Belle Sherman

Peaceful, Charming, and Scenic
Belle Sherman lies east of Collegetown and is known for its great public schools. Many young adults and families are constantly moving into this peaceful and quaint town. It is very laid back and relaxing. Cornell University and Ithaca College lie right by Belle Sherman, which attracts many students that want an easy commute to their classes. Many tennis players in town get to enjoy the Reis Tennis Center in town. At this indoor court, there are coaches, college matches, and recreational play all available.

The residents of Belle Sherman recommend eateries right outside of town whenever thirsty or hungry. There may not be many restaurants and bars within Belle Sherman itself, but the options close by in the towns nearby make the food scene an awesome attraction. Restaurants the locals recommend include Monks on the Commons, Viva Taqueria & Cantina, Asia Cuisine, Le Café Cent-Dix, and Taste of Thai. Bars for drinks on the weekend include Bar Argos, The Range, Chanticleer, and Lot 10 Bar and Lounge. Belle Sherman has proven to be a great place for young families, young adults, and college students that attend Cornell University or Ithaca College.
What Belle Sherman Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.5
value
6.5
amenities
6.7
social
7.0
management
6.8
Median rents in Belle Sherman
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedroom
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Living in
Belle Sherman

Very Safe
Central Location
Walkable
Public Schools
Reis Tennis Center
Coffee Shops
Ithaca College
Cornell University
Belle Sherman — 8.2/10 Rating (based on 113 neighborhood reviews)
Most residents in the neighborhood are other Cornell students, so is great in terms of safety. However, that also means more parties would be going on from Fridays to Sundays compared to some other neighborhood area.
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Collegetown Terrace
Collegetown is pretty centralized, at a walkable distance from all the other neighborhoods my classmates live and the places we go. If you cannot catch a ride somewhere or cannot drive, you can feel free to walk there. You cannot do the same if you are living in the Commons or in Maplewood. Catching an Uber is also very easy. The Uber drivers have passed through here enough to know where to find you.
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Collegetown Terrace
I like this area. CTT itself is packed with students, many of whom are law students. So, socially, it's a pretty nice place.

