, there are also great restaurants, clubs, and bars that students love to hang out at on the weekends. As for on-campus activities, the school’s organizations always have events going on, and the Division I sports teams are always competing for a championship or playoff spot.

 
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The main campus of RCC is located in one of the most expensive parts of Riverside. In fact, the neighborhood (City College) was ranked the eighth most expensive in an annual ranking. Magnolia Avenue, located directly west of the campus, was tenth on that list, and Alessandro Boulevard/Chicago Ave to the southeast took the top spot. If you want to live close enough to campus that you can walk, you’re going to have to pay a high price for it. But with the prevalence of public transportation in the city, and especially for college students, being close to campus isn’t worth the price tags. I would recommend finding affordable housing elsewhere in the city, and even though it means a longer commute, it’ll be worth it.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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When students register for Riverside City College, they are charged a transportation fee. This allows them to use the Riverside Transit Agency’s services like buses and trolleys to get to class. But the best part is, as an off-campus student, your student transit access can take you to downtown on the weekends, to the grocery store when you need to stock up on food, or to friends’ homes when you have free time. You can’t waive the transportation fee, so you might as well embrace it and use the city’s plentiful public transit resources to your advantage.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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A student at Boston University can look to any part of Boston for a good time on the weekends. Colleges like MIT, Northeastern, Harvard, and BC are always having parties, the Theater District has the best shows in the city, the North End is home to the best restaurants, and, of course, the BU campus is always alive. This is due to it having the best sports venue in the city, Fenway Park, and one of the best music venues, the House of Blues. In the winter, the Agganis Arena is a popular spot because of the BU hockey team, and Kenmore Square has a variety of fun activities. Unlike many colleges where the nightlife is contained in their campus, BU students have an entire city to play in.

 
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Public Transportation

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BU has better public transportation access than any other college in Boston. The campus is served by the Green Line’s B trains, and has three of its own stops (Boston University East, West, and Central). The stops of Kenmore, Blandford Street, and Fenway also can take students to different parts of campus. Fortunately for off-campus students, the Green Line extends into popular student neighborhoods like Allston, Brighton, Mission Hill, and Brookline. To get to class, you can just hop on the T. Buses also serve the surrounding areas and are viable transportation options as well.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Los Angeles has notoriously terrible traffic during rush hour, which is something you’ll have to factor in if you’re thinking of going here. There isn’t any on-campus housing offered at the school, so you will have to commute from another part of the city, which could involve dealing with traffic on your way to morning classes or on the way back home in the early evening. The school is located off the Pomona Freeway and Long Beach Freeway, both of which get very congested. To avoid the traffic, you can either plan your class times so they don’t interfere with rush hour, find a rental that is close enough so you won’t have to spend a lot of time on a major road, or live to the northeast of the school in a neighborhood like Monterey Park so you can avoid the major roads in general.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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This campus is the largest out of the city’s community college system, and has over 35,000 students currently enrolled. Like Los Angeles, the college is extremely diverse, and the majority of students are of Hispanic ethnicity. In fact, around 60% are Hispanics. Asians and Whites are the second and third largest, respectively, comprising 12% and 7% of the student body. Also, because the school is a community college, the age ranges vary widely. Classes aren’t just young adults; it’s normal to have classes with adults or even senior citizens. The school is diverse in many ways, and ultimately this enriches your educational experience.

 
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The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, which means that apartment prices are higher than a university in a more rural setting, like a small college town. However, there are also benefits to living here. There are more rentals available than average, and you have several unique neighborhoods around the city you can choose from. Capitol Hill, Sugar House, Downtown... all these areas have their own pros and cons, as well as plentiful housing, which makes living off-campus easy. But as I mentioned, it’s a bit more expensive--for listings within ten miles of campus, the average two bedroom price is $895 per month. For a one bedroom, the typical cost is $709 per month.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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The University of Utah has a dry campus, so unfortunately there aren’t many bars or clubs near campus. If this is your scene, you should check out downtown Salt Lake City, which is way more active on the weekends than it used to be. There is a light rail service and a bus line from campus that can take you to and from downtown in a matter of minutes, which is helpful if you’ve been drinking or don’t have a car. As for on-campus nightlife, there are always house parties or Greek parties that you can go to, and the university is great at hosting events for students. The best events to go to, in my opinion, are sports. The school has a lot of great teams; as of late, their football team has received national attention and attracts people from all over the state who want to see them play.

