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Nightlife

Nightlife

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Santa Ana’s downtown nightlife doesn’t have the best selection in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, but there are enough local bars, lounges, and music/theater venues to produce a fun weekend if you don’t want to travel far (downtown is just a mile and a half from campus). However, if you’re willing to make the trip, Los Angeles is just 30 miles away. There are, of course, other nearby destinations that are worth the drive. Long Beach and Huntington Beach are a blast in the summer, and Anaheim has more to offer than just baseball and Disneyland. SoCal’s nightlife doesn’t disappoint, and you are sure to have fun nights in Santa Ana and beyond if you go to school here.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Students at Santa Ana College should feel safe walking around campus and the streets around it. English Street, W 10th Street, North Harbor Boulevard, North Bristol Street, Santa Clara Ave... these are all streets that neighbor the school and are considered safe. Crime is higher if you move further southeast from the campus towards downtown Santa Ana. But you shouldn’t be worried about living on-campus or near the school, as long as you use common sense and don’t go roaming around at all hours of the night of course.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Cleveland Area Rapid Transit is the public transportation provider for the city of Norman and the University of Oklahoma. They run six bus routes through Norman, three to the university, and also regular routes to Oklahoma City (named the Sooner Express after the school’s mascot). The only downsides are that their buses don’t run on Sunday and their schedules don’t run as late at night as students would like. However, they are very reliable and convenient aside from that, and if you live off-campus you can plan your commute around the buses. Plus, the Oklahoma City routes are great for weekend trips out of town, or if you want to see the city’s NBA team (the Thunder) play.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Norman is a college city in the truest sense, as one out of every five residents is either an undergrad or grad a student at the University of Oklahoma. If you consider how many more residents work for the school as a professor, administrator, or in another capacity, this ratio is even higher. Despite this, Norman has more to offer its residents than just collegiate activities. For example, the city has a couple casinos, a large mall, parks, a beautiful lake, and terrific museums. But if you’re a student, you will obviously want to take part in some of the university’s activities, and there are none better than athletic events--especially the football and basketball games.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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When you enter your junior year and are finally allowed to move off-campus, you will have an important decision to make when you consider where to live. Finding a closeby rental in Stevens Point is probably the best option--and the only option if you don’t have a car or someone to carpool with. But if you find a great deal in a neighboring town or city, you will become very familiar with Interstate 39. This road and State Highway 13 are the only major roads that can take you to the university. Depending on your class times, you may run into traffic on the interstate, but overall, a highway commute is much quicker than a commute through back roads, especially in the winter.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Stevens Point is a smaller city with a population of around only 25,000, so the only reason there are so many rentals in the area is because of the local university, which has a student enrollment of nearly 10,000 (half the city’s population). This is different from a larger city where there are a lot of rentals that are aimed towards the city’s upper class that work in financial or business districts. Here, college rentals dominate the city, which means the housing is much cheaper than the average city. You can find one and two bedroom apartments with rents that are in the mid-hundreds per month here, which is very cheap (especially if you’re splitting these costs with roommates).

