mragsdale wrote:Has anyone here lived in Hyde Park/close to UofC campus and commuted to Northwestern as a 1L? Or have experience living 45 min to 1 hr away by PT from NU in general? How much of an inconvenience was it?
I'm having an issue with the idea of paying $900+/month on housing alone.
I am going into my final year. I now live in Hyde Park and commute. Commuting is not thrilling, but is easy enough. The 6 was mentioned above, but the 2 is much better. The 2 runs express during the week. http://www.transitchicago.com/assets/1/ ... ules/2.pdf
It runs from Hyde Park to basically three blocks from NU. Make your boyfriend ask for student housing right outside a 2 stop, like around 52ndish and Kenwood. There is plenty and it is decently nice. He will have a bit longer walk, but it would be a fair compromise. I usually just take the first bus out and either read or listen to a lecture-type-thing. People are quiet then and delays are rare. One day in Winter you will be mad at me for this advice. But, given how much you can save, I think it is a good choice. Also, in a weird way, commuting kind of forces you to structure your time better, and at least personally made me more efficient. There are a lot of awesome neighborhoods in Chicago. But, if it is between Streeterville and Hyde Park, the latter wins by a mile, unless you want a striking lack of diversity and doubled rent. For the money you save living in HP, you could buy a legitimately nice meal every night of the week. Or, like, fund multiple vacations. And, again, its not like riding the bus means you cannot be productive. I realize you asked specifically about 1L here, but i think the above generally applies.