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Old 04-19-2007, 10:24 PM
 
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Hi,

Is it feasible to leave in Elkton MD while attending UD in Newark? Google maps says it's a 13-minute drive. Also, is housing really cheaper there...as it appears to be on the internet?

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Old 04-20-2007, 05:03 AM
 
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It is a very short drive from Elkton to UD. Luckily you can take some back roads, even though traffic is getting worse in DE. Not sure about housing costs. When I first moved to DE, Elkton housing was much less expensive. I think that has changed.
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Old 04-20-2007, 06:36 AM
 
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Thanks! I forgot to ask the obvious question - is it safe, nice, etc?
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Old 04-20-2007, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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It really depends on where you want to live. Just like anywhere, there are safer areas of Elkton and not so safe. I will say that driving in "downtown" Elkton, it appears to be safe. I have a former student who is renting a house in Elkton. Her side of the street is okay, but across the street is not great. Is there a reason that you chose Elkton over the Newark area?
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Old 04-20-2007, 09:25 AM
 
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Thanks, that's good to know!

No real prefence for Elkton, it just seemed that (based only on an internet search!) it offered a lot more apartment for the money. (I don't need luxury, just something decent, clean and safe and with a balcony.) Of course, if I lived in Elkton then I assume that I'd have to drive and pay for parking, which here in Madison, WI was costing me $100 a month before I started taking the bus!
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Old 04-20-2007, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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You won't be paying for parking in Elkton; however, I'm not sure about the student parking at UD. It is really crowded in Newark, and Newark is known for towing cars parked in lots not affiliated with the University. There is on-street parking with meters, but it can be expensive. There are a number of apartment buildings around the campus where you could walk to class.

When do you plan to arrive here?
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Old 04-21-2007, 07:37 AM
 
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I wouldn't actually be moving until next summer. Just doing a little advanced research!
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Old 04-21-2007, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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I really had not looked at apartment prices in the area, but every Saturday in the real estate section, they list apartments and their amenities. The featured apartment complex today is Pine Valley in Elkton. One bedroom prices are $910 to $1,101. They are pet friendly, if that is important to you, and they have gas fireplaces and washer/dryer. There are garages but the article doesn't say if they come with all apartments. They look very nice. One positive thing about Elkton is that it is not as crowded as the Newark area. Because of proximity, you still get the tax free shopping of Delaware. PM if you have any specific questions.
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Old 04-21-2007, 02:16 PM
 
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Thank you very much! I appreciate your help. I'll definitely check it out when I come out to look for housing next year.
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:17 PM
 
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Thank you very much! I appreciate your help. I'll definitely check it out when I come out to look for housing next year.
I would strongly discourage you from living in Elkton. The townspeople are not friendly to outsiders. Besides, you will get creamed by Maryland taxes, and if you live in Delaware, you might qualify for in-state rates after 1 year.
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