What is UHouston smoking?

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R1Law
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What is UHouston smoking?

Postby R1Law » Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:48 am

The University of Houston estimates that students will only need $9,200 for 9 months of living expenses, while neighboring South Texas budgets $13,500! SMU and Baylor budget nearly the same as South Texas. I have spent the last 5 years in Houston and know that you can not live in a decent part of Houston for $1,000 a month, unless you don't mind the ghetto. A $650 a month apartment would put you 15 miles (45 minute commute) from campus. An $800 apartment would get you 5 miles. I am considering UH, but I would be forced to take out private loans to cover the gap. Has anyone else experienced this with other law schools?

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Re: What is UHouston smoking?

Postby dey206 » Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:54 am

I haven't had experience, but I too can say you would definately living in the ghetto in Houston with that budget. Unless they are assuming you roommate. idk..

Houston ghettos are not to be played with :shock:

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Re: What is UHouston smoking?

Postby LLB2JD » Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:21 am

dey206 wrote:I haven't had experience, but I too can say you would definately living in the ghetto in Houston with that budget. Unless they are assuming you roommate. idk..

Houston ghettos are not to be played with :shock:


I agree with this. STCL's budget seems about reasonable for what you should generallyl expect as living costs. I once lived around the Medical Center area (which is not very far away from UH, and if you have a roommate, you could definitely get by with UH's budget.

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Re: What is UHouston smoking?

Postby txadv11 » Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:57 am

I went to STCL's open house and they claim:
Fall&Spring:
tuition: 26,340
Books: 2,800
Room&B 13,500
Misc: 3,500
Transp: 3,500
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Total: 49,640

Is this accurate for Houston? What about a place with a small 1 car garage? I have a SUV that I feel is going to get me carjacked or ripped off...

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Re: What is UHouston smoking?

Postby DoubleChecks » Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:00 pm

txadv11 wrote:I went to STCL's open house and they claim:
Fall&Spring:
tuition: 26,340
Books: 2,800
Room&B 13,500
Misc: 3,500
Transp: 3,500
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Total: 49,640

Is this accurate for Houston? What about a place with a small 1 car garage? I have a SUV that I feel is going to get me carjacked or ripped off...


i wonder how much $3500 misc is even necessary. $2800 for books? first semester i played it safe and spent a lot on textbooks...realized it was unnecessary. Went to amazon and got some very good condition used books (minor highlighting) and this semester i only needed to spend $100 on casebooks for ALL my classes. wuzzup.

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txadv11
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Re: What is UHouston smoking?

Postby txadv11 » Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:01 pm

The MISC category was listed as "Misc Personal" I guess that is food and groceries?

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Re: What is UHouston smoking?

Postby jayman6 » Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:15 pm

I've noticed some schools don't include utilities in the living expenses cost. Perhaps that might account for some of the discrepancy?

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txadv11
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Re: What is UHouston smoking?

Postby txadv11 » Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:42 pm

hmm... anyone in Houston (STCL/ U of H) know a typical price for a SAFE 1 bedroom apt? what about a unit with a 1 car garage?

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Re: What is UHouston smoking?

Postby Josh the Goat » Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:24 pm

txadv11 wrote:hmm... anyone in Houston (STCL/ U of H) know a typical price for a SAFE 1 bedroom apt? what about a unit with a 1 car garage?


You can get a safe 1 bedroom in houston for around $800 - $1,000 around the med center or montrose. Midtown, Galleria, and Upper Kirby 1 bedrooms go up to around $1,200 - $1,500.

However no part of Houston is completely safe. Most people have had their car broken into at least once, regardless of location.

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Re: What is UHouston smoking?

Postby R1Law » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:12 pm

txadv11 wrote:hmm... anyone in Houston (STCL/ U of H) know a typical price for a SAFE 1 bedroom apt? what about a unit with a 1 car garage?


If you're going to South Texas, there are a couple high-rises downtown that have studio apartments for $800. You could easily walk to campus.

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Re: What is UHouston smoking?

Postby uwgbluedevil » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:45 pm

Ive noticed something very similar between Emory and Georgia State which are roughly 5-7 miles apart. Georgia State estimates 14K a year while Emory estimates almost 25K a year in living expenses for singles living off campus. Not sure where the discrepancy is coming from.




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