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From OR to AK to WA [Sep. 11th, 2010|01:26 am]
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[melissad]
My boyfriend is looking at applying for grad school at WSU. Can anyone here give me some idea on how the job market is in Pullman & Moscow, ID? If he gets accepted, I'll need to find a job that can support us both. Also, housing seems pretty inexpensive (compared to what I am used to), this makes me think that wages must be pretty low. Is this true? What off campus areas for housing should we steer clear of? What nuggets of advice can you give a Pullman noob?

I am hoping we can make a visit to the area next summer.
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[User Picture]From: wagrobanite
2010-09-11 02:09 pm (UTC)
I will be honest and there aren't a whole lot of jobs in Pullman. There are some but not a lot. There will be some more when the new Wal-Mart (unfortunately) opens up in November of this year. You have to watch the papers and hear about things from word of mouth. Do you have a degree? That will make a difference too.
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[User Picture]From: melissad
2010-09-12 08:05 am (UTC)
Yeah I have a BS in Wildlife Biology. I've done a lot of different types of jobs, from wildlife rehab to working at universities in admissions and student services. Currently I work for the Department of Natural Resources in Alaska. I have faith I can land a decent job with my skill-set. Hopefully. :)
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[User Picture]From: kahlan_amnell
2010-09-11 05:43 pm (UTC)
There are not very many jobs outside of the universities in Pullman or Moscow. Most of what is available is retail work. There are a few other job opportunities in the area so if you do a good amount of research you might be able to find one.

What department is he applying to? Do they offer teaching assistantships or research assistantships? Those pay fairly decently and are enough for one person to live on in Pullman. (Some people I know are even stretching their assistantships to support a family.) They also provide tuition remission that pays for almost all of the tuition.

Keep in mind that if he does get a teaching assistantship, you will not be able to live in Moscow. Teaching assistants have to be Washington residents after the first year, otherwise they charge you for the difference between out of state and in state tuition.

As for what areas for housing to avoid, unfortunately most apartments for rent in Pullman are not very well maintained or managed. I could tell you a few in particular to avoid, but basically most of the housing is a bit run down. DABCO apartments are new and well maintained, but they have their problems too. Do you have any pets? If so, that limits your housing choices in Pullman quite a bit. There are some decent pet friendly apartments available, but the default is no pets allowed.
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[User Picture]From: nirvelli_lynn
2010-09-12 04:56 am (UTC)
I used craigs list and found a housing scenario what was very good in a residential area. Avoid campus hill if you don't like the party scene.
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[User Picture]From: melissad
2010-09-12 08:09 am (UTC)
Thanks! I looked at craigslist and there seem to be some good places on there. I am putting the cart before the horse right now, we probably won't be moving for a year or so. I am just doing a little bit of research on the area now.
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[User Picture]From: nirvelli_lynn
2010-09-12 09:24 pm (UTC)
We have three cats, a heghog, and a great dane puppy. The key is going to be finding private landlords. Don't even bother with any campus, or formal rental group. Trust me, I did that first and found *nothing*. I'm glad Craig's List looks decent. That is the best place I have found. Though my collegue ended up buying a mobile home and found that that worked well for his family... So there's that option too.
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[User Picture]From: melissad
2010-09-12 08:08 am (UTC)
He is applying to the journalism program. He mentioned that they do have teaching assistantships, but I don't know if those are super competitive like they are at the university we did our undergrad at.

We do have pets too, a dog and a cat. I kinda figured that we'd need to rent a house because of that, which I am ok with.
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[User Picture]From: kahlan_amnell
2010-09-12 04:41 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how competitive the teaching assistantships are in that department. That would probably be a good thing for him to ask the department. Ask what percentage of students get assistantships.

Unfortunately, renting a house will be difficult with pets as well. No pets allowed is the default with house rentals in Pullman as well. I do know some people who have rented pet friendly houses through an agency called DRA, and I've seen the occasional pet friendly listing with other agencies. There are pet friendly house rentals out there, but in my research they seemed just as sparse as pet friendly apartments.
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[User Picture]From: wheatheart
2010-09-12 05:54 am (UTC)
I havent been to Pullman since about 2003 but I used to live in a new in 2000 neighborhood up past the high school. Houses very nice compared to the other places I've lived in there. But I dont know how they are now.

Jobs outside the universities are few.
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