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Old 03-14-2014, 09:30 AM
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I am looking into moving to Colorado from Iowa. I would like to start taking classes at Pikes Peak Community College, so I am looking for affordable apartments in the area. I'm also wondering what the job market is like and how well the public transportation works. I will mostly be commuting by bike, so I'm wondering how doable that would be and any areas to avoid. Its been my dream to live near the mountains, and I am dedicated to making that happen. Apartment prices around here are $450 for single bedrooms, so I am looking for places that are comparable. Does anyone have experience with income-based apartments and their locations in relation to the college? Any input is appreciated.
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Old 03-14-2014, 12:07 PM
Location: Black Forest, CO
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Finding an apartment here for $450 will be difficult, but maybe not impossible. You may be able to rent a room or share an apartment with someone for that amount. Which campus of Pikes Peak Community are you thinking you would be going to? Also consider you will be paying out of state tuition for I think a year at least before you would qualify for in-state. Public transportation here is not very good and getting around by bike is not advisable sometimes during the winter months. Here is a site with the bus routes - City of Colorado Springs - Routes & Schedules PDF
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Old 03-14-2014, 10:29 PM
Location: Pikes Peak Region
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There are studios and one bedroom apartments available for $450 but they are in the areas that you ask which to avoid. If you can raise your rental budget by $100 a month your options are vastly better.

If you can get most of your classes at the Centennial Campus of PPCC there is a bus that runs to the college every hour. It's absolutely doable between the bus and your bicycle. I've lived in Colorado Springs without a car in the past and made it work just fine. If you can spend a little more for an apartment you can find a decent one near the campus for less than $600 a month. Fair warning, income based housing is hard to come by and generally puts you in iffy neighborhoods. There are exceptions but they often have waiting lists.

Good luck in your decision!
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