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Old 09-30-2010, 07:02 AM
 
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Hi everyone,
I am currently studying in Perth, Western Australia - but I have been accepted in to the University of Oregon as an international exchange/transfer student and I will be studying and living in Eugene for a year as of summer 2011.
First things first, I am a 24 year old female and I will not be interested in living on campus - so I need to find my own accommodation and in an area which has things happening, people my age, activities etc.
I will also not have a car and will be relying on my pushbike to get around the place.
Can anyone give me some advice and recommendations?
Thanks!
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:31 PM
 
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Eugene is great for biking. It's an easy place to get around by bike or bus - if you don't mind the long rainy chilly season. Get some rain gear and layer your clothing so you stay warm and you'll be fine I'm sure! Get a bike map and learn the trails - it's fun and super easy to get around that way.

As far as renting a place, it all depends on what sort of place you're looking for and how much you want to pay. Eugene has rentals on all ends of the spectrum and everything in-between so it's just a matter of how much you want to pay and if you prefer an apartment to a stand-alone home to a duplex or condo or if you're looking for a roommate situation... it depends. The U of O can help you find suitable accommodations as well. You should have a liason person you can contact with these kinds of questions.

Even for a college town Eugene is rather sleepy and quiet. If you're looking for more of a party atmosphere you might be disappointed unless you hang out with the Duck fans and catch their duck-fever! If you're into sports you'll make friends quick, otherwise people in the Pacific Northwest in general seem to be hard nuts to crack at first. There's a long breaking the ice period we've found compared to other places we've lived. People tend to be more socially reserved here, it seems.

Bear the long winter and you'll be rewarded come late spring and summer! We definitely do not get as much sun and warmth as Australia, so prepare yourself for that. You'll learn to love the moss and mud if you keep an open mind and just prepare yourself for it.

... and you must go to the coast. You have to see and experience it while you're here. But when you do - dress warmly - even in August! Leave the bikini at home and pack your parka, gloves, and hat!
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Old 09-30-2010, 05:44 PM
 
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thankyou for your advice! the information i've been finding isn't very impartial so it's hard to know, you know?
I am not after massive amounts of partying but I am definitely looking to make good relationships with interesting people and I do like going to bars and enjoying nightlife etc..
I am excited for the weather, I spent some time in Seattle so I have some idea of what the weather is like in the pacific northwest..

thankyou for your information, very helpful!
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Old 10-17-2010, 09:07 AM
 
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I moved to Eugene a year ago so my other half could attend the university. Here's my input:

There are many student apartments to the south of campus between Willamette and Alder Streets to the west and east, and 15th and 24th Streets to the north and south. Also, north of campus and on the other side of the river there are apartments as well (although I've heard complaints that it's a rowdier student area). The neighborhood just west of downtown is great as well. If you want a house with roommates, I'd recommend looking on eugene.craigslist.org. There are many neighborhoods with rentals and students live all over the city here, but if you want to keep it bikeable check the bike map and stay clear of hills... you can always run it by someone in this forum to check.

There are plenty of bars and places to go dancing in the downtown area. Personally, I like the beer and atmosphere at Sam Bond's Garage, Pizza Research Institute, the Beer Stein, and Eugene City Brewery. People love their beer here. Lots of microbreweries in Oregon and a few in Eugene. There are indipendent movie theaters where you can drink beer and lounge on a couch while watching your movie (David Minor, Bijou). There are interesting eateries and coffee shops. No it's not big city nightlife with uber glamorous people wearing the latest fashions and looking down your nose at you... but that's exactly why I love it here.

If you're crafty (or curious), sign up for classes at the university craft center (also handy if you just need to use a power tool for a project). They rock. If you're outdoorsy (or curious) sign up for trips or classes with the university outdoor program or REI (outdoor gear store). Ride your bike along the river trail, take a hike up Mt. Pisgah or Spencer's Butte (I'd recommend driving there, though).

If you need your bike fixed, there's a ton of bike shops here. People love their bikes. Or, if you want help fixing it yourself, check out the Center for Appropriate Transport (CAT). You can use their shop space, tools, and ask for advice for a few dollars and hour.

If you're feeling bored in our small city, take the train north to Portland for a weekend and have your fill of revelry.

I hope that's enough info! Good luck!
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Detroit (last day June 30, 2011)
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I wish I could answer any of your questions, but I can't. As I prepare to make my way back to Eugene for the first time in nearly ten year I'm actually trying gather much of the same information you are. Your post caught my eye when you said you are studying in Perth. What Uni? I spent a year abroad from the U of O at Curtain. There are only a few places I really miss and WA is one of them. I hope you find your time in Eugene to be nothing short of Awesome. If you get to Eugene before July, you have to go to the Country Fair.......It may or may not be your thing, but "When in Rome".
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:54 PM
 
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As a someone who attended U of O and ultimately graduated from OSU, this is what I've got to say. Neither school is very good, and depending on which department/major you'll be studying, they are downright horrible. I graduated with a Engineering Physics degree from OSU and I can tell you straight up that U of O's physics department is horrible, one of the worst I've ever attended. OSU has changed their curriculum in order to get their physics graduates more knowledgeable about physics. That's right, they realized about 8 years ago that most of their physics students knew little about the subject so they were determined to change that. At U of O they have the same problems and make no effort to correct the problems. So my advice, even if you're here, is to try diligently to transfer to a good community college and save some significant money....
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