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Moving to Nebraska: Lincoln, grad schools, car free, hiking, housing.

 
Old 07-22-2007, 08:16 PM
 
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Hi everyone. Currently living in MA, looking at grad schools, prepared to relocate to just about anywhere in the U.S. (not much choice, as there aren't many good graduate programs in my field in MA). I'm considering UNL, among others, and need to know whether living in Lincoln will work for me. One key point: Money's tight, so I won't have a car at first, maybe not the whole time I'm in school. Is it possible to find a place to live in Lincoln that's affordable on a student budget, and is within walking distance of campus, shopping, entertainment, etc.?

I'm older than the typical student, and would prefer living where there wouldn't be so much of a heavy student party scene nearby. Not having to share an apartment would be preferable as well. Doesn't have to be a big place--a studio would be fine. Is there on-campus housing that might work? If not, I don't mind a bit of a walk, but would prefer being no more than about a mile from campus, so I wouldn't spend all day getting places.

Speaking of transportation, how late do the local transit busses run?

Hey, and anything else a newcomer would need to know? Thanks.
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Old 07-23-2007, 12:00 PM
 
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Lincoln does have a city bus service that can get you to about any place in Lincoln.

Why don't you go to this web site and check on apartments that will fit into your budget.

When you find something then come back and ask about the area or any thing else that you might be concerned with.

Good luck, welcome to Nebraska if you come out here. Just keep in mind one thing most of us voted for President Bush here in Nebraska not John Kerry.

JournalStar.com - Lincoln, Nebraska

This is the local newspaper for Lincoln.
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Old 07-23-2007, 08:17 PM
 
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Default Thanks for the info

Thanks for pointing out the transit system, Kosnebbear. I checked their website, and it does look as if the routes cover the city well. I'd still be interested in knowing whether it's possible for campus, living, shopping, and entertaining to all be close together. Looks as if the transit service ends in the early evening. Also, I actually like walking places, as long as they're not so far that I'm using up half the day just getting from here to there.

"Good luck, welcome to Nebraska if you come out here. Just keep in mind one thing most of us voted for President Bush here in Nebraska not John Kerry." And your point is . . . ? Seriously, without saying enough to turn this thread into a political debate, I'll just say thanks for the warning, but . . . not a problem!

Anyone have recommendations on outdoor recreation in the area? I notice a lot of state parks, wildlife refuges, etc., in the vicinity of Lincoln. Which lakes are best for swimming? Which parks have good hiking (preferably on unpaved trails)? How's the city's Wilderness Park for escaping into the outdoors for an afternoon?

Thanks again for the info, and take care.
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Old 07-24-2007, 01:20 AM
 
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You are welcome. Lincoln has a very good walking trail system as well as bike trails all over Lincoln.

Here is the web link to the trails in and around Lincoln. Enjoy going over this as well.

The Great Plains Trails Network, Lincoln, Nebraska

As for turning this into a political debate don't worry as I just thought that you might want to know that most Nebraskan are Republican and conservative. Just didn't want you to have a shock when you came yo Nebraska.
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Old 07-24-2007, 01:48 PM
 
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Default Thanks for the trail info.

Looked over the trail info you sent, Kosnebbear. Looks interesting. From the pictures, I'm especially interested in the Bison, David Murdock, Jamaica North, and Kierra Park trails. Maybe I'll get to explore them. I'll be looking primarily at universities themselves, and their graduate programs, in deciding where to relocate to, but it's good to get information on whether I would be able to basically live in a given place. Can't go to school somewhere if I can't even get around, stay fed, housed, clothed, etc. Lincoln looks very do-able in that regard. Thanks for the info. Also, who knows? Those added amenities like trails and outdoor recreation areas could become a tie-breaker if I like more than one school about the same. Thanks for the info on this.

As for politics, I HAD noticed the red on the map in NE (and the entire middle of the country) the last two presidential elections. Thanks for the "warning", but it's not a problem. I don't know whether I dare say this while I'm still in MA, but, well, actually, were I to end up in the area, I just might find the politics in NE, shall we say, refreshing.

Thanks again for the Lincoln info. Take care.
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Old 07-25-2007, 07:49 AM
 
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Well we are always open to other ideas concerning politics, but just don't think that you are going to change our country ways all that much. We like our slow life style.

Also I fully understand the issue about eating, finding shelter (I would not recommend camping out in the winter in Nebraska), etc. As for clothing being a poor college student you will be glad to know that Lincoln has several second hand clothing stores within walking distance from UNL. They do get items that are new from stores that give it to them so that they can make room for new clothing. You will just have to shop around.

You might like to surf over this web site as well. I do it when I am feeling a little home sick for Nebraska. It gets me going again after going over it.

Nebraska Weather and Climate

I also would hate it for you to arrive in Nebraska not knowing what to expect. Enjoy your surfing.
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