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Old 08-21-2010, 11:21 AM
 
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Hi - I need help picking a city to live and study in!

I’d like to focus on my studies, thus I am not very interested in the nightlife/party-scene, although a wide assortment of different bars would be appreciated.

I like diversity, different cultures and peoples.

I like metropolitan areas.

I want/NEED to be able to get around on foot, or at least have a decent public transit system nearby; I do NOT have a car.

I love to eat and cook – street food, restaurants and local fast food, good supermarkets and a wide and well respected food community is favoured.

I am a poor student and not that greedy, I’m not really in a position to make any demands. All the above is just for consideration and a bonus.

The only actual important demand that I really have is a decent public transit system and neighbourhoods with good walkability, because I don’t have car. As well as cheap cost of living, everything beyond that is just a bonus.

It can be anywhere in US! Please list more than one option!

Thank you very much!
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Old 08-21-2010, 12:34 PM
 
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What are you planning to study, major minor? This would help identify not only a city to go for school but also a good school that specialized in your field of interest.
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:40 AM
 
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Hi - I need help picking a city to live and study in!

I’d like to focus on my studies, thus I am not very interested in the nightlife/party-scene, although a wide assortment of different bars would be appreciated.

I like diversity, different cultures and peoples.

I like metropolitan areas.

I want/NEED to be able to get around on foot, or at least have a decent public transit system nearby; I do NOT have a car.

I love to eat and cook – street food, restaurants and local fast food, good supermarkets and a wide and well respected food community is favoured.

I am a poor student and not that greedy, I’m not really in a position to make any demands. All the above is just for consideration and a bonus.

The only actual important demand that I really have is a decent public transit system and neighbourhoods with good walkability, because I don’t have car. As well as cheap cost of living, everything beyond that is just a bonus.

It can be anywhere in US! Please list more than one option!

Thank you very much!
In terms of cities that are walkable, have an extensive/reliable transit system, availability of various ethnic cuisine (and food shopping options), as well as diversity of ethnicity....your choices are pretty much limited to New York City, Washington DC and Chicago. Honorable mentions (75% or so of criteria met) would include Boston and San Francisco. None of the cities I mentioned however are "cheap". Cities with the amenities you describe (particularly good public transit) cost more because of those amenities.

You might also consider some smaller cities like Madison, Wisconsin (University of Wisconsin), Chapel Hill, North Carolina (University of North Carolina), Eugene, Oregon (University of Oregon) and Bloomington, Indiana (Indiana University) where you'll get some good diversity and walkable places (where cars aren't required), yet they're still somewhat affordable.

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Old 08-22-2010, 08:35 AM
 
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In terms of cities that are walkable, have an extensive/reliable transit system, availability of various ethnic cuisine (and food shopping options), as well as diversity of ethnicity....your choices are pretty much limited to New York City, Washington DC and Chicago. Honorable mentions (75% or so of criteria met) would include Boston and San Francisco. None of the cities I mentioned however are "cheap". Cities with the amenities you describe (particularly good public transit) cost more because of those amenities.

You might also consider some smaller cities like Madison, Wisconsin (University of Wisconsin), Chapel Hill, North Carolina (University of North Carolina), Eugene, Oregon (University of Oregon) and Bloomington, Indiana (Indiana University) where you'll get some good diversity and walkable places (where cars aren't required), yet they're still somewhat affordable.

Just curious why you left philadelphia out among these cities, there are pros and cons to all but for the larger cities meeting most if not all the criteria Philly and Chicago would be the most affordable. But in terms of walkability and ability to live like this close to the schools to me only 5 excal really and those would be NYC, Boston, Philly, Chicago and DC - And I would say meet all the other criteria as well...
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