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Old 12-22-2008, 12:18 AM
 
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After an abrupt and unexpected change in my life I might be moving to st. louis within a month. I will be attending UMSL for one semester. I had heard from someone I know that where it is in northern st. louis is not a good area.

I dont mind driving a good distance at all to get to campus. I would prefer something on the eastern side towards illinois as I know someone who lives in columbia. In fact, we can also look into any areas near st. louis but in illinois.

My top priority is that it is a nice and safe area. I would prefer if you could be as specific as possible in the exact area/town and even the specific complex if possible as I have never been to this area before. Again safety and a nice area is my top priority. I would also like to have all the essentials nearby, grocery stores etc that are also in nice areas. My budget is $700 a month without utilities.

Thanks alot!

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Old 12-22-2008, 12:24 PM
 
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The Central West End tends to be kind of college-student area. It'll be a little bit farther drive, though. You could also try Downtown. Some apartments there go for like $550 month, but they're generally income-dependent.
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Old 12-22-2008, 07:30 PM
 
Location: St Louis County, MO
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On the Illinois side you'll be paying out of state tuition, so scratch the Illinois idea, unless there's something I don't know...
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Old 12-22-2008, 09:47 PM
 
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Well I am coming out of state anyways (florida). I saw a really nice apartment complex right next to the arch. It looked really nice. I would have a cosigner with perfect credit.

Anyone else?

Thanks!
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Old 12-22-2008, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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What's the name of the complex? Just curious.
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Old 12-23-2008, 07:44 PM
 
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Mansion house apartments. It looks nice but I cannot see anything but pictures, so it could be deceiving.
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Old 12-23-2008, 08:17 PM
 
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well, that is right downtown, but it seems like not many folks hang out downtown, unless you are down along the Washington Street District (don't know the exact coordinates, but Washington Street from about 8th or 10th street to maybe 18th street-- I'm guessing on those cross street boundaries). That Mansion House is a short hike from the hubub along Washington. Are you thinking about a 1-bedroom or a studio, or do you need more space than that? I am not real sure what sort of a neighborhood you are into, but the Mansion House isn't really in a neighborhood... only knowing you are a college student, I might also recommend the Central West End, possibly University City, Clayton, or the Washington Street district. I don't know much about the Illinois side, but I might guess there are some decent areas for young people not too far from UMSL over there???? Other posters would know better than me.
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Old 12-23-2008, 08:47 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies

I wanted a one bedroom. I am a graduate student, I graduated with a bachelors last week. I was hoping for a nicer more upscale area that is safe.
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Old 12-25-2008, 09:11 PM
 
Location: St Louis County, MO
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Well I am coming out of state anyways (florida). I saw a really nice apartment complex right next to the arch. It looked really nice. I would have a cosigner with perfect credit.

Anyone else?

Thanks!
If you make Missouri your permanent home, you are not paying "out of district" fees. You pay those fees if you are still a permanent resident of Florida and coming to MO just for college.
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:48 AM
 
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I looked at the mansion house when I first moved to Stl. It was an amazing apt, but just too pricey. I believe they paid either gas or electric, and the view was amazing.

Try anything in west county. That's where you'll find the nicer places. If you find a place near a highway, your commute won't be too bad.
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