this really sucks. i was planning to live on the first floor since they have the 15 ft. ceilings and other such "perks." i do not like the idea of undergrads (not just juniors and seniors) sharing the space.
i agree with the move in date. it would have been convenient to stay overnight for orientation.
eamon, are you still thinking about signing that lease? i signed it but i am considering other options more strongly now. good thing it's not binding.
I feel you rubies, the juniors/seniors and other annoyances I mentioned have definitely made me less enthusiastic about living in the Lofts, but ultimately I think I am still going to live there. At the end of the day, when you factor in the likely utility costs and Internet/phone/cable, the price of the Lofts is above average but not unreasonably high. Much more importantly, with the chaotic study schedule and other demands of being a 1L student, I just can't get over the fact that living in the Lofts would literally put me a few hundred feet away from the law school. That convenience is going to be worth a lot when it counts for frequent trips to the law library or during finals.
I really liked the 15ft ceilings too, but at least the rest of the rooms will have 10-12ft ceilings which is still really high. Most comparable apartments I've looked at only have standard 8ft ceilings. I kind of think the first floor would be noisy from foot traffic or people hanging out/grilling in the courtyard. I'd also have safety concerns living on the first floor especially given that the Lofts are not gated and burglaries are common in the area.
If you do go for it (and I hope you and everyone else does so I'm not alone), I'm trying to get law students on the 8th floor, West and Central sides of the building. That is the top floor on that side of the complex. I figure, if I can't have the convenience of being on the first or second floor, and there are plenty of elevators, I might as well be on the top floor and not have to worry about noisy people above me. This also creates a 3-floor barrier between me and the undergrads
I just spoke with the housing office and they are trying to work something out so that law students can move in a couple days early. I will post an update when they call me back later today with a firm answer.