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I was wondering if anyone knew of any decent realtors around the OSU area. I would love to live within a walking distance of campus (<1.5 miles) and feel completely lost in this housing search. I have heard to stay away from Buckeye Real Estate but are there any realtors that anyone has had fabulous experience with and could recommend?

Not really, unfortunately. MOST campus realtors are terrible. They charge ridiculous rent to live in housing that is often not quite up to code. They get away with it because most student's don't know any better. On the other hand, a lot of the properties are in disrepair because student's don't take good care of them!

For good or for bad, there really isn't any way you can make sure you don't get screwed over by a Landlord. I would look for properties based on your preferences (location in this case) and based on what you can afford. Of course, try to avoid realtor's whose tenants have had to put the rent into escrow a bunch of times/eviction happy landlords (you can check this out on the clerk of courts website) but this doesn't mean you'll like your apartment. Worst case scenario, you move in a year.

I would suggest that you try to find the nicest apartment in the nicest area you can afford. Hopefully, this will mean that the lanldlords care about their property and a landlord that cares about their property is really the best you can ask for. Perhaps you could focus on realtors that have campus property, but aren't exclusively campus based. These might not be as unscrupulous towards students.

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I will be moving from Tennessee to attend OSU for grad school in the fall as well. I've been looking at the Royal Neil Apartments. At the intersection of Neil Rd and Doldridge Ave. The apartment is reasonably priced and appears to be in great condition. The management team seems to be on top of things as far as communitcating with me. My only concern is the area. I don't neccessarily want to live in the heart of undergraduate life but I also don't want to move to far out as exploring the city of Columbus will be an adventure within itself for me. Is this area (Neil and Doldridge) okay?

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I will be moving from Tennessee to attend OSU for grad school in the fall as well. I've been looking at the Royal Neil Apartments. At the intersection of Neil Rd and Doldridge Ave. The apartment is reasonably priced and appears to be in great condition. The management team seems to be on top of things as far as communitcating with me. My only concern is the area. I don't neccessarily want to live in the heart of undergraduate life but I also don't want to move to far out as exploring the city of Columbus will be an adventure within itself for me. Is this area (Neil and Doldridge) okay?

I used two websites Family Watch Dog and Spot Crime (I think those were their names?) to check out the areas. You would be surprised how quickly an area goes from nice to spotty so I would Google Map it and use websites like those to check it out if you can't see it. (Also I have no idea about the area - will be new so I have no advice on that. Hopefully it is pretty safe!)

A question to those of you from Columbus: how bikeable is it? I am thinking about just biking to class since I am looking at places in that awkward distance where driving is sort of silly (considering the parking passes I can afford are pretty far from my building) but walking might get tedious every day. (The 1.5-2 mile range so fairly quick trip via bike.)

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I will be moving from Tennessee to attend OSU for grad school in the fall as well. I've been looking at the Royal Neil Apartments. At the intersection of Neil Rd and Doldridge Ave. The apartment is reasonably priced and appears to be in great condition. The management team seems to be on top of things as far as communitcating with me. My only concern is the area. I don't neccessarily want to live in the heart of undergraduate life but I also don't want to move to far out as exploring the city of Columbus will be an adventure within itself for me. Is this area (Neil and Doldridge) okay?

This area should be fine. There are a ton of shops and grocery stores in this area (as well as a bus line, if you need it) so this is a pretty good place to start if you aren't familar with the city. Also, its decently north of campus, so you shouldn't get completely swamped with undergraduates either!

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A question to those of you from Columbus: how bikeable is it? I am thinking about just biking to class since I am looking at places in that awkward distance where driving is sort of silly (considering the parking passes I can afford are pretty far from my building) but walking might get tedious every day. (The 1.5-2 mile range so fairly quick trip via bike.)

Certain parts of Columbus are very bike friendly, others are not. There is a bike path that runs north and south of campus along the Olentangy River and then meets up with other bike paths in the area along the way. That's the prettier way. High St. itself also has a bike lane (multi-use, I guess; it's also the bus lane and sometimes there are cars in it) that I've never had any problems with. Biking from west of campus would probably be more difficult, as I don't think that many of those areas are as bike-friendly. If you are along High St., though, you should have no problems. Also keep in mind that as a grad. student at OSU you have to pay a mandatory fee that includes a bus pass, so you can always hop on that whenever you want, too.

