Count_Chocula wrote:frank617 wrote:kyle010723 wrote:Congrats to all the newly admitted, as always, I'm here for question.
Hey, I was admitted back in December. Really excited about ND, and as long as I don't get completely screwed come scholarship notifications, I'll probably be putting my deposit down soon.
I may be jumping the gun here, but I have two questions on housing. Any insight is appreciated.
1.) What would you consider to be the best housing options for 1L? I take my academics seriously, but I also plan on engaging in the social/nightlife scene as much as possible 1L year. I was originally thinking off-campus, but after reading through that "insider's guide" they sent us, it sounds like Fischer may be the way to go. Is Fischer the ND equivalent to other schools that offer housing for 1Ls (The Aston at GW, Gewirz at GULC, etc.)?
2.) On or off-campus, how do 1Ls typically find roommates? I've lived with 4 friends the last few years, and am looking for a similar dynamic in law school.
Again, I appreciate any information you may have. Congrats to the other admits, and good luck to those waiting to hear
Do any current ND students have any thoughts on this? I looked through the thread and it didn't look like there has been a whole lot of discussion on housing. Thanks.
I live off-campus and enjoy it, though it can be a bit isolating if you are not a naturally social person. A lot of 1Ls live on-campus, in Fisher. Some people like the experience but others do not. It's simple and on-campus (which is very good on home football games) but you don't have a washer/dryer in unit and no dishwasher either. If you don't want roommates, on-campus is not for you. It's about a 15-20 minute walk from the graduate housing to the law school I think.
There are some housing options near campus. A lot of 1Ls live in University Edge. If you have the money and willing to pay then the Foundry is good. There are a few complexes just east of campus near the Martins Supermarket on 23 but I'm not familiar with those.
If you don't mind living a bit far (like a 10-15 minute drive), then there are several apt complexes in Mishawaka (Indian Lakes, Runaway Bay, University Park, Addison something, and others - most of these are listed in the Insider's Guide I think). Quite a few students live in Mishawaka. The main hassle is that on home football games you will need to make arrangements to get to campus because parking is a nightmare. You will get a lot more for you money in Mishawaka and will be closer to grocery stores and restaurants, but YOU NEED A CAR FOR EVERYTHING THERE.
For roommates I recommend joining the admitted student Facebook group as soon as someone opens it. One of the students in my class opened it last year and many people found roommates for off-campus housing through the group. I have no idea how on-campus roommates work, but I do know that it was random for some people. Not every law student has another law student as a roommate.