tttlllsss wrote:bluebird22 wrote:Hey guys!
Congrats on getting admitted! I don't live in the gradplex but I have been in it a couple times so I will offer what limited insight I have. The gradplex is wonderful because it is not even a 5 minute walk to school/library. It's also nice because you don't have to live there in the summer, so if you get a job in a different city, you won't be paying double rent (although some apartment complexes do offer 10 month leases). Plus, you don't have to pay utilities (I think) so that's awesome.
Despite these pros, there are a number of cons that kept me away from living there. First, you don't really have any say in who you live with. You just kinda get assigned based on availability. This can be a good thing because you may get to meet people in other grad programs. However, some of the students you may be rooming with are international. This is usually great but you will have to deal with time change issues. One of my friends has a roommate who is always on the phone really late or really early because he is talking to friends or family in China, so he has a hard time sleeping. They also are really old. If you come on the tour they show you a pretty nice apartment but in reality, the furniture looks like it is straight out of the 70's.
I guess my deciding factor was that I lived pretty close to campus in undergrad so in LS, I just wanted a place I could call home and that I could go to to get away from school. I hope this helps! Happy New Year!!
Wait - so they don't necessarily pair law students w/ law students?
Seems a little odd. Though I did read on the website if you request a roommate, they will honor it.