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Old 08-06-2002, 03:26 PM   #1
jengyigin
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hey guys, i'm gonna be moving to winnipeg in september. r there many i-clubbers in wpg? ok, here comes the long part:

i need to ask u all a favour..... i haven't found a place to live yet..... so can you guys suggest some places where i can rent an apartment that is near the University of Manitoba?
I've found some places from searching online but I have no idea what the interior and the neighbourhood of these places are like.
One of the places I'm looking into is "Arizona Plaza" located on 1650 Pembina Hwy. Another place I'm considering is "Chancellor Estates" located on 940 Chancellor Drive. These are a couple of the few places that still have vacancies for September.
Also, I'm in search for employment in Wpg. I just graduated from computer engineering..... Would you guys happen to know any high tech or even semi-high tech company that needs another engineer?
ALSO... I'm probably gonna be driving to wpg, but i'm not sure if I should take my accord or my scooby. My 2 reasons for not bringing the scooby: 1) The drive will put insane clicks onto my car (2297 km from Vancouver to Wininpeg). 2) I highly doubt the subaru paint job will hold up to 20 hours of highway driving and winnipeg winters (road salt). So i'm most likely bringing my accord, but if you guys can suggest otherwise then I'd like to hear about it.

Wow, that's been a long post. Thanks for taking the time to read it guys and thanks in advance for any replies! latez!

Roland

Ps. I've installed shifter bushings in my car so I can give u guys a hand if u need it. Thanks again guys!
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Old 08-06-2002, 05:07 PM   #2
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There are about 5-6 I club memebers here but I think I post the most. At our meets we get a good number of Subaru's out but it won't hold a candle to what your probably used too. There is no road salt in regards to the winters, only sand. Although the roads can be bad at times surface wise. You could always get a bra for the road trip and take it off when you get here (that's what I do when I go on long road trips). We don't normally get much snow here till OCT/NOV. Are you moving here permanetly? It would be nice to have another Subaru around, you can never have enough. Once my g/f gets her password sorted out she may be able to advise you where not to live. I can tell you that with the coldness of our winters you should look for something with enclosed parking. As far as the shifter bushings go, we are planning on a Subie meet sometime in Sept and I'm planning on putting in these.
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Old 08-06-2002, 06:10 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply Scoobie Newbie! Unfortunately all the places I've found so far only offer outdoor parking. =(
Anyway, depending on my employment situation and my gf's school situation, I might be staying in wpg anywhere from 1 month to 2 years.
If nobody hires me by the time i get to wpg in september, then i'll most likely drive my accord because i don't wanna drive my scooby for 2300 kms to get to wpg and then drive another 2300 kms a month later when i have to ship my employed a$$ back home to vancouver. hehe
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Old 08-06-2002, 07:28 PM   #4
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greetings.

Housing by the U of M Fort Garry Campus is usually expensive. If you're looking for indoor covered parking I would reccomend the following:

1.Place Promenade. Connected to Portage Place shopping centre. This place has an outdoor pool, fitness area. They have indoor parking. My friends used to live there and their policy is that if your car got broken into in their parkade, they would cover the deductible.

2.Colony Square. On Portage avenue, across from U of Winnipeg. Not a bad place, w/ covered parking. Lots of students living there as well.

Keep in mind that in Winnipeg you can do one end to the other end in about 35mins. Downtown to Fort Garry is about 20 mins max in bad traffic. It's really not that far, for the same price living in Fort Garry you can have a nice place downtown.

I'd say drive your impreza down here. It's a subaru! Drive it! I would understand if it were a 22b or something, but really I'm sure the pure experience of driving your car down here will be worth it. You'll thank yourself in the winter. They're only kilometres!

Feel free to email me privately for more housing info. I've lived in Wpg my whole life and I'm pretty sure I can help you.
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Old 08-06-2002, 11:54 PM   #5
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Grand Master Chan is the Jedi Master of us Subaru buffs
(or wanna be buffs like me ) Listen to him. He knows his shiznt.
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Old 08-07-2002, 11:45 AM   #6
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Hey

I live within the area that you listed and I can tell you that the area is pretty decent. It's close to all major grocery stores, shopping malls, electronics stores, etc. Basically, you get almost everything living within that area. Of the apartments you listed, my cousin and several friends lived in Chancellor Estates. Mostly occupied with students and has external parking but its clean and IIRC, contains almost all utilities except for hydro, phone and cable. You are close to a railroad and you will usually get 2 crossings a day but its not loud as its in a residential area. Unfortunately, you don't get an insuite washer and dryer.

Underground parking complexes are a little tougher to come by in this area. You'll get more success in downtown or if you want to stay around the south side and decently close to the U of M, you could try the St. Vital area like Rotunda Towers or Chelsea Place. Those are not the best areas to live in but they are close to the mall and have underground parking and the buildings are decent. Arizona Place sounds familiar...