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Empire State's campus is sandwiched by two completely different parts of town, both of which offer different types of activities for students. North of campus is downtown Saratoga, with its shops and restaurants. South of campus is the Saratoga Spa State Park, which offers nearly every type of outdoor recreation. Instead of working out at a local gym, you could be jogging or biking through the park's gorgeous trails. Lake Lonely and Saratoga Lake are also a short drive away from campus, and are great to visit when the weather is warm.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Ditch the dining hall and ramen noodles at least once a week; you’ll be saner and less stressed if you do. And with Empire State’s perfect location, just a half mile or so from Downtown Saratoga, you don’t have any excuses. There are plenty of great restaurants within walking distance, and trust me, after you eat you’re going to want to walk it off. Some of the best-known local establishments are Max London’s, Chianti Il Ristorante, Karavalli, Sperry’s, and Mio Posto. Splurging once in awhile on off-campus food is recommended, and is always worth it when you go to one of the many excellent restaurants in Downtown.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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It’s undeniable that living in Chicago is very expensive, especially if you want to live close to Argosy’s campus, which is in the Downtown area. It's incredibly difficult to find a decent one bedroom apartment for less than $1200 a month in Downtown, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a two bedroom for less than $1600. However, the good news is that Chicago has an extensive public transit system that extends to the city’s outskirts and suburbs. I would recommend looking through all the city's neighborhoods and suburbs to find a rental with your desired amenities and price tag. Just make sure you're close enough to a bus, subway, or rail stop, and you can use public transportation to get to class every day. If you have a car you have unlimited options, as you don't have to live near public transit.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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There’s a remarkable difference between the nightlife of a small rural college and a school that’s located in the downtown area of one of the country’s largest cities. Forget about lackluster fraternity parties or dull apartment get-togethers. At Argosy you will be able to hop Chicago's best bars, see your favorite artists in concert any night of the week, attend exciting professional sports games, or attend world-class art premieres. The greatest part is that you will be able to walk to many of these places, and for others you will just have to take the subway a few stops. Argosy may be small, but its nightlife is comprised of the best opportunities the big city has to offer.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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If you’re trying to get from River Forest to Chicago for an internship/job, the weekend, to catch a train or plane, or any other reason, there are two very simple ways via public transit. About a mile south of Concordia’s campus is a subway station (Harlem-Green) and a rail station (Oak Park). A mile is walkable, but if you’re carrying luggage, you can catch a bus there. Two lines, 90 and 307, will be able to take you. These bus lines are also invaluable for getting around campus and River Forest. If you live off-campus and want to commute without a car, plan ahead because you can take one of the local buses to class if you find a rental near a stop.

 
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Recreation

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On the weekend, many students pack up their bags and head to Chicago. Some of them drive, and others take nearby public transportation routes. Heading to the city is tremendously fun and every student here should do it at least a couple times a semester, but you don’t have to leave River Forest to have a great weekend. If you want to enjoy dinner and a movie, there are great restaurants in town and in neighboring areas as well. Classic Cinemas is the local theater, and is always showing the newest films. If you’re an outdoorsy type, Thatcher Woods is right near the campus and has great walking and biking trails. If you want to exercise, enjoy the outdoors, or just take a break from studying, this is a great place for it.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Wentworth does a fantastic job of offering students on-campus opportunities they can participate in to take a break from their studies. Aside from the varsity sports teams, there are also a couple club teams and between five and ten intramural sports leagues each semester. There are also dozens of on-campus groups, ranging from fraternities to engineering organizations to student government. But don’t forget that you will also be in one of the largest cities on the East Coast, and also one of the best cities to be in at your age because of how many colleges are located in the area. You will always be able to find plenty of things to do on the weekend.

