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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby rinkrat19 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:16 pm

Here's a question. NU still hasn't contacted me about this year, except for the fin. aid app. instructions. They said that deferred students would be hearing from NU "some time in January."

*looks at calendar, which is running out of January*

I have the link to the admitted student website from a link someone posted here, and this year there's no login. Think it's okay to register for ASW?

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby elibrarian » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:32 pm

emkay625 wrote:
cactuarX3 wrote:
elibrarian wrote:Am going to Chicago tomorrow morning to say hello to Northwestern and express my undying love (and look at far too many apartments).

Thought you all should know.


Would love to get your opinion on the different neighborhoods that you are seeing! (to help with my own potential search later on)

After your trip, if you could comment on the following things for the neighborhoods you saw:

1) Price range
2) Quality of life
3) Proximity to the campus/Difficulty to get to the campus (i.e. public transportation options, etc.)

Obviously, I'm clueless about Chicago so your help will be MUCH APPRECIATED! Enjoy your trip!


+1. If we could con you into doing all of our housing search work for us that would be wonderful. : )


Happy to help!

However, keep in mind my price range may be higher than some others in this thread only because I'm looking for a one bedroom that will be split with mah future husband so while $1,550 might be a lot for one person...not so much if you're splitting it. ALSO quality of life is amazing! I grew up in Chicago and honestly cannot wait to return.

Will post super lots of details after really apartment hunting!

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby Samara » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:38 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:Here's a question. NU still hasn't contacted me about this year, except for the fin. aid app. instructions. They said that deferred students would be hearing from NU "some time in January."

*looks at calendar, which is running out of January*

I have the link to the admitted student website from a link someone posted here, and this year there's no login. Think it's okay to register for ASW?

Have you aske them about it? I don't see any reason why you couldn't register.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby Kikero » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:34 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:Here's a question. NU still hasn't contacted me about this year, except for the fin. aid app. instructions. They said that deferred students would be hearing from NU "some time in January."

*looks at calendar, which is running out of January*

I have the link to the admitted student website from a link someone posted here, and this year there's no login. Think it's okay to register for ASW?



I'm in the same boat as you, and I just registered this morning. I talked to someone in the admissions office last year about getting an admit binder and they mentioned that I could attend either the 2011 or 2012 ASW (or both if I wanted to).

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby franklyscarlet » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:42 pm

Isn't ASW in April? Do we need to register now?

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby cactuarX3 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:45 pm

franklyscarlet wrote:Isn't ASW in April? Do we need to register now?


You don't need to, but you could if you wanted to. I did because I know I'm 100% for sure going.

P.S. You're going to the Gtown ASW right? I'm totally bummed that I can't make it tomorrow! Let me know how it is (i.e. how the campus is, what the professors are like, etc.).

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby franklyscarlet » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:05 pm

cactuarX3 wrote:
franklyscarlet wrote:Isn't ASW in April? Do we need to register now?


You don't need to, but you could if you wanted to. I did because I know I'm 100% for sure going.

P.S. You're going to the Gtown ASW right? I'm totally bummed that I can't make it tomorrow! Let me know how it is (i.e. how the campus is, what the professors are like, etc.).


I will! Also, I'm gong full tourist. Expect many pictures.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby Samara » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:19 am

elibrarian wrote:looking for a one bedroom that will be split with mah future husband so while $1,550 might be a lot for one person...not so much if you're splitting it.

Very relevant to my interests.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby citygirl000 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:57 am

Hey guys,

I went to undergrad in Chicago (currently on the East Coast though) and my senior year I actually lived in the Gold Coast (short walk from NU law)... if you have any questions about downtown, apts, etc let me know!

PS Congrats everyone :)

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby crumpetsandtea » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:07 am

franklyscarlet wrote:Isn't ASW in April? Do we need to register now?

Ive registered already! The link is on the ASW(ebsite)
citygirl000 wrote:Hey guys,

I went to undergrad in Chicago (currently on the East Coast though) and my senior year I actually lived in the Gold Coast (short walk from NU law)... if you have any questions about downtown, apts, etc let me know!

PS Congrats everyone :)

Thank you so much for offering to help!! I've seen a few good deals in gold coast on pad mapper...what would you say is a good price range for a studio, one bedroom, or split two bedroom? Also, are there any apt complexes that should be avoided at all costs ?

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby citygirl000 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:49 am

crumpetsandtea wrote:
franklyscarlet wrote:Isn't ASW in April? Do we need to register now?

