D. H2Oman wrote:franklyscarlet wrote:Waterman- thanks! Semi-specific and at the same time vague question: I'm a few years out of undergrad and havent lived in a dorm for a very long time so I'm wary of dorm-like living, but I'm hoping to strike a balance between value and distance. Are there neighborhoods near school popular with students that are more reasonabl for a studio or 1br, or is most of the housing around campus on the high end of the cheap--->expensive ratio?
Are you coming to visit during one of the ASWs? Because I don't wanna completely scare you away with my description of it as a dorm. It's really not bad. But yeah I do think it's a dorm and if you're a little bit older you might not like it. As you can see by my avatar I'm incredibly immature so it was a good fit. Reasonably priced apartments for one are going to be pretty rough anywhere near gtown. Basically there's basement type stuff to the east of the school (which is where a lot of people live in rowhouses...and it's a semi sketchy neighborhood...nothing too bad...but not the 'nice' part of dc) and then towards the west there's a bunch of random stuff in that's probably in the 1300-1600 range. It's pretty hard to find a one bedroom close to the campus that's cheaper than that.
The good thing about value/distance is that anything near the red/green/yellow lines is going to be pretty good for campus access. Because you'll get off be 2-5 blocks away from the school.
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For reference I live a few blocks from the Crystal city metro stop (yellow/blue line....bottom left corner of the map) and I can probably from laying in my bed to inside the classroom in 25-30 minutes.
Thanks for the very detailed information. I was leaning towards doing the apartment lottery for the first year just for the sake of peace of mind and getting to know everyone. It sounds like it was worth the extra money. What are your thoughts on curriculum B? Sorry for all the questions.