Chicago Law Class of 2016

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby Snuffles1 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:32 am

Hi all. I'll be joining you in September, and have been living in Hyde Park (with my husband) for the last several years... and not in Regents Park. Feel free to ask any questions.

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby 2014 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:25 pm

ChampagnePapi wrote:
2014 wrote:What do you mean #2 on the priority list for Regents, is this place full?

Also, if anyone is planning on moving into Regents on August 1st or sooner, LET ME REFER YOU and we can work out some sort of kickback where everyone wins :)

Regents prospectives PM me and i will beat whatever this guy offers lol :twisted:

Brb heading to Dean Perry's office to get you unadmitted :evil:

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby Crowing » Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:56 pm

What's the "free internet" at Regents like? My SO and I had free internet at our apartment in UG but being shared by the whole building made it constantly suck.

Regents seems a little pricey but $100 off rent seems good - does that discount just apply throughout the time you're a student?

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby 2014 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:42 pm

Crowing wrote:What's the "free internet" at Regents like? My SO and I had free internet at our apartment in UG but being shared by the whole building made it constantly suck.

Regents seems a little pricey but $100 off rent seems good - does that discount just apply throughout the time you're a student?

The management company is pretty incompetent, I'm pretty sure it's 100 off always if you show you are accepted. We moved in a month before school started and weren't technically students and got the discount for example.

The free internet is typically adequate but it depends on what you are doing. With my roommate and I both trying to do resource intensive things it would bogged down sometimes so we ended up upgrading. If you just browse and watch youtube and stuff you will be fine, if you and your SO are both like gamers or like to download a bunch of shit you might consider upgrading. Their max package is only $40/month anyway which isn't terrible.

I will say the internet has a habit of crapping out periodically for 1-10 minutes. It is extremely frustrating when it happens, but it apparently happens to everyone here. Hasn't happened in a month at least as far as I know so it is a rarity.

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby Crowing » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:03 pm

Hah that sounds perfectly fine. In UG the apartment my SO and I lived in was 340/month for rent, cable, internet, and all utilities except electricity, so after splitting I was paying $170/month. So my perspective on this kind of stuff is super skewed :lol:

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby reallysearch » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:35 pm

2014 wrote:
ChampagnePapi wrote:
2014 wrote:What do you mean #2 on the priority list for Regents, is this place full?

Also, if anyone is planning on moving into Regents on August 1st or sooner, LET ME REFER YOU and we can work out some sort of kickback where everyone wins :)

Regents prospectives PM me and i will beat whatever this guy offers lol :twisted:

Brb heading to Dean Perry's office to get you unadmitted :evil:


hmmm I am visiting this coming Thursday, if I let you refer me will you ask Dean Perry to give me some scholarship $$$? 8) 8)

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby Rahviveh » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:39 pm

2014 wrote:
Crowing wrote:What's the "free internet" at Regents like? My SO and I had free internet at our apartment in UG but being shared by the whole building made it constantly suck.

Regents seems a little pricey but $100 off rent seems good - does that discount just apply throughout the time you're a student?

The management company is pretty incompetent, I'm pretty sure it's 100 off always if you show you are accepted. We moved in a month before school started and weren't technically students and got the discount for example.

The free internet is typically adequate but it depends on what you are doing. With my roommate and I both trying to do resource intensive things it would bogged down sometimes so we ended up upgrading. If you just browse and watch youtube and stuff you will be fine, if you and your SO are both like gamers or like to download a bunch of shit you might consider upgrading. Their max package is only $40/month anyway which isn't terrible.

I will say the internet has a habit of crapping out periodically for 1-10 minutes. It is extremely frustrating when it happens, but it apparently happens to everyone here. Hasn't happened in a month at least as far as I know so it is a rarity.

So streaming sports and Netflix on the free WiFi ain't happening?

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby 2014 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:44 pm

Crowing: If you are going to have a car, it will cost you as much as your share last year to park it :lol:
I came from a flyover state though so I'm paying triple what I'm used to, it takes some getting used to.

Reallysearch: I'll put up my Dean Perry bat signal and get back to you :)

CPap: If it's just you I think you will be fine. The issue would be if you had a roommate who was also streaming sports and Netflix at the same time. They can instantly upgrade you though, so you might as well start free and see if it meets your needs, then call them if it doesn't.

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby Crowing » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:46 pm

2014 wrote:Crowing: If you are going to have a car, it will cost you as much as your share last year to park it :lol:
I came from a flyover state though so I'm paying triple what I'm used to, it takes some getting used to.

Reallysearch: I'll put up my Dean Perry bat signal and get back to you :)

CPap: If it's just you I think you will be fine. The issue would be if you had a roommate who was also streaming sports and Netflix at the same time. They can instantly upgrade you though, so you might as well start free and see if it meets your needs, then call them if it doesn't.


How is driving to campus? Do you buy a parking pass each year? And how readily available are parking spots?

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby 20141023 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:52 pm

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby 20141023 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:24 pm

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby reallysearch » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:37 pm

kappycaft1 wrote:Accordingly, I want to ride a bike to campus using the Lakefront Trail to the east of South Lake Shore Drive. Do you know anyone who does this?


The thought of biking in a windchill of 0F makes me feel cold... :shock:

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby 2014 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:48 pm

Crowing wrote:How is driving to campus? Do you buy a parking pass each year? And how readily available are parking spots?

You can buy a parking pass it's not cheap. For those who buy one the lot you park in is ~3 blocks from the law school building and afaik parking there is no issue. I personally did not buy one, the 172 bus leaves from right in front of Regents and you never have to wait more than like 5 minutes for it.

