Yu-Jin Liang

A Landlord at Liang Properties, Inc.

Yu-Jin Liang

Liang Properties, Inc.

A Landlord based in Framingham State College

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Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Framingham is not an affordable place to live. Some studios are less than $1000, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a one-bedroom for under $1100/month. About 50% of students live on-campus, which means the rest live locally with family, or with roommates. Splitting the rent between two for a two-bedroom, your rent will be around $550-$750/month. Marlborough and Ashland are nearby and have slightly lower average rents. FSU has an off-campus list available to students seeking housing, and also encourages students to feel free asking Student Resources for help.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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About 25% of students have cars on-campus, and FSU has really limited parking so not everyone who has a car is able to get a parking spot. In recent years, FSU has made an effort to create more transportation options for their students, including implementing Zipcars, and widening the Ram Tram shuttle routes. Students overall are satisfied with the amount of public transportation offered to them, including the MBTA train, which has the Worcester line that stops in Framingham and adjacent towns.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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As of November 2012, the unemployment rate in the St. Louis area is about 7%. The health, business, and education industries are thriving here, while hospitality and leisure industry jobs have had losses. For 2013, St. Louis ranked #6 on the CareerBliss 2013 Best Cities to Find a Job list, which is great news for local residents and college students. STLCC has Career and Employment Services offered to students as well for those seeking help in finding employment.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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The Florissant/Ferguson area of St. Louis has a few good bars, including Cork, BJ’s, and Chevy’s. St. Louis is about a half hour by from the STLCC campus, and has many more nightlife options, including lounges, music venues, sushi bars, pubs, casinos, strip clubs, dance clubs, karaoke, pool halls, gay bars, dives, and comedy clubs. The list goes on and on.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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For those commuting to Columbus, the traffic is rough, however in Toledo itself, traffic is not bad. The roads are easily navigable and parking is plentiful in most areas. Even during rush hour, commuting is not a hassle in Toledo. Personal cars are necessary since public transit is minimal, and Toledo is not an especially bicyclist-friendly city. Compared to other cities, the traffic in Toledo is basically nonexistent.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The crime rate on-campus at UToledo is not very high. Less than 10 sex offenses happen annually, and there are a few hundred incidents of burglary/larceny, but this isn’t so bad considering nearly 24,000 students go to this university. The vast majority of arrests are alcohol-related. In Toledo as a whole, the crime rate is fairly average for a city of its size. The university is not in one of the safest neighborhoods, but most students feel very safe. The North/East sides of Toledo has the highest rate of crime. The bad parts of Toledo include Bancroft & Cherry, Dorr St, Parkside, east of 75, Hawley & Colburn, and Collingwood.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Richmond is home to a wide variety of exciting festivals throughout the year. The State Fair, RVA Street Art Festival, and Richmond Folk Festival are three of the biggest annual events. Every Saturday, the Farmer’s Market is bustling. There are too many theaters and performance venues in Richmond to list, and a handful of art galleries, so there is always some art and culture exhibit to enjoy. Other festivals and events include NASCAR and derby races, Historic Garden Week, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Virginia Wine Expo, ChinaFest, the Virginia Food Festival, and many more.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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The VCU campus has multiple dining locations. Most students really like the options and quality of food here. The MCV campus has a cafe, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Wendy’s, Jonah’s, and Starbucks. The Monroe Park Campus has Market 810, Einstein Bros. Bagels, IHOP Express, Raising Cane’s, Croutons Salads & Wraps, Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A, Nao and Zen, AFC Sushi, Zoca, Subway, a C-store, Pizza Hut, Chili’s, a cafe, Market & Deli, and bakery. If that’s not enough, Richmond has a plethora of good restaurants, too. Millie’s, The Black Sheep, Bottoms Up Pizza, Julep’s, and Tarrant’s Cafe are just a few of the top-notch restaurants in Richmond.

