NYU Law Class of 2016

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby bbsg » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:14 pm

Completely unfamiliar with NY rental costs and locations here. My girlfriend and I would move over together and we can each afford about $1000/month-1200/month. Is a bachelor/1bdrm large enough for two people feasible in Manhattan at around 2k-2.4k (would -really- prefer 2k though), or am I looking across the river with this?

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby chickpea » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:55 pm

bbsg wrote:Completely unfamiliar with NY rental costs and locations here. My girlfriend and I would move over together and we can each afford about $1000/month-1200/month. Is a bachelor/1bdrm large enough for two people feasible in Manhattan at around 2k-2.4k (would -really- prefer 2k though), or am I looking across the river with this?


You could find a studio/1 bedroom in Manhattan for $2,000 but it is likely to be pretty tiny and/or not in the most desirable location. Then again, I do know people who have found some total steals by pounding the pavement for a couple of weeks, and viewing tons and tons of apartments. Hopefully you'll be able to spend some time apartment hunting/exploring different neighborhoods in NYC before you sign a lease.

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby bbsg » Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:13 pm

chickpea wrote:
bbsg wrote:Completely unfamiliar with NY rental costs and locations here. My girlfriend and I would move over together and we can each afford about $1000/month-1200/month. Is a bachelor/1bdrm large enough for two people feasible in Manhattan at around 2k-2.4k (would -really- prefer 2k though), or am I looking across the river with this?


You could find a studio/1 bedroom in Manhattan for $2,000 but it is likely to be pretty tiny and/or not in the most desirable location. Then again, I do know people who have found some total steals by pounding the pavement for a couple of weeks, and viewing tons and tons of apartments. Hopefully you'll be able to spend some time apartment hunting/exploring different neighborhoods in NYC before you sign a lease.


Thanks! At what price point does a 1 bedroom begin to be decently sized (you know, by NY standards) in the Village? In Harlem? How sketchy is Harlem, really?

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby shntn » Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:15 pm

bbsg wrote:In Harlem? How sketchy is Harlem, really?

That would be the most awful commute.

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby bbsg » Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:28 pm

shntn wrote:
bbsg wrote:In Harlem? How sketchy is Harlem, really?

That would be the most awful commute.


I'm still pending at Columbia and I'm pretty 50/50 between it and NYU if I were to get in. Since the Columbia thread is pretty dead and people here are being so helpful I figured it couldn't hurt to get an idea of living costs up there, too. Assuming you'd all be so kind as to give me some input, anyway!

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby chickpea » Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:43 pm

bbsg wrote:
shntn wrote:
bbsg wrote:In Harlem? How sketchy is Harlem, really?

That would be the most awful commute.


I'm still pending at Columbia and I'm pretty 50/50 between it and NYU if I were to get in. Since the Columbia thread is pretty dead and people here are being so helpful I figured it couldn't hurt to get an idea of living costs up there, too. Assuming you'd all be so kind as to give me some input, anyway!


I haven't lived in Harlem but I've pretty decent things about it. Some people say they wouldn't choose to live above 120th Street for safety reasons but I think there's a Whole Foods on 125th Street now and if that's not a sign of gentrification I don't know what is. I also know a guy who lives in the 140s and he's really happy with his location.

The Upper West and Upper East Sides are generally pretty cheap as well (at least compared to lower Manhattan).

A moderately sized 1 bedroom in the Village/desirable parts of Lower Manhattan will run you at least 3,000/month (someone correct me if I'm wrong). If you end up at NYU and you want more space for your $ I would definitely consider Brooklyn - there are some awesome neighborhoods just 15-20 minutes from NYU by subway.

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby grapefruits » Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:08 pm

bbsg wrote:
shntn wrote:
bbsg wrote:In Harlem? How sketchy is Harlem, really?

That would be the most awful commute.


I'm still pending at Columbia and I'm pretty 50/50 between it and NYU if I were to get in. Since the Columbia thread is pretty dead and people here are being so helpful I figured it couldn't hurt to get an idea of living costs up there, too. Assuming you'd all be so kind as to give me some input, anyway!


I had a friend who backed out of Columbia med, last minute, for NYU. He now commutes from Harlem. He's made no special complaint about it.

Are people really against the dorms? I'mleaning towards them. I'd much prefer to be right next to the law school.

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby chickpea » Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:06 am

grapefruits wrote:
bbsg wrote:
shntn wrote:
bbsg wrote:In Harlem? How sketchy is Harlem, really?

That would be the most awful commute.


I'm still pending at Columbia and I'm pretty 50/50 between it and NYU if I were to get in. Since the Columbia thread is pretty dead and people here are being so helpful I figured it couldn't hurt to get an idea of living costs up there, too. Assuming you'd all be so kind as to give me some input, anyway!


