boilerup89 wrote:From my online searches:
The Glen Lake Appts North of Pearl seem really Nice.
Timber Ridge Appts South East of Campus seem all right too.
That's where I'm at right now. Cost and Quality are my primary concerns.
GlenLake is decent for what it is, and is competitively priced (albeit a bit undersized) for its neighborhood. It's fairly old and fucked up (they're definitely livable—like the Kensington I discuss below—but there's no way they're "really nice"), but so is everything else in Boulder under $1000/mo. That said, if you want to live that far from the law school and plan on driving, you might as well get a much nicer place for the same $$$ and commute time in Louisville/Superior. If you plan on doing the bus thing, however, GlenLake and that neighborhood are a better option.
I have never heard anything good about Timber Ridge, and my own opinion is that it is a borderline total shithole. It is a huge complex (by Boulder standards) built as a response to an affordable housing crisis in Boulder in the mid 60s, and originally had all the charm of a hastily-assembled public housing complex (which is what it was). Thirteen years ago, they decided to make the joint look like a log cabin (they did a good job - it actually looks pretty neat) and throw in some new appliances, but that's all that they did. It's still a rather shoddily built, older, poorly insulated complex that they charge an incredible amount of money for because it now looks like a log cabin.
If you're looking in the neighborhood east of campus, the standard recommendation amongst law students is the Kensington Apartments. The common areas of the complex itself are getting to be kinda' shabby (think late-80s hotel), but the apartments are pretty nice, well built, relatively quiet considering the proximity to campus, and the floorplans are much larger at every price level compared to Timber Ridge and other complexes in the area. The traditional knock on Kensington was that all the balconies were literally falling off the side of the building (seriously; if you took the safety bars off of the balcony door and walked out on your balcony, you'd either fall through the deck, or the balcony would fall off the side of the building), but they just finished replacing all the balconies with ones that won't kill you, so that's no longer a concern. There are always a lot
of law students who reside at Kensington.
Also popular in that area amongst law students is renting condos in the Spanish Towers (which is almost all rental units at this point), but it's not quite as easy to find those (especially from out of town) as it is to just deal with an apartment complex.
Housing Helpers is a massive
waste of time. You might see what they have going on if it's mid-July and you're getting desperate, but they basically just tell you to drive around and see what you find (the stuff they have on their website is perpetually out of date, and they have been known to keep more desirable properties on there to draw people in, at which point they're told, "Oh, that awesome cheap place was just rented; but here's a nice hovel on the hill, oh and a shanty with no running water in Niwot!"). Their recommendations for you are nothing you couldn't get from half an hour of cruising apartment complex websites on Google.