 
Weather

Weather

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Santa Maria has beautiful weather. The air quality is pretty good, and most days are clear of clouds, especially July through October. The fog can be thick at times in the mornings. For a good six months of the year, it may not rain at all. Winters are not very cold, with temperatures in the 60s, and in the summer, it’s not too hot, with temperatures in the 70s. Temperatures rarely fluctuate from the 60s-70s range during the day. Because of the year-round mild weather, flowers are always blooming, so those with allergies may suffer at times.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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At AHC, there are many organizations and clubs to participate in and clubs to attend, though it doesn’t have as many things to do that larger colleges and universities have, such as Greek Life. There are plenty of things to do in town though, like golf, disc golf, bowling, go karts, visiting Preisker Park or Waller Park, paintball, the movies, and ice skating. PCPA Theatrefest puts on many high-quality productions like Wizard of Oz, Legally Blond, and Les Miserables, and everyone is always impressed with the actors. Lastly, there are numerous wineries in and around Santa Maria for those that enjoy tours of the vineyards and wine tastings.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Around 10,000 students attend TAMUCC. About 60% are female and 40% are male, and 85% of students have cars. Of the student body, about 42% are White, 41% are Hispanic, 5% are Non Resident Aliens, 5% are Black, and 5% are Asian. In Corpus Christi, there are over 300,000 residents: 33% are White, 4% are Black, and 2% are Asian. About 60% of the population is Hispanic or Latino.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Around 85% of students who attend this university live off-campus. The University offers a search engine and resources specifically to help students find off-campus housing, but encourage students to live on-campus. In Corpus Christi, apartments costs are not too expensive. One-bedrooms average around $600/month, however, so it would be optimal to choose roommates for your college off-campus housing. There are many three-bedroom opportunities for just $700-$750 month.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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OU is a party school. It has made Playboy’s Top 10 Party School list in the past, and there are plentiful locations around campus to get a cheap drink. Students at OU have a great time partying, and visiting the numerous bars on Court Street. The nightlife in Athens is one of its primary draws. Some of the bars on Court Street include the Red Brick Tavern, Pawpurr’s, The Pub, Cat’s Eye, Pigskin, the CI, and more. The Union Bar is an OU student favorite dive, which has lots of dancing, and Tony’s usually has a nice mix of locals and students. The Athena is a movie theater also located on Court Street.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Athens has a public transportation system called Athens Transit, which has marked stops around town, and relies on individuals to hail their stop. Individuals are allowed to go up to ¾ mile away from the designated route the buses normally follow. There are routes in and around the campus. Ohio University also offers a shuttle for those traveling to the airport for a fee. Other bus systems are available, like Lakefront Lines, and GoBus, which have stops in Athens. Students feel the bus services are reliable in Athens, but that walking is alright, too, since many places are conveniently close.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Savannah’s economy hinges on a few factors: the Port, the military, manufacturing, and tourism. Around 12 million tourists visited Savannah in 2011 alone. The Port is historic, and was originally where all goods stopped before being transported to England. Many items are manufactured in Savannah, from construction equipment, private jets, and a paper mill. In October 2012, the unemployment rate in Savannah was about 8%. Though this unemployment rate isn’t too much higher than the national average, most people still feel it is very high here. The pay isn’t very good for most jobs here, and most are entry-level types.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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In the past few years, there was 1 forcible sex offense at SSU, a few dozen burglaries, and a handful of motor vehicle thefts. All arrests were either drug or alcohol-related, though there were a few assault arrests. Considering the 4500 students who attend, these numbers are fairly average, and the SSU should be considered safe. Most students feel it is safe here. However, out in the rest of Savannah, things aren’t so good. Savannah is not a safe place to live. The majority of crime happens in northern Savannah, with areas being safer the closer one gets to the coast. Clearview, Edgemere, Fairfield, and Louisville Rd are all areas with higher crime rates than the rest of Savannah. As of January 2013, police say crime is at its lowest since 2005. Georgetown, Wilmington Island, Rincon, and Pooler are among the safer areas to live.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Around rush hour, traffic can get annoying in Hayward, especially around Mission Boulevard, Winton Ave, and A Street. The further away you get from the center of Hayward, the less likely you are to run into traffic. Naturally San Francisco and San Jose are much worse in comparison, so you won’t feel as though Hayward is particularly bad. Definitely watch out for the 880 Freeway; traffic can be as bad as stop-and-go here and locals especially despise it for its number of accidents, potholes, and trucks.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Hayward is home to many great restaurants. Val’s Burgers is a local favorite, with big portions, old-fashioned root beer floats, and though they are "Cash Only" with a tiny parking lot, they're always busy for a good reason! Another town favorite is Bijou, which has a nice atmosphere and great French cuisine. The most popular place for Chinese food is Kokyo, a sushi buffet with a wide arrange of options at a good price. For Italian, Buon Appetito is fantastic for a date night or a celebration and the service is always impeccable. La Pinata is the best for Mexican food, hands down. The food is fresh and authentic, the servers are attentive, and they are open until 3am for those looking to down some tequila!

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Kalamazoo is home to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, and Kalamazoo Nature Center, which all make for nice day trips. Confections with Convictions is a chocolate shop that is so good, it’s worth making a point to check it out. The Oasis Hot Tub Gardens a neat place with different-themed hot tubs where you can have a peaceful spa day in style. There are severals theaters for live music, and shows, as well as theaters for plays, and movie theaters, too. In Kalamazoo, you can also rent a bike, go bowling, see a show or hockey game at Wings Stadium, go ice skating and sledding at Echo Valley, indoor rock climbing, picnic at one of the various parks, mini golf, and more.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Kal-Haven Trail runs between Kalamazoo and South Haven, Michigan, where hikers and bicyclists can travel off the beaten path. It is not paved. Within Kalamazoo, there are buses by Metro Transit, Greyhound, Indian Trails, and the Kalamazoo trolley, which can you link you to just about any place in town. The Amtrak train has a stop in Kalamazoo, as well as the Grand Elk Railroad. At WMU, public transit consists of the Bronco Transit Bus Service, with buses that stop all around campus. Many shuttles and many routes keep students satisfied, especially since they are free. WMU also offers vehicle and walking escorts for students who request one between 6pm and 6am.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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There are many clubs in the area around OCC, which is great because there are no dorms or Greek life at OCC. The beach is about a 10-minute drive from OCC, full of bars and entertainment. In Costa Mesa, there are wine bars, hookah bars, Irish pubs, gay bars, pool halls, and tons of popular dance clubs. Sutra OC and the Shark Club are very popular, though not the best dance clubs you’ll ever visit in your life. None of the clubs in Costa Mesa are anything special, really, but down at Newport Beach, there are quite a few more options, like Focus Tuesday’s, Blackie’s, Sharkeez, and Beach Ball.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Every year, one of the largest fairs in all of California is held at the Orange County Fairgrounds, the Orange County Fair. Over a million people visit this fair every year, which lasts 23 days and features live music, rides, shopping, cooking, gardening, youth, and crafts competitions, and more. In Costa Mesa, there is also the Pacific Amphitheater, which is a big music venue that has performances by artists like Madonna and Kelly Clarkson. The ScotsFest Celtic Fair happens in Costa Mesa each spring, with piping, drumming, dancing, whiskey-tasting, music, archery, and kids’ games. Other annual events include the Annual Fascination of Orchids International Show, the annual Pet Expo, Summer Food & Wine Festival, the October Food, Wine & Micro-Brew Fest, the Persian Festival of Autumn, Project Cuddle’s Annual Costume Ball, and September’s Cruisin’ for a Cure Car Show.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are a wide variety of restaurants in Avondale, ranging from Cajun/Creole at Flavors of Louisiana, Thai at the Thai Orchid Garden, Indian at the India Garden, Mexican at Raul & Theresa’s, Greek at the Gyro Express, Asian Fusion at the Eest Asian Bistro, Hawaiian at Ono Hawaiian BBQ, and Chinese at the China City Super Buffet. If you’re hungry in Avondale, you’ll definitely find somewhere delicious to eat. Places to avoid, however, include Native New Yorker, Lighthouse Sports Bar, Hungry Howie’s, and Senor Taco.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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There are many townhouses for rent in Avondale. Four-bedroom homes are anywhere from $795-$2000/month, while three-bedrooms are anywhere from $830-$1700/month. There are many apartment complexes in Avondale too, starting at $610/month for a one-bedroom, and $695/month for a two-bedroom. The best part is, Avondale isn’t even the most inexpensive town to live in the area; Tolleson, Glendale, and Youngtown are nearby, and all have average rental rates even lower than in Avondale.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Because of Graniteville’s tiny size, it’s difficult to find crime rate data on it. There are 13 sex offenders that live there, which is pretty high considering the small population. Aiken is a pretty safe place to live and it doesn’t seem like much crime happens in either Aiken or Graniteville. The only crimes discussed in the public newspaper in recent months were an arrest for a man who was stealing checks from mailboxes, and minor accounts of shoplifting.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Graniteville is home to a few tiny restaurants, like the Blue Top Grill or the Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant, but since it is so small, for more dining options, the bigger town of Aiken is just a ten-minute car ride away. In Aiken, the Cafe Rio Blanco has delicious Cuban cuisine, in a small, homey atmosphere. For a good beer and tasty bar food, choose the Aiken Brewing Company. It’s pretty popular (or should I say noisy) but always a nice place to hang out. The best Italian food is at Casa Bella, but be sure to make a reservation! Back in Graniteville, ATC does have a cafeteria, but not all students choose to eat there as it is a commuter school.

