During the education one can get sharing guest house accommodation having mess facilities and these places are generally trouble free. When a person gets a job there then one has to select a proper place for staying so that he should not intermingle with low end of society.
There are certain do's and do nots when you go to foreign land for education and job. These rules apply for America also.
Knowledge is power.
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
When in Rome be a Roman, is a saying that would apply. Knowing the rules, place and the unwritten regulations regarding Indians in a foreign place would certainly help. When traveling, looking for accommodation, making friends be cautious.Every city will have dodgy neighborhoods and high crime zone like we see in our metros, we should avoid them.
Often students look for the cheaper accommodation and take shortcuts while traveling late in the night or walking back from the office etc. Going out to the city center, pubs and having a glimpse of the nightlife should be done carefully to avoid being mugged or drugged.
I had my first chance to be in a city abroad that had trouble with drug crimes. I chose an accommodation just adjacent to the campus even though I paid more, restricted my movements especially in the late evenings as it's tempting to see a different part of the world in our free time but I took some time to really know the place, spoke to other students around, then slowly ventured out.