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On 3/1/2014 at 3:05 PM, webfarer said:

Hello everybody! This is my very first post on thegradcafe.

I am an international student. Should I wait till I get there to look for apartments?

 

I would wait to contact anyone, just because people will not usually rent to someone who doesn't live in the country. But before you leave I would do your research and know which neighborhoods, apartment complexes, etc. you are interested in so you have a place to start when you arrive there.

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On 1/20/2014 at 12:33 PM, LittleDarlings said:

What places should be avoided? I started looking at apartments and I have found some nice ones in reasonable price ranges. I really want to live in Upper Arlington or Hilliard. I know some places downtown are not safe, when I interned there most of the crimes occurred downtown or near down town and there is a lot of gang activity. Do you have any suggestions about places that need to be avoided? Do you have any apartment suggestions? I found a place called Olentangy Commons and they are nice. I decided I don't think I would mind living 20 mins from campus, like even Bexley or Grove City because I don't want to be in a bad area and I don't want to be around a ton of partying. At the same time I am afraid of isolating myself because making friends and connections is very important to me. Suggestions?

I knew a few grad students who lived in Grove City, so it's doable.  I suggest North and West campus areas for safety.  All the campus-area crime is usually in the South and East campus areas.  Stay West of High Street and North of Lane and you'll probably be fine.  Stay West of the Olentangy River and you're well away from the bad areas of campus.

 

On 3/1/2014 at 3:05 PM, webfarer said:

Hello everybody! This is my very first post on thegradcafe.

I am an international student. Should I wait till I get there to look for apartments?

Well, where would you live while looking for apartments?  A hotel?

 

www.padmapper.com is a good site for finding apartments, I recommend securing a place before late July.  May/June is probably the best time, lots of places will free up.

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Stay West of High Street and North of Lane and you'll probably be fine.  Stay West of the Olentangy River and you're well away from the bad areas of campus.

 

There's nothing wrong with living south of Lane in UA. It's generally not very affordable, but there are some apartments in the area that are nice and kind of hidden away. On/between Arlington Ave and Coventry Road.

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Does anyone have experience living in the Brewery District or German Village? I'm looking at an apartment complex there, as I really like the area, but it is a little bit farther from campus as other options. I'm trying to avoid the undergraduate area though. Are there many direct bus lines that go to the campus from that area?

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Does anyone have experience living in the Brewery District or German Village? I'm looking at an apartment complex there, as I really like the area, but it is a little bit farther from campus as other options. I'm trying to avoid the undergraduate area though. Are there many direct bus lines that go to the campus from that area?

 

 

Relying on the COTA (the columbus city bus service) is always dicey if you aren't going straight up and down high street, at least in my experience. But I live close to campus so I don't have personal experience going from German Village to campus. But German Village is really cute and quiet and has great little restaurants :)

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I'm planning to move to Columbus when my contract is up, which means finding a place with a July 1 lease start date. I would like to live in Clintonville, Grandview or someplace else walkable. When is the best time to house hunt for a rental? I can go now, but it would be rushed as this is mid semester. My other option is coming sometime in May. If I wait 'til May, will all of my best options be snapped up?

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I'm planning to move to Columbus when my contract is up, which means finding a place with a July 1 lease start date. I would like to live in Clintonville, Grandview or someplace else walkable. When is the best time to house hunt for a rental? I can go now, but it would be rushed as this is mid semester. My other option is coming sometime in May. If I wait 'til May, will all of my best options be snapped up?

 

For these areas, I think waiting until May would be better. The very best options go quickly -- often the same day of posting. But apartments in these areas seem to open 1-2 months before move-in, so looking now probably wouldn't help much. (You can check out craigslist to see when the posted apartments in these areas are available for move-in.) 

 

Does anyone have experience living in the Brewery District or German Village? I'm looking at an apartment complex there, as I really like the area, but it is a little bit farther from campus as other options. I'm trying to avoid the undergraduate area though. Are there many direct bus lines that go to the campus from that area?