 
Weather

Weather

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Beaumont is located in one of the rainiest parts of Texas, and it’s very hot and humid. June is the rainiest month. Between May and October, temperatures are frequently in the 90s. Hurricanes hit every-so-often, causing millions of dollars in damage. Most recently Hurricane Ike caused $32 billion of damage to Beaumont, and tornadoes have been known to occasionally strike as well. Every few years, Beaumont may get a little light snow in the winter, though most days are usually in the 50s and 60s. Beaumont is known as one of the most polluted of urban areas in the USA and there has been a lot of controversy about the pollution’s effect on health.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Around 15,000 students attend LU, of which 58% are White, 23% are Black, 9% are Hispanic, 8% are Foreign, and 3% are Asian. Nearly 60% of students are female. In Beaumont as a whole, there are 120,000 people, of which 47% are Black, 40% are White, and 3% are Asian. About 13% of the population is Hispanic or Latino. Nearly 40% of the Beaumont population consists of married couples. Almost 20% of families are below the poverty line. The population (of around 120k) has been the same since around 1960, which could be seen as an indicator that many who are from here, choose to leave.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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There are many apartments near WSU, like the College Crest apartments and Campus Commons, as well as many privately listed rooms and apartments for rent. While Freshmen must live on-campus, many upperclassmen choose to live off-campus, and overall about 64% of students live off-campus. About 20% have cars, too, but just about everyone chooses to live within ten minutes or so of campus for convenience. On average, a one-bedroom near WSU is around $450/month, and a two-bedroom is around $680/month, though it’s always recommended to pick a handful of roommates and split the rent. Four-bedrooms around here can go for as little as $800/month, which means you may only pay $200/month!

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Pullman Transit buses are free for students and have many different routes on- and off-campus to useful locations. WSU has a system of carpooling for those intending to travel to a nearby city, called the WSU Motor Pool. WSU Zimride is another student service for those organizing a trip or wanting to carpool. Shuttles are available (at a price) to take students to and from the local airports. Also available is the school’s bike-sharing service, which allows you to borrow a bike & helmet for one day free, or the Zipcar car-sharing service, where you can rent a car for as little as one hour for a small fee.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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You can’t talk about the bar scene in Normal without mentioning Maggie Miley’s. It’s an Irish pub with great draft beers and delicious greasy American food. It has a genuine Irish ambiance, and is open ‘til either 1 or 2am, filled with lots of ISU students and alumni. Also in Normal is the ISU Performing Arts Center has interesting events from time to time. The ISU campus and surrounding area has tons of house parties and 21+ clubs, and bars like Pub II and Six Strings. For those over 21, most head to Bloomington for more bar options, since it’s less than a 10-minute drive Downtown.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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One of the most popular dinner destinations in Normal is the Destihl Restaurant. It is a more upscale restaurant with delicious seafood, burgers, and a great selection of microbrews. Fazoli’s and Avanti’s are popular Italian restaurants, Taqueria El Porton is a popular Mexican joint, and while Reality Bites is often crowded, the lively atmosphere makes for a fun girls night out destination. For brunch and lunch, I recommend Swingers, or The Medici.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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The Westfield Fair occurs annually for a couple days near the end of each summer, with games, live music, contests, vendors, livestock exhibits, crafts, and more. There is also a Miss Westfield Fair pageant, a horse show, and a craft barn. Westfield is located right near Springfield, MA, and in Springfield, there are many festivals annually. There is an RV and Camping Show, Gem & Jewelry Trade Show, Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival, and the Goodguys East Coast Nationals, which is a big car show, with live music, vendors, and a swap meet.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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In September 2012, the unemployment rate in Westfield was just 6.3%, about a point below the national average. There are many school-related job positions in Westfield, due to the town having 2 preschools, 8 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 4 high schools, as well as Westfield State University. About a third of households in Westfield bring in more than $75,000 a year. The median income is about $55,000 a year. The population in Westfield remains consistent and isn’t growing very much. The area is actually rated #6 in a list of the Best Cities for Teleworking. The cost of living in Westfield is nearly 22% higher than the US average. Finding a job won’t be too too difficult, but it will need to be one with pretty good pay.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Lynchburg College has numerous Yellow Box and Blue Light telephones all over campus, as well as emergency notification systems, and a Daily Crime Log is posted online. Despite this, a surprising number of sex offenses (anywhere from 3 to 8 a year) occur, as well as aggravated assaults. The amount of burglaries is average for a college of this size. There are anywhere from 15 to 50 drug- and alcohol-related arrests each semester. Lynchburg College is located in a moderately safe area of Lynchburg, though the Dearington and 12th street areas are nearby, and have the highest crime rates in Lynchburg. The crime rate in Lynchburg is high for its size, though most people don’t feel crime is a big issue.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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There are many historical places and museums to see, mostly about the Civil War, but if you’re like me and not into that stuff, your options are still varied. There is a bowling alley, an indoor rock climbing facility, and at Putt-Putt, mini golf, arcade and bumper cars. Funquest is an indoor skating rink, and the Lynchburg Stadium has minor league baseball games from time to time. There are a couple locations for public swimming pools, a nice lake to sit by, and a few hiking trails. Lynchburg College has some activities and organizations to that have events and activities for students to enjoy.