Being in lower Collegetown, while a bit more distant from campus, may be a blessing in disguise because most of the extreme rowdiness on weekends happens up the hill. So, you still have decent proximity to campus and social scenes here, but without the chaos. This neighborhood is an easy walk to the Commons too.
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106 Valentine Place
Nice and close to campus and other students, but lacks a nearby restaurant/coffee shop/bar scene. Have to walk to Collegetown for that.
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Coal Yard Apartments
Overall very quiet and convenient. Collegetown is just a 10 minute walk away and Cornell is about 15 minutes.
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Coal Yard Apartments
You are close to collegetown and commons. CTT can also be considered its own community.
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Collegetown Terrace
Because of COVID, we haven't really gotten out. But the neighborhood seems nice.
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Collegetown Terrace
Not much in the neighborhood, since it's mainly suburban.
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9
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Collegetown Terrace
Mix of college students and families. The different demographics are fairly segmented / separated making it easy to navigate the neighborhood.
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Collegetown Terrace
Quiet and fairly accessible, though not as convenient as college town or downtown. Otherwise very safe and very easy commute to school.
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Coal Yard Apartments
Great place to be for grad students. Convenient to bars and restaurants downtown and up the hill in Collegetown.
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Collegetown Terrace
It's close enough to both campus and the Commons, but is a little far to walk once it gets cold out.
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106 Valentine Place
Overall, a very "collegetown-ey" feel to the area; lots of young people. Not probably the best for families (they might consider houses towards the edge of the town where they would have more space.
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Casa Roma
It’s right near Mapplewood which means there are people nearby and easy walk to class.
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Coal Yard Apartments
Good location that sits between the main Collegetown strip and downtown.
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Collegetown Terrace
Walking distance to the law school and close to a bus stop. Also not too many undergrads around which is nice.
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Fairview
It is weirdly far from everything, but also in the middle of both commons and college town. There is a shuttle to wegmens over the weekend, so I think that makes grocery shopping easy.
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Collegetown Terrace
Quiet neighborhood. A bit of a walk to Collegetown and restaurants, but it makes up for it terms of proximity to the Johnson School and the fact that it is very quiet.
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Coal Yard Apartments
REally quiet, cute, family neighborhood. Close to an elementary school, very safe area. Close to a few running trails, which is great. About a mile from the nearest grocery store and about a five to ten minute walk to Cornell's campus.
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211 Cornell Street
Easy walk to Sage (flat 15 min walk) or Breazzano (flat enough 10 min walk.) Walkable to Collegetown etc but far enough away that you don't feel in the middle of the commotion. Quiet and chill, nice neighborhood for walking/running.
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9
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Fairview
Just say you live next to Maplewood because your CTT buddies will never have heard of Fairview
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Fairview
Collegetown is fine. It has a few restaurants/bars and one grocery store. It's not a big area so there isn't much more that can be done with it.
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Collegetown Terrace
It's a good in-between spot between the commons and the law school. You're close enough to pretty much everything, except groceries.
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112, 113 Valentine Place
Close to Cornell. Can get loud depending on which part of Collegetown you're in. A lot of stores and food nearby.
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8
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Casa Roma
Great and safe neighbourhood
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Collegetown Terrace
Noise sometimes. Not so bad.
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9
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Collegetown Terrace
Close to school, plenty of bars/places to eat. Accessible to the commons by a 5 min walk as well.
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Collegetown Terrace
It's nice to be in-between collegetown and the commons. Good central location.
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112, 113 Valentine Place
All grad students in the complex. social if you want, private if you want.
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112, 113 Valentine Place
Close to the law school, but far enough from frat row
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915 East State Street
It’s really good. No problems
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112, 113 Valentine Place
Clean and safe.
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911 East State Street
It's mostly grad students in this area.
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7
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Casa Roma
Everyone is nice, friendly, and supportive
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9
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Collegetown Terrace
Good neighbors
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Collegetown Terrace
Closest to the law school.
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106 Valentine Place
Safe and good location.
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112, 113 Valentine Place
Student neighborhood
If walking as fast, it is a 10 minute walk uphill.
If walking at a normal pace, it is about a 15 minute walk uphill.
The hills can be steep, but that's just Ithaca.
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Casa Roma
There’s nothing in the direct few-block radius but it’s only a ten minute walk from collegetown. It’s also close to downtown.
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Collegetown Terrace
The neighborhood is pretty quiet, the only noise I hear is from the Cornell band practicing on the football field.
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Fairview Manor
There are a lot of restaurants nearby, you're semi-close to downtown, and you're very close to campus.
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112, 113 Valentine Place
Nice neighborhood. Good distance from campus and I like being between campus and downtown.
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Casa Roma
Quiet area on the eastern edge of Collegetown. Safe and close to everything.
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9
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Fairview
Either have to go to Collegetown or Commons for anything
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112, 113 Valentine Place
On the outskirt of Collegetown.
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Collegetown Terrace
It is alright.
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7
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911 East State Street
OK
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Collegetown Terrace
Close to everything
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Collegetown Terrace
It's fine for a college town.
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Collegetown Terrace
It's fine and near some coffeeshops.
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West Shore Apartments
Close to East Hill Plaza and the law school
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Coal Yard Apartments
The neighborhood feels very safe.
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801, 805, 809 East State Street
Fantastic apartments.
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703-715 East State Street
Close to downtown and campus
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Collegetown Terrace
Collegetown is for college kids
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7
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Casa Roma
Collegetown
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Collegetown Terrace
There isn't much of a neighborhood.
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Fairview
it's an uphill walk to school, about 10 minutes. There is also a shuttle that drops you off in front of the law school. Wish there were more streetlights but its not super dark, lots of students live here.
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Collegetown Terrace
The CTT campus is very large, with a wide range of price-points for apartments. I like to walk to campus, but there are options to take buses from CTT right to the Law School. What I like about this area is: reaching campus is walk-able, the rooms are decent, and the price is not exorbitant (for some rooms). I lived closer to campus last year: slightly closer walking distance and the rooms are cheaper, but the rooms usually aren't very nice. I considered living further from campus this year: you can get very nice rooms for decent prices, but reaching campus is no longer walk-able. I think the CTT area strikes a nice balance between cost, niceness of room, and walk-ability to campus.

