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Old 08-11-2016, 06:49 PM
 
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25 years old
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68K annually with relocation paid


1) How will this salary do in the Tucson, Area? What's the rough estimate of a good 1 bedroom apartment?

2) How is the dating scene for my age group? (Post graduate professionals)

3) How bad really is the bug problem?

4) Any other personal advice would be helpful


Thank you!
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Old 08-11-2016, 07:47 PM
 
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25 years old
Single male
68K annually with relocation paid


1) How will this salary do in the Tucson, Area? What's the rough estimate of a good 1 bedroom apartment?

2) How is the dating scene for my age group? (Post graduate professionals)

3) How bad really is the bug problem?

4) Any other personal advice would be helpful


Thank you!
(1) this salary will get you an above middle class lifestyle with a broad selection of places to live.
(2) Not great, but not terrible. There's a nice concentration of people your age near West University and along River Rd.
(3) 575-1400 depending on how fancy you are.
(4) fire away.
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Old 08-12-2016, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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1) How will this salary do in the Tucson, Area? What's the rough estimate of a good 1 bedroom apartment?

2) How is the dating scene for my age group? (Post graduate professionals)

3) How bad really is the bug problem?

4) Any other personal advice would be helpful


Thank you!
You'll do fine on that salary. Depending on location and amenities a 1-bedroom will run you between $400 and $1200. You can get into something pretty nice for $700 or so.

The dating scene is rumored to be good (I've been out of it too long to say, personally). There's a friendly social scene in town, lots of active groups focused on various hobbies/activities, etc..

I don't know what bug problem you mean. Compared to many parts of the country we have almost no bug problem at all. If you mean the dreaded cockroaches, they are easy to handle. If you mean scorpions and the ilk they are not really terribly common and where they do live they are also easy to keep under control.

Tucson is a town that invites strong opinions. Visit first, but keep an open mind. The people I know who love it have dug in, gotten to know the place and really live here. The people I know who don't like it keep themselves isolated and really don't know the town.
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Old 08-12-2016, 09:57 AM
 
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Money always makes life smoother for the most part. I think the biggest downside to Tucson is traffic as with any other urban area. I shudder to think how many drivers here are not paying attention to their driving. I would try and live as close to your job location as possible and avoid if possible a long commute. There is no easy route across town. Others might disagree of course. Tucson is not an upscale location. Way too many homeless, panhandlers, no income or low income. There is no small amount of crime either though here you can carry a gun concealed or not without a permit. The city seems unable to sustain itself for its size. Parts of the city are attractive but large swathes are rundown, abandoned buildings, weeds and trash. Depressing. To have a large university here it ought to be doing better.

I have lived in much nicer places and a couple of worse ones.

Your wage will be fine for here. As for the social scene plenty of places where young people hang out near the university. Few insect issues. Several casinos. Decent airport. Not much top name entertainment. Deadly intersections. Too many people in relatively small area.

My two cents only. Good luck.
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Old 08-12-2016, 10:40 AM
 
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Money always makes life smoother for the most part. I think the biggest downside to Tucson is traffic as with any other urban area. I shudder to think how many drivers here are not paying attention to their driving. I would try and live as close to your job location as possible and avoid if possible a long commute. There is no easy route across town. Others might disagree of course. Tucson is not an upscale location. Way too many homeless, panhandlers, no income or low income. There is no small amount of crime either though here you can carry a gun concealed or not without a permit. The city seems unable to sustain itself for its size. Parts of the city are attractive but large swathes are rundown, abandoned buildings, weeds and trash. Depressing. To have a large university here it ought to be doing better.

I have lived in much nicer places and a couple of worse ones.

Your wage will be fine for here. As for the social scene plenty of places where young people hang out near the university. Few insect issues. Several casinos. Decent airport. Not much top name entertainment. Deadly intersections. Too many people in relatively small area.

My two cents only. Good luck.
I will be working right next to the TMC Tucson Medical Center which I'm guessing is in or close to downtown based on what I've seen on the map. Will there be nice apartments in that area? Is the downtown run down? I'd probably like to stay at 700-800 a month for a one bedroom apartment in a nice safe area within close distance to nightlife, shopping, and restaurants.
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:58 AM
 
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Search on the net for apartments in 85712 (TMC zip code) and Tanque Verde area (85715). Bring a box of baking soda with you - spread it around the perimeters of each room, bathroom and closets. Toss some behind the stove and in between refrig and counter, and over door sills, & window sills outside. Once a week put 1/4 cup down each drain and leave overnight. There are only 5 other apts (single story, block) where I live. I got rid of the roaches w/ BS in 6-7 weeks, been here 5 yrs. Brick/block apts would be better than those 'chicken wire and stucco' apts.

