modmx wrote:Anyone WUSTL students want to chip in and give some opinions and advice about where/how to find housing near the law school?
Most importantly, when you visit, spend more than just a day here. Give yourself a day to go look around at neighborhoods, even if you aren't looking at specific apartments. The school does some stuff in the summer for housing, but I think the earlier you get on it, the better.
The best resource I found for searching for an apartment was padmapper.com. As far as neighborhoods go, here is a map to help you follow along with what I'm saying:
(This map comes from Wash U's 1L student blog
, which I highly encourage you all to read.)
I live in Skinker-DeBaliviere and I love it. It is close enough to school that I can occasionally walk, and it is right by a Metro station so I can get around fairly easily if I don't want to drive. I have my car here, but I decided not to drive to school this year. I figure I'll save around $1,000 a year by not spending money on a parking pass, gas, and maintenance on my vehicle. I also like the neighborhood because I am close enough to the Loop to go out and eat/drink quite easily, but I'm not right in the thick of things.
A decent number of people also live in the U-City Loop. The map is actually a little off with its location for the Loop... the Loop is directly north of campus on Delmar. Delmar can be sketchy in some areas (I don't think I've ever been to the Skinker-Delmar Shell station without being asked for money), and north of Delmar is kinda rough, but there are some pretty good, cheap places along the Loop. The Loop is a fun area with places to eat and drink.
Another area you might wanna try if you want to be close to campus is just west of campus. There are some great houses and small apartments and it is a very safe, older residential area. I know a few people who live there and walk, and it works out well because the law building is on the northwest corner of campus. Finally, if you want to be close to campus, Skinker (just west of the park) is a good area to look in. It may be a little far to walk since AB Hall is on the complete other side of campus, but it is a great area.
If you are willing to be a little farther from campus, many (maybe most) law and grad students live in Central West End. This is a really nice area with some great apartments, and good places to eat and drink. It way too far to walk, so you'd either have to take the Metro or drive to school (although a few weeks ago one of my buddies walked 2.8 miles in the snow from his apartment to mine... sooo yeah). CWE is where the majority of my extracurricular activities (see: drinking cold, refreshing beer) takes place.
Finally, Clayton (just west of WUSTL) is a wonderful town and it is only a 5-10 minute drive to campus. There is a lot of commerce in downtown Clayton, and there are plenty of bars and restaurants. I think you are probably going to be looking at a higher price in Clayton than in most places, though.
For those of you coming in from NYC/DC/LA etc., you are going to be absolutely blown away by the low COL. I pay $500 a month ($1,000 total, since I have a roommate) for a fully-furnished, really nice apartment with new furniture, appliances, and a washer/dryer unit in the apartment. The most I've heard of anyone spending is $1,000 a month, but they have a really swanky place in CWE. You can easily keep your rent in the 500-600 range if you take on a roommate (which I actually recommend, though there are different schools of thought on this), and if you're paying over 750 a month, you're in the expensive range.