Hello Rosalind, hope all is well.
That is a tall order, we will need to talk about specifics so I can narrow down the info for you. Raleigh, and the surrounding areas are quite diverse. Where you will be working, and the commute time that is acceptable to you will factor in very heavily. Colleges, well NC State is on the west side of Raleigh, UNC in is Chapel Hill, Duke is in Durham, so the west side of Wake County is going to be your target. But you also have Meredith, a private girls College, and there is Peace College as well, and a number of other smaller but good schools to look at.
What do you do for a living, estimated yearly income, comfort range as far as a monthly payment, these are all the things that we need to talk about. Give me a call and lets chat about how we can make this work for you. 919-656-5740