davwrite wrote:From what I can gather from the parking/transportation website, parking lots at UP are assigned at random. Is that correct? I'm not expecting to get something very close to Katz, and a friend of mine mentioned that his 1L year he borrowed his roomate's (2L) parking pass frequently, would park in one of the lots close to the stadium and walk to Katz.
Is it worth trying to rent out a private parking spot near where I might be living? On a side note, is there guaranteed parking at the Copper Beech townhome locations? Not sure I'd be living there, but looks appealing. I will definitely be bringing my car to UP, regardless.
UP spots aren't exactly at random. If you will be living off campus and want to drive to school your first year you will need to purchase a commuter pass and park near the stadium about a 15 minute walk to the law school (at most). The Katz lot is reserved for upperclassmen (though not all 2Ls get parking there, its a lottery system). The commuter pass is relatively cheap and most 1Ls have one. You can also park in the Katz lot on weekends or after 4pm, as it is open parking then. Parking is a HUGE thing that people complain about, but it's really not too bad and with a university as big as PSU, it's not something that is going to change.
Most apartments have parking available to their residents, and I am about 99% sure that residents of Copper Beech get a spot. If you want to take the bus to school you could always do that, but as I said most people purchase a commuter pass and walk to the school from near the stadium.
davwrite wrote:Also, when do we get an account/email address/id+ card/whatever? I'd like to use some of the campus rec facilities when I get moved in, which hopefully will be in late July/early August, I know you need your id+ and a fitness membership on your account.
Also, are we (law students) eligible for meal plans? Is that a ridiculous question to ask?
Do you ever study outside of Katz?
You can get your ID card and such as soon as you get to town. You just need to go to the HUB (student union) on campus and get it taken care of there. Some of the materials that PSU sends you will likely have some type of ID number that you will need to get your hard and such. Once you get your card you can activate your email and all that. Its a little bit annoying to figure out on your own, but the people at the ID card station are usually pretty helpful. Once you have your card you can sign up for a fitness pass online and start using it immediately.
I don't think I've ever heard of a law student getting a meal plan, it wouldnt be very convenient for law students. There is a cafe in the school that takes cash/credit cards. You can put money on your ID card and get a 10% (I think) discount. The cafe is expensive, so a lot of people bring lunch or whatever from home.
I study in Katz sometimes, but I also study at the local Wegmans, at coffee shops, or at various places around the UP campus. As you can imagine, it gets pretty tense and stressful in the law school around finals time, so its nice to be in a different place where there isn't so much stress in the air. However, it is nice to study at Katz if you're doing research so that you can use the free case printing and all of that.
Let me know if you have any more questions!!