 
Weather

Weather

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It doesn’t snow in Pittsburg, and between May and September, it doesn’t rain either. A whopping 265 days of the year, on average, are sunny in Pittsburg. Summer temps are usually in the 80s and 90s, and winters are in the 50s and 60s. Pittsburg is fairly humid most days. Pittburg’s chance of earthquakes is very high compared to the US as a whole, however not compared to the rest of the state of California. The air quality is not too bad.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Around 65,000 people live in Pittsburg, CA. About 36.5% are White, 17.7% are Black, 15.6% are Asian, and 21% Other. About 42% of the population is Hispanic. About 51% of households in Pittsburg are made up of married couples. For every 100 women, there are 93 men. At LMC, about 39% of students are White Non-Hispanic, 24% are Hispanic, 15% are Black, 6% Filipino, 5% Asian, 1% Pacific Islander, and 1% American Indian. Nearly a third of students are 19 or under, and a quarter are between 20 and 24. About 75% of students attend LMC part-time.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Kutztown has their own website listing of available rooms and apartments for rent, and those looking for roommates. For a three-bedroom, rent can be up to $3,000/month. There are very few locations where an individual would be renting a one-bedroom. Most locations have 3-5 occupants, which makes rent more manageable. Depending on what you choose, you’ll be paying anywhere from $250 to $1000/month. There are many factors, and many options in the Kutztown area for college students. More than half of the student body lives off-campus, so you won’t be alone!

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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There is no public transportation in Kutztown. KU has a shuttle bus system though, with on- and off-campus, day and night routes. Every Wednesday Night, the bus takes students to a different off-campus site, generally a mall in the surrounding area. The evening buses are only available Thurs-Sat, though they go until 3am. It costs $35 a semester for a pass. About 68% of students do have cars on campus though, so if you look, you could probably find a ride somewhere outside of the shuttle service schedule.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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In October 2012, the unemployment rate in Council Bluffs was just 4%. The cost of living is around 15% lower than the US average. In 2005, Council Bluffs had the 19th biggest casino market in the US. Many companies have their manufacturing headquarters in CB, as well as one of Google’s data centers, which creates many job opportunities. Around 44% of households in Council Bluffs bring in more than 50k a year. There is an IowaWORKS Center in CB with many resources and services to help those seeking employment.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Council Bluffs has a somewhat limited nightlife scene, though it does have a Hooter’s, the Salty Dog sports bar, and a dozen or so small dive bars. There is a racino and a riverboat casino in Council Bluffs. Stir Concert Cove is an outdoor music venue where some big-name artists perform on occasion, which is pretty cool. The West Fair amphitheater has some big events throughout the year too, but Omaha is pretty close by and has a much wider variety of entertainment, so for anyone wanting comedy, dancing, karaoke or billiards, you’ll have to head there. It’s less than a twenty minute drive.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Chula Vista has some unique recreation opportunities, like a laser tag facility, and indoor trampoline park, and tours of the ARCO Olympic Training Center where real athletes train, though its most fun if you make sure to go when events or practices are taking place. There are a couple golf courses, mini golf and go karts at Fun 4 All, and the White Water Canyon is a nice place to have a picnic. The Living Coast Discovery Center (aka the Nature Center) is pretty neat, though its mostly birds there. There are a few places in Chula Vista to go bowling, the Aquatic Center to use the swimming pools, and an inexpensive paintballing facility. Soak City is not recommended; it’s crowded and the water isn’t especially clean.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Italianissimo Trattoria is easily one of the most-preferred restaurants in Chula Vista. With both food and service consistently excellent, it is easily one of the best Italian restaurants in the region. The Mexico Lindo Bakery has the most delicious cookies and cakes around. For a delicious dessert or party favors, everyone chooses the Mexico Lindo Bakery. For breakfast, try Aunt Emma’s Pancakes, and for late night, hit up Tacos El Gordo de Tijuana. You can’t go wrong with Panera, and for the most delicious tortas and smoothies you will ever have in your life, you have to try Frutas in the South Bay.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Many sports teams, including the Carolina Panthers, call Charlotte, North Carolina home. Sporting events are very popular here. Through the year, many events occur, like the Carolina Gator Gumbo, the Queen City Brewers Festival and the Food Lion Speed Street, featuring live music and activities celebrating motor sports, with appearances by NASCAR drivers and show cars on display. On July 4th at Memorial Stadium, a giant fireworks display begins at 9:30pm following family-friendly events and music. In August, the Matthews Alice! festival, about 10 miles from Charlotte, has nearly 200,000 guests show up to listen all kinds of live music, engage in arts and crafts, and donate to a good cause. First Night is the annual New Year’s Eve celebration full of art, culture, magicians, and more.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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At QU, campus crime is rare. On average, 1 sex offense occurs annually, around 10 burglaries, and less than five times a year, an alcohol-related arrest. Like most cities, the most crime-ridden part of Charlotte is its central area, and the safest neighborhoods are along its perimeter. Queens University is in one of the safest areas of Charlotte in the central area. Crime is not a big concern in Charlotte, though racism is still prevalent to some. The murder rate in Charlotte is at a 24-year low, as of January 2013. Like any city, there are bad areas, but in general, Charlotte is not an unsafe place to be.

