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Old 08-17-2009, 06:20 AM
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I might be on the wrong board. Just wanted to get some info on Greenville, NC. Just got a job at East Caronlina University, I'm single and 28 years old.

How much would a nice 2 bedroom apartment/house cost me? Looking for something close to campus, but away from students?

How is the nightlife??

How is the crime?

Is there a big problem with racism there, I'm African-American??

Any other info would be gladly appreciated.
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:02 PM
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To be honest, it's going to be hard to find non-student housing close to campus. A nice place is going to start around $600/mo. There are places that rent for a lot less, but have paper-thin walls and a lot of noisy parties. Check apartmentratings.com ahead of time, but take negative reviews with a grain of salt. The best thing is to check out places ahead of time in person, including nights and weekends. Here at the start of the semester, it's easy to see if a place is student-oriented or not by doing a little observation, or just asking at the rental office.

Nightlife isn't what it used to be, but the 5th Street area still has a number of bars and clubs. For crime, you can look up information here:
I know that burglaries are high for the area, so move into the best place that you can afford and get some good secure locks and practice good crime prevention habits.

Racism...I haven't seen anything overt in many years. The city's recent growth has brought in a more diverse and educated population than ever before, so you'll undoubtedly get a warm welcome. Do pockets of racism still exist? Of course, but that's everywhere, unfortunately.

Congrats on the job, by the way!
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:47 AM
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As an example, there is a 3 br house w/carport and wired shop/shed on my street for $800/mo, and we are ~2 mi from campus.

I think it depends on what "close to campus" means for you. When we relocated to Greenville we picked a home in east greenville and our commute went from a 23 mile/45 minute to a 7 mile/15 minute. We deliberately picked a neighborhood with few students, but we still feel close to shopping/restaurants etc.

If you want to live within a few blocks of campus you can still find something, but it might take a bit more looking or be more expensive.

Last edited by ponytale; 08-18-2009 at 10:48 AM.. Reason: fixed typo
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:04 AM
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Nicer one bedroom apartments will be around $600 per month...you should be able to find a house in the $800 range. As the above poster said, the east side of town is convenient to shopping and has nice neighborhoods...plus it's still pretty close to ECU. This isn't a big city so the commute would be pretty easy.
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