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Old 09-10-2013, 10:15 PM
 
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Hello..
I need your info, I have a plan to study at Rutgers Camden. I have read from some websites that Camden is not a safe city, that's why I don't want to live there. Maybe Collingswood is one of my option and Patco will be the main transportation, how much does the average living cost in Collingswood (include patco monthly fee)?
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:08 AM
 
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I would pick a community along the riverline. That train is nice and takes you right to Rutgers. Look at Palmyra..
Collingswood is very close to Camden too. Either is nice..
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:19 AM
 
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Check Craigslist for places in Collingswood. Should have options from $500 or so up through $2000+ depending on what you are looking for.

Check PATCO website for train costs. Tons of students take train to campus.

Good luck.
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Collingswood
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I would pick a community along the riverline. That train is nice and takes you right to Rutgers. Look at Palmyra..
Collingswood is very close to Camden too. Either is nice..
PATCO runs much more frequently, especially off-peak. Also, you get much better access to Philadelphia in Collingswood than you do with the Riverline. NJ rents are high, but you could find something cheaper if you're willing to hunt out a studio, find roommates, etc.

Good luck!
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:13 AM
 
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I would pick a community along the riverline. That train is nice and takes you right to Rutgers. Look at Palmyra..
Collingswood is very close to Camden too. Either is nice..
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Check Craigslist for places in Collingswood. Should have options from $500 or so up through $2000+ depending on what you are looking for.

Check PATCO website for train costs. Tons of students take train to campus.

Good luck.
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PATCO runs much more frequently, especially off-peak. Also, you get much better access to Philadelphia in Collingswood than you do with the Riverline. NJ rents are high, but you could find something cheaper if you're willing to hunt out a studio, find roommates, etc.

Good luck!
Thank you for your reply. I am a scholarship awardee, my sponsor covers all of tuition and fees, but my allowance is only about $1742/month, is it enough? Where should I live, so my allowance could cover my living cost and I can access transportation (PATCO) easily
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:59 AM
 
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Thank you for your reply. I am a scholarship awardee, my sponsor covers all of tuition and fees, but my allowance is only about $1742/month, is it enough? Where should I live, so my allowance could cover my living cost and I can access transportation (PATCO) easily
I think one of your best options is going to be finding roommates to share a house with and offset the cost. You may ultimately have more luck with that in Philly. I would stick to the PATCO towns and I believe that RU has agreements for discounted transit with PATCO, but you would need to check with them. I would contact RU and see if they have anyone who helps organize student housing and/or knows of any groups looking for roommates or cheap apartments for rent, etc.
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:35 AM
 
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May I get any troubles(I can't get a good food, good room/house which is near a patco, etc) because of the limitation of my allowance?
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:13 AM
 
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I think you could get by with your allowance in NJ, but you would probably need to find something in an older apartment complex or split a nicer/larger place with roommates. I just did a quick scan of Collingswood rents on Craigslist and 1 bd rents are around $750-1000/month and up. You may have better luck with an apartment a little further away from the PATCO station and biking to the station (almost the entire town is within biking distance of PATCO).

I looked at apartments on Haddon Ave under $1,000, so you may get lucky.

Not sure if you need to stay in NJ to cover your tuition or if you could move to Philadelphia. Philadelphia is an option too, but the areas right near the PATCO stations in Philadelphia are very expensive neighborhoods, so I think the rents in Philadelphia neighborhoods next to the PATCO lines will be higher than Collingswood. Regardless, you'll want good access to campus, especially without a car.
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:34 AM
 
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May I get any troubles(I can't get a good food, good room/house which is near a patco, etc) because of the limitation of my allowance?
I think you can certainly make it work on $1,750 a month, but at that point your rent would be eating up nearly 50% of your stipend. Then you have utilities on top of that, transit passes, food, etc. You could certainly do it, but may find you need to live frugally and/or get a part-time job. If you were able to find roommates and share a house or apartment, it could really cut down on the costs.
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