Pro/cons of neighborhoods!
Ridgely's -- North of Washington st?
How good is the MD shuttle system?
Ridgely's, from what I hear, is great. Rent is generally cheap and it's safe. You'd also be close to the science library which is open late (the law school lib closes pretty early). I know it gets loud sometimes when the O's play, but it's nice to have a block party feel every now and then. You'd be close to Pickles which is a plus.
The shuttle system is great. I'd look at the map and maybe find housing that way. That's what I did and I'm conveniently a block away from a stop. NextBus will be your best friend with the shuttle -- sometimes there are traffic delays and some drivers speed through the routes, so you have to keep an eye on the map.
ajl17 wrote:There are some good secure apartments near the school along Fayette Street and near Camden Yards like the Zenith, Centerpoint, and Camden Court. If you want convenience but still cheap rent, I wouldn't totally write off living right near the school.
It depends on what "cheap rent" means to you. Zenith is easily $1200 for a studio -- I pay half of that for a studio with utilities included. There are no grocery stores near school either, so unless you have a car...it gets pretty difficult. I personally don't recommend living around school because as a young woman I just don't feel safe in the area at night. The building might be secure, but the surrounding area really isn't. Again, a lot of this is dependent on your personal comfort level with Baltimore and debt-level (if that's an issue).
As for the wait list issue -- I wasn't wait listed, but I know people who were. They kept expressing interest in the school and eventually got in. I don't know their numbers though.