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Old 04-16-2014, 10:14 AM
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Hi All,

I am hoping that you can advise me on the best residential area to relocate to as my husband will attend U of Delaware. We are looking to rent a nice house/condo/ or apartment ideally within walking distance or some place near public transportation to the university. We haven’t visited Newark yet but have been told by a few people that the area outside of the campus is run down and that we should move to Pennsylvania or Wilmington and commute in. What is your opinion of this? Priority for me is to live in an area that is a short commute from the school, the housing must be pet friendly, and ideally I would like to be in walking distance from an organic market and other shops- our rental budget is $1000 and under for 2 beds and 2baths. Any ideas?

PS- I am quite sure it would be to much to ask for but I would love to have a view of a body of water, rolling hills, park, some sort of nature..........

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Old 04-16-2014, 02:49 PM
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Sure some areas of Newark beyond the UD campus are "run down" , but commuting from Wilmington can get old after awhile. Plus sections of Wilmington have their own issues. Assume your hubby is a grad student, you really need to visit campus & not hit Newark cold turkey to live. People in his specific dept. on campus can provide suggestions.
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Old 04-16-2014, 05:32 PM
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If your kids are younger, then I would advise you to look near Downes Elementary. The school is near the University and that area of town may be a good fit for you. I don't know if there are any places to live in your price range/criteria but it is a good place to start. I would focus your search on the Newark area. I really love the area around campus.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:20 PM
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If you don't mind living in the vicinity of primarily off campus student housing, you can find some
rentals between UD's campus and the Newark Amtrak Station. THe benefit would be that
you can also make use of UD's campus nearby including the library as a sort of extension
of your living quarters. You would literally be walking distance to UD as well as
have SEPTA's (South East Pennsylvania Transit AUthority's) R2 train line that runs
between Newark and Piladelphia for interesting weekend or weekday jaunts
along with Amtrak from Willie (my name for Wilmington) station.

There are a number of houses for rent, but you should make sure you
are not near the fraternity (forgot the name) or nestled in the middle of
the block of houses typically rented by students.

Last edited by newmassphd; 04-16-2014 at 10:21 PM.. Reason: correcting a typo
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