Travis12 wrote:Question for those UChi folks with families. I will be attending law school and my wife and I have a little guy, and probably one more that will come during law school. Are any of you in the same boat where you are going to school and your spouse stays at home with kids/works PT? As you can imagine my selection of a law school takes (heavily) into consideration how those three years will effect my family, and the amenities available to them. How are the housing options limited, abundant, somewhere in between? Also as been asked here before, Chicago has a reputation for high crime rates/being a dangerous city, but at the same time I hear that said often about Seattle, yet I have never felt unsafe in the city with my family. Thoughts?
Any additional thoughts pertaining to having a family and attending UChi would be much appreciated!
I am starting at Uchi in a few weeks, and I currently have a toddler. My wife is working full time so that we can pay the bills. If you are interested, the University just opened two daycare facilities on campus. We're in one. As far as housing goes, they do offer graduate housing, which is competitively priced, but not necessarily the best quality. My wife and I found a large, affordable aparrtment just north of campus, which has worked out great. After being here for a couple of months, I definitely feel safe in Hyde Park (still doesn't mean I'd walk around alone at night). One of the nice things about this area is that there are parks EVERYWHERE...it is very family friendly.
If you're going to law school with a family, chances are you won't want to leave your wife and kids for 10 weeks during your summer to have an SA in NYC/DC/Chicago or another market if your school isn't in a major city (Duke, UVA, Cornell, etc). That is what steered me away from those.
PM me if you have more questions that I can help with. I'm still figuring it all out, but I'm happy to help if I can.