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Living in Dorms

Postby eaglemuncher » Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:28 pm

I am interested in living in my law school's in the fall. I was wondering what TLS's thoughts are on living in dorms as a law student. Also, I am a few years older than the average law student and am afraid of being the creepy older guy.

Thoughts?

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Re: Living in Dorms

Postby Lwoods » Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:31 pm

I imagine it varies by school. My husband and I lived in his medical school's housing, and some of his classmates who also lived in housing were 30+. The med school campus was separate from the undergrad, though, so it was only MD, MD/PhD and PhD students in the housing.

Pros: Extremely close to the classrooms and free transportation to hospitals (for clinical rotations); inexpensive; easy to socialize because most of his classmates lived in student housing as well

Cons: no pets allowed; as a couple w/o kids, we had to live in a studio (couldn't get a bigger place), if you weren't married, you typically had to live with roommates; the accommodations weren't particularly luxurious.

If the law school has enough students living in the dorm to have its own dorm, I think it's worth considering because of the time you'll save not having to commute to school and not having to factor travel time into socializing. I understand the age concern as an older 0L myself, but reflecting on my H's med school experience, your actual age isn't likely to matter as much as your year from a social perspective.

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Re: Living in Dorms

Postby eaglemuncher » Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:33 pm

Thanks L, appreciate the input, it made me feel better about the situation.

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Re: Living in Dorms

Postby crossarmant » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:46 am

I'm doing on-campus housing for my first year as well. My reasons are that I'm moving to a new area that I don't know terribly well so I feel it's a safer bet to get housing on campus that I know is safe. Also, you're right next to the classrooms so you don't have to drag yourself out of bed or whatnot especially early and you've 24/7 access to everything on campus. You'll be surrounded by other law students, in my case, I'll have roommates who are other law students which should make it easier to make friends and to get immersed within the subject.

I'll move off-campus after my 1L, but I think for the most part it's a great choice for anyone moving from far away and doesn't have kids, pets, or a spouse.

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Re: Living in Dorms

Postby 09042014 » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:48 am

I wouldn't want to feel like a child.

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Re: Living in Dorms

Postby mrtoren » Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:02 pm

Are you in actual dorms or university apartments? If your university has them, and you can swing it, go for the apartments. A lot of these are grad student-only. They usually have three or four single bedrooms with a shared kitchen/living area and bathroom. Within the apartments, many schools will group students (i.e. law, medical, grad) so that you have similar expectations for quietness, studying, partying, etc. Its not always perfect, but it helps.

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Re: Living in Dorms

Postby eaglemuncher » Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:21 pm

It's dorms. It really makes sense financially for at least the first semester. I would obviously prefer to have an apartment but just can't afford it right now without roomates.

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Re: Living in Dorms

Postby 09042014 » Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:23 pm

eaglemuncher wrote:It's dorms. It really makes sense financially for at least the first semester. I would obviously prefer to have an apartment but just can't afford it right now without roomates.


What is the cost difference?

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Re: Living in Dorms

Postby eaglemuncher » Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:25 pm

prob around 500, maybe more with utilities, internet, etc

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Re: Living in Dorms

Postby 09042014 » Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:29 pm

eaglemuncher wrote:prob around 500, maybe more with utilities, internet, etc


A month? Yea that's too much, go to the dorms bro.

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Re: Living in Dorms

Postby eaglemuncher » Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:31 pm

Yeah, i think thats is what I am gonna have to do.

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Re: Living in Dorms

Postby 09042014 » Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:39 pm

eaglemuncher wrote:Yeah, i think thats is what I am gonna have to do.


Do you at least have a your own shower and shitter? Or split it with less than 4 people?

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Re: Living in Dorms

Postby eaglemuncher » Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:41 pm

own room, share shower/shitter/kitchen with two others

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Re: Living in Dorms

Postby 09042014 » Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:43 pm

eaglemuncher wrote:own room, share shower/shitter/kitchen with two others


PROTIP: Make a plan to clean the bathroom, each every third day. Then never clean it. Cleaned 2/3 days looks just like being cleaned every day.

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Re: Living in Dorms

Postby NYC Law » Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:45 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
eaglemuncher wrote:own room, share shower/shitter/kitchen with two others


PROTIP: Make a plan to clean the bathroom, each every third day. Then never clean it. Cleaned 2/3 days looks just like being cleaned every day.


Tagged for my own reference

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Re: Living in Dorms

Postby eaglemuncher » Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:45 pm

haha i like that, very smart




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