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Old 03-17-2013, 09:16 PM
 
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I'm attending University of Tampa next fall and I'm searching for an affordable appartment in the area. I'm trying to decide if it's better to live near campus and drive to the beach, or live near the beach and drive to school. I'm looking at Tampa, Town-n-country, Safety Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, and St. Pete. Any Suggestions???
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:14 PM
 
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I would suggest you live by USF. There are apartment complexes across the street that are affordable and pretty safe. apartments By UT are normally pretty expensive and the campus also borders some of the more "unsafe" neighborhoods in the city. I am assuming you are not from Florida? After a few months living so close to the beach, you will only be going to the beach once a week max. By Living close to USF you will get a chance to meet people your age and with similar interests.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:02 PM
 
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If you are going to UT, are you under grad? Honestly judging by what my children's experience has been, if you are not close to your college, you are not getting the whole student life thing. (I am so jealous btw LOL) Try getting close by. There are tons of apartments near to there, many along Bayshore, but even sharing with others, I'm not sure how much they run. Have you tried talking to housing folks at UT? Do you know anyone there already? USF it a big hike through traffic/highways I dont necessarily think that is a great place for you. Hope youfind something that works though. Good luck
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:15 PM
 
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How much can you afford to spend on rent? Will you consider living with roommates, either existing friends or those met on rent sharing sites?

Personally, I would cross out every option you listed except for Tampa. The commute across those bridges every day will be horrid, and the amount you spend on gas and depreciation might balance out the added expense of an apartment in the South Tampa area.
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