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Old 04-01-2014, 01:10 AM
 
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Hi there! I'm moving to Tucson Arizona for a job at Tucson Medical Center. I'm 26 and looking for a safe and fun area to live in. I've heard good things about Northern, Eastern and Central Tucson Az. I'm looking for a one bedroom apartment that ranges from 600-800. I would prefer a furnished apartment - just because it will make the move a bit easier.

Is Tucson a fun place to live? What do people do in Tucson? Does Tucson have a downtown area? Is there a night life?

I've visited the Phoenix/Chandler/Mesa area before in july. So I am very prepared and aware of the heat. I am excited for a new change and look forward to hearing more about tucson.

I think my main concern would be safety - I'm not sure if that is a concern but yes…

Thank you so much
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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A lot of the people who work in Tucson's hospitals seem to congregate in the apartments and condos on River Road near the Tucson Mall (which is s major shopping/restaurant area). Check out River Road between La Canada Drive and Campbell Avenue. The intersection of River and Oracle is where you will find the mall. The north/south roads of Oracle and Campbell are both very busy commercial areas with apartment complexes dotting the area.

I'm not much of a night life person but I know that much of that type of entertainment tends to be closer to the university. Also there are several casinos near Tucson with name entertainment and plenty of concerts at the Fox and Rialto Theatres as well as the Hotel Congress, which is a major music venue. To rent, however, is a bit safer somewhat farther away from campus if you are security conscious. Like every other major university I know of, the area surrounding U of A has more petty crime (car break-ins, purse snatchings, etc.) than some other nearby places that will give you good access to the Medical Center.

There are A LOT of brand new rental complexes newly opened (and still being built) in Tucson with a extravagant amenities. They might be a bit out of your price range but that just means there's plenty of vacancies in other complexes that are a bit older. Most of them are new enough to have nice pools, fitness equipment, social areas, and plenty of off-street parking.

There are plenty of threads here on C-D Tucson where post-collegiate people are asking about rental properties and you will find more details about specific complexes, locations, and prices there. Just go down the list. Most people recommend Tucson Meetup for newcomers to find groups of people interested in the same activities you are. You can find biking, hiking, dining, movie-going, dancing, volunteering, and even drinking partners there.
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Colorado - Oh, yeah!
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A lot of the people who work in Tucson's hospitals seem to congregate in the apartments and condos on River Road near the Tucson Mall (which is s major shopping/restaurant area). Check out River Road between La Canada Drive and Campbell Avenue. The intersection of River and Oracle is where you will find the mall. The north/south roads of Oracle and Campbell are both very busy commercial areas with apartment complexes dotting the area.

I'm not much of a night life person but I know that much of that type of entertainment tends to be closer to the university.
I lived at 1st & River when I was in my mid-20s; it is a nice area, but definitely lacking in night life.

As you say, near the university has good night life and downtown is really becoming fairly decent as well.

I haven't been in the market for an apartment for years, but I don't recall Tucson having many furnished places; you may be out of luck with that.

When are you moving here? If you come in the middle of summer you will have an advantage in that a lot of students are gone so vacancy rates should be higher giving you more choices and a few more perks/discounts when you sign a lease.
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Old 04-09-2014, 05:45 PM
 
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You might want to look around the University area as there is a lot to do in the area. Your price eange will get you into that area.
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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If you're looking for furnished, have you considered renting a guest house? They show up, furnished, on Craig's List and Zillow sometimes and you can find them in most of the nicer/more interesting parts of town.

The best area for you really depends on how willing you are to drive. If, like me, you loathe driving then for night life you will want to be as close to downtown/UA/4th Avenue as you can be. If you don't mind driving then basically all of what's been said already stands true - the foothills, central, etc.. The east side of town may end up being too many miles for anybody if you end up trying to get downtown each night ... there's not a good freeway/byway/anyway system in Tucson so keep that in mind. There are bars scattered throughout town, though, so if it's just a watering hole that you want then any part of town will suit you.

What do people do in Tucson? I guess I'd say you can take the normal things they do everywhere else and apply it to Tucsonans, just add a bit more outdoor-oriented activity than the average. It's funny, but some Tucsonans do a lot of work to pretend they don't live in Tucson at all - closing themselves off and surrounding their homes with gardens full of non-native plants and driving (quickly) to whatever semi-cool new spot there is that makes them feel like they live in a big city. Other Tucsonans embrace it - trips to Mexico, big hikes on the weekends, rustic desert surroundings, etc.. And then, of course, most people are just living normally not swinging one way or the other, just like in every other town.
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