Ive registered already! The link is on the ASW(ebsite)
citygirl000 wrote:Hey guys,

I went to undergrad in Chicago (currently on the East Coast though) and my senior year I actually lived in the Gold Coast (short walk from NU law)... if you have any questions about downtown, apts, etc let me know!

PS Congrats everyone :)

Thank you so much for offering to help!! I've seen a few good deals in gold coast on pad mapper...what would you say is a good price range for a studio, one bedroom, or split two bedroom? Also, are there any apt complexes that should be avoided at all costs ?


This was 3+ years ago but I think it still holds - most high rises will give you first month free (and you can negotiate to get this at the ones that don't advertise this offer). I lived in a 2 bedroom/2 bath + huge closets at this place - http://www.apartments.com/rent/Chicago- ... /100984.25 - and my roommate and I paid $2,200 in total (AC & Heat included). The apartment isn't 'super' luxury but it was really nice & super convenient to everything downtown - we were also on the 19th floor, I'm sure it's cheaper if you're on the lower floors. The building also had free continental breakfast, fitness gym (small & kind of crappy), indoor pool & roof deck (great in the summer). I think you can find a nice 2 bedroom in Gold Coast from around 1,800-2,400 (the higher price range should definitely have 2 bathrooms). For 1 bedroom, I think you should be able to find a nice bldg anywhere from 1,100-1,800 (for the higher number, you should have utilities included & really great views). This is high rises only & in Gold Coast - the nice part about this neighborhood is that you can find cheaper apartments that are still really great. I feel like everything in Streeterville is just a bit more expensive.

Also, if you look in River North, you might find something a bit cheaper than Gold Coast/Streeterville. If you want something even cheaper but still nice, look in Wrigley/Lincoln Park. If you're not moving until August, there is probably no point in looking until at least April - prices will change (summer apts are usually more expensive because of the higher demand). Not sure where you live now, but the nice part about Chicago is that you usually don't pay a broker's fee - it is covered by the other side.

Also, I only ever used craigslist - i think it works pretty well in Chicago!

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby crumpetsandtea » Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:24 pm

citygirl000 wrote:This was 3+ years ago but I think it still holds - most high rises will give you first month free (and you can negotiate to get this at the ones that don't advertise this offer). I lived in a 2 bedroom/2 bath + huge closets at this place - http://www.apartments.com/rent/Chicago- ... /100984.25 - and my roommate and I paid $2,200 in total (AC & Heat included). The apartment isn't 'super' luxury but it was really nice & super convenient to everything downtown - we were also on the 19th floor, I'm sure it's cheaper if you're on the lower floors. The building also had free continental breakfast, fitness gym (small & kind of crappy), indoor pool & roof deck (great in the summer). I think you can find a nice 2 bedroom in Gold Coast from around 1,800-2,400 (the higher price range should definitely have 2 bathrooms). For 1 bedroom, I think you should be able to find a nice bldg anywhere from 1,100-1,800 (for the higher number, you should have utilities included & really great views). This is high rises only & in Gold Coast - the nice part about this neighborhood is that you can find cheaper apartments that are still really great. I feel like everything in Streeterville is just a bit more expensive.

Also, if you look in River North, you might find something a bit cheaper than Gold Coast/Streeterville. If you want something even cheaper but still nice, look in Wrigley/Lincoln Park. If you're not moving until August, there is probably no point in looking until at least April - prices will change (summer apts are usually more expensive because of the higher demand). Not sure where you live now, but the nice part about Chicago is that you usually don't pay a broker's fee - it is covered by the other side.

Also, I only ever used craigslist - i think it works pretty well in Chicago!

Wow, what a great post! Thank you! Quick follow-up: how much are utilities during the school year, usually? I'm definitely aiming to pay somewhere from 1,000-1250 for my own room, so it seems like Gold Coast is a good pick for me. It's frustrating that I can't really tell what the options are yet (I'm used to signing leases for the school year in ~January/February) but I'm glad I have some extra time to figure out WTF I should be looking for :lol:

I realllllllllllllly want to stay close to the school so I don't think I'll be going up to Wrigley/Lincoln Park till I have a better sense of Chicago transit (aka, 2L). I've decided I'm willing to take the downsides to living downtown-ish in exchange for the short commute to school.

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby cactuarX3 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:52 pm

citygirl000 wrote:Hey guys,

I went to undergrad in Chicago (currently on the East Coast though) and my senior year I actually lived in the Gold Coast (short walk from NU law)... if you have any questions about downtown, apts, etc let me know!

