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Old 11-28-2011, 04:52 PM
 
Location: netherlands
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Hello,

I am currently studying at University in London, uk and I would like to go to Graduate School in US. I have chosen Universities that offer programs I am interested in, I prefer the ones in Cali and Florida. But I might also apply to SUNY and CUNY. I have visited Miami few times but I have never been to Cali.


I would like your opinions on city choices.

Miami, Tampa, Orlando,Naples, Jacksonville

VS

San Diego or NYC.

I know this is very general question and it depends n everyone's personal preference. I would just like to know which city do you think is cheapest to live in (big one for students) and best for grad experience (in your opinion).

If it helps I will give you more info about me: I am 24 yo female, going to grad school for Counselling Program, I am down to earth and active, I don't like shallow and superficial people, important things for me in a city i'd live: close to seaside, clean, culture-festivals, art etc, easy to do activities at, not too high living expenses, preferably close to international airport..

oh and I did read a big part of this forum and in some cities in seems like a problem if one don't speak spanish, I dont lol I am fluent in 5 languages but spanish is unfortunately not one of them.


Thank you so much for your help

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Old 11-28-2011, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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close to seaside, clean, culture-festivals, art etc, easy to do activities at, not too high living expenses, preferably close to international airport..
Close to the seaside in San Diego is expensive... NYC is even more expensive. I don't know about Florida, but if you're looking for "not too high" living expenses, you should probably rule out San Diego and NYC as they are two of the most expensive places to live in the United States.

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oh and I did read a big part of this forum and in some cities in seems like a problem if one don't speak spanish, I dont lol I am fluent in 5 languages but spanish is unfortunately not one of them.
You don't need to know Spanish to live in San Diego or Los Angeles. It's of course helpful, but not even close to necessary.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:10 PM
 
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I've lived in Florida and California, but never NY. I have been there though.
I currently live in San Diego and I think it's the best city in the States.

Here's my take...

Cost of living...

NY>San Diego>Miami>Tampa/Orlando/Naples>Jacksonville

In Jacksonville you could rent a house for the price of a small studio in NY.
I rent out my 3 bdrm 2.5 bath townhome for $1000 a month there. Here in SD, I rent a 3 bdrm 2 bath apartment for $2600.

Cultural exposure...

NY>Miami>San Diego>Tampa/Orlando/Naples>Jacksonville

Jacksonville is great, but it's basically a large country city and all black and white. NY has every culture in the world. Miami is white and latino (Caribbean and South/Central American). Tampa is mostly white. Orlando is pretty diverse for Florida. San Diego is diverse, but mostly Mexican and white.

Fun things to do for young people...

NY>Miami=San Diego>Tampa/Orlando/Naples/Jacksonville

This all depends on what you want.
Obviously, NY is the largest, most diverse, vibrant city in the US. You will always have something to do. There is NO beach worth going to.

San Diego has a great beach scene as well as downtown. It is a great city if you like beer especially. The weather is nice all the time. It has everything I look for in a city.

I found Tampa pretty quiet and dull, but there is a good beach.

Miami is awesome, you have a great beach, great nightlife and beautiful people all year round. The weather is great all the time, but hot for some in the summer.

Jacksonville is ok, there is a nice beach, there is a burgeoning downtown and people are friendly and laid back. There is just not as much going on as any of the other cities you mentioned. It is the cheapest though like I said.

International Airport

NY>Miami=Orlando>San Diego=Tampa>Naples/Jacksonville

NY has 3 international airports in the immediate area. You can fly anywhere.

Miami is ok, but most flights are to South/Central America.

Orlando actually has a lot of flights too and perhaps more to the UK than Miami. It's a big touristy city because of Disney.

San Diego is more of a regional airport, but we do have direct flights to London now with BA.

Tampa/Naples/Jacksonville are all small regional airports, but have pretty easy connections to Atlanta, which is a major hub (1.5-2 hours away).

