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Old 01-09-2010, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Nope, just have heard pretty bad things about it. Just because he has a friend there, doesn't mean he should move there. There are like 30 cheap flights a day out of Philly and NYC to Houston if he ever wanted to see his friend.
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:29 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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My names Josh, I am a 16 year old guy that is looking to move to the USA in the next couple of years. Im currently residing in Perth, Western Australia where I am attending my last year of school. I am hoping to go to Uni (college) and graduate with a bachelors degree in Commerce (Business). From then on, I would like to move to the states and either find a job or further my studies and do a masters degree at College. The problem is that I do not know where to move to. My best friend is from Houston, TX and has to move back to the US at the end of this year and my parents have promised me a trip with him back to Houston if I do well at school this year and get into the University of Western Australia which is similiar to an Ivy League School in the US, however, is public. Im not entirely sure of why I want to leave although I feel that I want a fresh start in life and to forget about my previous time in Perth. Not that it is bad but I feel as though I am missing out on so much that I hear my best mates friends in the USA get up to. ....
I would go where you could get a job and/or are accepted into a college program, if you decide to go that route.
Houston's economy has held up pretty well, the city is growing, and you say your best friend lives here. Seems like it would probably be a good place to at least start. Sorry there are other posters with no experience in Houston telling you otherwise based off, well, I don't know what. But all of my experiences in a decade of living in Houston have been great. You might ask around the Houston forum some. Good luck!
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:35 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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Nope, just have heard pretty bad things about it.
Based off the specifics he requested in the first post, whatever anecdotal "bad things" you "heard" don't seem worth suggesting for someone to eliminate the first place they're thinking of straight away.
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Why don't you find out which schools sound like the best fit, which will give you the most financial aid (unless you don't need any), and leave the location to fate? I don't know if you care about climate, but that would be a way of narrowing it down. Is being near the ocean important (LA, San Francisco, Miami)? Do you like the snow and winter sports (Denver, Boston, Minneapolis)?
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:48 PM
 
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A sleeper could be Virginia Beach in the Tidewater/Hampton Roads area of Virginia. VA beach has a low crime rate and it's in a growing area that already has 2 million people. There are plenty of good schools in that area like Old Dominion, William & Mary, Norfolk State, Hampton, Christopher Newport and a few others.
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Old 01-09-2010, 05:12 PM
 
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Thanks for all the replies guys. My friend says he may want to leave Houston to another big city in california (not San fransisco don't know why) or one of the large cities in the north east eg Boston Chicago New York city. Could you guys give me an idea on the kind of climate in these cities and about football and ice hockey teams etc.

Also not to be racist I am not a huge fan of diversity. I just don't want to be walking around without either a black man or white man in sight.
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Miami, Florida
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Cool cities i think SeattlePortlandSan FranciscoLANYCMiamiBostonDenverCharleston, SCSavannah GASan DiegoWash DCHonolulu
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:06 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Houston would be OK but I wouldn't recommend it if not for your having a friend there. It is OK, though. Here are things you should know about Houston before deciding on it:
- Extremely, extremely hot and humid; possibly the most hot and humid major city in the US. (New Orleans would be a close second, so would Orlando). Unlike Miami or Tampa there is no ocean breeze to cool things down a tad.
- The beach is not in Houston. The beach for Houston is in Galveston and is about an hour away (hour and a half with traffic). That's not bad, but Houston is not a city on a beach if that's what you wanted. Also, the Gulf of Mexico is very beautiful and warm, but there are no waves, so if you want waves it will let you down in that area.
- Houston is kind of remote and isolated. Closest cities are Austin and San Antonio, over 3 hours drive away, each. Dallas is at least 4 hours away, New Orleans is over 5 hours away. Houston has an airport with a hub for Continental airlines so if you can fly you'll be able to explore the nation a bit, but otherwise you'll be stuck in Texas.
- There is no snow at all, and it doesn't get very cold at all. Right now is the coldest time of year and they are in the 50's during the day.

Houston is a fine city otherwise, they have nice shops, restaurants, adequate nightlife. It is not a big tourist desination and nightlife is nothing like the big nightlife cities, like NY, Miami, L.A., San Francisco, etc.

Don't know if you like to gamble at all (I'm guessing you don't at your age) but there are zero casinos in or near Houston. Closest would probably be New Orleans.