The walk between CTT and campus passes through the frat house zone. Even if you pull a late night in the library, you should be fine walking through.
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Collegetown Terrace
I really enjoy the location. We are close to the Commons, campus, and relatively close to Maplewood. I would say we are walking-distance everywhere except to a grocery.
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Collegetown Terrace
Lots of Johnson students in the area. Only negative is not as many restaurants and things as in downtown/commons.
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Fairview
Close to everything you need. Most places are within a 15 minute walk but doesnt exceed 30.
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Collegetown Terrace
Close to Coalyard, Maplewood, Collegetown - where many other MBAs will be living. Walk to Sage is 15 minutes and flat. Safe and nice neighborhood to run/walk in. Ithaca trails nearby.
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Fairview
There's a great shuttle to campus during the week and to Wegmans on the weekend
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112, 113 Valentine Place
The neighborhood is pretty quiet, and nothing is really nearby besides Maplewood. It's a 10 minute walk to collegetown and a 15 minute walk to campus.
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Coal Yard Apartments
Nothing much around immediate vicinity. Brunch at Carriage Inn Cafe. Collegetown is just 10min away by foot. City Center also 10min away.
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Collegetown Terrace
I like the area. It is very close to the law school. It is also a quick drive to the supermarket or dunkin donuts.
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Fairview
It is accessible to both campus and the commons. Compared to the heart of collegetown, it is extremely quiet.
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Collegetown Terrace
While much of Collegetown is trash strewn and can be rowdy, Collegetown Terrace is a ways away from all of that, and because it is its own little enclave, CTT is peaceful and neat. CTT also provides a shuttle to Cornell in the mornings; extremely helpful. There is also a bridge over a beautiful gorge that connects CTT to South Hill, which is quiet and residential, but has a great running path/nature trail. CTT right between the Collegetown restaurants and bars and downtown.
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Casa Roma
I like living in collegetown because it's very close to the law school, bars, and restaurants.
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Collegetown Terrace
I feel safe in the neighborhood. It is convenient to school to downtown bars.
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911 East State Street
Safe, lots of Cornell students around and closeby to everything!
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112, 113 Valentine Place
The building is nice except there is nothing to get to eat or anything like that unless you walk either up the hill to college ave or down the hill to the commons. It is relatively close to either but it can be annoying in the winter when you would like to go grab something to eat very quickly and end up having up to walk up the hill in sub 0 temperatures just to get a snack.
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Collegetown Terrace
Not much to do around here, but the Coal Yard cafe is great, there's a small strip mall nearby that has decent stores, and some truly scenic outdoor space in the areea.
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Coal Yard Apartments
Not too loud, but can get rowdy sometimes with the student housing that comprises the bulk of the area. Close to running trails, which is a plus!
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Fairview
You're just south of collegetown. There's a shuttle that drops you off directly in front of the law school. Car is kind of key for getting around the wider-Ithaca area though.

Hills make biking impossible (& I love to bike)
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112, 113 Valentine Place
Nice location in that it's not far from campus or downtown. A lot is within walking distance though it's up/down the hills. Can make for a good walk or an easy uber for places that are a little bit farther.
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Collegetown Terrace
Living on the outskirts of collegetown is nice because you are close to the law school but don’t have to deal with the noise and business of central collegetown.
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8
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Collegetown Terrace
Great location to walk down to the Commons or up to Collegetown and Campus. Numerous parking opportunities outside of the complex for guests.
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Collegetown Terrace
Not so bad, except for the noises coming from residents in the next apartment who discussing something outside during midnights.
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703-715 East State Street
Walking distance to Sage Hall, the Stadium, and easy walk down Dryden to Collegetown (i.e. Rulloffs, CTB, etc).
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Coal Yard Apartments
10 minute walk to campus. Lots of students around
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Collegetown Terrace
Walking distance to the university
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7
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Collegetown Terrace
Few restaurants around building but restaurants and school is within 15 minute walk.
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8
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Collegetown Terrace
It's a short walk to campus and the Commons, safe area and not too much noise.
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801, 805, 809 East State Street
It's very quiet here, but also a very short 10 minute walk in the morning.
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112, 113 Valentine Place
Lots of students live here! Very easy to be social!
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Collegetown Terrace
Close to campus and Commons.
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8
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Collegetown Terrace
Good location with access to the bus.
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Collegetown Terrace
Safe and good for living
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112, 113 Valentine Place
Love it!
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Collegetown Terrace
Safe
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Collegetown Terrace
Never had a security issue.
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109 South Quarry Street
Feel pretty safe in this area.
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Collegetown Terrace
The neighborhood is great. It's not in the midst of Collegetown where all of the undergraduates live and party, so that's nice, but not too far from campus.
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Collegetown Terrace
It's close to school, East Hill Plaza, and certain running trails, but it's far from Downtown if you don't have a car.
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Coal Yard Apartments
Very safe and quiet. Annoying to walk up the chill to campus but they have a free shuttle that is convenient.
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112, 113 Valentine Place
Fairview Manor is about a 10 minute walk to Collegetown. It's close to restaurants and bars.
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Fairview
15 minute uphill walk to Sage, 10 minute downhill walk to the commons, not bad.
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Collegetown Terrace
Close to collegetown and the commons. You can easily walk to either areas.
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7
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Collegetown Terrace
Lots of MBAs in the community and a terrific rooftop.
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Coal Yard Apartments
No complaints
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Collegetown Terrace
On the edge of Collegetown, so very quiet.
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106 Valentine Place
Quiet
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Collegetown Terrace
Very close to campus.
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Collegetown Terrace
Good neighbourhood safe
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Collegetown Terrace
Cool neighborhood. Generally safe.
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106 Valentine Place
Very convenient for the law school.
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112, 113 Valentine Place
Mainly grad students.
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112, 113 Valentine Place
Ok
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7
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112, 113 Valentine Place
It's fine. Could be closer to nightlife.
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Collegetown Terrace
nothing special
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Collegetown Terrace
Don’t know much. Just feels safe
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Collegetown Terrace


Getting to Know
Belle Sherman

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: Stewart Ave to Strawberry Fields Park
North to South Boundaries: Cascadilla Creek to South Hill Town Recreation Way

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