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You are incorrect. UM is in Coral Gables, NOT downtown Miami. Downtown is considered on the north side of the river on Brickell, which is 20-30 minutes away. Sunset Place is a very nice little strip with restaurants and small shops right off of the south end of campus. North and East of campus is safe but south and west off campus is not that safe.
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Written by Sana Khan
It's hard not to be impressed by the aura of Miami. Whether it's the authentic Cuban culture in Little Havana or the neon frenzy of South Beach, Miami has plenty to do and see. Sports fans will be impressed by the mixture of professional and collegiate athletics, while entertainment-savvy students will love the music and art scenes. There is definitely not a shortage of things to do, and few cities can match Miami's 24-hour atmosphere. There are things to watch out for, including some bad neighborhoods and insane traffic, but the positives far outweigh the negatives when it comes to Miami's atmosphere.
One of the negatives of having such a great city around the campus is that a "college town" has never been born. Colleges in rural areas usually tend to have small cities spring up around them to accommodate the thousands of students. With so much to do around town, Coral Gables seems to be carrying on daily without thinking too much about the big college next door. Miami is a great city for almost anyone, which is why tourism plays such an important part of the culture. Tourists flock to the beautiful beaches, the endless shops in Coconut Grove, and the clubs and bars of South Beach. Tourists may get a little annoying sometimes, but if you end up going to UM, just remember that you used to be one of them.
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