Hey guys, I have a housing question. I'm moving up to Berkeley on July 28, but I'm worried that will be too late to find a good apartment. I've been searching online and such, but I haven't committed to anything since I can't see it in person. Y'all have any suggestions? Am I safe just arranging apartments to look at when I go up or would I be better off landing a place before then? Thanks!
Last year I showed up like August 3rd or something and apartment-searched for three days during OCI and found one. I think you'll be fine as long as you have a place to stay while you look or money to stay in a hotel.
That's what I am hoping to do this year. Kronk, am I right in guesstimating that you are in interviews an average of like 1.5 hours a day? I was thinking there would be plenty of time to apt hunt those days as well, but then I supposed you may get screwed and get one interview every hour to hour and a half and can't really go anywhere in between then it ends up taking up your whole day? Also, sort of related, if we are supposed to target getting 20 interviews, and it all depends on when the particular firms are interviewing, I should probably expect that I might have like 7 on one day, 1-2 on a couple others, etc.? Like how awkward was your schedule that week and did you just hang out in the hotel lobby/bar between interviews?
Eh, there were only 1-2 days that I felt I could actually get away during interviews, although I did a lot of going over to Kinkos to fax the lease or sign stuff and etc. during those days. It might only be 1.5hrs interviewing, but it feels like a lot more. I had 25 screeners. And I just hung out in the hotel lobby and bar between them. I had a beer one or two days. Probably not prudent, but lots of fun and some good beer if it's still at the Hotel Shattuck.
I usually went to see places either the days immediately before OCI or before / after my OCI ended. I visited I think 4-5 places and settled on one soon after.
tl;dr not really enough time to do stuff in between usually, but it will depend on your schedule, just go to look at places after you're done, which may be early if you get lucky. Might be some days you only have one in the early morning one late afternoon, in which case you have the whole day, who knows.