Texas 2013

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penni_rose
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Re: Texas 2013

Postby penni_rose » Wed May 19, 2010 10:45 am

Hello, all. I just finished 1L at UT Law. I want to welcome all of you to the school. If you have any questions about the school, please let me know. I don't check these forums much any more, but I'll try to answer quickly.

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby de5igual » Wed May 19, 2010 2:23 pm

thanks to mcflooter for showing me this:
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for the locals or current UT students - is this too far if i'm commuting daily? without traffic, it should be around 15 min each way. based on google maps, if i take public transit, though, it'll be over an hour each way.

i'm about to send in an application and deposit, but wanted some last minute advice. gracias!

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby kittenmittons » Wed May 19, 2010 2:25 pm

f0bolous wrote:thanks to mcflooter for showing me this:
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for the locals or current UT students - is this too far if i'm commuting daily? without traffic, it should be around 15 min each way. based on google maps, if i take public transit, though, it'll be over an hour each way.

i'm about to send in an application and deposit, but wanted some last minute advice. gracias!

That's too far IMO. But I place a premium on proximity to campus

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby adrib » Wed May 19, 2010 3:03 pm

f0bolous wrote:thanks to mcflooter for showing me this:
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for the locals or current UT students - is this too far if i'm commuting daily? without traffic, it should be around 15 min each way. based on google maps, if i take public transit, though, it'll be over an hour each way.

i'm about to send in an application and deposit, but wanted some last minute advice. gracias!

damn, those are some sweet prices! i am so jealous of all of you that have already secured a place. i can't wait till we find out where my husband will work so we can find a place.

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby Pearalegal » Wed May 19, 2010 3:13 pm

kittenmittons wrote:
f0bolous wrote:thanks to mcflooter for showing me this:
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for the locals or current UT students - is this too far if i'm commuting daily? without traffic, it should be around 15 min each way. based on google maps, if i take public transit, though, it'll be over an hour each way.

i'm about to send in an application and deposit, but wanted some last minute advice. gracias!

That's too far IMO. But I place a premium on proximity to campus


Yeah, that could turn into a pretty rough commute. Austin traffic is busy enough to draw the commute out, and for late nights in the library as well as social outings and such...might turn into a much bigger pain in the butt than wanted.

I more fall in line with kittenmittons though. My place is a 15 min walk.

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby mcflooter06 » Wed May 19, 2010 3:14 pm

kittenmittons wrote:
f0bolous wrote:thanks to mcflooter for showing me this:
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for the locals or current UT students - is this too far if i'm commuting daily? without traffic, it should be around 15 min each way. based on google maps, if i take public transit, though, it'll be over an hour each way.

i'm about to send in an application and deposit, but wanted some last minute advice. gracias!

That's too far IMO. But I place a premium on proximity to campus


It is a little further than I wanted, but they really are a pretty awesome find. Brand new, cheap rent, no pet weight limits. I commuted about an hour each way to my undergrad... 15-30 minutes seems sweeeet. I'm also used to incredibly heavy traffic being from Dallas, so Austin's morning commute didn't bother me when I tested it out.
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Re: Texas 2013

Postby Pearalegal » Wed May 19, 2010 3:16 pm

mcflooter06 wrote:
kittenmittons wrote:
f0bolous wrote:thanks to mcflooter for showing me this:
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for the locals or current UT students - is this too far if i'm commuting daily? without traffic, it should be around 15 min each way. based on google maps, if i take public transit, though, it'll be over an hour each way.

i'm about to send in an application and deposit, but wanted some last minute advice. gracias!

That's too far IMO. But I place a premium on proximity to campus


It is a little further than I wanted, but they really are a pretty awesome find. Brand new, cheap rent, no pet weight limits. I commuted about an hour each way to my undergrad... 15-30 minutes seems sweeeet. I'm also used to incredibly heavy traffic being from Dallas, so Austin's morning commute didn't bother me.


