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Re: UChi Rising 2Ls (!!) Taking Questions

Postby soupisgood » Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:54 pm

Hope all you guys are inundated with CB's, offers, and good news :)

Quick question about snow gear... just how heavy duty do our snow boots need to be? Obviously they should be waterproof, but should I look for something extremely warm (read: massive amounts of faux fur) inside?

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Re: UChi Rising 2Ls (!!) Taking Questions

Postby Emma. » Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:30 am

soupisgood wrote:Hope all you guys are inundated with CB's, offers, and good news :)

Quick question about snow gear... just how heavy duty do our snow boots need to be? Obviously they should be waterproof, but should I look for something extremely warm (read: massive amounts of faux fur) inside?

A lot of people got by just fine with Hunter boots or similar.

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Re: UChi Rising 2Ls (!!) Taking Questions

Postby Sentry » Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:40 am

Congrats on surviving day 1 Emma.

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Re: UChi Rising 2Ls (!!) Taking Questions

Postby FloridaGirl » Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:30 am

Anybody know anything about University House apartments on Woodlawn?

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Re: UChi Rising 2Ls (!!) Taking Questions

Postby duckmoney » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:06 am

FloridaGirl wrote:Anybody know anything about University House apartments on Woodlawn?


I visited. They seemed pretty nice, and definitely a better deal than Regents, although they're upsettingly close to the bad side of town. If I was a girl, I wouldn't want to walk alone from the law school to there at night.

It is REALLY convenient to the law school though.

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Postby Emma. » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:35 am

Sentry wrote:Congrats on surviving day 1 Emma.


?

Do you mean OCI? It starts today, so I haven't survived yet!

I only have one interview today though. OCI isn't going to be that bad.

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Re: UChi Rising 2Ls (!!) Taking Questions

Postby descartesb4thehorse » Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:44 pm

duckmoney wrote:
FloridaGirl wrote:Anybody know anything about University House apartments on Woodlawn?


I visited. They seemed pretty nice, and definitely a better deal than Regents, although they're upsettingly close to the bad side of town. If I was a girl, I wouldn't want to walk alone from the law school to there at night.

It is REALLY convenient to the law school though.


My best friend lived there for a couple of years. Basically, it's like a block away from the law school. To say that you wouldn't want to walk there from the law school at night is like saying you wouldn't walk out of the law building at all by yourself. Not saying it's all peaches and cream on 61/woodlawn, but since you start off at 60/woodlawn, it's a lot easier to go the one block than the mile+ to Regents.

U. House apartments are fine, sort of old compared to regents, and the gym is awkwardly in the middle of the foyer so anyone walking by can watch you doing your thing. There are usually some independtly-owned condos in the area that open throughout the year, probably a bit nicer than UHouse. The reason my friend did it is because they were the only people that accepted a dog.

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Re: UChi Rising 2Ls (!!) Taking Questions

Postby FloridaGirl » Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:47 pm

descartesb4thehorse wrote:
duckmoney wrote:
FloridaGirl wrote:Anybody know anything about University House apartments on Woodlawn?


I visited. They seemed pretty nice, and definitely a better deal than Regents, although they're upsettingly close to the bad side of town. If I was a girl, I wouldn't want to walk alone from the law school to there at night.

It is REALLY convenient to the law school though.


My best friend lived there for a couple of years. Basically, it's like a block away from the law school. To say that you wouldn't want to walk there from the law school at night is like saying you wouldn't walk out of the law building at all by yourself. Not saying it's all peaches and cream on 61/woodlawn, but since you start off at 60/woodlawn, it's a lot easier to go the one block than the mile+ to Regents.

U. House apartments are fine, sort of old compared to regents, and the gym is awkwardly in the middle of the foyer so anyone walking by can watch you doing your thing. There are usually some independtly-owned condos in the area that open throughout the year, probably a bit nicer than UHouse. The reason my friend did it is because they were the only people that accepted a dog.


Thanks guys!

