I miss living at college. Can I replicate it as a working adult?
August 26, 2013 9:47 AM Subscribe
Going to college in Ann Arbor was great in that everything was located conveniently, public transportation was great, and the city was filled with extremely intelligent people. I want to live somewhere like this eventually again, if possible. More criteria inside.
posted by tweedle to Grab Bag (25 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Some things I really liked:
Reliable and free bus transportation
Work/stores/libraries/almost whatever I needed was within walking distance from my dwelling
Access to giant libraries and cultural events, museums, etc
Only having to use my car once or twice a week
I realize this sounds like I am describing a big city maybe. I don't particularly like what I have seen of big cities though, and would not want to live there. One of the really appealing things about my college town was that if I drove five minutes up the road, there were farms, parks, big open green spaces. But it wasn't a rural area.
The last criteria is something I am not sure I can find anywhere in the US. At my school, they gave us "free" (included in semester fees) medical exams whenever we wanted/needed them. No co-pays, no hassle. Also, free therapy, free psychiatric services, free physical therapy and lots of support groups. No calling around to doctors to find out who takes my insurance, or only being able to do certain treatments. A lot of times it was nurse practitioners doing exams but that is fine. And of course this was within walking distance too.
Is there anywhere I can find a similar set-up? So, as a person who is not in college anymore, can I ever find this again?