 

I haven't actually even been down there yet, but I know it's pretty far away, from campus, and I personally don't know any students (grad or otherwise) who live there. But looking at the COTA bus system, it seems like the 7, 8, and 18 lines would take you pretty much straight to campus from German Village. Even the 2 goes pretty close to German Village (and the 21, which is the nighttime equivalent of the 2). It looks like it would take 22-35 minutes just on the bus, not including walking time to and from stops (and Ohio State is pretty big, so you might have to walk a ways). The 2 is pretty frequent, but I'm not sure how frequently the other buses run.

 

Looking at the schedules, it honestly doesn't seem like it'd take that much longer to get to campus from German Village compared to Grandview, where I live. Drat!

 

Bus schedules can be found here: http://www.cota.com/Schedules.aspx

The best way to plan a trip is to go to Google Maps and get "public transit" directions between your locations of interest. (It's endorsed by COTA.)

 

 

I don't think COTA is that bad at all. I often take the bus when the weather is too bad for biking (or I'm lazy). It's often a couple minutes late, often right on time, and rarely quite late (~15-20 minutes). That usually only happens when it has just snowed 4 inches, or rush hour is particularly bad... at least for the routes to Grandview.

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There's nothing wrong with living south of Lane in UA. It's generally not very affordable, but there are some apartments in the area that are nice and kind of hidden away. On/between Arlington Ave and Coventry Road.

I think he/she meant North of Lane on High, not UA.

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Guys I'm considering OSU and food is quite important to me, so is there ethnic food/market (specifically Vietnamese) available in Columbus? I think I'll keep my car so distance does not matter much, unless it's 30 mins on the highway/freeway.

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Guys I'm considering OSU and food is quite important to me, so is there ethnic food/market (specifically Vietnamese) available in Columbus? I think I'll keep my car so distance does not matter much, unless it's 30 mins on the highway/freeway.

 

The Asian market I go to every week is CAM on Bethel Rd. From my house in Grandview, it's maybe a 15-minute drive. I do believe they have Vietnamese food items - they definitely have Chinese, Japanese, Korean, some Indian... It's a huge store, with a big selection! I've heard there are other (smaller) Asian markets, but I haven't visited any yet. There are also some Mediterranean food import stores with wide selections of olive oils, feta cheese, spices, and olives, among other things. I doubt anything would be too hard to find here! You could maybe call a store and ask if they have something specific.

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Former OSU student here, I can totally vouch for the reliability of COTA, especially the 2. Back in 2010, I took the 2 almost everyday from campus to my internship (about two or three miles from German Village) and the trip never took more than 20 minutes and I never waited more than five or ten minutes for each bus. Just put on your headphones or read a book, ignore the smells, and you'll be to campus/home in no time. Also, to the person who said it could take a while to get from a bus stop to whatever building you're going to be in--exactly right. There are about three stops that scratch the surface of campus (all along High, one every three blocks or so), but if you're going to be back toward West campus (i.e.: near the stadium), it's probably another twelve or so minute walk. Just something to keep in mind.

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I have a pet. Therefore, I need a pet friendly apartment. I am specfically looking at complexes. Any recommendations?

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OK, I'm interested to know more about Upper Arlington area. Turns out it's very close to the lab, on Kinnear Road, I'm supposed to be working in.

Any info on rent comparison, proximity to decent grocery stores, the kind of people that live there, number of grad students there, etc. would be appreciated.

I think North Campus (officially called Old North Columbus) is a great area. There seem to be many more grad students on this side of campus. East campus is very frat-heavy, south campus is kind of mixed but also probably undergrad-heavy. Old North is also really making a comeback as the nice neighborhood, because South campus is getting very shady very quickly. So there's lots of cafes and bars and a cupcake shop along high street north of Lane and south of Hudson-ish. Also a great up-and-coming neighborhood is Clintonville, which is just a bit north of Old North.

The other good area for grad students is Grandview, although it's not walking distance (and not near your lab). It's the area directly northwest of OSU campus (across the river) and there are LOTS of fun things to do in Grandview (bars, cafes, there's a candle-making shop where you can make candles).

Victorian Village is gorgeous but very expensive. Also, the periphery of VV is not very nice, and getting less-nice by the week. Same for Short North, and I wouldn't live south of King until approx 2nd-ish. That area in between has been really falling apart (boarded up houses, lots of creeps at night).