 
Weather

Weather

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From June through October, the heat here is brutal. A/Cs are strained to their limits for months. If it does rain, it’s a thunderstorm. Summers are long, dusty, and for weeks the temperature is in the 100s. The heat here is no joke, and the air quality is pretty bad. “Winter” is the time of year people are outside most, since it is sunny and comfortable, usually in the 60s or 70s. If you can ignore the pollution and five months of unbearable heat, the climate here is alright.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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About 237,000 people live in Chandler. The population is about 77% White, 21% Hispanic, 4.3% Asian or Pacific Islander, 3.5% Black, and 1.3% Native American. Nearly 60% of the population in Chandler consists of married straight couples. The male-to-female ratio is pretty even. At CGCC, around 13,000 students were enrolled in the fall of 2010. The student body is 52% women, and 48% men. About 62% of students are White, 17% are Hispanic, 6% are Asian, 5% are Black, 2% are American Indian, and 8% are Other. Nearly half the student body is under the age of 20. About a fifth of students take night classes.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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The unemployment rate in Midwest City was 5.4% in September ‘12. The job growth outlook looks good, and overall the economy is doing pretty well here. Over half of households bring in less than 50k a year, but at least just about everyone is working! The Tinker Air Force base has the most employees for any one company in the entire state of Oklahoma, and the Midwest Regional Medical Center also has a high number of employees. This is a good area to live in, in terms of employment.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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About 83% of residents in Midwest drive a car, and 13% carpool. Less than 1.5% of people use public transportation. The closest train or airport to Midwest City is over in Oklahoma City, about fifteen minutes away. Rose State students are lucky in that the bus system makes a stop on campus, providing service to local shopping malls and food stores, however, since students at Rose State don’t live on-campus, most have their own cars anyway.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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About 65% of students at DU live off-campus somewhere around River Forest. River Forest itself has limited apartment options, so most opt to live in Oak Park, or Elmwood Park. DU provides a listing service for students to find roommates or available apartments linked through its website. One-bedrooms cost at least $750/month, so its recommended so consider a studio for around $625/month, or find a roommate. There are some options around $1500 for three- or four-bedrooms, which mean individual rent could be as low as around $375/month.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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River Forest has a few popular bars, though none are especially high quality, save perhaps FatDuck, Molly Malone’s, or Goldyburger’s. House Red Vinoteca is really good for winos, but expensive. Healy’s Westside is a pretty good pub, as is the Beacon. If you head to Oak Park, Bar Louie and TGI Friday’s are popular with college-aged students. There’s no dancing, comedy, or karaoke around here as far as I know. Keep in mind that the DU campus is just a 20-minute car ride from Chicago, and it’d be worth it to head there for some more nightlife options.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Springfield is home to many activities and events. In Springfield you can mini golf, go bowling, visit the Dickerson Park Zoo, go to the movies at Campbell 16, go for a hike at the Nature Center, go for a tour through the Caverns, visit the 1984 arcade, and so much more. Kids love the Discovery Center, and adults enjoy the ghost tours at the haunted Pythian Castle. The Cardinals play baseball pretty near to the OTC campus, as well as parks to hang out at.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are tons of places to eat in Springfield. Ocean Zen is a popular upscale restaurant for a cocktail and fancy entree. The Flame Steakhouse & Wine Bar is another option for upscale dining in Springfield. Cheddar’s is a fairly inexpensive family restaurant usually on a wait--and for good reason! Springfield Brewing Co is a pub with many brew options and pool tables upstairs. Everyone enjoys the atmosphere, and there are nice views of Springfield on the top level. There are so many restaurants in Springfield that a foodie will never be bored! This is good news for OTC students, since Cafe 101 is the only place to get food on campus, and some of its offerings are significantly better than others. Local restaurants are within walking distance of the OTC campus.

 
Weather

Weather

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Fresno gets searingly hot in the summer, with days often over 100 degrees. Air conditioners are running full blast most of the year. Winter days are usually in the 50s or 60s. Fresno is very dry; water is usually rationed in the driest months. It is sunny just about every day, and the air quality is pretty poor. Federal ozone standards and particulate limits are exceeded regularly. This is definitely NOT a good place to live for those with allergies or asthma or sensitive lungs.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Fresno is dangerous. There’s no getting around it. There is a 1 in 19 chance of being a victim of property crime, and 1 in 102 chance of having your car stolen. Fresno ranked #1 for Most Stolen Cars in 2012. It is also called a meth capital by some. Along the 99 and Belmont are generally crime hotspots. North Fresno is a safer place to be, but overall, Clovis would be a nicer place to live. At FCC, the crime rate is pretty low for a college of its size. Car thefts and burglaries are really the only crimes that occur on-campus.