Having lived in Surrey for a good portion of my life, believe grandmasterchen when he says that traffic is not bad. Getting around in Winnipeg is a lot faster than in Vancouver but you do have to deal with crappy roads and some really idiotic driving at times...

As to employment in the tech sector, I'm a communications engineer and in all honesty, the tech sector is not strong here. Unless you're an EE and willing to work for Manitoba Hydro, it will be difficult to find jobs within the technology industry here. Not to say that there aren't any as most of my friends are employed, but just to let you know.

Still, you say you just graduated. What skills and job experience do you have? What area of work do you want to get into? Tell me what your thesis involved even if that helps any. I can't guarantee anything but I might be able to give you a few suggestions.

BTW, we (g/f and I) drove the GC8 to Van and it's no big deal. Had a lot of fun in the Rocky Mountain area where a guy in a Camry was playing with me. Would like to do that part of the area with my Miata next time. But, any car you decide to bring is good. The trip won't hurt your car (barring rock chips etc) and as long as you give your car a wash once every one or two weeks during the winter, you'll be fine. After winter is over, give it a good clay bar job, detail and wax and you're good to go.

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Old 08-07-2002, 04:56 PM   #7
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hey wow, thnx for all the replies guys!

grandmasterchan: thnx for the suggestions! I've checked out place promenade and colony square from homebase.ca and they look nicer to live in than the places i've been looking at! And they're about the same price too. I need to ask u then, how is bus service in wpg? I ask this because if I can't stay in wpg then my gf will have to bus to UM. Would it be advantageous to live closer to UM if someone had to take the bus? And....... how hard is it to cross the red river if you live on the east of the river? I ask that because in vancouver, the rush hour traffic over bridges will really give your clutch foot a workout.
Also, can you PM me your email address? I tried looking in your profile but you disabled the email feature.

rhung: If you thought surrey traffic is bad, you haven't seen richmond traffic on a weekend afternoon! But i'm glad to hear that traffic in wpg is a lot better than traffic in vancouver.
If you don't mind me asking, where do you work? They wouldn't happen to be hiring? I actually only have an undergraduate degree so no thesis from me. I've checked out the manitoba hydro website and they don't have any openings right now. Ideally I'd like to get a job in some kind of software development or digital circuit design. I know tech companies aren't plentiful in wpg so I'll also do any clerical or office jobs. Basically each month, my job will have to pay for gas, maintenance, insurance (that's a whole another issue I'll have to ask you guys about later), food, and 1/2 rent. So, any job that pays a half decent salary should be able to cover that.

and thnx again for all the replies guys! I really appreciate it! I must apologize for knowing so little about Winnipeg! I'll try my best to bring my scooby! latez!

Roland
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Old 08-07-2002, 05:42 PM   #8
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Yes, I know about Richmond all too well... But, there sure is a lot of neat things you can do there and hey... I love the mountains and the ocean.

I'll be the first to say that taking a bus from nearly anywhere in Winnipeg especially in the winter, is the worst! But, if you live on Promenade Pl, you will be really close to a major bus hub and have the comfort of getting a coffee at Portage Place or staying in the heated shelters outside. So from that area, public transportation isn't bad at all.

Anyways, you can also send me an email or PM me about job opportunities or anything. GMC, not trying to steal your thunder!

Ray

PS: Get an apt quick. It's nearing that time where a lot of other students are looking to get any kind of apt they can that is close to the U so if you still want to stay close to the U my advice is get one ASAP.
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Old 08-07-2002, 10:49 PM   #9
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i haven't found a place to live yet.....
I've heard there are some nice trailers in Transcona.
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Old 08-08-2002, 12:34 AM   #10
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Okay here's the 411 on bus service. From downtown the major bus route to U of M Fort Garry is the number 60. You could catch it at the Bay Downtown. Which is connected to Portage Place via a Skywalk which is connected to Place Promenade. Sweeeeeet. Bus ride during the peak rush hours on this normal route is about 30mins IIRC. It's been a looong time. There are some express buses as well during peak times. Another option to consider for your g/f is that the U of M has a campus downtown at the Health Sciences Centre. Which is about a 5 min car ride from Place Promenade/Colony Square. There is a shuttle bus that departs from there that heads straight to the Fort Garry Campus. No stops. It's very fast and is about 20 mins. Free of charge to U of M students. Only operates during Regular Session.

From downtown there are 3 bridges you can take to go over the River. Rush hour from downtown to suburbs is faster in the mornings. It's only bad if you're going downtown.

My email address is my handle grandmasterchan and you can take your choice @yahoo.com or @hotmail.com I don't want to publish it together to avoid spam. No doubt you will need some help when you're here. Feel free to email me. I'll personally show you around the city and the like. Lived here my whole life.
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