MrR10 wrote:Can somebody give their opinion on graduate housing? My take on it is that it sounds like a pretty good deal in terms of price, location, as well as the inclusion of utilities. However, I don't know whether the size of the apartment, for example, would be worth the price, or the added stress from apartment hunting, especially for someone out of state.
I am thinking about bringing my car, so distance is not that big of an issue for me, but I would like to stay as close to the law school as possible for convenience sake. Thoughts?
Jackson House is about two blocks from the law school. Note that it has kitchens but no reserved parking.
Manville House is about an 8-10 minute walk. It has no kitchens but has some reserved (hard to get, according to a friend there) parking.
Jackson rent is up to just over $1200 next year for the doubles, a bit less for the 4-5 person apartments. There was only a $200 deposit (not sure if that's still policy) too, which was cool. It's pretty quiet, noisy idiot undergrads/fratboys in the area notwithstanding. Some classmates pay a little less for housing, some pay a lot more.
I highly recommend NOT bringing a car with you. The AC line will take you to Trader Joe's or Safeway for shopping and if you need to go further just ride with a classmate or share a rental for an hour or two. Also there's BART. Uber Pool will get you to Oakland for $7 bucks too. Obviously, YMMV if you can afford to buy a parking spot for said car.