I've lived in the town 7 years as an undergrad and grad, so I can probably answer most of your questions about it. It's a fun place, but if you struggle with alcoholism, don't live near downtown. The law building is on the quiet side of campus so you can insulate yourself from the madness, but it's annoying to get back when you do go downtown, though buses travel nearby. The bar scene and tailgating are insane (though not my style), and there are enough hidden bars you can avoid most of it with a social life.
I can also tell you the what certain dorms are like and the crowds in different bars (rich Chicago douches, hipsters, beer snobs, etcetc). I don't know what the graduate student housing is like, but it's on the complete outskirts of town and a bus is your way to school and back.
I'm almost certain I'm going if I can find tuition and living money. I was waiting on a LOR for a month and a half that a prof forgot about and just got accepted today. It sucks, I'm in state and scholarship range and hope there's money left. Did you get scholarship letters with your acceptance? I just got the email today but haven't received the letter.
Anyhow, ask away if you have questions about the town. And keep in mind scooters and motorcycles have free parking most places here. Storage in the winter is important but you'll save a lot of time and money with one. I gather you park them right by the bike racks at Boyd Law Building. Cheap apartments near the building with nearby busing (free on campus and city busing slightly closer) are:
Old Gold Apartments, run by Heritage Property Management (my complex, 650 a month for a double, 550 a single, all but electric included and 50 for parking yearly - I've lived here 5 years)
Seville Apartments (similar rates and location but unsure of specifics)
Some real goddamn shady apartments next to mine you want to avoid.
4 tiny shitbox houses up for sale in a row by the same realtor on Michael St/Benton - I bet she's itching to sell.
Guys, there are some hot, smart girls in IC. I'm staying here cause of mine - if I can't afford law it'll be engineering. If you like blonds the city is amazing.
isustudent wrote:I just signed on a one bedroom, so I guess it's official! I would suggest people check out old gold ct with heritage property management (where I'm living).
Joe (the landlord) is awesome and those quotes about grad and law students are right. Once he just smiled when he saw me break the rules and let my gf's dog inside. When you get here pm me if you wanna see the town - I live in the 735 section of the complex.
The Wedge is cheap ass pizza nearby and you'll learn to live off that and Hungry Hobo.