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Re: UChi Rising 2Ls (!!) Taking Questions

Postby FloridaGirl » Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:38 pm

I found this apartment that I really like - http://marketplace.uchicago.edu/listing.php?id=219033 - but is 54th and Drexel Ave. too close to Washington Park? Also is the person subletting telling me the absolute truth when she says street parking isn't bad there?

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Postby duckmoney » Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:26 pm

FloridaGirl wrote:I found this apartment that I really like - http://marketplace.uchicago.edu/listing.php?id=219033 - but is 54th and Drexel Ave. too close to Washington Park? Also is the person subletting telling me the absolute truth when she says street parking isn't bad there?


54th and Drexel should be fine, it's definitely Hyde Park. It's close to bad parts, but not in them. West of Cottage Grove is when it starts getting iffy.

As for street parking - only way to judge is to come by and various times and take a look yourself. Personally I wouldn't rely on street parking (unless it's decal, which I don't think that is) if you're planning to use the car often, but if you just use it to get groceries once a week, you'll manage.

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Re: UChi Rising 2Ls (!!) Taking Questions

Postby descartesb4thehorse » Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:57 pm

duckmoney wrote:
FloridaGirl wrote:I found this apartment that I really like - http://marketplace.uchicago.edu/listing.php?id=219033 - but is 54th and Drexel Ave. too close to Washington Park? Also is the person subletting telling me the absolute truth when she says street parking isn't bad there?


54th and Drexel should be fine, it's definitely Hyde Park. It's close to bad parts, but not in them. West of Cottage Grove is when it starts getting iffy.

As for street parking - only way to judge is to come by and various times and take a look yourself. Personally I wouldn't rely on street parking (unless it's decal, which I don't think that is) if you're planning to use the car often, but if you just use it to get groceries once a week, you'll manage.


For any lurkers, the bolded is empirically false. I can't promise I know much about the law school other than the friendliness of the law library staff, but if anyone has specific questions regarding housing in Hyde Park, feel free to PM me. I'm a longtime vet of the area and may have more insight than most current law students. (Not to derail the thread or try to talk bad about the 2Ls helping you out in here, but I think misinformation given while trying to be helpful can still end up affecting someone negatively.)

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Re: UChi Rising 2Ls (!!) Taking Questions

Postby TaipeiMort » Sat Aug 27, 2011 12:26 am

duckmoney wrote:
FloridaGirl wrote:I found this apartment that I really like - http://marketplace.uchicago.edu/listing.php?id=219033 - but is 54th and Drexel Ave. too close to Washington Park? Also is the person subletting telling me the absolute truth when she says street parking isn't bad there?


54th and Drexel should be fine, it's definitely Hyde Park. It's close to bad parts, but not in them. West of Cottage Grove is when it starts getting iffy.

As for street parking - only way to judge is to come by and various times and take a look yourself. Personally I wouldn't rely on street parking (unless it's decal, which I don't think that is) if you're planning to use the car often, but if you just use it to get groceries once a week, you'll manage.


OP do you want the PC answer or the true answer?

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Postby Sentry » Sat Aug 27, 2011 12:41 am

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Postby FloridaGirl » Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:43 am

Thanks guys. I'm going to keep bothering you as I look at places especially since I don't think I'll be able to go look in person. :D

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Postby Emma. » Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:54 am

TaipeiMort wrote:
duckmoney wrote:
FloridaGirl wrote:I found this apartment that I really like - http://marketplace.uchicago.edu/listing.php?id=219033 - but is 54th and Drexel Ave. too close to Washington Park? Also is the person subletting telling me the absolute truth when she says street parking isn't bad there?


54th and Drexel should be fine, it's definitely Hyde Park. It's close to bad parts, but not in them. West of Cottage Grove is when it starts getting iffy.

As for street parking - only way to judge is to come by and various times and take a look yourself. Personally I wouldn't rely on street parking (unless it's decal, which I don't think that is) if you're planning to use the car often, but if you just use it to get groceries once a week, you'll manage.


