This raving about Kendall has got to stop. It is one of the lamest places to live in Miami, unless you are old and have ten kids, or you're retired. Yes, it is near shops and (chain) restaurants on Kendall Drive, whoopee!! Why not live near where the stuff happens? Near REAL restaurants, not chain restaurants, near the nice bars, near boutiques and art centers, near museums and parks, near the ocean and the bay? Kendall is NOT pretty. You will be living in Miami for three years. Have some fun and live it up!! You will have the rest of your life to be suburbanites.
By the way, I'm Jack. I just graduated from UM undergrad with a degree in Finance. I am living in Coconut Grove. I look forward to meeting you all and causing trouble! If you want to know where the FUN is, ask me. I have lived here for four years and know all the UM and Miami hangouts for those that want to balance their schoolwork with some fun.