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Picking The Right Place to Live

Picking the right place to live can be overwhelming. If you ask your friends why they chose their apartment, they would probably tell you it was in a good location or it fit their budget.

CHOOSING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

When choosing your neighborhood, ask yourself these questions:

  • How safe is my new neighborhood? Check out the neighborhood crime statistics for the neighborhood you are looking at http://www.syracusepolice.org/statistics.asp
  • Is there a grocery store nearby?
  • What is the neighborhood like during the day? How about at night?
  • Can I walk to campus? If not, is it in the Centro bus free-fare zone? Is it on the Connective Corridor route?
  • What are the on-street parking rules?
  • Are there signs of graffiti and vandalism?
  • How well lit is the area at night?
  • Are there any vacant houses?
  • Are there people walking in the neighborhood?
  • What are the age levels of people in the neighborhood?

If neighborhoods have no graffiti and are well lit, that usually indicates that the people in the neighborhood take pride in where they live. Living in an area where there are no vacant buildings and a broad mix of people means that people are home at all hours of the day.