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Old 06-21-2012, 05:26 PM
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Hey guys,

I have been stumbling across this forum throughout the years so i finally decided to join. Anyways, I am moving to NOLA for school (Tulane) and would love to hear what you guys think.

I am between living really close (<5 min walking distance) to campus in a small building condo vs a highrise condo somewhere in the CBD.

i am moving to NOLA from Toronto where i was used to 24 hour security & amenities and everything was walking distance.

living in the CBD means needing a car to drive to class. However, i will have better security and amenities.

The biggest problem i have with living close to campus (other than the options are not as nice as the CBD) is noise within the building and security. It seems weird having a single door between my room and the outside world.

If i live in the CBD how is traffic to tulane? is it even an issue?
If i live near campus, should i be worried about crime? I know the uptown area is better than most places, i still feel a bit uneasy though.

I have visited NOLA for a couple of days a few months ago. I loved the people I ran into. Everyone was super friendly.

Let me know what you guys think!

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:02 PM
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If you live in the CBD you can easily take the streetcar or the bus to get to campus. Traffic wouldn't be that bad either though.

Also, the area around Tulane is generally safe as long as you be careful about wandering around the streets late in the night as you would anywhere.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:32 PM
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thanks for the quick reply.

how convenient is public transpo though? I took the street car a couple of times from the french quarter to campus (and back). takes too long (about 40 min). I do not mind buying a car if traffic and parking are not a big deal.

i haven't used the buses. would definitely get a car if i lived in the CBD.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:56 PM
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We have a condo at the corner of Poydrus and O'Keefe. While we don't live in the city full time, we are there frequently. I haven't found traffic to be a problem. I take the streetcar to Tulane when I am there on my project. I just allow time for transit. Most days I can read or work during the commute. Good luck!
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:17 AM
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Might as well live Uptown and walk to class.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:35 AM
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The Freret bus would be the fastest way from the CBD to campus, but it's not all that frequent. The Claiborne bus and the Magazine bus run more frequently. The streetcar is quicker in the morning and slower in the evening when the tourist load is higher.

Having a car in the CBD is going to cost you at least $125/month for contract parking. Not to mention the costs of actually buying/fueling/maintaining one.

I would look for a place close to campus and get a bike to make your life easier. The neighborhood close to Tulane and Audubon park is one of the safest in the city. You will be able to easily bike to a lot of places.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:06 PM
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thanks for the input guys! i am leaning towards living close to campus and getting a bicycle. If i end up getting the place i want i won't even need to ride my bike to class.
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