Alternatively, if you are willing to get to school by 7:45 or so, there are a ton of street parking spots near the school. I get to school right around then every day and have been able to park within a block of the law school without fail. The only times I've had issues are if I'm late and get there after 8:15 or so, but even then there is a free lot about 6 blocks from the school that works in a pinch.

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Crowing wrote:How is driving to campus? Do you buy a parking pass each year? And how readily available are parking spots?

Along these same lines, my wife and I are actually planning on living car-free during our time in Chicago; we intend to use iGo or Zipcar when we do need to go somewhere far (Regents has an iGo car stationed on-site; it is like a $50 annual fee and then about $7 per hour to rent it for those who have never heard of it before). Accordingly, I want to ride a bike to campus using the Lakefront Trail to the east of South Lake Shore Drive. Do you know anyone who does this? And if so, how safe is it? (It doesn't look like anyone was killed or even shot last year between Regents and Chicago according to this, but their data doesn't include things like muggings, etc.)

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Other than my own personal safety, during my time in Chicago last weekend, I saw 2 bikes chained to poles directly in front of Regents, and they looked like this:
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I assume that I can park my bike indoors somewhere at Regents, but while I have it parked at the University, is this something that will commonly happen? Is there any way to prevent/minimize the chances of this happening?

Regents has free bike hang up racks in the parking garage, you just have to register with them. The bike rack at the school is right next to the front door within view of the desk person. I would put your chances at having anything happen to it at 0% unless you leave it overnight, and even then you are probably fine.

The commute should be plenty safe especially on a bike. I and others I know run on lake shore, it's a pretty well traveled area, and I know some who walk to school from Regents when its nice. Especially during the day, crime here is not really a thing. If you for whatever reason have to ride back at night, just don't be an idiot and you will be fine (i.e. pay attention, stay in well lit areas, keep moving if you can, etc).

Also Regents definitely has 2 zip cars, I can confirm their existence but Idk anyone who has used them.

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby 20141023 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:58 pm

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby 20141023 » Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:21 pm

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby Xifeng » Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:30 pm

Well the 171/172 discussion isn't relevant anymore as they're likely discontinuing it after this school year. But the way it works now is you use your UChicago ID and it's free, it's a separate system from the UPass (which we are not eligible for).

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby 20141023 » Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:07 pm

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby Xifeng » Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:40 pm

kappycaft1 wrote:
Xifeng wrote:Well the 171/172 discussion isn't relevant anymore as they're likely discontinuing it after this school year. But the way it works now is you use your UChicago ID and it's free, it's a separate system from the UPass (which we are not eligible for).

Yeah, I remember you mentioning that on the first page of this thread. Does the UCID allow law students to travel freely across the entire CTA, or is it just for routes to/from the law school? (Sorry for continually not posting these questions in the "UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions" thread; I just want to keep these very basic non-law related questions here in the C/O 2016 thread for reference of future admits. Thanks again for your help, Xifeng. You, Dany, and 2014 have been more than helpful thus far! :D )


Nah the UCID only works for the 170/171/172. You're on your own for the other CTA routes. I recommend getting a CTA Plus card.

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby 2014 » Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:24 pm

Wow no 171/172 next year is going to suck for HP dwellers. I suppose it's worth seeing what solution they come up with though.

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby 20141023 » Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:23 pm

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby ringo » Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:39 pm

Nothing is public yet, as far as I know, but fwiw our dean of students told me they would be replaced by similar service. I've actually been really pleased with the NightRide shuttles, and I assume that's along the lines of what the 171/172 would be replaced with. The shuttle that runs from the undergrad library (3 blocks from the Law School) to Regents leaves every 15 minutes after 5pm (until 3 or 4am I think) and is dependable. If the 172 was replaced by a shuttle that included Regents and the Law School that left every 15 minutes, the only downsides I can think of are:

Probably lower capacity than the CTA buses.
Won't run as often in the morning as the CTA buses, which are about every 5 minutes.

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby Rahviveh » Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:59 pm

kappycaft1 wrote:
Xifeng wrote:Well the 171/172 discussion isn't relevant anymore as they're likely discontinuing it after this school year. But the way it works now is you use your UChicago ID and it's free, it's a separate system from the UPass (which we are not eligible for).

Yeah, I remember you mentioning that on the first page of this thread. Does the UCID allow law students to travel freely across the entire CTA, or is it just for routes to/from the law school? (Sorry for continually not posting these questions in the "UChi rising 2Ls and 3Ls (!!!) taking Questions" thread; I just want to keep these very basic non-law related questions here in the C/O 2016 thread for reference of future admits. Thanks again for your help, Xifeng. You, Dany, and 2014 have been more than helpful thus far! :D )

Also this will help us catch up to the NYU thread! We are already crushing CLS lol 8)

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby Mad Hatter » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:21 pm

A shuttle might even be better since it can just go straight to Cornell instead of crapping along Woodlawn for like 10 minutes. Related question: Why do those buses loiter in front of Harris like that? Is it to stay on schedule?

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby Rahviveh » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:39 pm

Mad Hatter wrote:A shuttle might even be better since it can just go straight to Cornell instead of crapping along Woodlawn for like 10 minutes. Related question: Why do those buses loiter in front of Harris like that? Is it to stay on schedule?


Well it may still be a tough commute from Regents to Cornell even if its a direct shuttle. You may want to consider closer housing options, perhaps in College town?

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Re: Chicago Law Class of 2016

Postby Xifeng » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:40 pm

ChampagnePapi wrote:
Mad Hatter wrote:A shuttle might even be better since it can just go straight to Cornell instead of crapping along Woodlawn for like 10 minutes. Related question: Why do those buses loiter in front of Harris like that? Is it to stay on schedule?


Well it may still be a tough commute from Regents to Cornell even if its a direct shuttle. You may want to consider closer housing options, perhaps in College town?


He's talking about streets in Hyde Park.




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