 
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Public Transportation

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Most of Del Mar’s students commute by car or by foot. However, if you don’t have a vehicle or can’t find an apartment within walking distance of the college’s campuses, you should look for a rental near the city’s “B” bus line. These buses were created to serve Texas A&M (TAM) and Del Mar College, and can take you from your apartment or dorm right to your class building. Waiting for the bus may inconvenience you, but it’s more than worth it: if you’re a student at either TAM or Del Mar, you can ride the bus for free.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The campus for Del Mar’s Technical Institute is located in Central City, which has one of the highest annual crime rates in Corpus Christi. If you’re a student at the school, I wouldn’t recommend looking for an apartment here, even if they’re priced within (or lower than) your budget. The college’s main campus to the east is a slightly safer area, and has some streets like Louisiana Ave and Ocean Drive that have relatively low crime. But if you’re a student looking for an off-campus flat, I would suggest checking out the city’s South Side. There are a variety of rentals available, and even though this neighborhood has some sketchy parts too, there are more safer areas than on the Del Mar campus.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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“Code Blue Poles” are emergency telephones attached to noticeable blue poles, located in every parking lot and various other locations for emergency aid. There are about twenty police officers in the University Police Department, which regularly patrols the campus. A “Silent Witness” hotline is available for students preferring to anonymously report a crime or tip. FGCU is notoriously lax in its treatment of drug- and alcohol-related offenses, and often one student can be caught multiple times before he or she is removed from a campus residence. FGCU rates as 4th Safest in a survey of crime rate at colleges and universities in Florida.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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FGCU offers many alternatives to owning a car. There is the “WeCar” service which allows to rent cars hourly, daily, or overnight. Three different shuttle lines are available for students to travel within FGCU, though they occasionally may be running late. Bicycles may be rented through the Pedal Power Bike Program. Qualified students may receive up to 4 free rides for personal or family emergencies only. This is to encourage more students to utilize public transit with the safety net that in event of emergency, they will still be able to travel quickly. A ridematching service exists for FGCU as well, called “Ride2FCGU.” This service exists to help students find others on similar schedules to carpool and travel with to decrease traffic and pollution.

 
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Apartment Costs

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Since Merced College is a community college with no dorms, all students are commuters, and generally already living in the area. Fortunately there are many inexpensive living options for Merced College students, with studio apartments, 1 and 2-bedroom apartments right near Merced College, anywhere from $325 a month to entire homes for rent at around $1,200 a month. There seems to be plentiful availability in the Merced area with its numerous apartment complexes, and even some Section 8 options.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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With about 11,000 students total, the student-to-teacher ratio is higher here than at most community colleges, with a 1:37 ratio as opposed to the average of 1:21. It’s about a fifty-fifty split at Merced College between full-time students and part-time students. In terms of diversity, 47% of students are Hispanic, 33% White, and 12% Asian. About 75% of students are under the age of 30. Slightly more female students attend Merced College; about 56% are female, and 44% are male.

 
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Restaurants

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On campus, SMU students enjoy a wide variety of dining services. Places to eat on campus include the dining hall, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, SUBWAY, Pizza Hut, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Mexican cuisine, a produce market, a sushi place, vegan and gluten-free options, and a smoothie shop. SMU Dining Services even has a Gift Service where you can customize a baked good and send it as a gift to a friend. Off campus, the options are nearly infinite in Dallas, but within walking distance of SMU, there are options at Hillcrest / Snider Plaza behind the campus. This area has numerous small shops in addition to the various types of cuisine, including Mediterranean, Italian, BBQ, Seafood, and American.

