Living in Santa Fe

Located at 7,000 ft. in the Southern Rocky Mountains, Santa Fe is the capital of New Mexico, USA. With a regional population of 90,000 the city has hundreds of years of history, a small-town charm combined with the sophistication of a world-class destination.

SANTA FE WEATHER: The high- desert offers the delights of sunshine (about 283 days per year) and low humidity but not the scorching temperatures of the lower elevations. Temperatures are moderate with a high averaging 91 in July to lows near 19 in January. There are four distinct seasons with dramatic summer thunderstorms, and 32 inches of winter snow.

You can expect to spend $300-550 for a room in a shared house, and about $500-800 for a studio or one-bedroom apartment. Students often room together and we have a community resource binder at the school containing leads for housing in the area. Feel free to contact us for housing leads.  The local classifieds and Craigslist are great resources for researching housing.  Note, however that some of the best living situations never show up in print or on the web.  Work-of-mouth is key, so you might consider arriving a week or two before classes begin to find housing and to get settled.

If you’re staying outside the downtown area, your best bet is to have a car. There is city-wide taxi service and a public bus system, Santa Fe Trails that serves the city with six routes, plus a couple of bike paths. Buses operate from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays. There is no service on Sundays or holidays. Schedules are available on each bus, at libraries and at locations throughout the city. For schedule, rate and fare information, 984- 6730 or www.santafetrails.santafenm.gov