WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

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Otunga
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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby Otunga » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:27 pm

https://law.wustl.edu/admissions/pages.aspx?id=8413 According to COA estimates there, non-tuition expenses should amount to about $23000, which ends up being more than what peer schools BC and BU estimate in Boston. Something doesn't add up with that. Is WUSTL presuming you have your own apartment and aren't splitting rent with roommates?

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby Ricky-Bobby » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:32 pm

yossarian71 wrote:
LET'S GET IT wrote:If i end up going to WASHU, it will mostly be just to hang out with Ricky Bobby.


+1
That or the Webster, but mostly RB..

Two problems with this, boys:

1) While Wash U is one of my top choices, I cannot at this time guarantee my matriculation
2) I am one of the least entertaining people you will ever meet

But I do appreciate the sentiment :mrgreen:

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby JustHawkin » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:40 pm

Otunga wrote:https://law.wustl.edu/admissions/pages.aspx?id=8413 According to COA estimates there, non-tuition expenses should amount to about $23000, which ends up being more than what peer schools BC and BU estimate in Boston. Something doesn't add up with that. Is WUSTL presuming you have your own apartment and aren't splitting rent with roommates?

Yeah no way it's more than Boston?

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby guyfox » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:41 pm

Otunga wrote:https://law.wustl.edu/admissions/pages.aspx?id=8413 According to COA estimates there, non-tuition expenses should amount to about $23000, which ends up being more than what peer schools BC and BU estimate in Boston. Something doesn't add up with that. Is WUSTL presuming you have your own apartment and aren't splitting rent with roommates?


O.o there is something definitely off with that. I'm from st. Louis and plan to split an apartment with a friend. 2 bedroom apartments are usually around $800/month. The cost of living in Missouri is very cheap, I plan to spend around 5k for housing per year. With food and personal expenses I doubt I'll end up anywhere over 10k.

The only thing I can think of is that they are factoring in books, other fees, transportation, personal expenses, and assuming you will be paying for your apartment all by yourself for some reason lol (which still wouldn't be that much I'd think) But I guarantee you, there's no way it costs more than Boston (I live around Boston now and it's twice as expensive for the same size apartment).

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby chuckbass » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:42 pm

Otunga wrote:https://law.wustl.edu/admissions/pages.aspx?id=8413 According to COA estimates there, non-tuition expenses should amount to about $23000, which ends up being more than what peer schools BC and BU estimate in Boston. Something doesn't add up with that. Is WUSTL presuming you have your own apartment and aren't splitting rent with roommates?

The allotted room and board is certainly higher than necessary. There is also $6000 in misc, so obviously you don't need to spend nearly that much.

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby peachesthedoge » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:45 pm

JustHawkin wrote:
Otunga wrote:https://law.wustl.edu/admissions/pages.aspx?id=8413 According to COA estimates there, non-tuition expenses should amount to about $23000, which ends up being more than what peer schools BC and BU estimate in Boston. Something doesn't add up with that. Is WUSTL presuming you have your own apartment and aren't splitting rent with roommates?

Yeah no way it's more than Boston?



Room/board $14k?? not a chance. I had a relatively large studio apartment in the cwe my first year here and paid $540 plus $25 in expenses, and now I have a nice two-bedroom in clayton and my half is only $495 plus about $100 or so in expenses (energy/gas/cable/internet)

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby DoveBodyWash » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:48 pm

My personal breakdown of expenses:

Apartment: $647/month for my share of the rent (includes Internet) I split with 2 other roommates
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Utilities: Currently each person has paid around $350 until now. Expected to be $500 total by the end of the year. All-electric.

WashU over-estimates its COA to be cautious. But it's cheap as FERK to live in St. Louis.

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby Otunga » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:52 pm

guyfox wrote:
Otunga wrote:https://law.wustl.edu/admissions/pages.aspx?id=8413 According to COA estimates there, non-tuition expenses should amount to about $23000, which ends up being more than what peer schools BC and BU estimate in Boston. Something doesn't add up with that. Is WUSTL presuming you have your own apartment and aren't splitting rent with roommates?


O.o there is something definitely off with that. I'm from st. Louis and plan to split an apartment with a friend. 2 bedroom apartments are usually around $800/month. The cost of living in Missouri is very cheap, I plan to spend around 5k for housing per year. With food and personal expenses I doubt I'll end up anywhere over 10k.

The only thing I can think of is that they are factoring in books, other fees, transportation, personal expenses, and assuming you will be paying for your apartment all by yourself for some reason lol (which still wouldn't be that much I'd think) But I guarantee you, there's no way it costs more than Boston (I live around Boston now and it's twice as expensive for the same size apartment).


5k for housing? That's stellar.

It's cool WUSTL doesn't undersell how much everything costs like the majority of schools.

I'd be good with rooming with two other people to make things cost even less.

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby Attax » Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:57 pm

Hey guys. My March 7th event was cancelled :o

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby bound » Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:10 pm

Ya'll suck. I'm officially going to April. APRIL CREW FO LYFE

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby JustHawkin » Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:12 pm

Austinbound wrote:Ya'll suck. I'm officially going to April. APRIL CREW FO LYFE

Ch'yea Ch'yea!