 
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Demographics

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Wentworth is a member of the Colleges of Fenway (CoF), which isn’t just simply a title. The school opens up its classes, study abroad opportunities, and even in some instances its dorms to students from nearby schools. As a Wentworth student you will undoubtedly make friends from other schools in the CoF group; because Wentworth is mostly male and schools like Emmanuel and Simmons are mostly or exclusively female, students from each place tend to go out together on the weekends. And because there are so many schools in the area, most people you will see on your everyday commute will be students. It’s very easy here to make friends, both at your school and outside of it.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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A college city like Bowling Green knows what type of foods college students love. There are plenty of quick and cheap food favorites like Subway, Chick Fil A, McDonalds, etc. But most students find that they can’t sustain a steady diet of these places for very long, and more importantly, they can’t take co-eds anywhere near them for dates. For occasions like these, students will be glad to know that Bowling Green has plenty of amazing restaurants. Places like The Bistro, 440 Main, Mariah’s, and Teresa’s Restaurant are perfect for dates, dinner when the parents are in town, or if you’re just tired of on-campus food and want to splurge for great food on the weekend.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The university provides six shuttle bus routes for students that make it possible to live on or off campus without needing a car. Three lines (Red, White and Blue) are designated for on-campus commuting like getting from class to class, to the dining hall, to the library, etc. Three others (Purple, Green & Yellow) are used for traveling off-campus, like traveling to the grocery store, to your apartment, the airport, etc. The school also suggests car pooling, biking, and walking to help students stay car free. With the traveling options they offer, this is a very viable possibility for students.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Most of the rentals in the area are around the same price--the rent in surrounding towns and cities only varies by a hundred per month or so. For example, the cost of an average two bedroom apartment is $613/month in Fairborn, $629 in Dayton, and $633 in Bellbrook. Neighboring are, as I mentioned, in the same ballpark. Xenia is $640 (average two bedroom), Tipp City is $579, Enon is $557, and Vandalia is $556. These are very reasonable prices; if you have a roommate to split a two bedroom with you, you would each only have to pay $200 or $300 per month for rent, depending on extra costs like utilities and heat.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Some students at Wright want a different pace than the main campus’s suburban setting. To experience city life without having to commute too far, an apartment in Dayton is a popular option. The city is just six miles west of campus, and if you have a car it isn’t a difficult commute at all. Most of it is done on the interstates that weave through the area, I-75 and I-675. Wright State’s campus is less than a minute away from 675, so you’ll be able to avoid any local traffic by hopping on and off every day. There may be some congestion on the highways, but with a six mile commute it won’t be too much of a concern for you.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The Redwood Transit System is responsible for providing public transportation access to students, and they run half-hour bus routes from 6AM to 9PM that can take students to surrounding areas like Eureka and Bayside. But for students that have their own vehicles, getting around campus is just as convenient. Route 101 snakes alongside the western border of campus, so students can hop on the highway, get off, and immediately pull right into the school. It keeps from too much traffic congestion around the campus, and is an easy commute for students. Route 101 is next to the wildlife refuge and South/Humboldt Bays, so it has great scenery as well.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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CotR has a rural campus that is a dream come true for outdoor fanatics. The beautiful Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge is within walking distance of the campus. It offers incredible wildlife watching, and is one of the best nature experiences in the area. There are numerous other parks nearby that allow other outdoor activities like biking, jogging, and picnicking. The South Bay, Humboldt Bay, and best of all, the Pacific Ocean is just a few miles away. Whether you like sunbathing on the beaches on a warm day, or taking refuge in the cool shadows of the Redwood forests, if you like being outside you will never run out of things to do here.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The neighborhoods surrounding Chabot College’s campus greatly differ in safety. Two of the safest areas in all of Hayward (both Hesperian Boulevard/West Winton Ave and Huntwood Ave/Coleman Ave rank in the top 10 of neighborhoods with the lowest reported crime). However, streets right near these (like Santa Clara Street and Huntwood Ave/Austin Ave) have much higher crime rates. I suggest visiting the parts of Hayward that you’re interested, maybe even at night, and you should be able to get a feel for it. If you can’t, then at least do as much research as possible. I wouldn’t recommend blindly renting here without examining the listing’s neighborhood first.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Students who rely on public transportation to get around will feel taken care of at Chabot College. AC Transit provides bus routes to the college and other Hayward neighborhoods for off-campus students who live elsewhere in the city. They also provide bus access to the nearby BART rail stations. There are three nearby stations that students have access to: Hayward, Bayfair, and South Hayward. The college also offers parking spaces to students with cars; the last time I checked it was $2 per day. When you factor in the parking cost with the rising gas prices, it may be cheaper to plan your commute around local public transportation.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The public transportation system in Loma Linda leaves a lot to be desired. Aside from special taxi, shuttle, and limo services, the only regular public transit option is Omnitrans’ bus service. But this is limited; there is only one route that runs from Loma Linda University to Cal State in San Bernadino. There should be more transportation options for students, especially considering that Los Angeles and other areas like Long Beach and Anaheim are just 60 miles west. However, if you want to drive to these areas on the weekend, or want to live more than a few miles away off-campus, you will need a car.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Loma Linda specializes in studies related to health, medicine, science, and technology. They have some of the most highly touted programs for fields like dentistry and nursing, and its grads have one of the highest salaries five years after graduating, as reported by the New York Times. A hundred plus majors or programs are offered here, and unlike many other schools that require several campuses, Loma Linda University needs just one central one. LLU offers numerous options for students who want to study a broad range of topics, and also helps out its graduates after they receive their degrees.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Rentals in Albany are much cheaper than in the surrounding suburbs, which can be partly attributed to the high amount of less expensive housing for college students. The average monthly rent for a two bedroom rental in areas like Rensselaer, Glenmont, East Greenbush, and Delmar range from $1000-$1400. However, the average price for a two bedroom in Albany is only $940. If you and a roommate are looking for a place with two bedrooms, it’s very reasonable to expect to find one for under a grand a month, and if you split the rent, it’s only $500/month or less per person. The average costs are even lower for one bedrooms in Albany ($834/month) and studio apartments ($690/month).

