Moving to Arizona

SCNM is located in Tempe, Arizona and part of the Phoenix metropolitan area, one of the top 10 largest metropolitan areas in the nation. It is also the most affordable cities home to a naturopathic medical school.

Tempe is the most affordable city that's home to a naturopathic degree program.

Where should I live in the beautiful Valley of the Sun? That is probably the next thing you are asking yourself. The good news is that you have many options depending on your housing goals.

Students who want to live in Tempe and be close to campus should check out this apartment map. You can also check out private rentals on craigslist by plugging in these Tempe zip codes: 85282, 85281, 85283.

Some students prefer to be a little further from campus and use the short commute as time to decompress. Other students must also consider the needs of their families, including school districts. Here are some other great options:

  • East Valley cities near Tempe – ChandlerGilbert, and Mesa.
  • South Scottsdale is close to campus and less expensive than North Scottsdale.  
  • Parts of Phoenix, including Ahwautkee, Arcadia and Central Phoenix are also popular options and still a relatively short commute.  
  • West Valley cities like GlendalePeoria and Surprise tend to be a little further than most students prefer to be.

Wherever you look, use Zillow and HotPads to make the search a little easier. Also remember to stay connected on your classes’ Facebook page – we often post listings by current SCNM students who are looking for roommates.

Planning on buying a house? Let us know and we can refer you to realtors.

For a number of different helpful resources related to moving, check out Find Help Phoenix.

Furnishing Your New Home

There are lots of options for furnishing your new place on the cheap. We even have an Ikea right in Tempe! Apps are also making it easier for people to sell their furniture. Download Offerup, and letgo. Craigslist, Goodwill and Salvation Army are always great options too.

Setting up Your New Home

Phoenix has two internet providers, CenturyLink and Cox

There are two power companies, APS and SRP. Your address determines which one you will use. Southwest Gas, is the gas company, but very few homes in the valley have gas. 

School/Childcare Resources

If you’re looking for childcare or info on school districts, check out these helpful links:

Public Transportation

Public transportation has come a long way in the greater Phoenix Metro area. We have a great light rail system as well as a bike share. Need to work on your own bike or build one? Check out Bike Saviours.


Things to do in the Valley and Arizona

There is an amazing variety of things to do in Arizona! Between all of the hiking, biking, potential road trips, arts and culture, and 4 major sports teams, you’ll have plenty of things to do when you’re not hitting the books. Here are some ideas to get you started!

Fun Activities in the Valley (Phoenix Metro Area)

AZCentral always has a list of current events and festivals.

Hiking and biking:

Popular trails in Phoenix: South Mountain, Camelback and Piestewa Peak.  There are also great trails managed by Maricopa County and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

Arts and Culture:

The Mesa Arts Center, Tempe Center for the Arts and ASU Gammage are all great places to catch a show.

Cites Around the State Worth Visiting:  (1 1/2 hr. – 4 hr. drive away)

There are many great road trip opportunities in Arizona! Drive a couple hours north of Phoenix and you could be skiing, a couple hours south and you will be in one of Arizona’s wine regions and of course, we’re home to one of the seven natural wonders in the world, the Grand Canyon. You can also drive to Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Mexico.

Here is an overview of places to visit.

South of Phoenix

North of Phoenix

Check out the app Maricopa Healthy, which contains bike trails, a map of farmers markets, a map of parks, and lots of other great information.  

AZ News

And finally, if you want to stay on top of Arizona news check out www.AZcentral.com, www.azfamily.com, and www.abc15.com.