Dear lord. I lived within a 10 minute walk to campus in UG all four years. I didn't realize how spoiled I was!

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby mcflooter06 » Wed May 19, 2010 3:16 pm

Pearalegal wrote:
mcflooter06 wrote:
kittenmittons wrote:
f0bolous wrote:thanks to mcflooter for showing me this:
--LinkRemoved--

for the locals or current UT students - is this too far if i'm commuting daily? without traffic, it should be around 15 min each way. based on google maps, if i take public transit, though, it'll be over an hour each way.

i'm about to send in an application and deposit, but wanted some last minute advice. gracias!

That's too far IMO. But I place a premium on proximity to campus


It is a little further than I wanted, but they really are a pretty awesome find. Brand new, cheap rent, no pet weight limits. I commuted about an hour each way to my undergrad... 15-30 minutes seems sweeeet. I'm also used to incredibly heavy traffic being from Dallas, so Austin's morning commute didn't bother me.


Dear lord. I lived within a 10 minute walk to campus in UG all four years. I didn't realize how spoiled I was!


Yeaaah.. it was absolutely ridiculous.

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby Pearalegal » Wed May 19, 2010 3:19 pm

mcflooter06 wrote:
Yeaaah.. it was absolutely ridiculous.



Well, they definitely look like great apartments. Being able to walk to campus was just more important to me, though it took a long time to find a place that didn't make me want to die inside.

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby mcflooter06 » Wed May 19, 2010 3:24 pm

Pearalegal wrote:
mcflooter06 wrote:
Yeaaah.. it was absolutely ridiculous.



Well, they definitely look like great apartments. Being able to walk to campus was just more important to me, though it took a long time to find a place that didn't make me want to die inside.


Haha I know EXACTLY what you mean..

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby catharsis » Wed May 19, 2010 4:17 pm

mcflooter06 wrote:
Pearalegal wrote:
mcflooter06 wrote:
Yeaaah.. it was absolutely ridiculous.



Well, they definitely look like great apartments. Being able to walk to campus was just more important to me, though it took a long time to find a place that didn't make me want to die inside.


Haha I know EXACTLY what you mean..


and i know how you feel! it took me about an hour commute on a GOOD day for undergrad lol so im with ya on a 15-30 minute drive being a steal lol. the apartment looks really nice! go for it f0bolous!

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby Esc » Wed May 19, 2010 5:08 pm

Tech Ridge and Parmer is way the hell too far away IMO. One guy in my section lived up there this year, and is moving closer for 2L. I'm not even that far away, and I'm definitely moving closer for 2L. There's no reason you can't commute, but believe me, come finals time, or OCI, or meet and greets, or just for going out and having to take a taxi home, you will hate yourself for living so far away. ESPECIALLY when you are outlining for finals. A 30 minute morning commute is 30 minutes less outlining.

You're going to be a law student....if you're single, you really shouldn't care where you live, as long as its close to school, safe, and it has basic amenities.

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby de5igual » Wed May 19, 2010 5:32 pm

Esc wrote:Tech Ridge and Parmer is way the hell too far away IMO. One guy in my section lived up there this year, and is moving closer for 2L. I'm not even that far away, and I'm definitely moving closer for 2L. There's no reason you can't commute, but believe me, come finals time, or OCI, or meet and greets, or just for going out and having to take a taxi home, you will hate yourself for living so far away. ESPECIALLY when you are outlining for finals. A 30 minute morning commute is 30 minutes less outlining.

You're going to be a law student....if you're single, you really shouldn't care where you live, as long as its close to school, safe, and it has basic amenities.


ok i'm scared now...i need something fairly affordable...with covered parking and washer/dryer included. everything closer runs closer to $1000+ :?

