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Old 05-06-2009, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I need some suggestions as to which city would be the best to live in. I have heard great things about both cities so I'm rather torn. Tampa has a school I would like to attend to finish my degree, however, St. Pete is not too far of a drive from there. Any help would be better than none!!!
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Old 05-06-2009, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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St. Pete may not be too far in miles, BUT if you are travelling during rush hour, it can take a lot longer. Do you really want to be dealing with traffic? I live near USF and it takes me (without traffic) at least 45 minutes to get to St. Pete.
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Oh.....that is good to know. Do you like living near USF, that is where I will be going and have looked into getting an apartment at Post Rocky Point in South Tampa. Would you recommend this??
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:47 PM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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Oh.....that is good to know. Do you like living near USF, that is where I will be going and have looked into getting an apartment at Post Rocky Point in South Tampa. Would you recommend this??
Post Rocky Point is not in South Tampa, its in the Westshore/Airport area of Tampa. South Tampa is considered the area of land South of Kennedy Blvd. Just an FYI. That is quite the commute from Rocky POint to USF, be best if it wasnt during rish hour times.

As far as Tampa and St. Pete, I look at Tampa as the bigger brother of his cute laid back sister St. Pete. Both have lots ot offer, but if you are schooling at USF, I recommend living in Tampa.
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Old 05-06-2009, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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That is good to know. Do you have any suggestions of other apartment complexes that are in a safe area, but have a younger atmosphere??
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Old 05-06-2009, 08:29 PM
 
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There are plenty of great areas around USF, but beware of suit case city/sulfur springs area. High in crime, and very run down.
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Old 05-06-2009, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Im not quite sure where that is at, but I will keep that in mind. Im a single girl in my 20s and definitely dont want a place that I have to worry about walking my dog at night.
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Old 05-06-2009, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Florida
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As far as Tampa and St. Pete, I look at Tampa as the bigger brother of his cute laid back sister St. Pete. Both have lots ot offer, but if you are schooling at USF, I recommend living in Tampa.
I agree. I like St. Pete, but Tampa is much better in every way.
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Old 05-07-2009, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Clearwater, FL
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Im not quite sure where that is at, but I will keep that in mind. Im a single girl in my 20s and definitely dont want a place that I have to worry about walking my dog at night.
You could look for a place aroud Hyde Park/SoHo. The drive to USF isn't too bad and you'll have plenty of young people around. There is a number of smaller apartment buildings around, many of which are quite affordable. And it's a pretty safe neighborhood for the most part.

St Pete is a great city, especially the downtown, but as others pointed out commuting to USF isn't going to be much fun.
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Old 05-07-2009, 02:18 PM
 
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I would live in St. Pete personally, but as I work at USF there is absolutely no way I will make that commute every day. From St. Pete you are looking at at least an hour each way depending on traffic. On a small bridge where any traffic hiccup can cause major delays. Two hours minimum in a car in the summer heat/humidity here is brutal.

Rocky Point is still going to be a bit of a commute, but if you can take back roads to downtown and jump on 275 from there, you will be OK (probably looking at about 30 mins.). I live in South Tampa and I avoid 275 until north of downtown so that going toward USF I am going away from the commute. You'll need to keep the same in mind if you are returning to Rocky Point between 4-6pm. Unfortunately, its just a rough drive sometimes. If you will be going during off-peak hours, it won't be bad at all.

There are some nicer places around Temple Terrace (USF) and some REALLY nice ones being built (The Lodge at Lakecrest being one of them), but as someone else also said, there are some dangerous areas close, so I would be very discerning and research any place thoroughly.

Good Luck and welcome to Tampa!

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