« on: June 13, 2007, 09:03:25 PM »
FAMU is right off I4, the main freeway in the city. During off-peak times can get you pretty far in about 20 minutes. Traffic in Orlando isn't horrendous if you know what streets to take, so take some time to look around the different parts of town.
I think your best bet is the Altamonte area to the north. It's affordable and a nice/relatively safe suburban area,
The Metrowest/Millenia Mall region (southwest on I-4 from the school) is affordable as well, but there has been a spike in crime around that area lately.
The East Orlando/Waterford Lakes/UCF area is about 25-30 minutes away from downtown, but offers affordable housing close to a lot of amenities. It's pretty safe too. You might have to take toll roads to get downtown though.
The school itself is in a real real shady part of town(Parramore, I believe, which is probably one of the worst parts of Orlando). I would avoid finding a place too close if you have kids.
Hope that helps! Good luck.