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Bumping this with my own inquiries...

Has anyone ever lived at Village West in Victorian Village & have a thought on it? Or do you have any recommended housing suggestions (2 br & cat-friendly) on Thurber/in that general vicinity?

Does anyone know anything about OSU's College of Social Work (particularly the MSW)? I seriously have not been able to find forum opinions on it through any forum, but it's ranked 30th in the nation & is the best public Ohio social work option (in terms of rankings), but I wish I could get student input or anything.

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Victorian Village and Harrison West are both really nice areas, though a little expensive sometimes (i.e., I pay ~$650/month including utilities for a beautiful, huge apartment in Clintonville, which is actually closer to campus than many Vic Village/HW apartments, while friends have paid >$650/month not including utilities for really small/not as nice places in those neighborhoods). That said, it's beautiful, quiet, safe, and relatively convenient.

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Hi everyone! I am looking for 1-bd apartment near campus. Although have been here for half a year, I still have no idea where to live....

My lab would be around med center so I'd like to live around south ( I don't like driving, but biking is okay :) ) I would live alone so security and peaceful is my top concern. That's why I have hesitation for apartments on Neil.... Also, I can't afford expensive ones...poor stipends :wacko:

So, my concerns are

1. Safe

2. convenient

3. quiet (especially in the night...)

4. cheap or not expensive...

Really want your advice guys! :)

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Are most of the apartments in Columbus unfurnished? I would like to live in the victorian village or short north, but coming from undergrad where all of my apartments are fully furnished, i wouldn't have any furniture.

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Furniture's honestly not that bad to acquire. I think I found a couple places that are fully furnished, but they were uber-expensive. I'll edit with the links for those later.

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Are most of the apartments in Columbus unfurnished? I would like to live in the victorian village or short north, but coming from undergrad where all of my apartments are fully furnished, i wouldn't have any furniture.

http://www.commonsosu.com/floorPlansInfo.php?id=120#

The other one I was thinking of was called... The Abigail, I believe? I don't know that those are fully furnished, now that I'm trying to find the listing again. You'd still probably do better getting basic furniture though - moving would suck, but living in an apt with only 400 sq ft (if you lived alone) sounds less appealing for the price. Craigslist can be a good source for basic things (not mattresses).

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I just got an offer OSU and would appreciate any feedback (recent) on good neighbourhoods to live in. I will probbaly accept the offer.

I'm looking to bring my fiancee with me who will be actively looking for work but may not get any for the first year so will support out of stipend (and savings if need be). We currently live in <500 sq.ft so used ot that sort of thing. I need cheap (under 600$ - around 600ish is ok if all utilities are included) in a safe place that is commutable (at least public transit) to OSU. I don't really know much about COlumbus: all I know is that Victorian Village and Short North seem to be safe places, walkable and close to OSU.

Where should I be looking? What should I avoid?

Many thanks!

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Does anyone have feedback about on-campus graduate housing?

A quick look at Google Maps shows that grad housing on Neil Avenue is fairly close to the History department at Dulles Hall, which is what I'm looking for. I really don't mind ugly, cramped apartments but I'd rather not deal with any silly curfews and restrictions that tends to come with campus housing. I've read through the leasing terms and conditions, and so far haven't been scared away. So does anyone have experiences/advice/warnings they could share? Thank you!

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I have also been accepted to OSU and most likely will be moving there. I've found what look like decent and affordable apartments in the Discovery District on E Towne Street near Grant and Washington. I'll be out there in a couple of weeks but before I set up an appointment to see the place, I was hoping someone could tell me if this part of downtown is a nice place to live. It seems so close to downtown so I am concerned that the $500 price tag is surprisingly low and perhaps indicative of something that I should be aware of. Any thought?

