I don't know your other choices but having lived and worked in Riverside for most of my life, I am somewhat partial to it. If you choose to come to our beautiful city, I think it would be wise to look at all of the different areas to determine where you would be most comfortable. The downtown and University Village areas are probably the most "active" areas in the city with great restaurants, clubs and entertainment, but there are loads of other wonderful places you could call home here, all with equally redeeming amenities.
Condo options are limited in the downtown area, so that may be something to consider.
If you have any questions or want more information on any of the areas of Riverside, please feel free to contact me.
Best of luck to you!
Best of Luck!