OP do you want the PC answer or the true answer?


Whoa, I'm curious to know what you think the difference is between the PC answer and the truth.

FloridaGirl: There are plenty of good resources to check out neighborhoods if you are concerned about crime. That block of Drexel is definitely one of the worst areas within the campus police patrol zone. That doesn't mean you can't live there safely, but it would mean being a little more careful than you would need to be in other parts of Hyde Park. http://www.trulia.com/crime/#!cook-il/1 ... Boulevard/

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Postby FloridaGirl » Sat Aug 27, 2011 4:04 pm

Emma. wrote:
FloridaGirl: There are plenty of good resources to check out neighborhoods if you are concerned about crime. That block of Drexel is definitely one of the worst areas within the campus police patrol zone. That doesn't mean you can't live there safely, but it would mean being a little more careful than you would need to be in other parts of Hyde Park. http://www.trulia.com/crime/#!cook-il/1 ... Boulevard/



Emma, thank you so much. The crime map is a great resource.

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Re: UChi Rising 2Ls (!!) Taking Questions

Postby sealrsqr » Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:18 am

For what it is worth, I spent my 1L at 54th and Drexel. Not in a MAC apartment, and not in a newly renovated apartment, so it was crappier than what you are looking at. Street parking was definitely doable but the feel of the neighborhood is way different than the east side of town. It was dark. It was cold. It was a neighborhood where students happened to live, rather than a student neighborhood.

It wasn't terrifying, but it is close to nothing. (Other than Ratner.) You can walk to campus (you will have to walk - the buses will pass you as they will be full already) but the sidewalks aren't consistently salted so you will fall if you walk to school...

Mostly I was bummed cuz I was supposed to be in a nice apartment, not a crappy one. But I am so happy living on the east side now.

Not saying don't do it. Just saying, there's a reason it is cheaper.

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Postby Bildungsroman » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:08 pm

When does loan money get disbursed for winter quarter?

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Re: UChi Rising 2Ls (!!) Taking Questions

Postby California Babe » Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:55 am

Bildungsroman wrote:When does loan money get disbursed for winter quarter?


If I remember correctly, late December. Right before the start of classes.

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Re: UChi Rising 2Ls (!!) Taking Questions

Postby trudat15 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:27 pm

For those of you who came from out of state and brought your cars - did you have to change your license plate and DL to Illinois?

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Postby Emma. » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:36 pm

trudat15 wrote:For those of you who came from out of state and brought your cars - did you have to change your license plate and DL to Illinois?


I didn't. You can still get a city sticker for Chicago with OOS plates. Haven't had any trouble so far. I think there is a formal exception to the rule about changing your license and registration for people coming to the state temporarily for school. Don't quote me on that though.

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Postby duckmoney » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:39 pm

trudat15 wrote:For those of you who came from out of state and brought your cars - did you have to change your license plate and DL to Illinois?


I just didn't, and I didn't buy the sticker either, and no one has said anything. I'm not going to unless they make me. I'm going to stay registered to vote in a swing state, so I may as well keep my plates there.

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Re: UChi Rising 2Ls (!!) Taking Questions

Postby JollyGreenGiant » Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:19 pm

trudat15 wrote:For those of you who came from out of state and brought your cars - did you have to change your license plate and DL to Illinois?

You technically "have to" within 90 days, but most people (myself included) don't. I talked with a lady at the City Clerk's office and it sounded like commonplace, especially with students, to not get them changed. You can get a city sticker/residential permit without IL plates/license. However, I've never heard of an out-of-state person getting a ticket for not having a city sticker. Although it might be prevalent if you leave your car in the same place for extended periods...?

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Re: UChi Rising 2Ls (!!) Taking Questions

Postby soupisgood » Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:12 am

Does the bookstore ever have sales on apparel? I was planning on buying some hoodies but I'd forgotten how rather overpriced school apparel can be.




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