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Old 02-05-2012, 12:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright so Iím packin up my stuff, leaving my friends and family and moving to Durango Colorado this summer. Itís a pretty big step for me so Iím going to ask a little about my concerns and for advice in a second. This is my first out of state move so any advice/help I would really appreciate .

I live in College station Tx and it is NOT the place for me at ALL (very conservative and nothing to do). I love Colorado and if I wait any longer my chance to get out of Tx will probably pass. Iím a sophomore in college and Iím planning to move to Durango and work for the first year to gain residency, then attend Fort Lewis College to finish out my degree. Any advice on this, has anybody else done this successfully? Working there of course is another worry of mine. I know itís a small town but are there a lot of places college kids work in Durango? Just donít want to get there and be fucked with no job. Another concern is driving. I saw a lot of threads about this but not specifically about a ford explorer sport 1998 2 wheel drive. Will this survive In Durango or should I think about other options? Oh and one other thing. I do have a dog tagging along with me, heís a border collie not even a year old but a great dog. My concern with him is, if dogs do well up there, as in other wild life, ice, snow and altitude? Maybe a dumb question but donít want to take any chances.

This experience will probably be the best decision of my life as well as crazy/badass but I I will definitely have to learn the majority of this stuff on my own. But still are there any basic things I should know before doing this?

Also Iím visiting this spring break and Iím going to try to do as much as possible that week and see everything Durango has to offer. What places and things are a must see/do and what are others I should avoid .
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Old 02-05-2012, 05:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I moved to Vail from San Antonio, love the change. Do a search for jobs in Durango to see. Its a medium size town. Plenty to do, especially outdoors. The suv will be OK. The dog will be OK, lots of dogs in the mtns. The area I'm in is NOT dog friendly for renting but people love dogs.....

If it is where you think you want to be then go for it, don't lool back. I have a wife and son with me.... they love it too.
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There are a couple members from Durango on the forum. Hopefully they chime in.
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Think it's 2 years to get residency in CO.
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks Argo. And yeah i really hope some locals reply. I'm glad your family enjoys it, I hope i do as well.

And damn BurtonAvenger I really hope not.. do you know of this for fact or just heard of it? I think universities and Colleges might be different but yeah that would suck ass.
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I have a buddy who lives in Durango and he loves it. I have visited him a couple times, definitely a pretty chill town. He goes to Fort Lewis and hasn't had many complaints. I only had to be here for one year to get residency status back in '06' so it may have changed since then. There is always a job to be had, you just have to take what you can get.
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I've heard a year and 2 years. But I've always thought it was 2 years due to how we have such seasonal turn over. Word of advice get that p.o. box now and just have shit mail sent there.
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I've heard a year and 2 years. But I've always thought it was 2 years due to how we have such seasonal turn over. Word of advice get that p.o. box now and just have shit mail sent there.
Depends on age and status. Here is a link for the OP to check. Qualified Persons - Colorado Higher Education Residency Guide
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It's one year. Do it.
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Durango is rad. Working a year, cool. Job lined up? Job market is fierce. Fort Lewis is a good school and I have seen good students come out of there heading off to grad school.
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