naboma wrote: bosmer88 wrote:
CL; looking slightly farther away from campus (hills, rock ridge/temescal/Oakland area).
1100 a month just seems so high for one person, but idk. I think my 1L year I would do best living alone, and then once out of the woods so to speak could live with others. At the same time though, I would like to live in the same place for three years. I've moved more times the past few years than most do in a lifetime.
That's what I did. Totally happy with my apartment.
Mind sharing when you started looking?
Just for context, I moved to the area for work a couple years back and started looking for places in late July. I set up a couple viewings and found an apartment two days later. I turned in my paperwork and moved in by the end of the week. This was an extremely quick turnaround. I found that the rental process is pretty quick in the Bay Area, but then apartments also get snatched up pretty quickly too. I am happy with my apartment and the management. I do stress that I wasn't going to school at that time, so don't start searching for housing in July like me.
I'd start in May/June just to give yourself the time to really look around and do your research on neighborhoods that would be a fit for you.
If any of you are considering living in Oakland, Twinkletoes mentioned Rockridge (it is nice, but can be busy/parking can be hard) and Temescal as possible places. I think these two areas are fine. I'd also suggest the Grand Lake Area as well. It isn't a long commute form Berkeley, is close to a lot of restaurants/shops/store, and has the Farmer's Market (cheap veggies/fruits!). You would have to be okay with not being in walking distance of the school/relying on public transportation/shelling out money for a parking pass, but then living close to the law school (or in Berkeley) isn't a high priority for me.