aimee wrote:I live 5 miles away from the school and go to all the football home games. Really wish I can get in.
So is the area as nice as I imagine it to me?
The school is great. Many years ago I chose Stanford over Berkeley because of the beautiful campus. However, East Palo Alto is a bad area. I went shopping there once at IKEA and when I was driving away, I saw a car on the side of the road with a bullet hole on the wind shield. No one was in the car and a policewoman stood by the car.
I lived on campus without a car for about 9 months. Although I was an Engineering student, I lived in the old Law School dorm. I heard the new dorm is much better. The old one was just so so. It was much cheaper than any other choice I could have. Every Thursday there was a party in the basement. I could smell the alcohol from my room on the first floor. Food on campus was not bad. There are many choices. If you are tired of campus food, University Avenue has a lot of good restaurants. Bus service was pretty good, considering it is free.
However, living on campus does not mean you are totally safe. Homeless people break in for food. My food got stolen a few times from the communal kitchen. I heard one case of rape or attack while I was still living on campus. The guy got in the dorm because students usually leave the door open for convenience. Well, it has been 8 years, so I hope this kind of problem will never happen again.
Err, not sure if I have scared some of you. I am still living close by the campus and will recommend anybody moving here. Just be aware of your surroundings and lock the door behind you like what you would do elsewhere.