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Old 07-05-2012, 11:28 PM
 
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I am in my 20s and will be attending grad school at Springfield College and need to find a place to live within the next few weeks. I still cant decide which area around Springfield would best fit my needs. I would like to live somewhere with similar things I am used to now, such as a college town, lots of retail chain shopping and malls, lots of chain and local restaurants, and entertainment. I do not want to live in an area where theres only one grocery or retail chain store and have to drive 20 minutes to get to the closest civilization. Safety and cleanliness is also important. I don't mind a short 30 min max. commute to Springfield. I have considered Northampton, but due to a possible job in Hartford, CT I would ideally like something closer to both.

I would specifically like descriptions of West Springfield, Easthampton, Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, Westfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, and Hartford CT since I have not had the opportunity to visit, am pressed for time, and have no idea what these places are like and if they fit for what I am looking for. Also, if there are any areas that I should absolutely not consider, please feel free to let me know. I am open to all suggestions! Thanks in advance!
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