Where in the World is That British Chick? Pt IV


riverside2Well it’s that time again, time to take a little trip with me around the grand old US of A. It’s been a little while since my last installment but with the Christmas season upon me I got a little lost in the festive spirit. If you missed out on the first, second or third installment of “Where in the World is That British Chick?” go check it out and read all about Boston and then all about Reno and finally all about Tucson– go ahead, we’ll wait…in the meantime if you need a quick refresher on why we are moving take a quick look at my About Me page! Now on to part IV.

Installment IV : University of California, Riverside

Truth be told the idea of moving to California is one that panics the both of us to some degree. Being that California is such an incredible way from NC a move of this magnitude will result in leaving everything we own behind and starting over, finding someone willing to sponsor a move of that magnitude (hey, I’m not against filming it all or plastering a company’s name and slogan across my moving truck), or else I would end up moving out there alone. Moving concerns aside, the weather in California, will certainly be more pleasant than we are used to. Moving to California poses the concern of a whole new dimension of life – people, sure we are used to people here in the south but when looking to the West there is an entire different culture to consider and adjusting to that, while this should be easy for me, will prove to be much more challenging for Buzz.

The University of Riverside itself has a very good program with some renowned faculty who would prove to be very valuable in my educational pursuits; however, it is also known as the lesser college of the UCR system. While the reputation of UCR seems to be evolving and they are becoming more recognized for their research pursuits the point still stands that they are not, perhaps, as highly esteemed as sister schools within the Californian educational system.

Moving from our 1200 sq ft town house to Riverside would not prove to be too much of a change as Riverside is currently lesser developed than neighboring sections of California and real estate is still somewhat affordable. Moving to Riverside would provide little change in terms of accommodation but whether this status quo will be enough to make up for the drastic geographic change still remains unknown.

Moving to Riverside worries me almost as much as the concept of moving to Chicago, while my worries in regards to Chicago stem from the bustling city life and bad weather conditions, Riverside provides concerns in regards to keeping my family life intact and happy as a result of such a long distance move.

Here are a few of the places we have been looking at in Riverside, I haven’t included home pictures since homes available now will not be available next year:

$895 2 Bedroom 1 Bath 940 Sq Ft (Pet rent not listed) 10 minutes from school

$895 2 Bedroom 1 Bath 940 Sq Ft (Pet rent not listed) 10 minutes from school

$1075 2 Bedroom 2 Bath 962 Sq Ft (Pet deposit $1,000) 6 minutes from school

$1075 2 Bedroom 2 Bath 962 Sq Ft (Pet deposit $1,000) 6 minutes from school

$905 2 Bedroom 2 Bath 995 Sq Ft (Pet deposit $300) 9 minutes from school

$905 2 Bedroom 2 Bath 995 Sq Ft (Pet deposit $300) 9 minutes from school

$1199 2 Bedroom 2 Bath 1173 Sq Ft (Pet rent $35 w/ $500 deposit) 10 minutes from school

$1199 2 Bedroom 2 Bath 1173 Sq Ft (Pet rent $35 w/ $500 deposit) 10 minutes from school

Riverside is a mixed bag when it comes to being big dog friendly and it’s really a crap shoot when you go in to looking for an apartment in the area as to whether they will accommodate your big furry friends. Overall there is a good selection of places to live within a wider price range than most big cities like Boston and Chicago.

The draws of Riverside: A hub for research on non-verbal facial expression, Experienced faculty,  a few friends within driving distance and a positive change in weather, The cost of rent for California.

The drawbacks of Riverside: The expense and distance of the move, Distance from family, A less prestigious school in comparison to other California colleges.

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