I've made up my mind - Salem, OR it is. Now I need some info, please.
October 31, 2011 2:22 PM Subscribe
Need some info about Salem, OR please...
posted by patheral to Travel & Transportation around Salem, OR (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Okay, here's the plan... I've been applying to Community Colleges in Oregon (and parts of Washington) but it may take a while before any of them get back to me, and I can't wait in Mississippi for someone to answer. So this is what I'm going to do. The semester ends the first week of December (finals are the first and second week of December). Graduation is the 15th of December. Of course then there are the holidays... My lease is up on the 31st of December, but my landlady won't squawk if I'm here a couple of extra days.
If I don't get a solid offer by the middle of December, I'm buying a train ticket for the first week of January and heading to Salem. I don't want to go to Portland because I don't think I'll be a good fit there. There are plenty of temp agencies in Salem so I can put my years of admin experience to use and get temp work while looking for a job as an English instructor. I've checked out the average rent, and I can afford to rent a room or studio for six months on what I have saved and still have enough to live on. I'm thinking on paying up front if possible because that will make my life easier (I also have a reference from my current landlady). I'll be moving up there with whatever fits into two suitcases so the room I rent needs to be furnished... And I don't want to get into a "roommate" situation but would prefer to rent a private room or a studio apartment if possible.
If anyone can tell me which neighborhood would be best to look for a place that would be great - single woman in my mid-forties... Don't need any night life, I'm pretty quiet and something of a home-body.
Also, is the public transportation up there in the PNW as good as I remember? If I'm going to sign up with the temp agencies, then it's important that I have access to public transport (no car). Any information about what to expect from Salem would be great. Thanks.