 
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Weather

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Findlay has a fairly normal four season climate, with summer temps in the 80s, and winter temps in the 30s. Findlay receives an average amount of rain, and a foot or two of snow each winter, where most days are overcast. July and August are the sunniest months, with very high humidity. They are also the most thunderstorm-prone months.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Findlay is not an especially diverse area. About 95% of the population is White, 2% Asian, and 2% Black. About 50% of the population consists of married couples. About a quarter of the population over 25 did not graduate high school. At the University of Findlay, about 62% of students are female. About 85% of the student body is White, and 45% of the student body lives on campus.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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As of October 2012, the unemployment rate in Daytona Beach was about 8.4%. While not the lowest of metro areas, it has been steadily declining since its peak in 2010. Daytona Beach is a tourist town, and if the economy is bad and tourists are not frequenting it, it suffers. The biggest employers in town are the County Schools, Halifax Hospital, and the colleges.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Daytona Beach is known for its special events, like Speedweeks races, the 400 races, Bike Week and Biketoberfest, the Turkey Run, and of course, Spring Break events. There is also a National Cheerleading Championship held here. NASCAR events are one of Daytona Beach’s biggest draws, and Daytona is actually one of the few places on the planet you can drive a car on the beach if you want. If you’re not into cars, you’ll get sick of Daytona real fast!

 
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Apartment Costs

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Unless they meet certain criteria, all freshman have to live on-campus at MWSU. However, about 78% of students live off-campus, and 87% own cars. There are numerous one-bedrooms in St. Jo for less than $475/month. Two-bedrooms go for around $600/month, and three-bedrooms average around $800. It is definitely worth it to opt for roommates, or renting a townhouse or cottage, since that can be as inexpensive as $800/month for a four-bedroom. St. Jo is a pretty inexpensive place to live, especially if you split the rent with friends.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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St. Joseph has many options for nightlife. The Buffalo Bar is a dance club that can hold as many as 600 people, and has karaoke and live music. Foster’s is popular for its classier atmosphere and tasty martinis, and Hi-Ho is one of the busier bar & grills. There are numerous dive bars filled with locals, some of which are not quite friendly to tourists and college students. There are a couple movie theaters in St. Jo, also a casino, and a mini golf course. On-campus at MWSU, frats and sororities throw parties.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Dallas, PA isn’t an incredibly exciting place to live. About 10 miles away is a Mohegan Sun, and about 15 miles, the Sno Mountain Ski Resort. With a population of around 2,500 people, and a small amount of average fast food places, Dallas isn’t exactly a nightlife hotspot. For things to do, you really have to be at the university campus, engaging in events and organizations. A shuttle can take students to shopping areas, but a good amount of students do choose to go home for the weekends.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Crime is rare at Misericordia. In the past few years, there have only been a handful of assaults, and about 60 thefts a year. There are around 25 cases of vandalism annually. In recent years, forcible sex offenses are reported annually. Overall, Dallas is a really safe place to live, especially the college campus areas, including Penn State. The MU campus is in the highest crime rate area of Dallas, but even then, it’s not bad. The violent crime rate in Dallas is well below the national average, as is the property crime rate.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Valley Metro/ Rio Metro buses make a stop in Edinburg, connecting it with Hargill, McAllen, and Elsa. It has stops at University Plaza as well as the Southside of UTPA. UTPA students ride the Rio Metro free with ID. Ridesharing is also available through the UTPA Student Government, which encourages carpooling. Students recommend owning a bike for travel around campus. A fair amount of students do own cars, too.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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The Monster Car Wash Coffee Bar & Grill is a unique place where you can grab a burger and a beer... all the while having your car washed, and enjoying the live music that is performed some nights. Plenty of nationally-recognized names are present in Edinburg, like Pizza Hut, Subway, Sonic, Red Robin, Popeye’s, Papa John’s, numerous McDonald’s & Burger Kings, KFC, Jack in the Box, Denny’s, Dairy Queen, you get the picture. On-campus at UTPA, there is a C-store, Flatbread cafe, coffee shop, Chick Fil A, and a few other small dining locations besides the Bronc Dining Hall. Students enjoy the campus food, but all the fast food restaurants are pretty close by too.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Many annual events take place in Jackson. CelticFest Mississippi and Festival Latino happen every September, and the Mississippi State Fair and OUToberfest happen every October. In March, there is Mal’s St. Patty’s Day Parade, and in April, the Crossroads Film Festival. Every four years, an International Ballet Competition is held in Jackson. Jubilee!JAM used to be a two-day live music and arts festival that happened each June, but 2009 was its last year. Special exhibits are often held at the Mississippi Museum of Art, as well as the Museum of Natural Science. The first Jackson Rhythm & Blues festival is scheduled for Fall 2013, where Grammy winner Buddy Guy, as well as numerous other musicians, will perform.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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About 174,000 people live in Jackson, about 79% of which are Black, and 18% are White. Nearly a third of those under the age of 18 in Jackson live below the poverty line. For every 100 women, there are 81 men. At Belhaven University (formerly College), around 53% of the student body is female, and 47% male. 53% of students are Black, 38% are White, and 5% are Hispanic. About 99% of its 3,000 students attend full-time.