 
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Nightlife

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In 2012, Playboy named SMU the #1 College in Nightlife in its annual Top 10 Party Schools List. Playboy calls SMU a “never-ending house party.” The most popular bar is easily the Idle Rich Pub, frequented by partying undergraduates. There are numerous Greek fraternities and sororities which throw parties nearly every night of the week. Between the four theaters and arena on-campus, there’s nearly always something to go see, and the football stadium regularly boasts 32,000 filled seats for a Friday night under the lights, so it’s safe to say football is a pretty big deal.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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About 12,000 students attend Citrus College in Glendora, California. Slightly more women attend CC than men, with about 54% female students and 45% male students. Of the campus and its surrounding area, about 86% of the population is White or Hispanic. Roughly 61% of students are under the age of 21, making it a community college with a younger average age than most. Nearly 1 in 4 students have children. About 23% of students are non-native English speakers. Most attend Citrus College part-time, and work at least 21 hours a week outside of their classroom commitments.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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The Haugh Performing Arts Center is located on the Citrus College campus and has 1400 seats. The HPAC hosts around 200 performances every year, like musicals, college graduations, choir concerts, dance recitals, storytellers, puppet shows, and more. Every third Friday in February, residents of Glendora get a Snow Day! Real snow is created and put in place for wintry activities that can’t occur naturally due to the SoCal climate. In the summer, Glendora hosts a Movies in the Park series which is free and screens movies at the bandshell. Also at the bandshell at Finkbiner Park, is the Summer Concerts in the Park series, featuring live music every Sunday during the summer. Easter, Halloween, and Christmas are also celebrated through events open to the public.

 
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Demographics

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Just 56% of students go on to graduate from SSU. There is a high transfer rate. More women than men attend, with about 62% women and 38% men. The majority of students, 66%, reported they were Caucasian, 14% were Hispanic, and 5% were Asian. Nearly all students at SSU are from California, with less than 1.4% from out-of-state or a foreign country. Students are fairly engaged in Greek life, with 1 in 9 undergraduate men in a fraternity, and 1 in 20 undergraduate women in a sorority. Nearly all students, 98%, have cars on campus.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Sonoma State University, or SSU, was believed to have an extremely low crime rate in the quiet suburb of Rohnert Park, until a report was published in October 2012 to the shock of SSU students. Between 2008 and 2010, there were 19 sex offense cases. In these last three years, nine cases of sex offenses took place, nearly 100 drug-related arrests, and 100 alcohol-related were made, which considering the size of the population, is not a fairly large amount. However, the students were not happy this information came as a surprise, one female student reported to the local newspaper in regard to the newly-released statistics, that “this is really, really scary.” Another female student reported that she’d been followed before, and then “went out and bought some pepper spray.”

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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More than 3500 students at LMU work on campus, many as part of their Work Study, though it may be difficult to find a position as the number of students desiring jobs exceeds the number of available jobs. Living within a bustling city means there are many entry-level employment opportunities, but the unemployment rate in Los Angeles was around 12% as of August 2012, which is higher than the national average. Luckily, Career Development Services (CDS) offers aid to Loyola Marymount University students seeking employment.

 
Weather

Weather

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LMU is located in Los Angeles, which is actually a basin with a Mediterranean Climate. Summers are dry, and winters are rainy-- and it’s usually warm. At the coldest, a winter day may sink to about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Snow is extremely, extremely rare. Some months, like April and May, may not see rain at all. The wettest year on record actually happened in 2005, followed by the driest year ever in 2007! Temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit have been reported even in October, so dress accordingly.

 
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Recreation

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In addition to the very popular King of Prussia Mall, there are other things to do in the Villanova area, like visit the Barnes Foundation in Lower Merion, about twenty minutes away. The Barnes Foundation has a greenhouse and a garden featuring rare trees and flowers. Surburban Square is a district just minutes away by car, full of local shops. In the winter, students head to Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia for outdoor ice skating. Since Villanova University is just twenty-five minutes from Philadelphia, it’s the hotspot for tourists and students looking to get off-campus and enjoy the vibrant culture and nightlife there. Trains are also available to take students into Washington, D.C.

 
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Restaurants

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Many students eat on-campus in one of the three resident dining halls, or at any of the various seventeen coffee shops, snack bars, convenience stores, deli, and more. There are many restaurants in the neighboring towns of Bryn Mawr, Wayne, and Haverford, including big chain restaurant names like Bertucci’s, Chili’s, IHOP, TGI Fridays, and Starbucks. The King of Prussia Mall, just fifteen minutes from campus by car, has a popular food court.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Being a student at WSU grants you a $20 bus pass for the UTA line and access to the school shuttle, which means free transportation to and from campus, and to and from cities like Salt Lake and Provo. The UTA line has buses, FLEX buses which may deviate up to ¾ of a mile from the route to accommodate rider requests, and the commuter rail line, FrontRunner. The MAX rapid transit buses and TRAX light-rail system do not operate within WSU, but are also available for use with the Ed pass.