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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In recent years, SUNY--Albany’s nightlife has garnered local residents’ attention, the majority of it negative. Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, students engage in Kegs & Eggs, an all-day drinking event, and in 2011 it turned into a riot on Hudson Street that the Albany police had to break up. There is certainly a lot of nightlife here, although this event was an exception, not the norm. Students have plenty to see and do on the weekend; they can attend a school sporting event, enjoy Albany’s plentiful cultural treasures, or as I mentioned, go to any of the parties in the area. If you live off-campus, renting in a student neighborhood has pros and cons. All the nightlife you need is right on your block, but unfortunately, so is all the loud noise on the weekends (and on some weeknights).

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Public transportation in Jackson is lackluster compared to what other large U.S. cities offer. There are buses that operate routes during the day from Monday to Saturday, but don’t offer nighttime or Sunday service. This is inconvenient for students, who have inconsistent schedules that fluctuate based on class times, job hours, library study sessions, and parties on the weekend. Unless you live within walking distance of campus or can get a ride with someone, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to live off-campus without a car.

 
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Economy and Jobs

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Jackson State University offers its students a valuable location in the capital city of Mississippi, which also has the most culture, business, and career potential in the state. This is especially true for students interested in politics; the Mississippi State Capitol is located just two miles east of the school’s campus. Downtown Jackson, and the businesses and culture it contains, is even closer--just a mile east. Transitioning from school at JSU to a job in Jackson isn’t difficult, and if you pick an apartment in a good location, you could live in the same digs throughout college and your post-grad life.

 
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Economy and Jobs

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Bucknell University landed in the top 10 on a list of highest alumni mid-career salary compiled by PayScale. If you look at annual rankings of liberal arts schools, Bucknell is consistently in the top 50, and often near the top. Many students end up working in nearby cities like Harrisburg, Scranton, and Philadelphia. It’s never too early to become familiar with the local rental market in these cities and their suburbs so you’ll have a leg up on everyone when you graduate. It’s also not uncommon for Bucknell students to rent apartments in these areas for the summer while they intern or work in the city.

 
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Demographics

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If you’re a Bucknell looking to move off-campus, you’re certainly in the minority. Nine out of every ten undergrad students (89%) here live on-campus. This means that it will be harder for you to find a rental here than at a school that has a large off-campus population. And because Lewisburg is such a small town, with a population of around 5,000 or so, there aren’t many rental opportunities at all. Apartments here are hard to come by, and you may be expand your search to surrounding areas like Sunbury or Danville. If you have a car this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you don’t, you are at a disadvantage to move off-campus.

 
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Public Transportation

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The Tufts campus in Medford is just a few blocks from the Davis train station, which is the penultimate stop on Boston’s Red Line (on the subway). On the Red Line, both Harvard and MIT are just a few stops away, and downtown Boston is just five stops away, or about a 20 minute ride. You can also easily switch over to any of the city’s other subway or bus lines, which will give you access to anywhere in Boston or Cambridge. The transit service, MBTA, also runs buses closer to the Tufts campus, which you can ride to get around campus or if you live off-campus nearby in Medford or Somerville. Tufts also has a campus located near Chinatown in Boston; if you live near here you will have direct access to the Orange, Green, and Red lines on the subway.

 
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Demographics

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Tufts’ main campus is located in Medford and Somerville. Both these areas have significant student populations because of the schools in neighboring communities. Students who go to MIT, Harvard, or Lesley in Cambridge often look for housing in Somerville or Medford because it’s a bit cheaper. So you will see a lot of students your age walking around, but in contrast, you will also see a lot of families. The center of Boston and nearby neighborhoods aren’t ideal for families, so they move to communities on the outskirts, or suburbs. Somerville and Medford, along with Newton, Watertown, and Brighton, are a few examples. Medford especially has more families than other Boston areas, and it has some very affluent areas.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Sometimes, a college located in an urban area has higher crime than one in a rural setting. For UW-Milwaukee, this isn’t the case. The most recent annual crime report listed the campus as one of the safest parts of the city, with a very low crime rate. It’s also important to consider the neighborhoods that surround the campus, which also have low crime. Overall, these areas of Murray Hill, Upper East Side, Downer Woods, Cambridge Woods, and Riverwest are the perfect spots for an off-campus student to live. They are safe, within walking distance of campus, and have great student communities.

