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Old 05-24-2011, 11:52 AM
 
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Hi there! I'm a single, 24 year old woman moving to Miami for graduate school at UM. This is a dream-come-true opportunity for a country girl like me! Currently, I work as a waitress in Knoxville, TN, where I've lived my whole life. At UM, I'll have a living stipend of about $16,000, which is a lot more money than I make in Knoxville, but I know that the cost of living is much higher in Miami. I need a place to live that's pretty cheap but also safe, since I'll be living alone. The area in Knoxville that I live in now is considered the 'hood by most people here, but I'm sure Miami standards are vastly different (we hear gunshots about twice a year, not every night, and my door has only been kicked-in once). I live with a bunch of huge guys here, so safety isn't an issue the way it will be once I'm by myself. Another issue: I've only ever driven back roads and the interstate my whole life, and I've never parallel-parked. I don't know anything about big cities, so I don't want to get taken advantage of or end up somewhere sketchy. Also, I majored in Spanish in college, so I can read and write it very well, but I have a really hard time with spoken slang. Any ideas where I should look for housing? I don't necessarily have to be that close to school, but I'm not a confident driver in cities, so being closer might help. Any imput at all would be much appreciated. God bless!
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:43 PM
 
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The driving here is no worst than Kingston Pike on a busy day.

Don't worry, seems many poeple here cannot parallel park.

People will chime in with the perceived "no-go" areas for living, but other than those areas, everything else is common sense driven, about like living in the Fort.
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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I wouldn't worry about crime. The neighborhood I live in is generally considered to be a lower-income area, not necessarily the "hood" but not a nice area. I've never heard gunshots while at home in my life. 2 gunshots a year! You might find that in some of the worst areas here. I can't think of anywhere in the US where you will hear gunshots every night. The area around UM is generally pretty nice, I wouldn't worry about that.
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:14 PM
 
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yikes. remind me to never visit knoxville. sounds like miami is a step up.
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:31 PM
 
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yikes. remind me to never visit knoxville. sounds like miami is a step up.
Go to Fall River MA. You'll pray to be back in Miami. We made the mistake of trying the Lizzie Borden experience. Shame they don't warn you ahead of time that the town is a ****hole!
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:29 PM
 
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yikes. remind me to never visit knoxville. sounds like miami is a step up.
A bad day in Miami is better than a good day in Knoxville.
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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16,000 may cover rent and food, but that's it. Gas may be extra.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:01 PM
 
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Thanks for the reassurance, I'm starting to feel better already! Most of Knoxville is really nice, but I live right down the road from a major housing project, in an area that was still pretty okay until the prescription drug epidemic set in a few years ago (I swear, it's worse than meth, and I didn't think ANYTHING could be worse than meth). It's mostly safe unless the power goes out, but I wouldn't want to live here alone. Still, people in Knoxville JOKE about my neighborhood, but whenever I say I'm moving to Miami, folks act like I'm headed to Afghanistan. It's just hard to gauge how a sketchy area of Knoxville compares to a sketchy area of Miami, so I'm relieved to hear that it's not as bad as people say.

The problem is that I probably won't be able to afford anything in Coral Gables or Coconut Grove, and super upscale places make me uncomfortable anyway, so I'm kind of looking for somewhere that's low income but still safe for a single girl with absolutely no street smarts whatsoever. Is there anywhere like that in Miami?
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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thanks for the reassurance, i'm starting to feel better already! Most of knoxville is really nice, but i live right down the road from a major housing project, in an area that was still pretty okay until the prescription drug epidemic set in a few years ago (i swear, it's worse than meth, and i didn't think anything could be worse than meth). It's mostly safe unless the power goes out, but i wouldn't want to live here alone. Still, people in knoxville joke about my neighborhood, but whenever i say i'm moving to miami, folks act like i'm headed to afghanistan. It's just hard to gauge how a sketchy area of knoxville compares to a sketchy area of miami, so i'm relieved to hear that it's not as bad as people say.

The problem is that i probably won't be able to afford anything in coral gables or coconut grove, and super upscale places make me uncomfortable anyway, so i'm kind of looking for somewhere that's low income but still safe for a single girl with absolutely no street smarts whatsoever. Is there anywhere like that in miami?
no.
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:36 PM
 
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Doesnt the school have departments for such questions? Seems like they would know better what you are getting into since they deal with new students all the time. Miami is far from easy...
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