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby mcflooter06 » Wed May 19, 2010 5:34 pm

Esc wrote:Tech Ridge and Parmer is way the hell too far away IMO. One guy in my section lived up there this year, and is moving closer for 2L. I'm not even that far away, and I'm definitely moving closer for 2L. There's no reason you can't commute, but believe me, come finals time, or OCI, or meet and greets, or just for going out and having to take a taxi home, you will hate yourself for living so far away. ESPECIALLY when you are outlining for finals. A 30 minute morning commute is 30 minutes less outlining.

You're going to be a law student....if you're single, you really shouldn't care where you live, as long as its close to school, safe, and it has basic amenities.



Well, by far the biggest problem I had was finding a place for a reasonable price that would allow my 50 pound Basset near campus. I also had a lot of personal considerations that went into my decision, and I realize it will definitely be a pain sometimes.

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby mcflooter06 » Wed May 19, 2010 5:36 pm

f0bolous wrote:
Esc wrote:Tech Ridge and Parmer is way the hell too far away IMO. One guy in my section lived up there this year, and is moving closer for 2L. I'm not even that far away, and I'm definitely moving closer for 2L. There's no reason you can't commute, but believe me, come finals time, or OCI, or meet and greets, or just for going out and having to take a taxi home, you will hate yourself for living so far away. ESPECIALLY when you are outlining for finals. A 30 minute morning commute is 30 minutes less outlining.

You're going to be a law student....if you're single, you really shouldn't care where you live, as long as its close to school, safe, and it has basic amenities.


ok i'm scared now...i need something fairly affordable...with covered parking and washer/dryer included. everything closer runs closer to $1000+ :?


Lol, that was one of the big reasons I had to go with something else. Sorry, I need that washer in dryer in the unit. Laundry takes way too much time. A realtor flat out told me that I wasn't going to find anything in Hyde Park that would allow my dog and had a w/d in unit. *sigh*

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby de5igual » Wed May 19, 2010 6:03 pm

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how's this place? it's a little pricey, but is the price difference worth the difference in commute times? it's still kind of far off :(

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby The Sound Of Truth » Wed May 19, 2010 6:14 pm

f0bolous wrote:--LinkRemoved--

how's this place? it's a little pricey, but is the price difference worth the difference in commute times? it's still kind of far off :(


Sent you a pm about apartments, I was just in town last week looking at a number of different ones.

I don't know anything about this one though

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby Esc » Wed May 19, 2010 6:33 pm

f0bolous wrote:--LinkRemoved--

how's this place? it's a little pricey, but is the price difference worth the difference in commute times? it's still kind of far off :(


I've been watching those apartments going up over the last year. That's much closer and much better, especially if you are driving - Burnet usually moves at a decent pace even in rush hour. 10-15 minutes to campus (call it 15 at rush hour, but could be shorter) by car, plus the city 3 bus runs down Burnet. Its also located near a couple roads with pretty decent bike lanes, so if you like to bike you can get to campus in 20-25 minutes.

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby de5igual » Wed May 19, 2010 6:48 pm

Esc wrote:
f0bolous wrote:--LinkRemoved--

how's this place? it's a little pricey, but is the price difference worth the difference in commute times? it's still kind of far off :(


I've been watching those apartments going up over the last year. That's much closer and much better, especially if you are driving - Burnet usually moves at a decent pace even in rush hour. 10-15 minutes to campus (call it 15 at rush hour, but could be shorter) by car, plus the city 3 bus runs down Burnet. Its also located near a couple roads with pretty decent bike lanes, so if you like to bike you can get to campus in 20-25 minutes.


crap, with utilities and everything, it'll probably come close to $1200. Housing costs are f'in insane.

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby penni_rose » Wed May 19, 2010 7:16 pm

Esc wrote:Tech Ridge and Parmer is way the hell too far away IMO. One guy in my section lived up there this year, and is moving closer for 2L. I'm not even that far away, and I'm definitely moving closer for 2L. There's no reason you can't commute, but believe me, come finals time, or OCI, or meet and greets, or just for going out and having to take a taxi home, you will hate yourself for living so far away. ESPECIALLY when you are outlining for finals. A 30 minute morning commute is 30 minutes less outlining.