I'd recommend the following cities if you don't need to be near your friend:

Los Angeles:
  • Perfect weather most of the year, in the 50's to 70's and dry.
  • World famous sights, incredible culture/museums, great nightlife, incredible ethnic diversity, lots of history
  • For snow you are a short drive to mountains with cold and snow. You can go skiing one day and spend the next day at the beach soaking up the warm sun. Oh yes - beautiful beaches, too.
  • One of the best food cities in the USA (in my opinion it is tied with NY for being the best food city)
  • It is an Alpha city with EVERYTHING, much like New York. In fact, L.A. and NYC are the only two cities in the same league.
  • Many colleges and universities of every size and level of prestige, and some of the best public schools, so the cost will be low, even when paying out-of-state tuition (in-state they have ZERO tuition - I believe after living there 2 years you are a resident and pay no tuition, only fees, which is small compared to what tuition is). I strongly suggest you try to go to UCLA - it is a state school but it rivals the Ivies; if you got into an Ivy-level school in Oz you should be able to get into UCLA. There are other good schools but UCLA is probably the best and it will cost less than USC or any private school.
  • You have a few airports and air travel is easy and inexpensive to other parts of the nation, since L.A. does such high volume in flights - they have one big airport and several smaller airports with discount airlines that feature low fares. And oh yeah, it's the closest city to your home (well, except San Diego) in the mainland US so flying home and back will be slightly easier on you (and direct flights).
  • As for driving, you are only 2-2.5 hours from San Diego, another big city, and an incredibly beautiful and fun city. San Diego practically borders Mexico, so you can easily visit Mexico from L.A. - you can go spend the weekend very easily, and Mexico is beautiful and cheap to visit. Las Vegas is less than 4 hours drive, and another great place to escape to. San Francisco is about a 5 hour drive, or a slightly longer drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to SF is fantastic and beautiful in and of itself. Santa Barbara is only 1.5 to 2 hours away and is a beautiful little city (or a big town) on the coast which is pleasant and relaxing and picture-perfect. You also have the Channel Islands and Catalina Island right off the coast of L.A. which you can visit.

The other recommendation I have for you would be to come to my state, New Jersey, but I will add that this means I'm really recommending you look at the cities of New York and Philadelphia, because NJ is between the two and you will have extremely easy access to one of those cities and easy access to the other, as well. I'm going to recommend you try to go to Rutgers University in New Jersey, and here's why:
  • One of the best school in the country and has world recognition and clout
  • State school so it will not break the bank like Princeton (also in NJ) or U Penn (in Philadelphia) or Columbia (in NYC) would. It is the best value for the money for a high level school in the NY/NJ/Philly area. It's known as a "Public Ivy", much like UCLA which I described above, and it is one of the oldest Universities in the US (older than the US itself!).
  • At Rutgers, you are a short drive to NYC, only 30-45 minutes. There is a train stop here which will also get you into NYC within about that time. Philadelphia is a little further in the other direction, about an hour. NYC is the biggest city in the US (I'm sure you're familiar with NYC) and Philadelphia is top 10, even top 5 I believe.
  • In NJ we have a great airport in Newark, which is a Continental Airlines hub. You also have LaGuardia and JFK airports in NY and an airport in Philly. You can fly anywhere in the USA as cheaply as possible and on direct flights from here. Continental's other major hubs are Cleveland and Houston, so visiting your friend will be no problem Oh, and if you want to visit Europe, London and Paris are each only about a 6-7 hour flight away, direct...
  • If you want to explore the US by driving or bus or train, you have Baltimore only about 3 hours away, the nation's capital Washington DC only 4 hours away, and Boston only about 4 hours away. Also, Montreal, Quebec, Canada is only about 6 hours away, Pittsburgh is also about 6 hours away. So within 6 hours you have Pittsburgh, Montreal, Boston, Philly, Baltimore, Washington DC, New York - you will have PLENTY of easy options.
  • We have 4 full-out seasons. Our winters are cold and snowy but we don't get too much snow - maybe a couple big storms which dump 6 to 10 inches, then a few that leave 2-4 inches, and then occasional flurries/dustings. Often it rains in between and melts the snow. Our springtime is beautiful, everything blooms into deep pastel colors. Summers are hot and humid and lush and green. Autumns are dry, crisp and cool but not too cold (like winter), and the foliage is brilliant and bright red, yellow, and orange.
  • Our shoreline is fun and you'll be within 30 minutes to a couple hours of any point on the shore. We have every type of beach, some with built up boardwalks and nightlife, some with nothing on them, just natural and pristine beaches. We even have Atlantic City, with large casino resorts right on the beach, with the original boardwalk, where you can enjoy not only gambling but great dining and nightlife/entertainment. Our water gets warm enough to swim and enjoy all summer, by the end of summer water temps usually reach into the 70's. It's only about 4 months of beach weather but it's great during that time. We also have some decent waves if you like to surf - surfers with wetsuits actually do surf well past the end of summer, usually they can surf for 6 or even 7 months of the year with wetsuits.
  • We have an ethnically diverse, cosmopolitan population and probably the best (at least one of the best) educated populations in the nation. This is in addition to the greater diversity found in NY City.

