Post # 17
I don’t really hate where we live, but I miss home (Newfoundland) more than I can properly express. I want to move back desperately. I’m sure we will one day. One thing I hate here is house prices. They are just CRAZY! My parents pay almost half of what we do for way more house and way more land!
Post # 18
@cbee: I don’t know your age, but maybe you could find out where the grad students hang out. Most of them will be from other parts of the country, and most won’t have much money either.
If you’re political (on either side of the aisle), there’s TONS going on right now in Madison with the recall and the union-busting bills etc. Working on a political campaign can be a fantastic way of meeting like-minded people, many of whom will be local and who can help you find the hidden jewels in town.
Post # 19
OP, where in Madison do you live? Darling Husband and I live in an east-side suburb and really like it. We would never know it’s a college town from where we live. It’s still close access to go downtown to restaurants, activities, and such – but where we are is quiet, well-kept, and moderately priced.
Honestly, I would think the west side sounds good for you? Lots of nice stores & restaurants. Where is your Darling Husband driving to that you are 2 hours away? Is Madison close to your work? Having that much commute time would make me cranky too!
@bestbuddies: Darling Husband interviewed with Epic 🙂 Your impression of Madison is basically what I’ve found. Again, we aren’t downtown, but it’s a very jogging/biking friendly town, and heavy on the local food. I can’t wait till the farmer’s market is back open!
On your next visit, you should try Fresco’s downtown. After 10pm if you can -and try the elderberry drink!
Post # 20
I don’t hate where I live but I do dislike it. I don’t love my community or even Florida actually. I know, I know, I’m in the minority, everyone in Florida loves it but I’ve lived here practically my whole life (moved from Illinois when I was 6) and I just want a change! I want to live where there’s seasons and it isn’t shorts and sandals weather all year round (like I said, call me crazy!) Those aren’t the only reasons I don’t like where I live – I have some issues with the community too and since I grew up here, now that I’m married, I’d like to find the right fit for me where Darling Husband and I want to raise kids, and not just continue living in the place that my parents chose for themselves.
We’re planning a move in the next few years based on where we’ll be at financially and I’m excited to break free into the world.
Post # 21
I HATE the city I live in!! I love Canada, and I love living in Ontario but the town I’m in is just not for me. I went to high school and university in the same town I am currently living. It’s starting to grow but it’s become so boring and mundane. I’m beginning a job search in Toronto and hoping to find something fast. The town is such a downer.
Post # 22
I have visited madison several times, and I didn’t like it is a poor excuse for a midwest city. Come to Minneapolis, everyone walks outside around the lakes, and is very friendly, plus I do not get how the midwest is more expensive than cali? That seems a little off to me. You’ll get to where you want to be soon enough.
Post # 23
@Jamie42003: yikes, ouch.
OP, sorry, I missed the part where you said you are a student! That changes my opinion a lot- UW is incredibly expensive and I know how hard it is to find student housing in that area. If you aren’t a party kid with no financial concerns, it’s not the best situation. If it’s at all possible for you to move further out and pay for parking(expensive, I know) or take the bus, I think you’d like your living options a lot more.
Come back in five years – I definitely think it’s a great town for the ‘young professional’ crowd.
Post # 25
@cbee: Where out West did you live? Sounds Amazing! lol
I right now live somewhere where most people would probably be jealous but its not for me. We live by the ocean in a tropical type climate and it drives me nuts. While there is year round activity available due to the weather, I can’t enjoy it. I also don’t like the the ritzy divide I live in with 30 million dollar homes on the water and then a half mile inland is complete poverty.
I’m from a quiet Northern Northeast town surrounded by moutains and farms. I crave 4 seasons and open spaces!
I hope you eventually get to move!!!
Post # 26
@hisgoosegirl lol I insulted a city not a person. I didn’t like it it is dreary, dirty, and seems like there is nothing to do.
Post # 27
@kat2014: Ugh. Yikes! I always wanted to live in Glasgow and thought about going to school there. I am a die-hard belle and sebastian fan. 🙂 That sounds crazy though! I guess people are stealing pipes now for the copper…
@Bao: Everything you said is exactly how I feel! The cost of living increase is killer.
@NewfieBullet: I know what you mean! Prices in our city are way higher than the rest of the state, and way higher than we are used to. That makes it so hard! I like to have space to have a studio and it is expensive here to rent and actual house in an area I like. (I guess that goes for a lot of places! :/)
@mightywombat: I think it would definitely help to meet some graduate students! I was going to a local college just taking part-time art classes, and really loved that because it was all ages, all walks of life. I think part of why I am hating it is that I am not doing that this semester. If we stay here, I will definitely be doing that- that seems to be where I met people with which I jived.
@hisgoosiegirl: One thing that drives me nuts is the Aug. 15th thing. Our lease is up on Oct. 1st every year, and we have had a hard time getting places we like because the Aug. 15th people get them right before us! Do you know what I mean? I have some friends that live out in SP and they like it too… If Darling Husband gets a better job in Madison, I might completely change my mind- but right now he drives a lot and it isn’t that great of a salary… if he keep this job then we will move to where it transfers. I think part of it is that we just have not been lucky with places to live here and that could change. I am also not huge into sports and that is so big here. How do you survive the winter? I do like the near east atwood and the near west. Again, it has been hard to get a good place and we had two dogs when we moved here which made it even harder!
@bride2befl21340: That will be exciting to chose the place that is right for you. I think it is important to do that in life. I know exactly what you mean. We hope to live somewhere we can camp and hike year-round. It really is important to us, because that is what we are happiest doing.
@Future_Ms.Bostonceltics: Yeah, I hear ya. It might be good to have a change after being there for HS and college.
Post # 28
@hisgoosiegirl: Oh yes, we were writing at the same time. I agree- it is AWESOME if you are a young professional! A dream place, really!
Post # 29
@Jamie42003: I’ve lived/interned here for going on four years and wonder what parts of Madison you visited to get that impression. Dirty…..first time I’ve heard that one! And I would have to say it depends what you wanted to do that you say you couldn’t find anything to do. If you like food, outdoors, sports, ‘hippie’ things, or shopping, you should have plenty to do!
Then again, I visited St. Paul/Minneapolis once and didn’t see the appeal there either.
Post # 30
I went from a city of 400,000 to a town of 2,000. It’s my FI’s hometown. I absolutely hate it. Except from cheap cost of living there is absolutely nothing to like about this place.
The only grocery store is Wal-Mart. We both communte 40 min one way. And the nearest mall is over an hour away. The people here all know eachother and boy do they gossip. The newspaper is like the onion. There’s literally a section with what people did that week.
I have a job interview on Monday. If I get it then we have agreed to move to the town it’s in. It would cut our commutes to 0 (it’s the same town where he already works) and we would be closer to the next major city.
Post # 31
@Jamie42003: Yeah, CA is expensive, that is part of the reason we are taking the time to come up with a plan to get there. Madison is a very expensive city, it really is! We want to live in Northern CA, so I think we can do it.
@hisgoosiegirl: So yes, as students without parental help, (returning students) it has been really really really hard! You totally get it!