WEATHER

San Diego>Miami>Naples>Orlando=Jacksonville=Tampa>NY

San Diego has about 24 days of rain a year, it's 76 degrees outside and sunny right now (November 25th). It's upper 80 degrees (27-29) in the summer, but not humid. Miami is hotter in the summer (mid 30's) and very humid. Some people hate that. It is really nice in the winter. It rains alot in the summer. Most of Florida has the same weather, but the cities more north (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa) will actually get cold in the winter, to the low 40's F (5-10 C). NY weather to me...sucks. Hot and humid in the summer and cold and snowy in the winter. The best seasons are Fall and Spring.

Spanish

There is no problem not speaking Spanish. This is the US, not Mexico, don't forget that. That being said, it's nice to speak Spanish sometimes in Miami and San Diego since a lot of people do speak it. I speak Spanish and I'm a Chinese guy born here in California.

For me, the choice is easy...San Diego. After that I choose Miami...After that...hmm, Orlando or Jacksonville (only because I have friends and a house there still).

Here's my reasoning...
San Diego has great weather, lots to do, a great beach, diversity and nice people with fairly decent traffic). The only drawback is that it costs a lot to live in California.
NY costs too much, the weather sucks and people aren't as friendly. There is a lot to do there though and everyone should experience it once.
Miami is great, but not quite as diverse as San Diego. The traffic there is worse too. It is probably cheaper than San Diego to live.

If I could choose anywhere, I wouldn't choose Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa or Naples as a first choice. If I wanted to live as cheap as possible, I'd choose one of those though. Jacksonville first, then Orlando, then Tampa.

Hope this helps!
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:24 PM
 
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Fla and Cali are BORING compared to NYC.

San Diego - weather-beaches great schools

Fla- ugh humidity

NYC- dynamic "on" 24/7

My daughter attending UCSD for the beach and got her MPH in Sheffield.

Cheers.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:29 PM
 
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Fla and Cali are BORING compared to NYC.

San Diego - weather-beaches great schools

Fla- ugh humidity

NYC- dynamic "on" 24/7

My daughter attending UCSD for the beach and got her MPH in Sheffield.

Cheers.
Why attend college for a beach? OP, all of the areas you have chosen are expensive, and you are missing the point entirely on picking a grad school. You choose schools based on academics, not on location or amenities of the city.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:39 PM
 
Location: netherlands
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Originally Posted by jj970 View Post
I've lived in Florida and California, but never NY. I have been there though.
I currently live in San Diego and I think it's the best city in the States.

Here's my take...

Cost of living...

NY>San Diego>Miami>Tampa/Orlando/Naples>Jacksonville

In Jacksonville you could rent a house for the price of a small studio in NY.
I rent out my 3 bdrm 2.5 bath townhome for $1000 a month there. Here in SD, I rent a 3 bdrm 2 bath apartment for $2600.

Cultural exposure...

NY>Miami>San Diego>Tampa/Orlando/Naples>Jacksonville

Jacksonville is great, but it's basically a large country city and all black and white. NY has every culture in the world. Miami is white and latino (Caribbean and South/Central American). Tampa is mostly white. Orlando is pretty diverse for Florida. San Diego is diverse, but mostly Mexican and white.

Fun things to do for young people...

NY>Miami=San Diego>Tampa/Orlando/Naples/Jacksonville

This all depends on what you want.
Obviously, NY is the largest, most diverse, vibrant city in the US. You will always have something to do. There is NO beach worth going to.

San Diego has a great beach scene as well as downtown. It is a great city if you like beer especially. The weather is nice all the time. It has everything I look for in a city.

I found Tampa pretty quiet and dull, but there is a good beach.

Miami is awesome, you have a great beach, great nightlife and beautiful people all year round. The weather is great all the time, but hot for some in the summer.

Jacksonville is ok, there is a nice beach, there is a burgeoning downtown and people are friendly and laid back. There is just not as much going on as any of the other cities you mentioned. It is the cheapest though like I said.