I had a friend who backed out of Columbia med, last minute, for NYU. He now commutes from Harlem. He's made no special complaint about it.

Are people really against the dorms? I'm leaning towards them. I'd much prefer to be right next to the law school.


I think the proximity of the dorms to the law buildings is great but I'm not a huge fan of dorm style living. I love cooking, having people over for dinner parties, creating a space that is really mine aesthetically, etc. It's just a personal preference/priority thing.

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby JamMasterJ » Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:34 am

bbsg wrote:
chickpea wrote:
bbsg wrote:Completely unfamiliar with NY rental costs and locations here. My girlfriend and I would move over together and we can each afford about $1000/month-1200/month. Is a bachelor/1bdrm large enough for two people feasible in Manhattan at around 2k-2.4k (would -really- prefer 2k though), or am I looking across the river with this?


You could find a studio/1 bedroom in Manhattan for $2,000 but it is likely to be pretty tiny and/or not in the most desirable location. Then again, I do know people who have found some total steals by pounding the pavement for a couple of weeks, and viewing tons and tons of apartments. Hopefully you'll be able to spend some time apartment hunting/exploring different neighborhoods in NYC before you sign a lease.


Thanks! At what price point does a 1 bedroom begin to be decently sized (you know, by NY standards) in the Village? In Harlem? How sketchy is Harlem, really?

UES/UWS further from the trains is really affordable. You could get 7-800 sq feet around that price.
http://streeteasy.com/nyc/rental/988041 ... e-new-york
http://streeteasy.com/nyc/rentals/nyc/r ... =sqft_desc

check the distance from the trains and get as close as you can, but these are really the best places for you to be looking. Also, UWS >> UES

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby ssteiner » Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:56 am

grapefruits wrote:Are people really against the dorms? I'm leaning towards them. I'd much prefer to be right next to the law school.


I live in the dorms and I really like it. Being a few minutes walk away from campus (or right across the street if you're in D'ag) is basically the best thing for me, particularly around finals time. Plus it makes it way easier to go to parties and lectures during the semester. But yeah, a lot of people don't like it because of the dorm aesthetic. I came straight from college so having dorm furniture and whatever was no big deal to me, but a lot of people aren't into it. Really just comes down to personal preference.

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby bbsg » Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:25 am

Thanks all for being so helpful! UES/UWS seems pretty sweet in particular.

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby bob loblaw11 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:16 pm

Checking in, and congrats everyone! I attended NYU for undergrad so if you have any questions about the area, New York, or NYU in general I'm happy to give my opinion.

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby ph5354a » Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:19 pm

bob loblaw11 wrote:Checking in, and congrats everyone! I attended NYU for undergrad so if you have any questions about the area, New York, or NYU in general I'm happy to give my opinion.


Did living in New York on a student budget ever make you consider a) selling your kidneys b) engaging in prostitution or c) jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge?

In all seriousness, I'm just looking for some general thoughts about how you handled living in an expensive city on a budget.

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby Swimp » Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:32 pm

ph5354a wrote:
bob loblaw11 wrote:Checking in, and congrats everyone! I attended NYU for undergrad so if you have any questions about the area, New York, or NYU in general I'm happy to give my opinion.


Did living in New York on a student budget ever make you consider a) selling your kidneys b) engaging in prostitution or c) jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge?

In all seriousness, I'm just looking for some general thoughts about how you handled living in an expensive city on a budget.


I think people are a lot more concerned about budgeting in NYC than they need to be. NYC is not outlandishly expensive unless you're trying to raise a family in Manhattan or something (the exception to this is rent, but that's not going to take you by surprise). You're not going to have to skip meals or anything. You don't need a NYC-tailored budget. Just be generally frugal.

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby ph5354a » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:09 pm

Swimp wrote:
ph5354a wrote:
bob loblaw11 wrote:Checking in, and congrats everyone! I attended NYU for undergrad so if you have any questions about the area, New York, or NYU in general I'm happy to give my opinion.


Did living in New York on a student budget ever make you consider a) selling your kidneys b) engaging in prostitution or c) jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge?

In all seriousness, I'm just looking for some general thoughts about how you handled living in an expensive city on a budget.


I think people are a lot more concerned about budgeting in NYC than they need to be. NYC is not outlandishly expensive unless you're trying to raise a family in Manhattan or something (the exception to this is rent, but that's not going to take you by surprise). You're not going to have to skip meals or anything. You don't need a NYC-tailored budget. Just be generally frugal.