You're going to be a law student....if you're single, you really shouldn't care where you live, as long as its close to school, safe, and it has basic amenities.



I heartily disagree. I live in Cedar Park. The commute is a little over an hour each way on the train and/or bus. I'm not moving closer. It just depends on your personal style. I prefer to study at home and my husband works on weekends, so I'm alone and can get plenty of work done. I did all of my outlining at home and had no trouble finishing it and studying just fine for finals. It's a personal decision that you should make. My husband works in Cedar Park, and it made more sense for me to commute. If you're not going to study at the school, you might as well be comfortable at home.

Note on Cedar Park: way cheaper. I spend well under $1000 total for a 1 bedroom. It'll be close to $1000 for a two bedroom.
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Re: Texas 2013

Postby penni_rose » Wed May 19, 2010 7:26 pm

Also, Esc, Should've known I'd find you here. Feel like telling me which one of my classmates you are yet?

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby batmansion » Wed May 19, 2010 7:31 pm

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby nukelaloosh » Thu May 20, 2010 9:05 am

mcflooter06 wrote:
kittenmittons wrote:
f0bolous wrote:thanks to mcflooter for showing me this:
--LinkRemoved--

for the locals or current UT students - is this too far if i'm commuting daily? without traffic, it should be around 15 min each way. based on google maps, if i take public transit, though, it'll be over an hour each way.

i'm about to send in an application and deposit, but wanted some last minute advice. gracias!

That's too far IMO. But I place a premium on proximity to campus


It is a little further than I wanted, but they really are a pretty awesome find. Brand new, cheap rent, no pet weight limits. I commuted about an hour each way to my undergrad... 15-30 minutes seems sweeeet. I'm also used to incredibly heavy traffic being from Dallas, so Austin's morning commute didn't bother me when I tested it out.


You'll be just fine in that location. 35 gets real busy in the morning but its not any worse than any other major city during rush hour. And I'm sure you could find a way to avoid it by using surface streets if you want to.

I'd also like to point out that a 15-min walk is equivalent to a 15-min drive, minus the exercise.

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby Pearalegal » Thu May 20, 2010 10:43 am

penni_rose wrote:I heartily disagree. I live in Cedar Park. The commute is a little over an hour each way on the train and/or bus. I'm not moving closer. It just depends on your personal style. I prefer to study at home and my husband works on weekends, so I'm alone and can get plenty of work done. I did all of my outlining at home and had no trouble finishing it and studying just fine for finals. It's a personal decision that you should make. My husband works in Cedar Park, and it made more sense for me to commute. If you're not going to study at the school, you might as well be comfortable at home.


I think it makes sense for you to live in that area because of your personal circumstances. I, as a single, sort of get a little depressed over the idea of commuting an hour each way to come home to uh, me. Others might not be as needy, but because I'm moving to a new place by myself, I wanted to be as close to the goings ons at the school and the grad bars/coffee shops in Hyde Park. I'd like to be able to walk to Trudys or go downtown or whatever, have a few drinks, and not have to always worry about driving or the cost of a cab to a farther apartment.

Its definitely a personal choice, and a main goal of mine was to find a place that could be all cute and homey so I would be happy. I just sort of accepted I would be paying more than my ideal to get it and be walking distance to school.

While a 15 minute drive and walk will take the same amount of time, I didn't want to have to worry about parking on campus (it could be totally different at UT, but at my undergrad when I had my parking pass it was still like a street fight to get spaces in the good garages sometimes).

Anyways, was just trying to say that there are more reasons than just studying that it might be a good idea to live close to campus, though either choice has its benefits.

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Re: Texas 2013

Postby philosoraptor » Thu May 20, 2010 11:03 am

I'll be in Hyde Park as well, for many of the same reasons as Pearalegal. Definitely want to be close to stuff and don't want to spend too much time commuting.




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