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Old 08-16-2013, 11:58 AM
 
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Hello everyone,

I recently accepted a job offer at UTD and I am in desperate need of some information on affordable apartment rentals close to the University of Texas at Dallas. I'm looking for an affordable rental in a safe area because my plan in to buy within a year or so. However, the catch would also be to find a good elementary school for my K-First grader to attend. I've read Plano has good schools, McKinney has affordable housing (worried about the commute), and Richardson would be closest to campus, but is it safe. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:05 PM
 
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There are a lot of apartments under construction near UTD in Richardson and in the southern part of Plano, it is safe.
I think some place on Coit Road near SuperTarget actually advertises $599 or so for a one bedroom. That's pretty affordable, so I'm sure their 2 bedroom (or whatever you need) would still be relatively afforable. I think that would be the lowest you could find. The average would be more like $1200 for a 2 bedroom. If you want brand new, Elan Market Center is opening across from Central Market in Plano - pretty close to UTD. No idea what they cost.


Additional: I would leave McKinney off the list (for apartment hunting), and search Dallas, Richardson, and Plano.

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Old 08-16-2013, 12:23 PM
 
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That side of Richardson doesn't have a lot of apartments; there are several new complexes east of 75, but I don't know anything about them.

Richardson is safe. Very, very safe.
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:34 PM
 
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There are a few complexes around Renner/Custer on the same side of 75 that are very close to UTD. I'm not familiar with the schools, but it is a very safe area.
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:39 PM
 
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OP, why the assumption that the area isn't safe?
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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OP, why the assumption that the area isn't safe?
I don't think it was an assumption that the area isn't safe, more an inquiry if it is indeed a safe area. Any person moving to the Dallas area and not familiar with the territory would be wise to verify the safety of an area. Especially a single parent, with kid in tow.
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:37 PM
 
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I don't think it was an assumption that the area isn't safe, more an inquiry if it is indeed a safe area. Any person moving to the Dallas area and not familiar with the territory would be wise to verify the safety of an area. Especially a single parent, with kid in tow.
This. Richardson may not be sparkly and brand-spanking-new like Frisco, but it's plenty safe and its schools are excellent.
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:16 PM
 
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There are a few complexes around Renner/Custer on the same side of 75 that are very close to UTD. I'm not familiar with the schools, but it is a very safe area.
Yep. The apartments along Renner are where I would start.
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Yeah, the Renner/Custer area would be your best bet. Those apartments are targeted at the Telecom Corridor professionals.

In contrast, the ones along Coit near SuperTarget are extremely sketchy. A lot of those are pretty much student slums.

Plus, the Renner/Custer elementary school (Aldridge) is, IMO, miles ahead of Jackson (the school for the apartments near Coit/McCallum).

The whole area is extremely safe. I once talked with a UTD student who was sent there specifically because her (presumably ultra-protective) parents determined somehow that UTD was the safest large university in the USA.

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Old 08-20-2013, 10:24 AM
 
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There are also apartments down at Renner/Northstar that also feed into Plano ISD and have some great schools. The drive down Renner to UTD is a pretty quick shot (DH makes it quite often).

There's also a Target and Walmart just down Northstar (Garland Ave) and a Kroger less than a mile away. Plus plenty of restaurants in the area. Easy shot to 190 or 75 if you need to do the highway.
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