TheatreofDreams1 wrote:Back to housing questions...Lavitz, hopefully you're still checking in on us.
Does anyone know where I can get something for under $1000 that is close to the law school? For some reason I feel as if all the Collegetown apartments I see are more than this. No idea why rent in Ithaca is so expensive.
FWIW, if anyone else is looking for something similar, please PM me.
I'm a big proponent of Hughes and 13 South Ave (campus housing). I think those two options are the easiest, most hassle-free places you can rent for sub-1000. If you're averse to living in campus housing, I would simply suggest Craiglist.
Ithaca's weird in that apartment complexes are in the minority around here; most 1Ls who don't live in Hughes/CollegeTown Terrace/13 South Ave live in [older] houses that contain anywhere from four to fifteen bedrooms. You can find room openings on Craiglist.
As for your question about the steep housing costs: I posed the same question to the owner of a restaurant in Collegetown and he told me (take this for what it's worth)
"Cornell owns roughly 55% of the land-area of Ithaca and Ithaca College owns like 8%....both institutions are exempt from property taxes... So 37% of private-property owners are paying the equivalent of 100% of the property taxes required to keep Ithaca up-and-running...which we simply pass on to you guys."