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Old 03-12-2012, 07:11 PM
 
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Hi, I'm a frequent lurker who's now in need in some advice.
Due to certain circumstances, I am out of a home this summer. I'm a first year college student, from Valencia, CA going to school in the Twin Cities. I'm returning for a bit after finals, but my parents are going abroad from May to...whenever. They've offered me the option to pretty much live anywhere I want during that time, as long as the rent isn't too high.
It's kind of a crazy situation, but a bit stressful! And I don't have the option of living at home, as, well, they're selling their house too. (Very major changes recently decided)
I haven't done much traveling so I haven't any idea where to start. I do have some absolutes. I want to live in a fairly metropolitan area, as opposed to suburban. Good weather is a must, although sunny days 24/7 aren't neccessary. Since I won't be bringing my car with me, I'll need a really really walkable city, or one with a great busline. My budget for rent is under 1000. I'm also looking for a fairly safe area.
Some ideas are Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Portland, and Austin.
Does anyone have suggestions for a lively, walkable, and affordable area?
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:58 AM
 
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Without a doubt if you're looking for lively/metropolitan, walkable, good weather (guessing it'll be summer only) and a fairly safe area I'd recommend Chicago. Desirable neighborhoods like Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville, Lakeview, Wicker Park and Andersonville have a ton of choices for apartments well under $1000 per month ($600-$800). I think the opportunity to live in a world class city for several months could be a great experience for you.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:27 PM
 
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I agree with the above suggestion of Chicago. Summer in Chicago is very fun, and you could definitely find a decently priced apartment. It's easy to be without a car here as well, as it's a walkable city with good public transportation.

Seattle is another good choice. It has some of the best summer weather anywhere in the country, and if you live in the right neighborhood, you'd be fine without a car for 3 months.

Where are your parents going abroad? If it's in a location that interests you and you can stay with your parents, that might be a good and affordable way for you to live abroad for a summer.
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