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Old 09-09-2008, 01:59 PM
 
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Aloha,

I'm considering transferring schools to the University of Tampa. I've never been to Florida and am not sure I'll be able to visit before I move (if you can imagine, plane tickets on and off Hawai'i are insane). I hear there is no surf in the area which is a big bummer, but I'll survive. I am a young female and was hoping if anyone had any helpful advice about the area. Is the area near UT safe? I will be living off campus by myself, so a nicer area would be nice. What are the wages like in comparison to cost of living? I appreciate any feedback! Mahalo!
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Old 09-09-2008, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Nova, D.C.,
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oh no, much surprise is in store I think.
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Old 09-09-2008, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Aloha. Well, if you want waves, there is always a drive over to the east coast. From Tampa you can be in Cocoa Beach or at Sebastian Inlet in 2-3 hours, so it really isnt all that bad to get a fix. The gulf has some fart ripples once in a while, especially down near St. Pete beach, but for a big wave surfer out of Hawaii, you'd probably laugh. We love it when a hurricane rolls nearby; sometimes you get some good rollers.
As for cost of living, food will probably be a little less in Tampa, but pretty much everything is going to be similar to the islands.
The area around UT is not too bad, but it isn't completely "safe". I am sure that you'll want to head to other locations nearby to reside. If you are living in Waikiki, then it's a little busier than that and much larger! LOL. Minus the beautiful mountains and scenery, of course.
Wages can be OK when compared to the rest of the country, but Florida isn't really that expensive to live in.
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Old 09-09-2008, 03:23 PM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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Aloha,

I'm considering transferring schools to the University of Tampa. I've never been to Florida and am not sure I'll be able to visit before I move (if you can imagine, plane tickets on and off Hawai'i are insane). I hear there is no surf in the area which is a big bummer, but I'll survive. I am a young female and was hoping if anyone had any helpful advice about the area. Is the area near UT safe? I will be living off campus by myself, so a nicer area would be nice. What are the wages like in comparison to cost of living? I appreciate any feedback! Mahalo!
You will want to live south or east of campus, in areas like Hyde Park, Davis Islands, Harbour Island, Channelside or even downtown CBD..all within a mile or so of campus, and availability of walkable neighborhoods that are reletively safe.
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Old 09-09-2008, 04:10 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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I recently worked with a gentleman who moved here from the Big Island. He says one of his happiest moments came in the form of plentiful and reasonably priced fresh vegetables, fruits (not counting pineapples, of course!), and general grocery items. He's still trying to get used to the traffic, though but he says he's really enjoying all the shopping choices. Not sure if that's a blessing or a curse! Ha!

Just be cautious about prices in general. Our friends are moving from Honolulu to Vero Beach and they keep saying how cheap everything is. If you read on this forum enough, you will find many complainers about the so-called high cost of living.
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Old 09-09-2008, 10:33 PM
 
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Mahalo nui loa for the advice everybody! I'm very excited about it!
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Tampa is colder than Hawaii in winter, and also more humid and hotter in summer. The beaches/beauty is no comparison.
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