PS Congrats everyone :)


Thanks for doing this! Quick question: I was helping someone apartment-hunt in DC a while back and noticed that some of the apartments with gyms/pools/other stuff have "amenity fees" that are kind of like HOAs for condo owners. Is this also common in Chicago or not at all?

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby emkay625 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:55 pm

elibrarian wrote:
emkay625 wrote:
cactuarX3 wrote:
elibrarian wrote:Am going to Chicago tomorrow morning to say hello to Northwestern and express my undying love (and look at far too many apartments).

Thought you all should know.


Would love to get your opinion on the different neighborhoods that you are seeing! (to help with my own potential search later on)

After your trip, if you could comment on the following things for the neighborhoods you saw:

1) Price range
2) Quality of life
3) Proximity to the campus/Difficulty to get to the campus (i.e. public transportation options, etc.)

Obviously, I'm clueless about Chicago so your help will be MUCH APPRECIATED! Enjoy your trip!


+1. If we could con you into doing all of our housing search work for us that would be wonderful. : )


Happy to help!

However, keep in mind my price range may be higher than some others in this thread only because I'm looking for a one bedroom that will be split with mah future husband so while $1,550 might be a lot for one person...not so much if you're splitting it. ALSO quality of life is amazing! I grew up in Chicago and honestly cannot wait to return.

Will post super lots of details after really apartment hunting!


Also sharing with a husband! : )

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby citygirl000 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:00 pm

crumpetsandtea wrote:
citygirl000 wrote:This was 3+ years ago but I think it still holds - most high rises will give you first month free (and you can negotiate to get this at the ones that don't advertise this offer). I lived in a 2 bedroom/2 bath + huge closets at this place - http://www.apartments.com/rent/Chicago- ... /100984.25 - and my roommate and I paid $2,200 in total (AC & Heat included). The apartment isn't 'super' luxury but it was really nice & super convenient to everything downtown - we were also on the 19th floor, I'm sure it's cheaper if you're on the lower floors. The building also had free continental breakfast, fitness gym (small & kind of crappy), indoor pool & roof deck (great in the summer). I think you can find a nice 2 bedroom in Gold Coast from around 1,800-2,400 (the higher price range should definitely have 2 bathrooms). For 1 bedroom, I think you should be able to find a nice bldg anywhere from 1,100-1,800 (for the higher number, you should have utilities included & really great views). This is high rises only & in Gold Coast - the nice part about this neighborhood is that you can find cheaper apartments that are still really great. I feel like everything in Streeterville is just a bit more expensive.

Also, if you look in River North, you might find something a bit cheaper than Gold Coast/Streeterville. If you want something even cheaper but still nice, look in Wrigley/Lincoln Park. If you're not moving until August, there is probably no point in looking until at least April - prices will change (summer apts are usually more expensive because of the higher demand). Not sure where you live now, but the nice part about Chicago is that you usually don't pay a broker's fee - it is covered by the other side.

Also, I only ever used craigslist - i think it works pretty well in Chicago!

Wow, what a great post! Thank you! Quick follow-up: how much are utilities during the school year, usually? I'm definitely aiming to pay somewhere from 1,000-1250 for my own room, so it seems like Gold Coast is a good pick for me. It's frustrating that I can't really tell what the options are yet (I'm used to signing leases for the school year in ~January/February) but I'm glad I have some extra time to figure out WTF I should be looking for :lol:

I realllllllllllllly want to stay close to the school so I don't think I'll be going up to Wrigley/Lincoln Park till I have a better sense of Chicago transit (aka, 2L). I've decided I'm willing to take the downsides to living downtown-ish in exchange for the short commute to school.


Hi! I do think that you will find most high rises where AC & Heat is included.... But either way if you're in a studio or 1 bedroom AC & heat shouldn't be over $100/month - ever. I lived in a high rise in Boston last year (studio apt) and I paid 'partial' utilities (1/2) & my bill was never over $50/month. Besides that you would just pay electricity (30-40/month) and whatever you want to do for cable/internet (most companies have student rates)... I feel like this doesn't answer your question 100% but hope this helped!

Also, if you're gong to ASW, you can definitely look at places then... at least get an idea of some of the options (but I still don't think everything will be on the market).

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby citygirl000 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:02 pm

cactuarX3 wrote:
citygirl000 wrote:Hey guys,

I went to undergrad in Chicago (currently on the East Coast though) and my senior year I actually lived in the Gold Coast (short walk from NU law)... if you have any questions about downtown, apts, etc let me know!

