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On 5/9/2017 at 11:47 AM, CoffeeNebula said:

Sandpiper. Manager in there seems quite prompt and helpful. Have you ever visited there?

Nope, but I think I've passed by them several times! Bike would probably be a good way to get to campus from there. People steal bikes off of campus and around a lot, so make sure to get heavy duty locks if that's what you decide to do!

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10 hours ago, maurmaur said:

Nope, but I think I've passed by them several times! Bike would probably be a good way to get to campus from there. People steal bikes off of campus and around a lot, so make sure to get heavy duty locks if that's what you decide to do!

 

Thank you for the comment! happy to hear that bike would be fine. I'll make sure to lock it when I buy one :)

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On 5/10/2017 at 11:54 PM, CoffeeNebula said:

Thank you for the comment! happy to hear that bike would be fine. I'll make sure to lock it when I buy one :)

You will be riding on major roads but I don't see why bike would be an issue. It does get really hot though!

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Definately do your research before you decide on a new city. I lived in Phoenix for a little over a year, & have also visited Tucson and grew to absolutely hate it overall. 

PROS: Sunny weather with no humidity for most of the year, lots of nature & hiking. Driving distance from Sedona, Flagstaff, Southern CA, and Mexico. If you want to get away, you don't have to go far. 

CONS: 

No culture, Little diversity, Everything is spread out with nonexistant public transport, VERY CONSERVATIVE, the Traffic & pollution, "snow birds," Long, HOT summers. You will spend a lot of money on air conditioning & drinking water (most of AZ has hard water) Summer literally lasts for 8 months. Oh and I have found a live scorpion in my bed before. :o

Again, I lived in Phoenix, but honestly Tucson didn't seem much better.

This is just my honest opinion & hopefully you'll have a better experience than me if you decide to go to school there. Good luck :)

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On 5/13/2017 at 2:45 PM, KLamb8 said:

Definately do your research before you decide on a new city. I lived in Phoenix for a little over a year, & have also visited Tucson and grew to absolutely hate it overall. 

PROS: Sunny weather with no humidity for most of the year, lots of nature & hiking. Driving distance from Sedona, Flagstaff, Southern CA, and Mexico. If you want to get away, you don't have to go far. 

CONS: 

No culture, Little diversity, Everything is spread out with nonexistant public transport, VERY CONSERVATIVE, the Traffic & pollution, "snow birds," Long, HOT summers. You will spend a lot of money on air conditioning & drinking water (most of AZ has hard water) Summer literally lasts for 8 months. Oh and I have found a live scorpion in my bed before. :o

Again, I lived in Phoenix, but honestly Tucson didn't seem much better.

This is just my honest opinion & hopefully you'll have a better experience than me if you decide to go to school there. Good luck :)

I agree that you should do your research before deciding on a new city.  I also agree that Phoenix sucks, at least in the few times I have passed through there, it kind of struck me as one giant, boring strip mall.  I actually think Tucson is pretty neat, though.  It is not as conservative as Phoenix, and I think it has a lot to offer in terms of culture.  I like how Tucson embraces the fact that it's a desert.  Instead of trying to grow fancy green lawns (which waste a ton of water), they plant a wide variety of cacti and desert plants, which look really cool IMO.  4th Avenue and downtown have a lot of neat bars and restaurants.  Also, the Mexican food here is really good (surprise, surprise).  

That said, it is really hot here.  Especially in the summer/early fall you will not want to spend more than 15 minutes outdoors at a time when the sun is out.  After sunset, I found it to be at least tolerable to be outside, probably because of how dry it is.  We do have Mt. Lemmon nearby (>9000 ft at summit) which you can drive up and escape the heat.  On the flipside, winter weather is really nice.  Also, there are a lot of good hikes in the mountains surrounding Tucson.

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On 9/7/2017 at 4:36 PM, deathinacan said:

I agree that you should do your research before deciding on a new city.  I also agree that Phoenix sucks, at least in the few times I have passed through there, it kind of struck me as one giant, boring strip mall.  I actually think Tucson is pretty neat, though.  It is not as conservative as Phoenix, and I think it has a lot to offer in terms of culture.  I like how Tucson embraces the fact that it's a desert.  Instead of trying to grow fancy green lawns (which waste a ton of water), they plant a wide variety of cacti and desert plants, which look really cool IMO.  4th Avenue and downtown have a lot of neat bars and restaurants.  Also, the Mexican food here is really good (surprise, surprise).  

That said, it is really hot here.  Especially in the summer/early fall you will not want to spend more than 15 minutes outdoors at a time when the sun is out.  After sunset, I found it to be at least tolerable to be outside, probably because of how dry it is.  We do have Mt. Lemmon nearby (>9000 ft at summit) which you can drive up and escape the heat.  On the flipside, winter weather is really nice.  Also, there are a lot of good hikes in the mountains surrounding Tucson.

All of this! I moved to Tucson for undergrad and am now working here and hoping to get into grad school. I love Tucson. It has a small town vibe, but still plenty to do. I love the weather, yes it's hot, but you have to adapt. If you like being outdoors, just work around the sun. The early morning and evenings are so pleasant and a wonderful time to be out. I love not needing a jacket when I'm out at 10pm. Winter time is awesome when only a light coat is needed. Campus is a good main hub of the city and there's always events, shows, or performers coming to town. Tucson has good food in general, it was ranked #1 city of gastronomy. 

I really just love the desert vibe and how Tucson looks and feels. It's definitely a place I could see myself settling in. 

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