yamsandmoreyams wrote: Hrun wrote: yamsandmoreyams wrote:
BentleyLittle wrote:Anyone else get assigned to Verano Place??
You just got that email, didn't you?
I did. Got assigned Verano place as well.
I got Verano Place too. It's the only on-campus community that allows cats and I'm bringing a cat with me, so I'm pretty happy with it. I'd rather live on campus than have to drive to school.
Same reason I applied for Verano, needed somewhere that allowed for cats. I'm glad Irvine has graduate housing that allow for pets because apartments near Irvine are crazy expensive. Did you have a chance to check out what Verano looks like on the inside?
This is all I could find about how Verano Place looks: http://housing.uci.edu/housingOptions/Verano_Place.html
OK, so at UCI there are two complexes for graduate student housing: Verano and Palo Verde (colloquially termed "PV"). In other words, you'll be grouped with all the other PhD, Master's, and some med students. In addition, both Verano and PV are divided by old and new units. Old Verano is the cheapest. I knew a student who was paying around $450/month, which is insane for Orange County. Getting into Old Verano is pretty difficult, and IMO the units seem cramped and run down. New Verano (built last year) is nice (literally across the street from the gym (ARC)), but is considerably smaller than new PV (on the upside many of the units have balconies, while in PV they don't). New PV, a really short walk up the road, is nicer (in terms of scenery) and the units are bigger overall. Old PV is the same as new PV in terms of scenery, but smaller and obviously a little run down, but not as much as old Verano. The price disparity between old and new PV is not as big as it is with O/N Verano. Old Verano is closest to the law school, but all the complexes are really close.
Hope this helps a little! And FYI: there are no elevators in any of the complexes. If you're not on the first floor, be prepared to carry all your stuff up a winding rectangular stairwell (eat/drink a bunch carbs/electrolytes when you do this as Irvine can get pretty hot in the summer despite its proximity to the beach).