PariSiamo wrote:^to branch off of this, I'm wondering about the experiences of current students living outside of Regents and Shoreland/in 1 BRs and whether they feel "out of it" socially.
Yes, but that was sort of by choice - if you're the type who wants to go to bar review every week, Regents is a good place to be. As someone who wasn't at all in with the cool kids, Regents seemed from the outside like the center of "cool kid" activity. I'm trying hard to avoid saying all the douchebags lived there. There were some okay ones too.
everything_bagel wrote:I think someone already asked this, but I'm too lazy to find it. If I want to find an apartment through Craigslist, how early do I need to show up in town?
Related: is this a crazy idea? (I keep hearing about gems out there and am not a huge fan of big apartment buildings or dorm furniture so I thought it might be a good option for me.)
I'd find a bunch of places and plan to visit in early August or so - it can get dicey trying to make something happen much after that, assuming a Sept 1 movein. I mean you don't need to move here that early unless you want to - a lot of leases start in Aug/Sept since the neighborhood still mostly revolves around the university. But stuff gets snatched up.
I think it's a great idea but I also went to undergrad here so that kind of stuff is easy. I think it would be pretty hard if you haven't lived in Chicago before, and I'd probably recommend at least sticking to bigger management companies (TLC, MAC, McKey & Poague) that can show you a bunch of places, rather than trying to find the awesome condos listed by crazy people for super cheap. I mean it's possible to find them w/ a lot of time spent browsing, but probably a better use of your time to go w/ a management co.
A lot of stuff gets posted on http://marketplace.uchicago.edu/apartments
instead of craigslist, check there too. There used to be one that was like apartments.uchicago.edu or something but I think it's gone now.