Also - before leasing any apt search on the net for reviews!
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Old 08-12-2016, 01:06 PM
 
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I will be working right next to the TMC Tucson Medical Center which I'm guessing is in or close to downtown based on what I've seen on the map. Will there be nice apartments in that area? Is the downtown run down? I'd probably like to stay at 700-800 a month for a one bedroom apartment in a nice safe area within close distance to nightlife, shopping, and restaurants.
I would not say downtown is run down but there are neighborhoods that are seedy all over. I suggest you put yourself into a long term stay hotel and search the area. There are nice places but plenty of not so nice places too. If you can use a realtor to assist that would be useful given they know the area in detail. In your search, look for places that have reserved covered parking. Trust me on that one. The sun out here is no joke. Try not to scrimp on your accommodations.
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Old 08-12-2016, 02:42 PM
 
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I will be working right next to the TMC Tucson Medical Center which I'm guessing is in or close to downtown based on what I've seen on the map. Will there be nice apartments in that area? Is the downtown run down? I'd probably like to stay at 700-800 a month for a one bedroom apartment in a nice safe area within close distance to nightlife, shopping, and restaurants.
I would say TMC is just outside or on the edge of Midtown Tucson, probably 7 miles from the downtown. The further you go north (the foothills) and east, the "relatively" safer it is. Having said that, I lived near Alvernon/Speedway for 5 years and never felt unsafe. Yes there is crime here and there, but my car (Honda Civic) was never touched and I never felt in danger. I did read that Grant/Alvernon is the Meth Capital of Tucson, but I can't confirm or deny that. There's definitely lots of characters there, especially when I went grocery shopping at the Fry's.

Downtown has come a long way over the last 10 years or so. Yes, there are some places still empty, but lots of new things there as well. Most of the nightlife is along 4th Avenue and in downtown. For shopping you have the Tucson Mall and the Park Place Mall, plus shops spread throughout the city. I hate long commutes, but you can probably live in Midtown and be close to a bunch of things, including work.
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:01 PM
 
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I used to sell furniture in Tucson. Many of my customers in your age bracket were moving to the city for jobs at (or associated with) TMC or one of the other hospitals. I know where they were living because I had to have their mattresses and leather sofas delivered to their homes. Most of them were in condos or apartment complexes on River Road. That's just a few miles from TMC (go north on Craycroft). Craycoft first intersects with River and then going further north intersects with Sunrise in the foothills of the Catalinas. North of there, the cost-of-living rises.

There are plenty of nice complexes on Sunrise, too, but I'd say the average resident is a bit older than the people who live on River (which is closer to the university). Your salary will get you a nice place in a complex with resort-like amenities. River has easy access to either the amenities on the East Side or going west the area around River and Oracle, which is where you will find the Tucson Mall with all its restaurants and places like The Container Store, which is where you will find most of the necessities of apartment living.

If you are the athletic type, you'll enjoy the hiking, biking, golf, soccer, etc., in our city which is surrounded by scenic mountains. If you're a bar-goer, there is no shortage of craft breweries, sports bars, and wine bars in Tucson, many with nice patios. If you'd like to peruse other things there are to do here, check out Meetup Tucson. You can find people who will join you exploring restaurants, going to the movies, checking out the live music scene, etc.
Meetups near Tucson, Arizona - Meetup

Another potential place to live would be the Williams Centre on South Craycroft, near Broadway. It's popular with hospital employees, plus young officers from Davis-Monthan AFB. It has several pools, barbecue areas, and a huge fitness center. You could get a one-bedroom for slightly less than $800 and bike to work from there. The Condominium at Williams Centre - Apartments in Tucson, AZ
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Old 08-19-2016, 01:38 AM
 
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I have had three surgeries at TMC in the past 2 years. It is a great hospital. In that area you will be 10 minutes from the foothills and very nice living. I'd say get an apartment in that area. If you go on Grant toward Campbell you will go through some lower middle class areas. However there are still some pretty nice folks there. East toward Kolb you find some very nice apartments and one of the Restaurant areas in Tucson.
Just west of the hospital there is a nice shopping center with a Panera Bread, Super burger place, and several other nice restaurants. Down the street is a really good seafood place The Kingfisher.
Further down Grant Road are places I used to hang out when I was in Grad School (After Vietnam) The Grant Road Tavern, etc. Slimy, exactly what I was looking for :-0
I'd get a CCW permit and the Pima County Parks and Rec has a great firearms instructor. Wink, wink.
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