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Old 01-19-2011, 05:19 AM
 
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Hello everybody!

I'm an international student who has been in the US for 1 year. During this year I have attended a community college in Southern California, which was quite expensive. Not so much the tuition costs, but the living expenses have been very high for me.

For this reason I am looking to relocate and take the 2nd year of college at a community college located somewhere else.

I have been looking around on the websites of different community colleges (located in smaller cities around the mid-states), and I have seen some colleges that offer full time tuition for international students (non-citizen and non-resident tuition, 12 units) for only 1100-1500 dollars per semester! This seems to me as a very good price, since I paid 3500-4000 dollars per semester in tuition fees at the community college I attended in Southern California.

I have a few criteria for where I want to move - and the price of college tuition is not the most important, as long as it is offset by lower living expenses in the area.

What I'm looking for is a place:
-That is hot much of the year round, with not too much rain
-That is low in humidity (medium humidity is OK too, just not too humid)
-Where living expenses, and preferably also community college tuition fees for international students, are low
-Where there are health food stores, such as a whole foods market, in the area

The size of the city is not that important, as long as it's not a small town of like 5000 people. State doesn't matter, I'm just posting in the New Mexico section because I've heard it's a cheaper state and still very hot..!

As I'm looking to find a place of my own, I'm also wondering if it's common to find decent quality studio/1 bdrm apartments for a rent of around 600-700 dollars, anywhere in the US. Would this price be enough for living in a good neighborhood, or what would be a realistic price for that?


Thanks!
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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UNM at Las Cruces might meet your needs.
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:42 AM
 
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UNM at Las Cruces might meet your needs.
Are you referring to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces? The price for non-residents is $15,000 per year, just for tuition. In addition to that they estimate the living expenses at $6060 per year. The living expenses are good, but the tuition fees are too much for me right now.

(I also checked University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, on their website their estimate for 1 year is $31,072.00)
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I was commenting on the climate not the college.
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:32 AM
 
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Hello everybody!

I'm an international student who has been in the US for 1 year. During this year I have attended a community college in Southern California, which was quite expensive. Not so much the tuition costs, but the living expenses have been very high for me.

For this reason I am looking to relocate and take the 2nd year of college at a community college located somewhere else.

I have been looking around on the websites of different community colleges (located in smaller cities around the mid-states), and I have seen some colleges that offer full time tuition for international students (non-citizen and non-resident tuition, 12 units) for only 1100-1500 dollars per semester! This seems to me as a very good price, since I paid 3500-4000 dollars per semester in tuition fees at the community college I attended in Southern California.

I have a few criteria for where I want to move - and the price of college tuition is not the most important, as long as it is offset by lower living expenses in the area.

What I'm looking for is a place:
-That is hot much of the year round, with not too much rain
-That is low in humidity (medium humidity is OK too, just not too humid)
-Where living expenses, and preferably also community college tuition fees for international students, are low
-Where there are health food stores, such as a whole foods market, in the area

The size of the city is not that important, as long as it's not a small town of like 5000 people. State doesn't matter, I'm just posting in the New Mexico section because I've heard it's a cheaper state and still very hot..!

As I'm looking to find a place of my own, I'm also wondering if it's common to find decent quality studio/1 bdrm apartments for a rent of around 600-700 dollars, anywhere in the US. Would this price be enough for living in a good neighborhood, or what would be a realistic price for that?


Thanks!
There are smaller campuses that are part of New Mexico State that may not be as expensive as the main campus. Where are the colleges that you found that offer tuituion for 1100 to 1500. If you could tell us where they are then we may be able to offer advice. I would think however that college tuition for international students would be high no matter where you go in the United States.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:35 PM
 
Location: T or C, NM
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Are you speaking of a 2 yr community college or a 4 yr State University? There is a big difference.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Abu Al-Qurq
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By southern California standards, I don't think anywhere in NM is warm enough. Even the bootheel of the state routinely gets to freezing and sees snow on occasion.

You're probably stuck with southern Arizona, southern Nevada, or somewhere in California to fit those needs.
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Ruidoso, NM
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You've been misinformed about NM being "really hot"... definitely not year round. It is however pretty dry everywhere. If you can live with highs in the 50s and sunny weather in the winter, then anyplace around Albuquerque and south to Las Cruses would work... even Silver City... though small, it might be a good choice.

Look here for climate data: New Mexico

The only Wholefoods are in ABQ and Santa Fe I think. But surely LC and SC have some kind of natural food store.

Tuition $, I don't know about.
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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The "warmest" community college in NM would be Doņa Ana Community College in Las Cruces. Tuition for international/non-resident students is $2028 per semester full-time.

Doņa Ana Community College tuition and fees

Las Cruces has close to 100,000 people, no Whole Foods but other health food store options. It has a fairly low cost of living, especially compared to California, and is warm to hot most of the year, and dry. I think it's the closest thing in New Mexico to what you're looking for. Good luck!
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:09 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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By southern California standards, I don't think anywhere in NM is warm enough. Even the bootheel of the state routinely gets to freezing and sees snow on occasion.

You're probably stuck with southern Arizona, southern Nevada, or somewhere in California to fit those needs.
I think this is accurate, at least from my perspective thru map gazing. I certainly don't have any first hand experience living where I do. The warmth seems to make it up into the far southwestern corner of Utah as well.

Are you guys cold because of the elevation?
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