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Old 03-11-2007, 08:42 PM
 
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My husband and I were both born and raised in Barrow (me for the most part), and are getting tired of things here (first and foremost: the medical system). We are both applying to go to UAF in the 2008 Spring semester, which means we will be living on campus in family housing (have a 1 year old son).
I used to live in Fairbanks in 2000-2001, but know almost no one there. Are there any students out there that are currently in school (or have been to school in the past year) that can give me some kind of an idea what the cost of living on campus is?
Yes I know it's cold there, but I'm coming from Barrow...Fairbanks is just a little bit colder than Barrow, so I KNOW I will have no problems adjusting.
Would appreciate any input that anyone can give.
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Old 03-12-2007, 08:36 AM
 
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Not sure exactly what you mean about the Cost of Living on campus.

While waiting for my medical to kick in from work, my wife and daughter are on the University Healthcare for students and dependents. It's not the best, but it's adequate. I'd recommend figuring out how to get a car in Fairbanks. You'll be getting your groceries from Fred Meyers or Safeway. Things should be cheaper than Barrow (I've spent time in Barrow).

We don't live on Campus (having pets prevented us from getting an apartment). You'll have to wait a while to get into Daycare on campus is something else...

Anyways, that's all I can think of, for now...
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Old 03-14-2007, 08:27 PM
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My husband and I were both born and raised in Barrow (me for the most part), and are getting tired of things here (first and foremost: the medical system). We are both applying to go to UAF in the 2008 Spring semester, which means we will be living on campus in family housing (have a 1 year old son).
I used to live in Fairbanks in 2000-2001, but know almost no one there. Are there any students out there that are currently in school (or have been to school in the past year) that can give me some kind of an idea what the cost of living on campus is?
Yes I know it's cold there, but I'm coming from Barrow...Fairbanks is just a little bit colder than Barrow, so I KNOW I will have no problems adjusting.
Would appreciate any input that anyone can give.
what is life like there? Have you ever traveled to other states?
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:33 AM
 
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My husband and I were both born and raised in Barrow (me for the most part), and are getting tired of things here (first and foremost: the medical system). We are both applying to go to UAF in the 2008 Spring semester, which means we will be living on campus in family housing (have a 1 year old son).
Tell me about the medical system. My stepson is disabled and gets SSI from the government and recently moved there with his mom and stepdad. He has some medical problems and I was wondering about the public medical.
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Old 03-26-2007, 11:22 AM
 
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Yes, I have traveled to other states. I used to live in Fairbanks also. I don't know about a car...how about the bus system? As for medical, my husband and son get free medical wherever they go. I am the only one that has to worry about that.
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Old 05-15-2007, 02:47 AM
 
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Does anyone know of a place I can rent in Barrows for a week? (May 27-June 3) The hotel is too expensive. Thanks,
Mary email: lawgirl14@yahoo.com
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Old 05-15-2007, 02:39 PM
 
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What are you thinking about for child care? When I worked at the U, there was a waiting list for on-campus care...
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Old 06-23-2007, 10:33 PM
 
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I left Fairbanks in 2004, but I doubt things have changed much in three years. There's five bus lines in Fairbanks (red, blue, purple, green and yellow) and two of them go to campus (red and blue). From UAF you can get to the grocery store via the bus (Fred Meyers or Safeway). You can also get to the movie theater. All the buses stop at the bus depot downtown. One line even goes to North Pole, which is south east of Fairbanks.

I would recommend taking the bus to the grocery store, and taking a cab ride home with your groceries. From the grocery stores on the west side of town, it's a six dollar cab ride to campus. Being able to haul more home at once is worth the fare. The buses are free during the winter, although when they start being free varies from year to year. I have, on rare occasions, walked to the grocery store from campus, although it's a bit far to do regularly.

The last bus runs around 7PM on weekdays, I'm not sure how late on Saturdays, and it doesn't run at all on Sundays.

I didn't have a car while living on campus, and did fine, although I also didn't have a job to get to off campus, at least during the school year. I imagine if you were working, the limited service would be a problem. Otherwise, the schedule should be adequate.

I would recommend NOT getting the meal plan. The food in the commons sucks, and the hours are limited. I regularly skipped meals because commons meals times conflicted with my class schedule.

The campus is situated on a hill. It's a steep climb up to the top via the stairs, or a long round-about way via one of the roads leading in. Many students complain about getting from place to place because the campus itself, and not just getting to it, is very hilly. I have taken the bus just to not climb up the hill, when right next to campus (but only when the bus was free, otherwise I'm too cheap).

The website for the bus system is: FNSB | Transportation

I only lived on campus one year. The cost of living on campus, for me, was tuition, books, meal plan, and housing. Plus, they charged to stay on campus during winter break. They list that in the UAF manual. I didn't really spend much besides that. Most kids buy a computer, too (I was given one for free from a friend). I lived in the dorms in one of the two person rooms. $11,000 for a year for school and living was adequate. Keep in mind, this is for one person, and I didn't do much... I rarely left campus. Sometimes I went to the movies. During winter break, I did have to take the bus to get food. During the summer I bicycled to my job. If you plan to own a bicycle get a good lock, and use it. I left mine, unlocked, behind the movie theater and it was stolen.

I wouldn't recommend UAF, academically, from my experience as an undergraduate student. I attended on one year, off one year, then on one year. I majored in art, then switched to computer programming. I enjoy computer programming, but I was disappointed with the computer programming classes, as much of the material was a repeat of what was learned in the previous class. I took three semesters of computer science before I decided I'd had enough. I never graduated.

Their website is University of Alaska Fairbanks

Last edited by CandyApple; 06-23-2007 at 10:52 PM..
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