PS Congrats everyone :)


Thanks for doing this! Quick question: I was helping someone apartment-hunt in DC a while back and noticed that some of the apartments with gyms/pools/other stuff have "amenity fees" that are kind of like HOAs for condo owners. Is this also common in Chicago or not at all?


Hi! I have never heard of this in Chicago - I know it's common for high rises when you're buying the place to have condo fees but I think what you're referring to is different?! It almost seems like the landlord is passing on these fees to the tenant. Side note: have never heard of this in Boston either.

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Postby cactuarX3 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:06 pm

damn the double posts!
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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby cactuarX3 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:06 pm

citygirl000 wrote:
crumpetsandtea wrote:
citygirl000 wrote:This was 3+ years ago but I think it still holds - most high rises will give you first month free (and you can negotiate to get this at the ones that don't advertise this offer). I lived in a 2 bedroom/2 bath + huge closets at this place - http://www.apartments.com/rent/Chicago- ... /100984.25 - and my roommate and I paid $2,200 in total (AC & Heat included). The apartment isn't 'super' luxury but it was really nice & super convenient to everything downtown - we were also on the 19th floor, I'm sure it's cheaper if you're on the lower floors. The building also had free continental breakfast, fitness gym (small & kind of crappy), indoor pool & roof deck (great in the summer). I think you can find a nice 2 bedroom in Gold Coast from around 1,800-2,400 (the higher price range should definitely have 2 bathrooms). For 1 bedroom, I think you should be able to find a nice bldg anywhere from 1,100-1,800 (for the higher number, you should have utilities included & really great views). This is high rises only & in Gold Coast - the nice part about this neighborhood is that you can find cheaper apartments that are still really great. I feel like everything in Streeterville is just a bit more expensive.

Also, if you look in River North, you might find something a bit cheaper than Gold Coast/Streeterville. If you want something even cheaper but still nice, look in Wrigley/Lincoln Park. If you're not moving until August, there is probably no point in looking until at least April - prices will change (summer apts are usually more expensive because of the higher demand). Not sure where you live now, but the nice part about Chicago is that you usually don't pay a broker's fee - it is covered by the other side.

Also, I only ever used craigslist - i think it works pretty well in Chicago!

Wow, what a great post! Thank you! Quick follow-up: how much are utilities during the school year, usually? I'm definitely aiming to pay somewhere from 1,000-1250 for my own room, so it seems like Gold Coast is a good pick for me. It's frustrating that I can't really tell what the options are yet (I'm used to signing leases for the school year in ~January/February) but I'm glad I have some extra time to figure out WTF I should be looking for :lol:

I realllllllllllllly want to stay close to the school so I don't think I'll be going up to Wrigley/Lincoln Park till I have a better sense of Chicago transit (aka, 2L). I've decided I'm willing to take the downsides to living downtown-ish in exchange for the short commute to school.


Hi! I do think that you will find most high rises where AC & Heat is included.... But either way if you're in a studio or 1 bedroom AC & heat shouldn't be over $100/month - ever. I lived in a high rise in Boston last year (studio apt) and I paid 'partial' utilities (1/2) & my bill was never over $50/month. Besides that you would just pay electricity (30-40/month) and whatever you want to do for cable/internet (most companies have student rates)... I feel like this doesn't answer your question 100% but hope this helped!

Also, if you're gong to ASW, you can definitely look at places then... at least get an idea of some of the options (but I still don't think everything will be on the market).


If that's the case, then do you recommend holding off on looking for apartments at ASW and then making a 2nd trip out there when you decide to enroll for the sole purpose of apartment hunting? If so, then in what month would it be good to do that?

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Postby crumpetsandtea » Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:40 pm

Settin up mah email...alllllllllriiiiiiiight. :D

ETA: Apparently there are NU apps for android, iphone/ipad, and blackberry?

GETTING THOSE NAO

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby JDizzle2015 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:53 pm

Just updated the spreadsheet with my shinny new NU Law email address!! :D!!!

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:14 pm

I get that it's all integrated with google but holy cow this is a lot of hoops to jump through to activate an email address! Just sent my first test message, though! :D

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby cactuarX3 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:16 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:I get that it's all integrated with google but holy cow this is a lot of hoops to jump through to activate an email address! Just sent my first test message, though! :D


ARGGGHHH where's my email address?!!

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Re: Northwestern Class of 2015 (now w/ 100% more Scarlet!)

Postby kennethellenparcell » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:44 pm

I really love this school, even more after getting that portfolio and today my very own NU e-mail address. I'm still waiting on decisions from other places but it's getting harder and harder to not just send in my seat deposit now to NU.




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