notorious_mig wrote:HI thank you guys so much for taking all of our questions!
I have a couple more:
1) I've heard that the majority (or maybe just plurality idk ~who's to say~) of 1Ls live in Regents, like to the extent that basically all Social Gatherings happen there. Is this true or not so much? Is Shoreland/Vue53 a better bet in terms of overall value (like cost for a 1BR, distance from campus, etc)? In an ideal world I'd like to live in a 1BR with in-unit washer/dryer at a reasonable distance from campus (I'm cool with walking like 20 min or so) (like even in the winter that's fine, I grew up in a town that's p close to Chicago aka I won't bitch about the winter) (jk I will still bitch about the winter but we all will). It would be rad as hell if I was also near-ish (read: 5-10 min walk from) the L because I'd rather pay the stupid $100/month for Ventra and use the L/buses than $200/month for the Metra. BUT being in an apartment building with lots of other 1Ls is also important to me because my mom wants me to "make friends" and "stop having conversations with myself" or whatever ugh
Anyways so like given my very specific interests what would u suggest~~~
2) Can someone who can throw some knowledge at me about the Hormel pls PM me
Thanks again franz
Current 1Ls probably can answer this better than me, but personally I don't think Regents is as much of a thing anymore. People definitely still live there but I don't think it's particularly important to do it just for the social scene. That being said, the area near Regents (say, from 51st to the lake to 55th to the metra tracks) is where a ton of people live. You could definitely live anywhere else in Hyde Park, including closer to the law school or the green line, but it will be less concentrated with law students. For that reason I'm not sure I'd prioritize being a 20-minute walk to school (you can just take the bus). At least, there will be a tradeoff between the distance from school and the number of people that you live near (also, your access to grocery stores).
But idk, dude, a class year at UChicago is only like 180 or 200 people. You are not going to have trouble getting to know people. You might have trouble turning acquaintances into friends, but that will be because of social skills and luck, not address.
As for transit, the 6 bus from the east side of Hyde Park is a faster way to get downtown than the Green Line would be even if you literally lived on top of the Garfield stop (which I do not recommend). I think it is probably worthwhile to either live close to the 6 or to the green line, though, rather than in the middle. A 15 minute walk to the bus/el is pretty annoying in the cold or with luggage from O'Hare. And the metra is a bit pricey but pretty sweet when 10 million teenagers descend on Lollapalooza.