MsKantPants wrote:Thank you so for the help! I'll definitely be checking the towers out this weekend then. I've been considering the Centerpointe, but when my boyfriend and I finally decided to rent a certain apartment, we found out that somebody else already got it... it was pretty disheartening. If we can't do the towers or the Centerpointe, we would probably live in East Rock. I don't even know where to look there, though. I'm not very good at apartment hunting, haha.
I'd echo what sandpiper said...most people in the Towers [Madison Tower, Crown Tower, Crown Court, and the less-popular-because-it's-a-co op [so you rent from an owner, and each apartment is different]-but-still-nice University Towers] find them to be a good value for the money: they're close to school, they're the default law school dorm complex, and you get lots of space for what you pay. If you're bringing a car, they also offer on-site parking, which some other complexes don't have available (at an additional fee, of course). The major downsides I've heard have been related to maintenance responsiveness, and for those who are used to stainless/granite, the appliances & cabinetry are a bit old-school.
If you're looking in East Rock, your best bet is probably a combination of Craigslist and talking to current YLS students. Since most of the places there are privately-owned houses subdivided into apartments, you're less likely to find signs or web sites promoting the various options - but they exist, I swear! Don't be afraid to talk to current students when you're in town this week about their housing choices; people are really generally happy to help connect you with people that live in various places and might even be able to hook you up with landlord contacts, etc.