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby John Everyman » Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:16 pm

Looks like I'm going to be on that April train as well. Can't make the March one sadly.

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby chuckbass » Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:25 pm

Cool everyone, just so cool.

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby CookieDough » Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:51 pm

cusenation wrote:My personal breakdown of expenses:

Apartment: $647/month for my share of the rent (includes Internet) I split with 2 other roommates
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Utilities: Currently each person has paid around $350 until now. Expected to be $500 total by the end of the year. All-electric.

WashU over-estimates its COA to be cautious. But it's cheap as FERK to live in St. Louis.


Where do you live?

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby mt2165 » Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:55 pm

Wow very nice.....st. Louis grows more appealing everyday

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby Fiero85 » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:21 pm

CookieDough wrote:
cusenation wrote:My personal breakdown of expenses:

Apartment: $647/month for my share of the rent (includes Internet) I split with 2 other roommates
Image
Image

Utilities: Currently each person has paid around $350 until now. Expected to be $500 total by the end of the year. All-electric.

WashU over-estimates its COA to be cautious. But it's cheap as FERK to live in St. Louis.


Where do you live?


^Yeah! What's your street address and apartment number??

Social and mother's middle name will do in a pinch 8)

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby Ricky-Bobby » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:25 pm

Fiero85 wrote:
CookieDough wrote:
cusenation wrote:My personal breakdown of expenses:

Apartment: $647/month for my share of the rent (includes Internet) I split with 2 other roommates
[Why do we keep quoting these giant pictures?]

Utilities: Currently each person has paid around $350 until now. Expected to be $500 total by the end of the year. All-electric.

WashU over-estimates its COA to be cautious. But it's cheap as FERK to live in St. Louis.


Where do you live?


^Yeah! What's your street address and apartment number??

Social and mother's middle name will do in a pinch 8)

How big are your roommates? Could they be easily overpowered by say, 3 admitted students? Just wondering. You know, for choosing a law school reasons.

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby BlackCanary » Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:16 pm

Housing rate sounds awesome.

Also...is that a cute, little, fluffy puppy in that pic? want.

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby DoveBodyWash » Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:51 pm

lol my roommates and I live in Central West End. But it was harder to find a 3-bedroom apartment. There are SO many options if you're looking for 2-bedroom. We actually kind of regret signing our lease so early because there were apparently better deals.

Ultimately things like cost of living are minor considerations in light of the long-term career benefits of picking a certain school. So I hesitate to pitch the low living costs too fervently when advocating for WUSTL. But there is definitely an advantage to having one less thing to stress about as a 1L. You're gonna have to keep up with your school work, maintain relationships with peers/mentors, network with lawyers/alumni, and it's just easier when you don't have to obsessively monitor your bank account to make sure you don't go over budget.

My roommates and I decided that we would rather spend a little more for an apartment and not have to deal with shady landlords or decrepit facilities etc... That's not something you could necessarily do in a city like NYC for example because it's hard to find a nexus between places you can afford and high quality housing.

People excel in their 1L year by razor thin margins, especially as you approach the upper cohorts. Will having fewer things to worry about guarantee you a spot in the top X%? Absolutely not. But it will help.

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby chuckbass » Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:02 pm

cusenation wrote:lol my roommates and I live in Central West End. But it was harder to find a 3-bedroom apartment. There are SO many options if you're looking for 2-bedroom. We actually kind of regret signing our lease so early because there were apparently better deals.

Ultimately things like cost of living are minor considerations in light of the long-term career benefits of picking a certain school. So I hesitate to pitch the low living costs too fervently when advocating for WUSTL. But there is definitely an advantage to having one less thing to stress about as a 1L. You're gonna have to keep up with your school work, maintain relationships with peers/mentors, network with lawyers/alumni, and it's just easier when you don't have to obsessively monitor your bank account to make sure you don't go over budget.

My roommates and I decided that we would rather spend a little more for an apartment and not have to deal with shady landlords or decrepit facilities etc... That's not something you could necessarily do in a city like NYC for example because it's hard to find a nexus between places you can afford and high quality housing.

People excel in their 1L year by razor thin margins, especially as you approach the upper cohorts. Will having fewer things to worry about guarantee you a spot in the top X%? Absolutely not. But it will help.

Do you have any advice for nice studio apartments in CWE? I definitely want to be in CWE, and I definitely want modern upgrades like your apartment.

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby DoveBodyWash » Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:04 pm

scotth724 wrote:Do you have any advice for nice studio apartments in CWE? I definitely want to be in CWE, and I definitely want modern upgrades like your apartment.


PMed you.

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby peachesthedoge » Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:31 pm

cusenation wrote:
scotth724 wrote:Do you have any advice for nice studio apartments in CWE? I definitely want to be in CWE, and I definitely want modern upgrades like your apartment.


PMed you.


^ditto

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby chuckbass » Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:35 pm

peachesthedoge wrote:
cusenation wrote:
scotth724 wrote:Do you have any advice for nice studio apartments in CWE? I definitely want to be in CWE, and I definitely want modern upgrades like your apartment.


PMed you.


^ditto

I feel so loved.

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Re: WUSTL c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 Cycle)

Postby Ditka747 » Fri Feb 21, 2014 7:04 pm

Scholarship emails are coming in. Just got mine.




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