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I have also been accepted to OSU and most likely will be moving there. I've found what look like decent and affordable apartments in the Discovery District on E Towne Street near Grant and Washington. I'll be out there in a couple of weeks but before I set up an appointment to see the place, I was hoping someone could tell me if this part of downtown is a nice place to live. It seems so close to downtown so I am concerned that the $500 price tag is surprisingly low and perhaps indicative of something that I should be aware of. Any thought?

This'll seem silly, but try Google Earth-ing any apartment addresses so you have a theoretical view of the neighborhood. This seemed effective (obviously not better than actually visiting) when my roommates & I were choosing where to live.

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This'll seem silly, but try Google Earth-ing any apartment addresses so you have a theoretical view of the neighborhood. This seemed effective (obviously not better than actually visiting) when my roommates & I were choosing where to live.

one step ahead of you :-P but I didn't want to invest too much in what I could gather from street-view on gmaps.

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I'm surprised that nobody here has mentioned living east of High Street. You can still find plenty of great housing in this area that's affordable on a GTA/GRA/fellowship. What's nice is that the East Residential bus line runs in this neighborhood to campus. It practically runs at all hours of the day from 7 am to midnight during the week, and every 34 minutes from 7 am to 7 pm during the breaks and summer. Living here, you can bike, walk, or take the bus.

I personally would not recommend this for grad students. East of High Street is undergrad central with partying, frats, and is a less safe neighborhood in general. If you want to live close enough to walk/bike, stay west of High Street south of campus.

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On top of being an undergrad area, I've always felt like east of High can be shady (no offense intended!). It's still a shock to drive down 11th & watch it transition from the Drexel-campus area to places with boarded up windows within a minute.

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I'd say that there is an important difference between east of High Street south of Lane Avenue and north of it. There are some undergrads up in that direction, but it's mostly non-student 20s-30s people and working class families. Some of the areas in the northeast quadrant also have long-term middle-class families as well. It's not going to be as quaint as Clintonville or south of King down the Neil Ave. corridor (the Victorian Village and Harrison West areas), but it's also a good deal cheaper than them and rather nicer than the student ghetto between campus (~10th) and King on the west side of High. That said, you do likely want to stay away from the area east of High much south of Lane. It goes from undergrad wasteland to very low income neighborhood quite quickly.

That said, most people moving to Columbus only feel comfortable in the Victorian Village and Clintonville areas. And, for those willing to live a little farther out, Grandview. I like all of those areas (though I'd say Grandview is probably too far), but prefer something a little less socioeconomically homogenous. I'd be happy to weigh in on potential real estate for anyone looking.

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How is transit in Clintonville (say to and from campus as well as to and from downtown and short north areas).

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How is Italian Village? I found some really cheap pretty nice houses online there, but the term "recently gentrified" has been bandied about quite a bit. I am just looking for some place that is not undergrad heavy, safe enough, and won't break the humanities TA stipend.

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How is transit in Clintonville (say to and from campus as well as to and from downtown and short north areas).

The COTA #2 bus will get you to and from everything up and down the High Street corridor. The commute is going to be longer than from the Short North/Victorian Village area, especially if you're up in Clintonville proper.

How is Italian Village? I found some really cheap pretty nice houses online there, but the term "recently gentrified" has been bandied about quite a bit. I am just looking for some place that is not undergrad heavy, safe enough, and won't break the humanities TA stipend.

Italian Village is spotty. It's hard to assess it generally, as some parts are very nice and quite safe and others are about as bad as the area can get. If I were going to offer a rule at all--mind you, there are exceptions--it'd be to stick with south of 3rd Ave and west of Summit St., between Summit and High.

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When's a good time start looking for apartments? I wouldn't be moving to the area until about the beginning of August....

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When's a good time start looking for apartments? I wouldn't be moving to the area until about the beginning of August....

To be honest, most of the housing in the University District is already accounted for. I would look into housing NOW if you need/want to be in the immediate off-campus area. If not, I would still start looking soon at things like Craigslist for surrounding districts (Clintonville and The Short North are both close to campus and easily accessible via bike, public transit [the fee for which you pay automatically by enrolling], and, for the Short North, by foot). We are a huge university and our housing search starts in January for leases that start in August/September.

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