Again, if you choose to come to NJ, you could easily alter it to go to either Philly or NY, but it will cost more for housing and for school. In NJ you get the best of all things, you're centrally located with easy access to all, and you (and/or your parents) will not spend as much.

I think those are the best choices. If I had to give another it would be between Tampa and Miami, both in Florida, but I don't think either of them offers quite as much as either of my recommendations above.

Good luck to you in researching and deciding! If you have any questions feel free to ask!

(And for the record, I went to Rutgers)

EDIT: Oh, I see now your most recent post indicates your friend wants to go the same way I just recommended anyway, lol....I just want to respond regarding football and hockey teams (and other sports) for where I recommended:

Los Angeles
NO Pro Football! College football features the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins
Hockey - the L.A. Kings
Basketball - The L.A. Lakers, the L.A. Clippers
Baseball - The L.A. Dodgers, the L.A. Angels (of Anaheim)

NJ/NYC:
College Football: Rutgers
College Basketball: Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's
Pro Football: NY Giants and NY Jets (both play in NJ)
Basketball: NY Knicks and NJ Nets
Baseball: NY Mets and NY Yankees
Hockey: NJ Devils, NY Rangers, NY Islanders

Philly:
College Football: Temple
College Basketball: Temple, Villanova, UPenn, St Joseph's
Pro Football: Eagles
Basketball: Sixers
Baseball: Phillies
Hockey: Flyers

I think it would be best for you and your friend to look closely at UCLA and Rutgers and go to one of those schools, as you will be in a great school either way without spending a ton of money and you'll be living in one of the two best spots in the US for living it up, traveling, exploring, and growing.

Best of luck to both of you!

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Old 01-12-2010, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side, NYC
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"I would love to live in a big city with skyscrapers, lots of people."

There's only one- New York City. ;-)
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, California
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Los Angeles:[LIST
[*]Perfect weather most of the year, in the 50's to 70's and dry.[*]World famous sights, incredible culture/museums, great nightlife, incredible ethnic diversity, lots of history[*]For snow you are a short drive to mountains with cold and snow. You can go skiing one day and spend the next day at the beach soaking up the warm sun. Oh yes - beautiful beaches, too.[*]One of the best food cities in the USA (in my opinion it is tied with NY for being the best food city)[*]It is an Alpha city with EVERYTHING, much like New York. In fact, L.A. and NYC are the only two cities in the same league.[*]Many colleges and universities of every size and level of prestige, and some of the best public schools, so the cost will be low, even when paying out-of-state tuition (in-state they have ZERO tuition - I believe after living there 2 years you are a resident and pay no tuition, only fees, which is small compared to what tuition is). I strongly suggest you try to go to UCLA - it is a state school but it rivals the Ivies; if you got into an Ivy-level school in Oz you should be able to get into UCLA. There are other good schools but UCLA is probably the best and it will cost less than USC or any private school.[*]You have a few airports and air travel is easy and inexpensive to other parts of the nation, since L.A. does such high volume in flights - they have one big airport and several smaller airports with discount airlines that feature low fares. And oh yeah, it's the closest city to your home (well, except San Diego) in the mainland US so flying home and back will be slightly easier on you (and direct flights).[*]As for driving, you are only 2-2.5 hours from San Diego, another big city, and an incredibly beautiful and fun city. San Diego practically borders Mexico, so you can easily visit Mexico from L.A. - you can go spend the weekend very easily, and Mexico is beautiful and cheap to visit. Las Vegas is less than 4 hours drive, and another great place to escape to. San Francisco is about a 5 hour drive, or a slightly longer drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to SF is fantastic and beautiful in and of itself. Santa Barbara is only 1.5 to 2 hours away and is a beautiful little city (or a big town) on the coast which is pleasant and relaxing and picture-perfect. You also have the Channel Islands and Catalina Island right off the coast of L.A. which you can visit.
So, I think Los Angeles is the best option. Admittedly, I live here (Pasadena, to be specific), but really, here's a lot of capabilities for a person your age (me too, I'm 17) and this city, more or less, meets your requirements.

Beyond learning, here you have plenty of entertainments. Like BergenCountyJohnny said - morning, you can sunbathe on the beach, afternoon you can go to the store and in the evening you can meet a lot of famous people. And, dude, here's warm all the time. You are close to cities such as San Diego, San Francisco, not to mention the Santa Monica or Venice.

Good luck to you.

Adambos - there's not only NYC in the US
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