International Airport

NY>Miami=Orlando>San Diego=Tampa>Naples/Jacksonville

NY has 3 international airports in the immediate area. You can fly anywhere.

Miami is ok, but most flights are to South/Central America.

Orlando actually has a lot of flights too and perhaps more to the UK than Miami. It's a big touristy city because of Disney.

San Diego is more of a regional airport, but we do have direct flights to London now with BA.

Tampa/Naples/Jacksonville are all small regional airports, but have pretty easy connections to Atlanta, which is a major hub (1.5-2 hours away).

WEATHER

San Diego>Miami>Naples>Orlando=Jacksonville=Tampa>NY

San Diego has about 24 days of rain a year, it's 76 degrees outside and sunny right now (November 25th). It's upper 80 degrees (27-29) in the summer, but not humid. Miami is hotter in the summer (mid 30's) and very humid. Some people hate that. It is really nice in the winter. It rains alot in the summer. Most of Florida has the same weather, but the cities more north (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa) will actually get cold in the winter, to the low 40's F (5-10 C). NY weather to me...sucks. Hot and humid in the summer and cold and snowy in the winter. The best seasons are Fall and Spring.

Spanish

There is no problem not speaking Spanish. This is the US, not Mexico, don't forget that. That being said, it's nice to speak Spanish sometimes in Miami and San Diego since a lot of people do speak it. I speak Spanish and I'm a Chinese guy born here in California.

For me, the choice is easy...San Diego. After that I choose Miami...After that...hmm, Orlando or Jacksonville (only because I have friends and a house there still).

Here's my reasoning...
San Diego has great weather, lots to do, a great beach, diversity and nice people with fairly decent traffic). The only drawback is that it costs a lot to live in California.
NY costs too much, the weather sucks and people aren't as friendly. There is a lot to do there though and everyone should experience it once.
Miami is great, but not quite as diverse as San Diego. The traffic there is worse too. It is probably cheaper than San Diego to live.

If I could choose anywhere, I wouldn't choose Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa or Naples as a first choice. If I wanted to live as cheap as possible, I'd choose one of those though. Jacksonville first, then Orlando, then Tampa.

Hope this helps!

Thank you, this is really helpful.

San Diego sounds awesome, but when I looked around this forum I did notice people saying it is quite expensive to live there.
I didn't really mind humidity in Miami I spent there couple of months in December/January, April and October. The only reason I asked about speaking spanish is that when I was in Miami I got approached quite often by people asking me questions in spanish and it seemed like everyone just speak spanish around

Is there a big difference between living expenses in Miami and Jacksonville?

Oh, and I just remembered one more thing Is it necessary to drive in all of those cities? I have driving license, but I never drive in London.

Thank you for all your answers! You guys are very helpful
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:45 PM
 
Location: netherlands
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Why attend college for a beach? OP, all of the areas you have chosen are expensive, and you are missing the point entirely on picking a grad school. You choose schools based on academics, not on location or amenities of the city.


Hi,

I am not choosing a school depending on location only. The schools I have chosen all have a great Programs of my interest, I have chosen them carefully, but even though I narrowed it down to 8 of them, they are all still in same states, that's why I was asking for a help. To me and my college adviser all have
good program, at this point it is about location since that's the only difference between them now.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:46 PM
 
Location: netherlands
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Sorry I meant they are all still in different states.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Wynnewood, PA/Philadelphia, PA (Temple U)
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Cali is in Colombia.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Ocean Beach, San Diego
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"You don't need to know Spanish to live in San Diego or Los Angeles. It's of course helpful, but not even close to necessary." well if one plans to have a counseling career after finishing school in SD I highly recommend being bilingual or looking elsewhere. Not being bi lingual in certain fields where the public is served is very limiting. I lived in Tampa for years and while there many Spanish speakers, not being bi lingual was not a job barrier for me. Here it is. I am in the minority among my colleagues with regard to lingual ability. People can say all they want about this being America, but that is neither here nor there. I am talking about reality. Look at job descriptions for the area.
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