How Do I Move to Santa Fe?

Placed at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, surrounded by crisp air freshened from a nearby pine forest, where the temperature ranges little and the rain seldom falls, where the buildings aren’t tall nor the crowds large but the chile is readily abundant, Santa Fe is an easy choice for where to earn your Master’s degree.

But that might be all that’s easy.

It’s always more difficult to put your moving van where your mouth is, but take courage! If others have crossed continents in order to read and discuss the great works of Eastern and Western thought, SO CAN YOU!

The campus in Santa Fe even makes things simple for you by offering on-campus housing year-round! That said, many students elect to live off-campus, and this post will detail both options in hopes that you’ll make the most appropriate choice when (not “if”) you move here!


On-Campus Housing

One of the seven Lower Dorms, Clio, is set aside to house graduate students. Every room but one is a single, complete with a twin bed, a desk, a chair, a closet, shelves for your growing book collection, a dresser with a mirror, a garbage bin, and a lamp. The dorm is co-ed, but single gender by floor. The Lower Commons has a full-service kitchen, a cozy fireplace, many couches for studying (and not-studying), and pool and foosball tables for study breaks (and not-study breaks). The total price for keeping a room in the fall and spring is $4228, and $2114 for the summer.

Do keep in mind, though, as beneficial and convenient as it would be to live so close to this one of a kind community, those students who elect to live on campus will be expected to also pay for some type of meal plan.

Other than that, we’re done here! Out from the grounds of campus we go!


Off-Campus Housing

Compared to Annapolis, you’re forking over less of an arm and a leg: rooms for around $700/month plus utilities, within biking or driving distance of campus, are much more readily available here than by the campus out east. Surprise, surprise, the neighborhood adjacent to the Santa Fe campus, where commuting to class with your legs is most feasible, is conspicuously more expensive. Nonetheless, you could rent in this neighborhood for cheaper than living in the dorm, and have an invigorating hike up to campus for a daily commute!

The Graduate Admissions Office sends out regular emails detailing the most recent openings near campus, but new Santa Feans have found success with the usual craigslist ads and social media connections. Also, as you’ll soon learn, Johnnies are happy to help Johnnies, and the Admissions staff will be sure to put you in contact with any current students or coincidental transplants with whom you can coordinate your move.

If you have a car, you could commute from smaller, cheaper towns, like El Dorado, Espanola, Chupadero, all with lower rent costs and a similar amount of gorgeous countryside to enjoy. These towns are around a half-hour away, but all the more time to listen to Aristotle or King Lear on audiotape, right?


To sum up, I’ll hand it over to Scott Hannan, the Santa Fe Admissions staff member behind those regular emails mentioned above:

“The best way to find a place to stay in Santa Fe is to come visit and walk the neighborhoods, looking for ‘For Rent’ signs. You’ll find the best, most quiet place with the most reasonable price by finding these signs, calling the numbers, and talking to people in-person. Santa Fe is that kind of a personable city.”

I hope the above has allayed enough of your anxiety so that your subsequent move here, into a “personable” community of curious thinkers, ensconced in mountains and blue sky, satiated by the curriculum and the cuisine, finishes off the remainder!


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