 
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Nightlife

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The University of Wisconsin’s main campus in Madison gets credit for having one of the most lively nightlifes in the country, but its campus in Milwaukee deserves credit as well. Instead of the college town/city atmosphere at UW’s other campuses, students will be part Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest city. Milwaukee has a national reputation for high-quality beer (its baseball team is called the Brewers for a reason). Drinks are a bit more expensive than average here, but there are plenty of dive bars and other establishments that are catered towards college students. There are also plenty of music venues; some of them with formal names, and there are others in warehouses. Not to mention, if you get sick of on-campus food, the culinary options here are endless. Milwaukee has so much culture to take in, and plenty of nightlife opportunities for students.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Endicott has an unusually high rate of on-campus students, as 85% of the student body live in dorms throughout their four years here. Despite this, more than half of the students who go here have a car with them on-campus. You certainly don’t need to bring a car to get from your dorm to classes--the campus is small and walkable. But it’s nice to have one around so you can drive to cities like Boston or Worcester on the weekend. If you are part of the 15% of students looking for off-campus digs, you most likely need a car to commute. There aren’t a lot of great public transportation options to get from an off-campus rental to the school.

 
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Recreation

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Endicott’s campus is positioned right on the ocean, and the school owns three private beaches that are popular with students. At the beginning of the fall semester and the end of the spring semester, you will find crowds of students sunbathing and enjoying the warm weather. Endicott is also just a half hour drive from Boston. The school provides shuttle rides back and forth (although not regularly), and because more than half of the students here have a car on-campus, it’s easy to find a way to the big city. Spending a weekend in Beverly is fun, too. Endicott has an active campus nightlife, and it’s never hard to find a party on a Friday or Saturday night.

 
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Restaurants

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Downtown Palo Alto has a lot of great shops and restaurants that are perfect for a first dinner date with the girl or guy that sits in front of you in your Calculus class, a filling brunch after a night spent at college parties, or a classy lunch for when your parents visit. Of course, the locals know that there are a lot of college students around, and there are plenty of places you can find a late night slice of pizza or a quick sandwich before class. But if you’re tired of on-campus options or the usual local spots, you can take a drive or public transportation out to nearby San Jose, or if you really want to be spoiled, San Francisco and its world-class restaurants.

 
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Apartment Costs

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Most of the suburbs of San Jose and San Francisco have some of the most expensive rental prices in the country. Palo Alto, where Stanford University is located, is no different. The average price for a two bedroom apartment is an alarming $3231 (yes, that’s per month). If you expand the search to ten miles of the university the price drops to an average cost of $2525 for a two bedroom, which is still really expensive. You can either check the listings every day and hope you can steal a bargain, try to find a roommate for a one bedroom or three others for a two bedroom, or adjust your budget accordingly.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Generally, more crime is reported in the areas surrounding High Point’s city center (although the center itself doesn’t have high crime). High Point’s main campus is located just north of some of the city’s high crime streets, and if you look further north of the campus in Oakview and where Interstate 74 bends west, you will see the city’s safest neighborhoods. If you can find an affordable apartment in any of these neighborhoods, or to the west in the Wallburg area, or northwest in Union Cross/Teaguetown, these are probably your best bets for low crime.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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High Point’s Hi Tran bus system has 15 fixed bus routes that run through the city, and depending on which part of HPU’s campus you wish to go to, three or four of the routes can take you there. Unfortunately, the buses only run until 7:30 PM on weekdays, 5 PM on Saturdays, and don’t run on Sundays. If you have a late class, or need to spend time studying after class in the library, you won’t be able to take the bus back to your off-campus apartment. This is one of the reasons why many off-campus students have a car and use it to commute back and forth every day. The school is tucked up against Interstate 74, which makes for an easy drive if you live further away.

 
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Public Transportation

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The most popular facets of DC’s transportation system are subway, commuter rail, buses, and taxi services. Some of these modes of transit can bring you closer to the school than others. The closest rail station is a mile away from the main campus, which certainly isn’t walkable in the winter. In this case, you can take the Georgetown University shuttle. The shuttle is always reliable and is a popular year-round transportation option. However, if your classes, internship, or work study job are held in a different location in the city (the school has many buildings spread out through DC) then you should check to see which public transportation options are best for you.

 
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Economy and Jobs

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If you are looking for a career in politics, Georgetown (located in Washington DC) has the fourth-best political science program in the country according to Science Watch, as well as a politically active student body with organizations and publications dedicated to this area. Not to mention, many politicians speak at the school because of its location, and a lot of them teach here after they retire. If you’re an off-campus student looking for an apartment in DC, it’s not too early to start checking out Capitol Hill’s listings!