 
Weather

Weather

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Oklahoma City has a long history of tornado encounters. It is considered one of the most likely places in the US for a tornado to hit. In 1999, a tornado caused around $40 million worth of damage, so if you want to live here, it’s best to know the tornado safety procedures for your area. Thankfully, Oklahoma City has one of the best tornado warning systems in the entire world. Summers can get very hot, winters can get very cold, and hail is not uncommon. The air quality here is not so good due to car emissions, and those with seasonal allergies will probably suffer.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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In October 2012, the unemployment rate in Oklahoma City was just 4.8%. Jobs are consistently added to the economy, and while most metro areas have been struggling, Oklahoma City has one of the lowest unemployment rates. In September 2012 alone, over 6,400 jobs were added, and over 20,000 have been added in the past year. OCCC and the state of Oklahoma have plentiful resources for those seeking employment, and it shouldn't be very hard to find work here.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The city center and Rockaway Beach have higher rates of crime than the rest of Oshkosh. Areas like Black Wolf and Stony Beach, as well as Fitzgerald and Highland Shore, have low crime rates. Oshkosh is a fairly safe place to live, and the UWO campus is in one of its safer areas. In terms of on-campus crime, forcible sex offenses happen at least 2-3x a year. Aggravated assault, arson, and motor vehicle theft happen every couple years. As with most college campuses, burglaries occur, but not as frequent as would be expected at a university of this size; only around 5-10 take place each year on-campus. The vast majority of arrests are liquor law violations, with over 500 alcohol-related arrests each year. There are also about 150 drug-related arrests each year. Hate crimes are either nonexistent or not-reported.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Oshkosh has a fair number of bars and taps, such as Oblio’s Lounge, The Granary, Kelly’s, Ohio Street Station, Screwball’s, Winger’s, and so many more. Evil Roy Slade’s is a popular sports bar with dozens of TVs, and Molly McGuire’s is where UWO students go to eat, drink and be merry. The New Moon Cafe features different types of music events almost every night, and there is a beer garden outside called the Sideyard that’s usually open in the summertime.

 
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Apartment Costs

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With a student body of 13,000, clearly not all students can live on-campus. Freshman, those under 21, and those with less than 20 credits are required to live on-campus. Greeley, on average, is more inexpensive than nearby towns, so for students, it makes sense to stay near the campus. The Royal Gardens Apartments are close to UNC, as are the Sterling Heights Apartments, as well as numerous listings off-and-on by students seeking another roommate, four-bedroom homes for rent, and rooms for rented out of townhouses. Depending on your number of roommates, off-campus housing can be as little as $300/month.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Greeley is home to several museums, some obscure, such as the Washing Machine Museum, and a couple movie theaters. The Family FunPlex consists of an indoor water park, mini golf, a gymnasium, practice rooms, a weight room, and more, and is popular with children. The Greeley Ice Haus is an ice skating rink where you can rent ice skates or bring your own. The best place to go bowling is Highland Park Lanes. Also in Greeley, there is a Farmer’s Market, as well as the Poudre River Trail for hiking. As a big college, UNC offers many on-campus events and activities, and with a myriad of clubs and organizations to join, you shouldn't run out of things to do and see here.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Weed is a tiny, rural town of about 3,000 people. it is 75% White, 7% African American, 4% Asian, and 2.5% Native American. About 16% of the population is Hispanic or Latino. There are an equal number of men and women. Slightly more women than men attend COS, with roughly 56% women and 44% men. Conversely, more professors are men than women, with 60% of professors men, and 40% women. The majority of students are White Non-Hispanic (1860), followed by Race Unknown/Not Reported (201), Hispanic (198), and African-American (108).

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Several highways run through the town, but for local travel by public transit, your options are limited to Siskiyou Transit and General Express (aka the STAGE) bus lines. An Amtrak train passes through Weed but the nearest stop is in Dunsmuir, about 15 miles away. The Amtrak shuttle has one stop in North Weed. Greyhound buses have a station in town, with north and southbound buses. The nearest malls and clubs are all distant, so for COS students, a car is recommended if they intend to leave Weed.

 
Weather

Weather

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Hamilton has four seasons and is a typical Northeast town. Weather can change quickly, Nor’easters tend to drop feet of snow, and there are a bit more rainy days than you’d like. Winters are a bit too long, cold, and windy, March and April are especially gloomy and wet, and on average, only about a third of the days each year are sunny. However, when summer days are beautiful, they are truly beautiful, and Hamilton isn't too far from the ocean, about a 15-20 minute drive.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Hamilton doesn’t have a wide array of dining options. The Weathervane Tavern is a popular and well-liked local restaurant as is the Black Cow Tap & Grille, which just recently reopened after its 2012 renovation. There are a few small pizza places including the Hamilton House of Pizza, which is actually pretty good. For more options, you’ll have to head out to Beverly, Essex, Wenham and Ipswich, all less than 5 miles away from the GCTS campus. On the campus itself, there is the one dining hall, but it’s not open on Sundays.

