schooner wrote:sparcarc wrote:It would be difficult to comment on your situation without knowing more about the apartment option. For instance, your apartment building might have centrally managed climated control (i.e., you don't have your own thermostat), it could be infested with rodents, you're choosing between a one-bedroom vs. a studio (as in the Aston), you need a furnished place, etc. I don't know if you went through the earlier posts either here or in the other thread, but I remember seeing someone post a youtube tour of his Aston place.
Thanks for the response!
The Apartment I was looking at (Condominium, actually. So it'd be a contract with an individual unit owner,) is a studio as well, although slightly larger at 500 sq ft. I did see that YouTube video and it seems the unit conditions are about the same. I'd be able to control the temp settings in the condo as well. Even though the owner said there are no pest problems.. it still is a concern, as you said.To me, especially coming from a different city, the value of having the place furnished cannot be understated. Moving really truly sucks. Especially when you don't have anyone to help you. I'll be at the aston, and though I haven't been in a place that small since freshman year (ditto on the twin bed), it's still worth it.
That is definitely true - having a furnished apartment is a factor in my decision.. And yes, the twin bed.. I guess I'm just trying to figure out whether that'd be worth $120 / month and whether I need to consider additional factors.
Be careful with your written lease/sublet agreement, esp. the landlord's (or tenant's, if you're subletting) promise that the apartment is not infested and move-in/move-out timelines, particularly if you won't be in DC during the summers.
It sounds like the decision will come down to personal preference. What do you value and resent more? The proximity of so many of your classmates, the convenience of moving into and out of a furnished dorm apartment, (probably) greater tenant protections if you have a problem with your place, and less flexibility to negotiate some terms with your landlord? Or the freedom and hassle of furnishing your own place, the possible ability to stay continuously if you summer in DC, lower rent, less legal protections, and the feeling of having finally grown out of dorms? (I'm not sure if the Aston requires you to move out every summer, whether or not you're staying in DC.)
By the way, the size of the bed in the Aston means that no one could (comfortably) stay the night, which some would say is a good thing.
Overhearing some 1L's conversing when I visited the Aston, I'm pretty sure you can rent an Aston apartment for the summer. However I don't know if there's any guarantee of staying in your same place or not.