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Old 10-24-2009, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Australia
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Hey guys, I'll be graduating in a few weeks with business degree, and because I'm a recent graduate, I am eligible to obtain a 1 year working visa in the USA.
I'm 22, and looking for a city that would also be suitable for someone my age. So that includes sports (both participating and supporting), outdoor activities, nightlife, good looking women.

I am really looking to just get a very basic job, such as in a restaurant or a bar, so therefore I need somewhere that has a low cost of living. I would love to live in a city like NYC or SF, but I think making ends meet would be difficult, as I want to get my own place for under $1000.
It'd be better if there was decent public transport, or if a majority of the city is skateable/ridable/walkable.

Some places from my research that has sprung to mind is San Diego, Austin and Pittsburgh, but I'm open to recommendations. I'd like to live somewhere on the east coast, because that puts me closer to more cities, and a lot of my friends live on that side too, but it's not the be and end all.

Please help. Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-24-2009, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Dixie's Sunny Shore
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Yea, the low cost of living clashes huge with San Diego, NYC or SF. Check out some cities in Florida along either coast. Plenty of restaurant/bar jobs with a lower cost of living and tons of activities and it's on the east coast, albeit the very south part.
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Old 10-24-2009, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Searching n Atlanta
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Seattle, Charlotte NC, Atlanta, Chicago Miami and a few others have decent cost of livings and I know Atlanta and Charlotte have plenty of bars and small businesses that may have openings. Of all of them Chicago is the Nicest and Miami is the most international
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Old 10-24-2009, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Australia
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Thanks for the replies guys! I've kept searching after my post and have found Portland and Seattle very nice sounding places as well.

Are many of the cities mentioned walkable? My friend said Portland is very walkable. I might look into Chicago because that's a huge city! Also Charlotte because some of the best times I've had in the USA has been in NC. Plus they all have NBA teams
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Old 10-26-2009, 03:22 PM
 
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^ whether or not a city has an nba team weighs into your decision on whether or not to move there??

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Old 10-26-2009, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Chicago- Lawrence and Kedzie/Maywood
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Chicago
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:17 PM
 
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You might take a look at Philadelphia. It's pretty walkable, has decent public transit which can be very good in many areas, has interesting old architecture, pro sports (including the NBA), museums, concerts, a good crowd of young people because the city has a number of colleges, and ready access to some other great cities in the Northeast Corridor. And the cost of living is reasonable for a major Northeastern city.

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Old 10-27-2009, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I seem to run into a fair amount of Australian's in San Diego, I've heard our city is quite similar to Sydney.
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:51 AM
 
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For approx. $1000 per month you can rent a studio apt. in NYC's outer boroughs such in some neighborhoods in Queens.
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Old 10-27-2009, 09:13 AM
 
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Austin is not a walkable city unless you live within certain confines. However, with your budget you'd probably be able to find a somewhat decent place in one of the somewhat more walkable neighborhoods. There are no professional sports teams, there is only the cult of the university. Trust me, I'd much rather have a selection of professional sports teams myself, but that can only be found in Houston, Dallas, or San Antonio. The night life is suited to people around your age and I imagine you'd probably enjoy Lady Bird Lake and the Greenbelt, etc. However, it does get horrendously hot during the summer here. (But it's hot in parts of Australia as well, is it not?) As for the pretty women . . . do you like sorority girls? Hipster chicks? If so, Austin can fill your needs in that department.
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