bobbyflayed wrote:Im hoping someone else could throw me something I didnt think about; I know there is no measurable difference between Penn and NYU recruiting.
My whole dilemma is whether or not living in Manhattan, which would be a once in a lifetime opportunity for me since I want to settle down back in la, is worth the extra ~11,000 each year for three years.
there are ways to live here that are less than 11K per year more.
This. You get hit on rent, sure; that's an unavoidable increase, but it really shouldn't amount to 11k difference. Everything else comes down to what you do in the city and how much you spend on extra entertainment.
On that note, it also seems silly to simultaneously argue that you won't have time to do anything in the city and that the cost of being in Manhattan, much of which amounts to entertainment (e.g. free-time stuff) when you exclude rent, will be prohibitive when compared to other cities.
Also, assuming you're some weirdo who has a life during law school (
) and you get to enjoy living in Manhattan, there's plenty of free / cheap fun stuff to do in the city (not to mention law schools frequently provide plenty of school subsidized 'entertainment' of their own).
Having lived in several major cities, I think that the cost differential between NYC and other urban areas is really overblown, in part because Manhattan offers a comparably wider array of places to drop cash than other cities. That doesn't mean you have
to go spend money on doing all those things.tl;dr
Manhattan rent = definitely more expensive (but not 11k worth); Manhattan everything else = as expensive as you make it.