snowkat wrote:Hi All,
I've got another housing question. I have the option to move back into my old apartment in Hell's Kitchen ( I lived in NYC for a few years before moving abroad this year). It's a great apartment--nicer than what I would be able to afford from Columbia housing, and I prefer Hell's Kitchen to Morningside Heights. It's also nice because it puts me close to non-law school friends (and I've heard hanging out with non-law school people is a good way to reduce stress). According to hop-stop it's a 29 minute commute from my apartment to the main law school building. I've been reading through the thread and I noticed that a lot of people cited the difficulty of finding off campus housing as a reason to use Columbia housing, but that's not a problem for me. I am worried about how this will impact my law school social life. Can anyone who chose to live off-campus talk about this? Was it harder to make friends if you were living further away from school? Any other things I should be aware of? I'm really not sure what to do and I have to decide about this apartment by April 30th.
I live off campus (though on the UWS, so closer). It is not a problem and I would actually recommend it for the reasons you outlined above (less stress, maintaining connections with pre-law school friends, better neighborhoods). Yes, you will have to make slightly more effort to make friends compared to people who live in a building with 20 other 1Ls, but it will not be a problem at all if you put in a minimum of effort considering how much time you'll be spending up at the law school anyways.
The only thing I would note is you have to be much better about planning out your days. Since your place is half an hour away, you'll often have to kill time between classes at the law school and you won't be able to go back and forth multiple times per day.