That's good to know, thanks. I'm in a city now so I'm pretty accustomed to living on a budget. you just hear things, scary things, about stuff being expensive in New York. As long as it doesn't cut into my drinking money, I'll be okay.

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby bob loblaw11 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:57 pm

ph5354a wrote:
bob loblaw11 wrote:Checking in, and congrats everyone! I attended NYU for undergrad so if you have any questions about the area, New York, or NYU in general I'm happy to give my opinion.


Did living in New York on a student budget ever make you consider a) selling your kidneys b) engaging in prostitution or c) jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge?

In all seriousness, I'm just looking for some general thoughts about how you handled living in an expensive city on a budget.

I think most people find that food prices require the biggest mental adjustment because buying groceries can be just as costly (if not more!) than getting a crappy meal out. So having a budget for food and sticking to it will probably be the most helpful thing you can do. Remember that meals out are taxed in NY state.

And obviously just be smart. Don't take cabs unless it becomes a matter of safety, and pregame EVERYTHING because no one wants to get drunk off of $8 beers. So much of the perceived expense of living in New York is just the temptation of all that the city has to offer. You can actually live on a student budget fine enough, and you'll find that your definition of "expensive" starts to change.

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby ssteiner » Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:17 pm

bob loblaw11 wrote:
ph5354a wrote:
bob loblaw11 wrote:Checking in, and congrats everyone! I attended NYU for undergrad so if you have any questions about the area, New York, or NYU in general I'm happy to give my opinion.


Did living in New York on a student budget ever make you consider a) selling your kidneys b) engaging in prostitution or c) jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge?

In all seriousness, I'm just looking for some general thoughts about how you handled living in an expensive city on a budget.

I think most people find that food prices require the biggest mental adjustment because buying groceries can be just as costly (if not more!) than getting a crappy meal out. So having a budget for food and sticking to it will probably be the most helpful thing you can do. Remember that meals out are taxed in NY state.

And obviously just be smart. Don't take cabs unless it becomes a matter of safety, and pregame EVERYTHING because no one wants to get drunk off of $8 beers. So much of the perceived expense of living in New York is just the temptation of all that the city has to offer. You can actually live on a student budget fine enough, and you'll find that your definition of "expensive" starts to change.


Worth noting- the grocery store on the corner near Mercer is pretty crappy, but offers a student discount on Thursdays (something I *wish* I'd known when I moved to Mercer).

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby beautyistruth » Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:33 pm

Congrats, everybody.

Did you guys see the response NYU posted on their site to Campos's blog post? What did you think?

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby ph5354a » Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:35 pm

beautyistruth wrote:Congrats, everybody.

Did you guys see the response NYU posted on their site to Campos's blog post? What did you think?


I'm not seeing it --can you post a link?

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby JamMasterJ » Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:49 pm

ph5354a wrote:
beautyistruth wrote:Congrats, everybody.

Did you guys see the response NYU posted on their site to Campos's blog post? What did you think?


I'm not seeing it --can you post a link?

http://www.law.nyu.edu/news/REBUTTAL

I think that looks accurate - I've seen a list of all 3Ls who summered at big firms, and the list seems a bit longer than what Campos has the number at. His stuff is generally good, but I think that he brings a little too much of his vigor to schools that aren't the proper subjects of his rage.

I also think that means that H, C, P, and C are all likely a bit higher - so don't assume that this number should be taken against whatever NLJ numbers exist for the other schools because it won't be an apples to apples comparison. However, it certainly looks good for at least us, if not also those (and other schools in a similar situation).

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby beautyistruth » Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:21 am

Thanks, I forgot to post the link.

That's what I thought too. Their explanations appeared to check out, and they did offer to let Campos do an audit, for what that's worth. Looking forward to meeting all of you in person on campus :)

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby andreskicdo » Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:29 pm

anybody going to the outlaw panel tonight

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby beautyistruth » Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:29 pm

Anybody keep having the reoccurring irrational fear that they've accidentally applied to NYLS instead of NYU? I had that dream for the second time last night :P

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby JamMasterJ » Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:31 pm

beautyistruth wrote:Anybody keep having the reoccurring irrational fear that they've accidentally applied to NYLS instead of NYU? I had that dream for the second time last night :P

When we were registering for the public interest fair they told us like 10 times "New York UNIVERSITY School of Law, NOT!!!!!!!! New York Law School." Apparently cause we would get disqualified or something

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Re: NYU Law Class of 2016

Postby beautyistruth » Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:35 pm

If I find the article, I'll link it here, but a blogger took the article regarding the NYLS lawsuit and wrote a pretty long and substantial post about how it went to show that NYU was a fraud and a terrible school. Wasn't sure whether to face-palm, laugh or cringe.




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