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Old 04-01-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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Okay, so I am seriously considering Rockhurst University in Kansas City.

It's down to Rockhurst and Loras College in Debuque, IA for me (I know, it's random).

When I visited I really liked KC and the whole city in general- especially downtown and the Plaza. I also liked the small and enclosed campus at Rockhurst.

But one thing that may dampen my prospects of going to Rockhurst is the area of town around the university. The housing on The Paseo and Troost is less than amazing and gives the area a little sketch feel to it.

Is the area around Rockhurst University safe? Or am I just being paranoid?

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Old 04-01-2010, 08:04 PM
 
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It's safe. Friends daughter graduated last spring from Rockhurst and never complained.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:31 PM
 
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I wouldn't be "afraid" to live in that area. In fact, I think if I were young and single it would be a fun and interesting place to live.

But it's definitely more "urban" living (KC style ) and so you would want to be smart and keep your guard up a little more than if you lived in the boring burbs.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:40 PM
 
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Okay, so I am seriously considering Rockhurst University in Kansas City.

It's down to Rockhurst and Loras College in Debuque, IA for me (I know, it's random).

When I visited I really liked KC and the whole city in general- especially downtown and the Plaza. I also liked the small and enclosed campus at Rockhurst.

But one thing that may dampen my prospects of going to Rockhurst is the area of town around the university. The housing on The Paseo and Troost is less than amazing and gives the area a little sketch feel to it.

Is the area around Rockhurst University safe? Or am I just being paranoid?

You are not paranoid and right to consider the decision carefully.

That said, Rockhurst is an outstanding university. The student/teacher ratio and the willingness of instructors to work with the students to maximize their learning is a rarity in University settings these days.

If it were me I would not live near Rockhurst but rather commute from a safer neighborhood. It would be a shame to miss out on the fine educational opportunity Rockhurst offers because of the neighborhood. Attend school there, just don't live there would be my advice.
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Old 04-01-2010, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Hmmm, I think the area right around Rockhurst is fine and I have seen a change in that neighborhood over the past 10 years. And by the area directly around Rockhurst I mean, between Troost and Paseo and 49th to 55th. And west of Troost is UMKC, so that's Plaza/Brookside.

Now, when I say it's changed I would only suggest living there for those who are familiar with urban living. But in my opinion living west of Troost is very similar to living in the suburbs.
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:36 PM
 
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Rockhurst is a good school, and there are nabes nearby that are some of the best/most interesting in the city. I wouldn't count out Rockhurst just because of the immediate neighborhood.
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:40 PM
 
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I'm leaning towards Rockhurst, but I'm just not sure!!!

The neighborhood isn't holding me back a whole lot, it's just something I've always thought about in the back of my head. And I think possibly Kansas City might be a little overwhelming for me (coming from Iowa).

Are there any former Rockhurst students who can tell me more about student life going there? Cause they don't really tell you a whole lot of that doing the standard campus tour. Are there any people who transfered out of Rockhurst on here? And if so, why?

Thanks again for all of your guys' help with this.
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Old 04-02-2010, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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Hmmm, I think the area right around Rockhurst is fine and I have seen a change in that neighborhood over the past 10 years. And by the area directly around Rockhurst I mean, between Troost and Paseo and 49th to 55th. And west of Troost is UMKC, so that's Plaza/Brookside.

Now, when I say it's changed I would only suggest living there for those who are familiar with urban living. But in my opinion living west of Troost is very similar to living in the suburbs.
I'll just quote this since this is what I would have said.
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Old 04-02-2010, 07:07 AM
 
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I wouldn't bat an eye at living around Rockhurst.
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Old 04-07-2010, 02:51 PM
 
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I think the responses have been very adequate and relevant to the neighborhood. I am a graduate of RU and now live in the 49/63 Neighborhood. I too was a bit intimidated when moving back, however I must say it is now home.

My husband and I have lived here for almost 3 years. We have actually purchased properties in the area and rent to students. I do not now, nor have I ever felt threatened here. I will agree, it is an urban area, you do need to pay attention. I would always advise to leave a light on when you leave, lock your car doors and employ general street smarts. IF this advice makes you feel this is a "bad" neighborhood, then I would further advise you avoid ANY large city/urban area.

In no way should the surrounding area be a deciding factor on whether or not get a quality education the likes of Rockhurst University. Further, the rental homes around the school are always in high demand with students. Goodluck with your decision, Kansas City and Rockhurst really do have a lot to offer.
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