 
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Recreation

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Full Sail is a short drive away from both Winter Park and Orlando’s downtown areas, both of which are lively places to spend a day off or a night on the weekend. Also, don’t lose sight of the fact that you’re in the Sunshine State, and can easily make a day or weekend trip to one of Florida’s beautiful beaches. As for on-campus activities, the college always finds great speakers, musical acts, and professionals (for workshops) to come to the school. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that you will be just miles away from one of the country’s most popular destinations: Disney World (along with Universal Studios and SeaWorld).

 
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Traffic & Commuting

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Full Sail doesn’t offer on-campus housing to their students, so you will have to find housing elsewhere in Winter Park or in nearby Orlando. I would recommend investing in a car or a bike because Full Sail is a 24-hour campus, meaning that you could have a class at any time of the day, whether it’s 12 PM, or 12 AM (which isn’t uncommon here). Even if you live within walking distance of the campus, would you feel comfortable walking alone late at night? There are public transportation options available, but if you have a class after their hours of operation, you will be out of luck. If you don’t live close enough to walk to campus, a car (or bike) is a must-have.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Usually it's more expensive to rent in a large city, but the data on My Apartment Map shows that you can find better deals in Worcester (the average price of a two bedroom rental is $1073) than in neighboring Shrewsbury, Auburn, Holden, and Millbury. The high number of college students in Worcester guarantees that there will be cheap housing on the market, and plenty of it too. There are over 120 rental listings within 10 miles of WPI on this site alone. Because of how much selection there is, you should be able to find a great apartment that fits the location, price, and amenities you want.

 
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Nightlife

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Many college students in Worcester take the MBTA commuter rail to Boston, which is around an hour away, on the weekends. However, all the nightlife you could want can be found in the smaller city of Worcester. In fact, Worcester has more 18+ clubs than Boston. And you don't need to leave the city to see great live music; the Palladium attracts big names and is a great venue, as are the Lucky Dog Music Hall and the DCU Center. Local bars and lounges also have live music, and are usually packed on the weekends. The city knows what college nightlife should be like--after all, there are a lot of students in Worcester with schools like WPI, Assumption, College of the Holly Cross, Becker College, Clark University, and Worcester State College in the area.

 
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Public Transportation

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Cleveland has all the transportation you would expect from a large city: rail lines, buses, trolleys, and special accommodations like taxis and paratransit. As a student, you can use this to your advantage when looking for a rental in the city. If you don’t have a car, you can scout apartments that are located within walking distance of bus stops or rail stations, and become a car-less commuter. It will save you a lot of cash (especially with gas prices nowadays) that you can put towards your monthly rent instead, allowing you to afford a better, more expensive apartment. City living is all about public transportation--if you don’t need a car, why have one?

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The crime reports for the areas surrounding the CSU’s campus are spotty. Certain Streets like Euclid Ave/36th Street and Chester Ave/40th Street have very low crime, but then just a few blocks away on Superior Ave or Carnegie Ave there are higher rates of crime. In downtown Cleveland, where the school is located, the safety of the area isn’t worth the high prices you will end up paying. If you want to live in a neighborhood with lower crime and lower rent, you should look towards the outskirts of the city or a close suburb.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The University of Houston’s main campus near South Central Houston and the Greater Third Ward is right in the middle of a triangle of freeways. To its east, the Gulf Freeway runs diagonally past the campus. The South Freeway is to the west, and the South Loop East Freeway is a bit further to the south. Because of this, the campus is isolated from the rest of the traffic in the city, like in Downtown or the Business District. As a commuter, you may hit this traffic on the freeways on the way to or from class, but aside from that it shouldn’t be too much of an obstacle for you.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The Kinder Institute for Urban Research conducted a survey in 2012 that found Houston to be the most diverse city in the United States. The University of Houston follows in its city’s footsteps, with a population of students that was named the second most diverse by U.S. News and World Report. The school boasts an enrollment of more than 40,000 students, which ranks third in the state. With so many students and so much diversity, it will be easy to find a circle of friends that you fit in with. If you need some help, there are hundreds of students organizations you can join. Who knows; you could even meet your future roommate in one of the orgs.

 

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