jpk5372 wrote: azure55 wrote:
LegallyBlonde923 wrote:I know this is early but is anyone thinking of living in their 1L apartment building, Gewirz? It looks like a good way to meet people, but they only have twin beds. urgh.
I know. I wish it was unfurnished. That’s the downside of WE. I’ve got an apartment full of nice furniture that I have to say goodbye to if I live in Gewirz. But they look like nice apartments and you’ll have to do some serious commuting if you don’t live on campus (assuming you want to live somewhere safe and aren’t a millionaire).
This isn't true at all! Most of DC is very safe assuming you keep an eye out, and much cheaper than paying ridiculous prices for a dorm at GULC. If anything, I would say the area right around GULC isn't particularly safe compared to other areas of the city. DC has lots of great neighborhoods to offer and all of them have a different feel. While rent can be expensive in the fancy neighborhoods, there are certainly deals out there. You can also consider living in VA to save money, and the commute isn't that bad (when the metro works). DC is a great city and it has a lot to offer, I would caution against living on campus and staying in a bubble.
I think we’re actually in agreement. I just meant that if one of your criteria is that you want to live walking distance from class, Gewirz is one of the few safe options that won’t cost a total fortune. As you said, the surrounding neighborhood isn’t the best.
I lived in the DC area for part of undergrad (a shared townhouse on The Hill) and when I was a kid (Maryland).
D.C., like any major metro area, has lots of nice neighborhoods as well as some very very bad parts of town. Folks who are new to the area need to know that they can't just pick an apartment because the price is right and it looks convenient on a map (I know people who actually did that).
During undergrad, the folks who lived in Dupont Circle, Adams-Morgan, Arlington, etc., loved it, but they did an awful lot of grumbling about commuting while the rest of us were hanging out on the National Mall. As much as I love the Metro (and I do), I’d rather be rolling out of bed a block from my L1 classes instead of checking my watch at a Metro stop.
I figure I’ll live in Gewirz the first year for the social element and to minimize stress for L1. Then I’ll head off campus for years 2&3 once I’ve got a good group of friends to move with. But that’s just based on my criteria. To each his or her own.