 
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Public Transportation

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Hagerstown has a County Commuter bus system, connecting Downtown with various shopping centers and outlets, as well as neighboring towns like Williamsport and Smithsburg. The buses do not operate on Sundays, and on the other days, stop running at 9:45pm. Passes are $50/month or $1.25 per ride. In general, living in Hagerstown means you should have your own car, or carpool with someone.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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In June 2012, the unemployment rate in Hagerstown was 10.3%, a bit higher than the national average. There are not a surplus of job opportunities in Hagerstown, though most will be able to find work. Salaries are low for most young professionals. About 80% of households in Hagerstown bring in less than 50K a year. The two big shopping malls and numerous retail centers provide many jobs for the locals and part-time HCC students.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Troy is located on the Hudson River, which means there are many outdoor activities relating to it, specifically the striped bass Fishing Tournaments, waterfront Farmer’s Market, and the Rockin on the River concert series. The Troy Pig Out is a two-day BBQ cooking and eating competition with vendors and music. The annual Troy Turkey Trot is one of the largest road races in northern New York, and the Flag Day Parade is one of the largest in the nation. A few locations feature live music and shows, like the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Troy is not quite bustling with special events, but does have a fair amount of annual festivities.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Many areas of Troy are quite safe. For example, Pleasantdale, Sycaway, Cropseyville, and Brunswick Center areas are all safe places to live. However, the 2nd Ave, Frear Park and central Troy areas have a high rate of crime. The high property and violent crime rate in the central area makes Troy look worse than it is. HVCC is located in one of the less safe areas of Troy, though it’s not as bad as the areas a few minutes up the street. On-campus crimes at HVCC are extremely rare, with no crimes besides the occasional handful of small burglaries each year.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Between Phoenix and Scottsdale, there are endless nightlife options. Whether you want to hit up the casinos in Scottsdale, play pool at Clicks, relax at one of the wine bars, get a beer at Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub, or laugh until you cry at Stand-up, Scottsdale! Comedy Club, there is plenty of nightlife to get into. There are a few strip clubs if you’re into that, like Bourbon Street, which was actually voted one of Arizona’s best strip clubs. The best nightclubs, in my opinion, are the Red Revolver Lounge as it is a bit classier than most in the area, and the Roxy.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Since PVCC has no on-campus housing, students will need to live locally. In the area of Paradise Valley, part Phoenix, part Scottsdale, most one bedroom apartments are around $600-$650 month, though there are numerous options below $500. With so many options in Paradise Valley, there’s no need to look much further, especially with its low crime rate and affordability.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are plenty of places to eat in St. Cloud. There are the usual chain restaurants like Panera Bread, Red Lobster, TGI Fridays, Five Guys, and Chuck E. Cheese, but there are also some lesser known restaurants. Granite City Food & Brewery is located in a dozen or so states, and its location in St. Cloud is very popular. Mongo’s Grill has a handful of locations in the US, and a handful in Canada, and is a fun place to eat since you’re able to watch the cooks make the food in front of you. Bravo Burrito and RJ’s American Grill are restaurants unique to St. Cloud, and two of my personal favorites. They are family restaurants with your basic Mexican or American cuisine options, and reasonably priced.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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St. Cloud is a city of about 66,000 people. About 85% of its residents are White, and 8% are African American. About 17,000 students attend St. Cloud State, and about 20% of them live on-campus. Nearly 1,000 international students were enrolled in 2006, with nearly 250 from Nepal, and 110 from India. About 80% of all students are White. Slightly more women (55%) than men (45%) go to school here. Women dominate the Education major at St. Cloud, while more men pursue Business majors than women.

 
Weather

Weather

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Winters are cold, summers are uncomfortably humid and hot, and the four seasons keep Providence’s weather interesting. Nor’easters have been known to drop feet of snow, and hurricanes can occasionally cause damage in the rare occasion one travels up the New England coast. Large quantities of rain can cause some flooding in town, and snow often causes commuting delays, though some years snow is scarce, and for others, it never stops snowing. Because of its location near the coast, Providence often receives rain while others are hit with snow. Totally clear and sunny days are not especially common. Basically, if weather really affects your mood, you may not want to live in the Northeast.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Providence is home to several live music and theater performance venues, the School of Design’s Museum of Art, Roger Williams Park Zoo, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center sports arena, the Rhode Island Convention Center, and so much more. There are walking tours, trolley tours, and ghost tours, boat tours with La Gondola, and the Providence Place Mall. Toss in a few hundred restaurants, and Providence’s unique WaterFire attraction featuring 100 bonfires, and this city, one of the oldest in the nation, is bursting with culture.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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As of November 2012, the Dallas unemployment rate was about 6%; the lowest in several years. Jobs are steadily being added to the economy. Jobs in Dallas are not difficult to come by for the majority of people, though the salaries are fairly average. Just about all ages and levels of qualification are able to find work in Dallas. UT Southwestern also offers many positions for students to work in clinical and research environments.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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There are several bus and rail options on-campus and near the campus. There is a Trinity Railway station near UT Southwestern’s South Campus, and the DART Green Line
DART bus stops are located all throughout the campus, and various shuttles travel all over the campus as well. There are also shuttles available to the Southwestern Medical Park Apartments, and various campus buildings. Parking can be expensive, so utilizing public transit is recommended.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Over the course of the year, the Erie Philharmonic orchestra, the Warner Theatre, Erie Playhouse, and Lake Erie Ballet put on shows. Since the city of Erie is located along Lake Erie, there are many outdoor activities year-round. In the summer, there is a Music Series with performances each week, Downtown Block Parties, Bike and Hot Rod Nights, the Erie Summer Festival of the Arts, the annual Roar on the Shore motorcycle rally, the Blues and Jazz Festival, and so much more. From Microbrew Fest to Zoo Parade to International Film Festival, there is always something going on in Erie.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Erie is about $500/month. There are plenty of two- and three-bedroom options for less than $500/month, too, which is stellar. There are many private listings and rooms for rent in local homes which have more accommodations and better prices than some of the apartment complexes. There are even whole homes for rent, albeit small, that may be better options than living in an apartment complex. Overall, off-campus housing is very inexpensive. On-campus, there are ten residence halls and an apartment complex for upperclassmen but with over 4,600 students, only about 1,700 live on campus. You definitely won’t be alone if you choose to live off-campus.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Tacoma is a dangerous place. There’s no getting around it. It has one of the highest crime rates nationally. One in 15 become a victim or property or violent crime. The chance of having your car stolen is 1 in 93. There are at least 10 murders a year in Tacoma. The crime rate in Tacoma is more than double both the Washington state and national average. The Hilltop neighborhood area is known for its gang violence and drug scene. It has been slowly improving since the 80s and 90s when the Hilltop Crips were big, but you still don’t want to be there after dark. The good news is, the PLU campus is relatively safe, with emergency telephones located around campus, and the option for a walking escort 24/7. The most common crimes are minor burglaries, and liquor law violations.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Tacoma has many, many popular bars, like 1022 South, Top of Tacoma, and Doyle’s Public House. The Encore Nightclub is a popular Vegas-style nightclub with DJs. Parkway Tavern has lots of college students, and is a very diverse crowd. There are a few places to play pool, like Malarkey’s, and many places to hear live music, like Metronome Coffee or Jazzbones. Puget Sound Pizza has the best pizza in town, if you don’t mind the karaoke. Overall, Tacoma is a bustling city.

 

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