Kenga wrote:Any advice for a 0L hunting for apartments?
1. I'd like to live in a studio in Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lake View or Ukrainian Village for under $1000/mo. Is that a realistic price for those neighborhoods?
2. Are the express buses down LSD reliable (like, would I always be worried about the bus not coming during exams/important events)? How about the 66? What about in the winter?
3. I know crime has been bad across the city for the last couple months. How big would my risk of being the target of random assault/mugging be living in those neighborhoods?
4. I don't really mind commuting... I already have a ~30 minute commute for my job right now. But would I feel "left out" as a 1L being far away from Streeterville, where I assume more than half of the rest of the 1L's live?
5. I'll be in Chicago some time at the end of June or in mid-July to check out some places. Any specific building recommendations? Or any other advice generally?
1. If you're willing to live in an older building that doesn't have amenities, it's possible. Generally, the farther north you go the cheaper it will be.
2. The express buses are pretty reliable. I used them for a couple years and only remember one or two occasions when there was an issue. The buses can be a little slower during the rain or snow. There are bus trackers that let you see when the buses are coming and if they're delayed, giving you enough time to call an uber if you need to be somewhere. The 66 is probably the worst bus line in Chicago because it's always delayed, often bunches (so 3 buses come at once and then none come for 30 minutes), and is really slow. I would suggest avoiding the 66.
3. All the neighborhoods you listed are safe. With the exception of Ukranian Village that can be a little sketchy sometimes late at night, they are all incredibly safe. A huge majority of the violence is Chicago occurs in certain west and southside neighborhoods you will not be near.
4. I would say something like ~75% of the 1L class will live near the school. As a result, a lot of social events will happen down there. There's no reason for you to feel left out unless you refuse to go down there to hang out and make a big deal about living far away. I moved to Lincoln Park and a lot of my friends still live by the school, it's not an issue at all.
5. I used to live in a large studio at 536 W. Addison that I liked. It was around $900/mo in rent 3 or 4 years ago.