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I have a pet. Therefore, I need a pet friendly apartment. I am specfically looking at complexes. Any recommendations?

If you're willing to live in Upper Arlington, try Fox and Hounds. I got an apartment with them pretty easily as an out-of-tower and plenty of dog owners there.

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So out of curiosity, if a Muslim woman were to walk around the city with a scarf on her head, how would the people react? Obviously there will be stares anywhere she goes, but would they treat her like an outcast or actually speak to her like any other woman would be treated? 

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So out of curiosity, if a Muslim woman were to walk around the city with a scarf on her head, how would the people react? Obviously there will be stares anywhere she goes, but would they treat her like an outcast or actually speak to her like any other woman would be treated? 

 

There are lots of women wearing hijab in Columbus, especially near the university. It's not an oddity, and there is a large Muslim community. I mean, anywhere in the U.S. and even Europe you will get people who will stare, but you definitely won't be alone in wearing hijab and most people won't be rude or anything.

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So out of curiosity, if a Muslim woman were to walk around the city with a scarf on her head, how would the people react? Obviously there will be stares anywhere she goes, but would they treat her like an outcast or actually speak to her like any other woman would be treated? 

I loved in Columbus before going elsewhere for graduate school, and I thought the city actually had a sizable population of Muslims for the Midwest. I know that it's got the #2 population of Somalis in the US (#1 is Minneapolis). So it's not all that unusual to see women walking around with the hijab.

 

Certain neighborhoods, of course, are going to be more accepting than others. Anywhere close to campus you'll find people who are more tolerant and accepting--large LGBT population, international population, etc. You go farther out to the suburbs and you're also largely okay. You go farther out than that, though, and you are in Godly America.

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So out of curiosity, if a Muslim woman were to walk around the city with a scarf on her head, how would the people react? Obviously there will be stares anywhere she goes, but would they treat her like an outcast or actually speak to her like any other woman would be treated? 

 

I agree with the others. There are lots of Muslim women here, and it's not a rare sight at all. I know that I speak to them like anyone else! So I wouldn't worry about it much. :)

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Landlord recommendations?  Just wondering who to avoid and what to look for in my apartment/house search!

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Landlord recommendations?  Just wondering who to avoid and what to look for in my apartment/house search!

 

I don't have anybody in particular to recommend, but I will suggest that you avoid Olentangy Commons. That's where I currently live, and while you do get a decent amount of space for the amount of money you pay, their maintenance is quite poor. I'm planning to move as soon as my lease is up.

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Does anyone have thoughts on a location that is good for grads but also bike friendly when commuting to campus? I don't have a car and want to start off biking until I save up enough for a vehicle. Thanks!

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On 1/25/2015 at 10:08 AM, HEPhD13 said:

Does anyone have thoughts on a location that is good for grads but also bike friendly when commuting to campus? I don't have a car and want to start off biking until I save up enough for a vehicle. Thanks!

 

Living near the Olentangy Trail would be a smart thing to do, then. The trail runs along the river of the same name and is designed specifically for bicyclists. It runs right through campus. You could live north or south of campus so long as you have easy access to the trail. From there, it's just a matter of what biking distances are comfortable to you.

 

Otherwise, the areas immediately north and south of campus would be decent places to live. East of campus is a little higher crime, though I'm sure some people have had success in that area. West of campus will feel a little more like a suburb, cost a little more, and likely be a fair distance from the locations on campus where you'll be going. Neighborhood names to keep in mind would be Victorian Village, Harrison West, Olde North, Clintonville, and the Short North.

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Greetings!  

 

I am considering OSU, but I have a family (hubby and 5y/o daughter).  Any advice for where we might live?  We are in Cincinnati now.  Is it harder making connections than when you are unattached :) ?

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Greetings!  

 

I am considering OSU, but I have a family (hubby and 5y/o daughter).  Any advice for where we might live?  We are in Cincinnati now.  Is it harder making connections than when you are unattached :) ?

 

There are lots of great schools and communities within close range of OSU! Try Upper Arlington and Grandview first. Farther away there is Dublin, Worthington, Bexley, and many, many other great places.

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