samaside wrote:I haven't got the foggiest. So far it's just been email communication. I assume all of that is in the acceptance packets they've sent.
Anyone familiar with the ASU/Tempe area have any recommendations on finding housing and/or need an awesome geeky roommate?
Housing is plentiful and cheap by national standards. My checklist for renting a place in tempe:
1) Never rent from an apartment complex that randomly matches roommates. There are tons of them.
2) Never room with undergraduate students. They are likely to implode into irresponsibility at any time and you will foot the bill.
3) Do room with graduate students. Any graduate student will do, but rooming with other law students makes sense. (PROTIP: ASU has a blackboard message board once you are admitted. GET IN THERE and post that you are looking for a roommate who is a law student. 20 other people are looking for the same thing. Meet up for coffee. Win.)
4) Houses are better than apartments. Guest houses are great too because usually your power is included in the price, meaning reasonable indoor temperatures are no additional cost.
5) MAKE SURE the house you rent has good insulation. Inspect it visually. Then call the power company and ask what the average, highest, and lowest months power bills were for the place. They will tell you and it will tell you if the place is efficient or not. This will save you BOAT LOADS of cash by avoiding leaky and hot houses that cost 5x more to keep at 80 degrees than another place costs to keep at 74 degrees. DO NOT NEGLECT THIS.
6) Being able to walk to campus is worth its weight in gold. No parking fees, no time wasted, no gas, etc. The light rail lines are also pretty fast if you live within walking distance.