Hootimestwo wrote:0L here with a question: do you feel like it makes a big difference living really close to the school? If you live further away, do you feel like you've missed anything? FWIW I'll be living with my spouse- anyone married/living with SO care to share thoughts?
I would second the other posts that you can probably make it work wherever you live. Personally, I really value the convenience of the location. I live in the Copeley Hill family housing which is a 5 minute walk to the law school and an even quicker walk to my son's school. It's really easy to run home between classes to have lunch with my family or get a book if I forgot it. I also don't have to make any arrangements for being picked up by my wife after classes.
There is a significant amount of grassy area in Copeley Hill with playgrounds, a creek, and picnic benches which are great when the weather is good. It's also super close to JPJ arena which you can walk to for basketball games and other events during off season. Plus, all utilities including internet are free and the price ($1060 for a 3BRM) is pretty awesome. The central heating (which comes in through radiators in all the rooms) is actually way better than I'd anticipated and in the Winter we've been fine.
Downsides are that the quality of the apartment isn't the greatest. The paint on the walls has about 10 layers and will regularly chip and fall off. The bathroom fans are all incredibly noisy. At least in the 3BRM the floors are all linoleum which just doesn't look great and (imo) requires you do get some big rugs to keep it from being cave-like in it's echoyness/cold. Washer/dryer is shared and is $1.50 a load which can add up.
jj2014 wrote:How hard is it to get a job out west from UVA? Do many California or mountain-west firms recruit there? People I've talked to said it's possible, but it takes a little more effort than landing somewhere out east.
Haven't gone through OCI yet, but my impression is that it isn't that much harder. There is a pretty good (and growing) support network for people going out West but the overall emphasis of firms that visit and have receptions are Richmond/DC/NYC.