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Old 05-06-2010, 07:01 PM
 
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Default College graduate needs help on where to move in Memphis!

I'm a recent college grad moving to Memphis soon and will be working downtown. Where can I stay that's not too expensive and full of young people around my age? I am trying to stay around that 20-25, 26ish group. I have read other forums but they were not too explanatory, most only suggesting downtown or mid-town. I'm looking for areas where it is easy to meet others and singles my age, not people 30+.

Specific areas, apartments, zip codes, etc, would be all helpful. I am sorta looking for areas where there are possibly clusters of young people, or at least where it is easy to meet others in normal events, (stores, parks, etc.). Please be specific as possible. (My friends tell me to just move near the university of memphis, is this a good idea? and how is the drive from east memphis to downtown in the mornings?) Thanks for all the help, just trying to make a good decision.
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Memphis
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Mud Island would probably be your best bet.
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:14 PM
 
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As a 25 year old, I wouldn't live anywhere but Midtown (I might consider Mud Island, but it's expensive and a little too family-oriented, matchy match for me). Specifically 38104.

You will probably not be happy near the university. Most of the older students I know live in Midtown or out East...the University area is sketchy and home to mostly 18 year olds.

Stay East of Cleveland, North of Southern, West of E.Parkway, and South of N. Parkway, and you'll find someplace that meets all your requirements. Check out Midtown Apartments, Revid Realty, Lubin Property Management, and the Memphis Flyer classifieds (some of them even have pics). The drive from midtown to downtown is good, I live in the heart of Midtown and drive down there for work.

If you have specific questions or addresses, just send me a message.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Memphis,TN
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What school are you going to?
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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You'll have to move out of the Memphis area to find 'clusters of young people' who have college degrees and grown up jobs.
That aside, Memphis is all broken up. There isn't one particular young area like some cities have. In midtown, you'll find early twenties art students next to little old ladies with "old money". Yes, downtown probably has more people like you, but you will come to hate hate hate not living close to a grocery store or other necessities...I've always assumed downtown people must be rich enough to have someone to 'take care of those sorts of chores'...hahaha....Our young people do not cluster....we get the xxxx out of here if we get educated! Memphis is also easy to commute, so it won't matter too much if you live in 38117, work in 38103, and hang out in 38104. I'd recommend finding yourself an apartment in mid town. Live there for a year, and by then you will have your bearings and know where you want to be. The other thing to keep in mind is how racially polarized Memphis is....there are some great areas, but only for people of specific decent. You could move into those areas, but you might discover you are very unwelcome. Midtown is about the only area of the city where this isn't true and no one really cares what color anyone else is. My fellow forum members may disagree, but if you aren't from here, some one really should tell you the truth. Day to day, it isn't a big deal if you don't let it be...but it also can't be completely ignored.
Unless you are still living for the Keg party, beer pong, stay out of the area around the u of m for now. There are some lovely homes near the u of m, but they are probably a bit pricey for a recent grad....much like downtown....and what is affordable is, frankly, ghetto...not ghetto like drive by, but ghetto like generations of 18 year olds have lived there so it's torn up from the abuse.

I'd also recommend you read the thread I started on the young in memphis...keep in mind i'm quite the cynic about my home town and not exactly interested in the stuff most normal people enjoy, but the discussions added by my fellow forum members gives a lot of different views and some valuable information I must be missing something (young professionals thread)
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:03 PM
 
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Thanks a lot ladybug35 for the specific streets and areas, and thanks hex_haight for your opinion and advice on memphis. I've narrowed down the area after some extensive research using forums and review sites and I think it's a good commute to downtown and should be a good fit.
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:14 PM
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I would suggest Mud Island! There are just as many young families there are there are singles. My husband is in Grad school and the majority of his single classmates live on the island. He is 32, but is much older than the students he goes to school with. The island has some really large homes, but it also has condo's, apartments and smaller homes that most of the students live it. The best thing about living on the island is it is so close to all the major events that happen downtown.
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Old 05-29-2010, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Eads/Hickory Withe TN
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If I was younger I'd totally live in Midtown!!
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