 
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Apartment Costs

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Since more than 96% of students attending WSU live off-campus, most find an apartment locally. For the few living on-campus, it may be expensive, and a Meal Plan is required to purchase for all but the University Village residents. Luckily there are many inexpensive apartments for rent close to the campus, even ones within walking distance. Many students believe it is more inexpensive to live off-campus, due to the lower cost of living and free commute for students by the bus services.

 
Weather

Weather

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Located in western Georgia, the climate in Carrollton is fairly mild in the winter. The average temperature, at its coldest, hovers around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. However, its warmer months occur when students return back to school, with temperatures in the 80s until October. The most rainy weather occurs January through March, so be prepared for some rainy walks to class. Light rain occurs frequently, as do hot and humid heat waves. Hurricane and storm-related weather in the state of Georgia is a very real possibility, and the University of West Georgia has safety protocol in place for weather emergencies.

 
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Nightlife

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Due to the rural location of the campus, most college students head to Atlanta for a good time, but there are several pubs in the Carrollton area for those who want to stay local. The Irish Bred Pub, a sports bar with outdoor seating, is popular, as is Plates on the Square, a restaurant with a full-service bar, trivia nights, and live music. The Stix Bar & Grill, about a twenty-minute drive from the University, is the place to go for billiards and beers. The Carrollton Stadium Cinemas is the closest theater to see the latest blockbuster.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The Blue Bell area of Pennsylvania has an extremely low crime rate with statistics far below the national average, and is rated safer than approximately 97% of the population. Montgomery County Community College’s Central Campus has fourteen Public Safety officers who are all trained in First Aid and CPR. Emergency call boxes are located in several locations outside around campus, as are emergency phones. College crimes on the Central Campus are very low, with no crimes being reported aside from occasional theft or vandalism, but even so, this rate is low compared to the national average.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are many restaurants located in Blue Bell and nearby, such as Tamarindos Mexican Restaurant, Alison at Blue Bell featuring American cuisine, Thai Orchids, Lai Lai Garden, and the Blue Bell Inn which has an outdoor patio. P.J. Whelihan’s is a popular sports bar for students of age, and Palermo’s Pizza is a hit for those wanting to grab a quick bite at a seat-yourself restaurant. Those seeking seafood gather at Capt’n Chucky’s Crabe Cake, a family-owned restaurant with an extensive menu and gluten-free options.

 
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Public Transportation

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Many Southern Miss students utilize their own vehicle for transportation. However, there are those that prefer to walk and bike around the campus, with 42% of students reporting that they walk, or use the campus shuttle, though it is limited to small areas of the campus and particular apartment complexes. Nearly 85% of students reported that it is “Fairly easy” or “Very easy” to get around town, but a car is necessary for traveling beyond the shuttle’s route which is isolated to a certain area of campus, and many students never encounter the shuttle at all. After 10pm, the University Police may offer free rides to and from any location on campus.

 
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Local Events

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Several big events occur throughout the year which students enthusiastically participate in. The Crawfish Fest, hosted by the Southern Miss Activities Council (SMAC), is an annual event serving mainly crawfish which features live music. Mardi Gras is a big holiday for Southern Miss students, who are allowed a two-day holiday break to celebrate the event. Football at Southern Miss is a big deal, and prior to the big Friday night football games, thousands of students and fans gather outside before the game’s start to hear the cannon fire, and cheer on the players, marching band, and cheerleaders as they proceed to the stadium, known as The Rock.

 
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Recreation

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About twenty minutes from Hartnell is the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, a famous 11-turn track located in Salinas, California, holds many major races each year. Even appearing in videos games such as Gran Turismo, the Raceway even has camping facilities available year-round. Also popular sites of tourist attraction in Salinas, less than 10 minutes from Hartnell College, are the National Steinbeck Center celebrating the American author John Steinbeck, and the Oldtown downtown shopping center featuring a movie theater, many restaurants, live theater, wine tasting, salons, and the Harvey-Baker House, home to the first mayor of Salinas, which is open seasonally for tours.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Hartnell College, a two-year community college, has been noted for its diversity and achieved the recognition of the NAACP. Of its nearly 10,000 students of varying ages surveyed in 2009, the majority, 53%, were Hispanic, and second-most, 18%, were White. Approximately 50% of students enrolled at Hartnell are between the ages 18 and 24, while nearly 20% of its students are over the age of 40. Most students opt for an Associates of Arts degree. The unemployment rate in the Salinas Valley area rarely drops below 9%, though the poverty rate for the county is greater than 20%.

 

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