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Old 03-27-2011, 03:06 PM
 
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I'm thinking about moving to Portland to do my MSW at UNE (if I get accepted). I have yet to get up there and visit the city and I am curious to know what life is like for young people out there. Is it a young scene or an older crowd? What do people do out there for fun?

I grew up in Southern MA and spent my undergrad in western MA but after living in Boston MA, for 3 1/2 years and spending a year in Dallas, TX I am use to the city life so I am curious if I would like it in Portland. I know I'll be in school and probably too busy for any kind of social life anyway ha.

I am looking at schools all over the East Coast (the South just wasn't for me) and I am trying to do as much research as I can! So any advice or comment would be helpful!
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Old 03-27-2011, 04:12 PM
 
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There are young people in Portland. The younger people I know(I'm in my early 40's) seem to have very active social lives. There is a lot going on in the arts and music, though we don't get as many big name acts as the cities you mentioned would. There are a great deal of outdoor activities to participate in to. And if you like good food, Portland has great variety in restaurants, many of them world-class.

I think you could easily find a social life here even with your school schedule. There is always something going on. Twitter has a very active Maine community. If you decide on UNE, you may even be able to connect with some new friends there before you make the move.
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:11 PM
 
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Portland has a local music scene akin to Northampton (that's our best guess -- DH lived in that area a while back, but we're old now, in our 40's, lol.) There are bars and pubs around, lots of great foodie places to eat and some decent shopping. There are lots of activities/groups/exercise things to join. No, it's not Boston, but for a city it's size it has things to offer the younger crowd. If someone wants to party every night, it could get repetitive I'd imagine.
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