pandamonium13 wrote:rickyb514 wrote:slack_academic wrote:outlookingin wrote:What's up!! Checking in. NYU or Columbia would both be cool, but man am I worried about how much money I would spend out there... whooo-eeee. Unlike the Bay Area, I have no family out here, so nobody to help defray living expenses. Given the high likelihood that Berkeley will pass on me, though... New York!!
Is anybody else concerned about the cost of living? And besides the trope that CLS is good for BigLaw and NYU is good for PI, what are the salient differences between them? Sorry if that is a terribly noob question but I can tell a lot of you guys have been thinking about New York law schools for a long time, and I'm betting you guys have some insight by this point.
I can't really speak to the differences, but I'm pretty concerned about COA in NYC. On the one hand, the prestige whore in me would find it incredibly difficult turning down either school. On the other hand, so expensive...
I'm also concerned about the difficulty of finding decent housing for my significant other and our large dog.
You will have no difficulty finding decent housing in NYC. As for cost, well, good luck. I go to NYU undergrad now and live off campus but there are definitely affordable and safe neighborhoods, so long as you're willing to commute a little bit. Brooklyn is where all the cool kids are anyway.
Checking in. As someone who's been living in NYC for two years since college, I second this. I made the mistake of living in Manhattan my first year but have since moved out to Brooklyn
Yeah, I don't think you need to be that worried about finding housing, though I can't speak to the dog issue. Remember that even if you want to live out in NJ, Westchester County (White Plains), or Fairfield County (Stamford etc), it's a relatively tolerable train ride on the Metro North.
Also, although everyone (including me) makes fun of MH, it's actually a nice, quiet neighborhood that might fit your price range. Personally, I would consider living there even if I end up going to NYU. In contrast, Macdougal Street is probably more crowded at 2am than 2pm.