Quote from iridium54
Thanks for the input. I know cities in general are more expensive to live in, but I hadn't thought Miami was that
outrageous (not like I am planning to live in SoBe or anything). In fact, I thought FL in general has a much lower cost of living than where I am from and live (NJ). I'll definitely look into this.
As for the Spanish thing, I do speak it and it is one of the reasons I am attracted to Miami.
Also, I noticed UM health system is not listed as a "magnet" hospital by American Nurses Credentialing Center - anyone know how important this is? Also, any more input about UM hospitals/clinics would be greatly appreciated, esp from UM nursing alums (or someone who was also a recipient of the scholarship). Thanks!
Actually, depending on what type of housing you're looking for, there are some very affordable places to live on South Beach. Lots of older art deco type buildings that are easier on the pocket than many other areas of Miami. It's also a pretty straight shot from there to UM Hospital. It CAN be annoying to live on South Beach during major holidays and events, like Memorial Day or Spring Break, because it gets pretty packed, but the farther north and closer to I-195 you can get, the better off you'll be in terms of traffic.
Florida does have a lower cost of living than many places in the northeast, partly due to housing, but also a number of other factors such as better weather (easier on your clothes, your heater and your car) and no state income tax; on the flipside, salaries aren't as high here as they up are there.
I have an acquaintance that went through the UM program and works there now. I don't speak to her all that often, but when I do she doesn't have any complaints about the system.
I wish you lots of success in the UM program if you end up going with it!