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Old 01-09-2014, 02:32 PM
 
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Hi!
My fiancé and I (both in our early 30's) are moving to Colorado Springs in May and we're wondering what locations in and around town we should look at to rent. We were thinking about Manitou Springs since it's closer to the mountains but we don't want to pay crazy rent. Basically we don't know a whole lot about Colorado Springs other than the fact that it seems clean and beautiful and has a ton of military bases. Does Colorado Springs have a ghetto? Any places we should stay away from?
I'll be starting an education licensure program and my boyfriend will be finishing his degree in chemistry. How's the job market there in those fields?
Thanks in advance, we're both over the moon excited about getting out of Louisiana and into a beautiful place like Colorado Springs.
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Old 01-09-2014, 02:41 PM
 
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No ghetto here. Least nice place is the S.E. part of town.

Manitou is excellent and funky; just east of it is Old Colorado City with a similar vibe (aka OCC, a searchable term in this forum).

Is he attending UCCS or Colorado College?

Padmapper.com for rentals.
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Old 01-09-2014, 02:46 PM
 
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Thanks for the info! He'll be going to UCCS.
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Old 01-09-2014, 03:16 PM
 
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Good places to live are all around UCCS, which is at 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

One good option that backs up to the foothills are the areas up along Centennial Blvd aka Rockrimmon. Here's a sample of what's up there. From there he'd take Centennial to Garden of the Gods Rd, which becomes Austin Bluffs Pkwy after it crosses Nevada Ave. It's nice up there, but there are fine places very close to UCCS.

Funny thing though, living along those foothills can actually block the views of the larger mountains, which are better a bit further to the east.
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:39 AM
 
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You can't really go wrong on the west side if you want to be close to the mountains. As the above poster said, it almost matters whether you prefer to "see" them better or have quicker access "to" the mountains as for your location. But anywhere from Manitou Springs up the west side to UCCS are good places to check out.
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:47 PM
 
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Default Monument rentals

I know you probably want to be close to the campus of UCCS, but apartment rent has really gone up since many people lost their homes in two wildfires in our area. One of my sons rented a three bedroom, two bath duplex with garage in Monument, Colorado which is a bedroom community of Colorado Springs. The duplex had a fenced back yard for his dog and rented for $900 a month. Small apartments in Colorado Springs are going for $600 and up. Monument is it's own little town with post office and many stores including a Safeway, Walgreens, and Starbucks. the town has nice views of the mountain range and because it is right off interstate 25 it is easy to go to Denver or the ski areas. It is also a straight shot south down the interstate to Austin Bluffs where you exit to go to UCCS. Just thought I would bring this up as an alternative and you could always find a roommate to share the rent in a three bedroom. Good luck!
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:37 AM
 
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Rent largely flows with house nice the properties are, but the saying "you get what you pay for" isn't always true. It's true that you rarely get more than you pay for, but if you're not alert, you can certainly get vastly less. I don't know much about the chemistry market. I've heard teaching positions vary by specialty. There are always highly qualified teachers unable to find work, and schools complaining that they can not find teachers. The quantity of fields seems to be the issue.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:26 PM
 
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What are you getting your licensure in - elementary, secondary, math, social studies, etc? There is lots of demand for math teachers, quite a bit for foreign language and science, less so for things like social studies.
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:02 PM
 
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Hats off to another Who Dat in the area! I'll be up there this summer. When I visited COS 6 or 7 years ago I met quite a few people who relocated from Louisiana and particularly New Orleans.

One day we were driving and I saw a random skyrail so we stopped and as we were talking to the worker he was from New Orleans and his daughter worked a few miles from my house. Another day we were going to eat at Stagecoach I believe and as I got out of the car to take pictures of a herd of elk walking down the road a gentleman came out of his house to chat and he was from Covington.
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