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Old 05-20-2013, 06:21 AM
 
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Dear all,

I will be relocating to the US in August and will enroll for an HR programme at UMBC.

The issue i have is that i need a nearby accommodation to UMBC. My budget is $610 for a month (bed/bath).

Can anyone help?

Also i would like to find out if jobs are available around UMBC or Baltimore. Is there public transportation system like in the UK?

Thank you.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Also i would like to find out if jobs are available around UMBC or Baltimore. Is there public transportation system like in the UK?
If you are on a student visa, you usually cannot work. Here are the rules: Working part time while studying in USA on student visa However, it would be best to consult the student advisers in your program, as there may be exceptions if you are interning as part of the study program.

There is public bus transportation around Baltimore County, and to downtown. The routes and schedules are here: Local Bus | Maryland Transit Administration UMBC may also provide a shuttle bus. There are also MARC trains to both Baltimore an Washington DC during the week-days.

The school offers help in finding housing: http://www.umbc.edu/reslife/apply/temp_housing.html
also here: http://www.umbc.edu/gradschool/gradc.../services.html
and here: http://www.umbc.edu/reslife/communities/waa.php

The other place to look for apartments is on Craigslist at : baltimore rooms & shares classifieds - craigslist or baltimore apts/housing for rent classifieds - craigslist

In your price range, it may be hard to find a 1 bedroom in a safe neighborhood. I'd suggest looking for a room-mate until you know your way around the area better. I'd suggest Catonville for apartments, as I know there is a bus which goes to UMBC. Arbutus is also an OK area to look at.

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Old 05-21-2013, 11:53 AM
 
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:44 AM
 
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Thanks for your response. am not on student visa but dv lottery. the programme at UMBC will only be on saturdays hence will be working weekdays.

Am not sure which city to stay as i would have to get a job and also attend weekend classes at UMBC (Columbia Gateway Drive). Where do you think is most suitable to live and can get job and commute via public transport. Buying a car is not in my budget for now .

Thank you.

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If you are on a student visa, you usually cannot work. Here are the rules: Working part time while studying in USA on student visa However, it would be best to consult the student advisers in your program, as there may be exceptions if you are interning as part of the study program.

There is public bus transportation around Baltimore County, and to downtown. The routes and schedules are here: Local Bus | Maryland Transit Administration UMBC may also provide a shuttle bus. There are also MARC trains to both Baltimore an Washington DC during the week-days.

The school offers help in finding housing: Graduate Student Temporary Housing
also here: UMBC Graduate School
and here: Walker Avenue Apartments

The other place to look for apartments is on Craigslist at : baltimore rooms & shares classifieds - craigslist or baltimore apts/housing for rent classifieds - craigslist

In your price range, it may be hard to find a 1 bedroom in a safe neighborhood. I'd suggest looking for a room-mate until you know your way around the area better. I'd suggest Catonville for apartments, as I know there is a bus which goes to UMBC. Arbutus is also an OK area to look at.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:15 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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1) at UMBC will only be on Saturdays ... weekend classes at UMBC (Columbia Gateway Drive).
2) hence will be working weekdays.

Buying a car is not in my budget for now
1) google UMBC Training Centers 6996 Columbia Gateway Dr, Columbia, MD ‎ LINK
2) google wherever your weekday working will be done
3) map directions between them

Then see what public transportation options are available between the two locations.
On Saturdays. There won't be a lot of them.

If you don't own a car (in suburban America) you will still need access to one regularly.
Sharing a ride with a chum? Borrowing? Renting?

The once a week Saturday trip aside... you'll want (need really) to live near the weekday job.
Close enough to walk or bicycle or if convenient/available to take a bus.
Look there (wherever that may be) for a house share. Ask the employer for help.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:26 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Transit will disappoint you here.
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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The once a week Saturday trip aside... you'll want (need really) to live near the weekday job.
Close enough to walk or bicycle or if convenient/available to take a bus.
Look there (wherever that may be) for a house share. Ask the employer for help.
Inside the city of Baltimore it is possible to rely on public transit to get to work. Hopefully you can find a job in Baltimore or Baltimore County that will work for you.

Getting out to Gateway Drive in Columbia will be the difficult part. There is a Zipcar franchise at 1120 North Charles that might allow you to rent the car for Saturday only. Or take a taxi until you locate someone to share a ride with.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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1) google UMBC Training Centers 6996 Columbia Gateway Dr, Columbia, MD ‎ LINK
2) google wherever your weekday working will be done
3) map directions between them

Then see what public transportation options are available between the two locations.
On Saturdays. There won't be a lot of them.
I also used the MTA Trip planner at Home | Maryland Transit Administration on a Saturday morning from Downtown Baltimore to the Columbia site. The best option was 2 hours and 15 minutes. It involved taking the light rail to BWI Airport, then the Silver Bus to Columbia and walking two miles. This sounds nightmarish.

I would recommend a taxi for the OP, until he gets an American driver's license. Then join Zipcar and rent the car.
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