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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby Splitt3r » Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:29 pm

gtg263r wrote:im coming from the other side of the country to go to school @ davis. ill be there for ASD, but i doub till really be able to check out housing the one real day im there though. in your opinion, whats the best way of going about it...? ideally i only want to split a 2br w/ 1 other person.

just hooking up w/ a random roomie on craigslist or similar online housing site?

when should i begin looking? ive been checking those sites recently, but it seems like its too soon. also, im looking to pay <=$500/month for rent. $400/month would be more ideal. is this realistic? i dont need anything fancy, just somewhere to study & rest my head

throw me some areas to live/apartment complex's to check out. i was actually kind of interested in the whole co-op living stuff, but i fear i wont have enough time to keep up w/ the duties/responsibilities involved w/ that


Honesly, I would say that the best way to meet roomates is by trying to meet some of your fellow 1Ls on TLS and living with them, if you are able to do that. The reason I say this is because most of the craigslist et al listings are for living with undergrads which is bad because, in addition to the reasons you would find at any school, the law school is on semesters and undergrad is on quarters. This means that when you're studying for finals 12 hours a day, they'll still be playing beer pong in the garage. The advantages of living with fellow law students is thus significant.

Paying $500 a month for a room in a 2 brd house is pushing on the lower limit of what is realistic in Davis. Apartments generally run 750-900 a month, rooms in a 2 brd 500-650, and rooms in a 3 brd+ 450-600. Depending on how much of a commute you're used to however, you can live in West Sac, Dixon, or Woodland and pay much lower rent for what would only be a 10-15 min commute. This option does take away from some of the appeal of living in Davis and experiencing the culture, so I might advise against it unless money is a significant concern.

If you want advice on specific places, I'd be more than happy to give you that, but for now I'm just going to link you to the The Davis Rental Housing Guide so you can browse yourself.

As for Co-op living, in a word, no. Not conducive to doing well in Law School at all.

tmo wrote:Yes, I'm fairly lame :lol: Thanks guys.

Splitt3r, we talk about all the important stuff: grills, latest Peet's coffee offerings, toddler bullies... sometimes law school too! I take it you have lived there? What's tasty? What's fun? What is more the graduate scene vs. the undergrad scene?


Depends what food you're in the mood for. Pluto's is amazing for salads, Burgers and Brew is a great kind of upper-scale hamburger place that opened recently, Sushi Nobu in East Davis has an amazing all you can eat sushi buffet, Thai2k is really good Thai food, and Guadalajara's is really good authentic Mexican food.

There really isn't too much to do in Davis, so you kind of have to make your own fun. They have a bowling alley/arcade/pool hall at the student union, which is fun to just hang out with your friends and play games. There's a paintball place on the outskirts of town. There's a lot of clubs at the law school that I know take up a lot of students time and that they enjoy, but I'm not sure if that really counts as "fun."

There's a few good bars downtown but nothing to write home about, and there's no real nightclubs in Davis to speak of. Most law students at Davis will mostly hit up the bars downtown or go to house parties thrown by fellow law students. The undergrad scene is very much about the giant frat parties and the beer pong tournaments, while the graduate scene is more laid back and is (slightly) more mature in their partying.

There is also the option of going to Sac (20 min drive) or SF (1hr 15min drive w/o traffic, but that almost never is the case) to go clubbing down there. Both have really good clubs to offer, with SF having a distinct edge but also having the disadvantage of being much farther and having to convince someone to be DD (in that taking a cab back is impractical.)

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby gtg263r » Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:42 pm

what about living w/ a grad student in another program @ davis? are they all on quarter systems?

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby gtg263r » Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:42 pm

thx btw

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby Splitt3r » Wed Apr 09, 2008 5:17 pm

Living with another grad student would probably not be bad, even though they are also on quarters. As long as you made sure they were studious people who will be respectful of your needs in terms of study time, you'll be fine I'm sure. I just cautioned against living with undergrads because the midset is so different in terms of study habits and social life, and their schedule not matching up with yours would exacerbate that problem even more.

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby azoraraine » Wed Apr 09, 2008 5:20 pm

Grad students are on the quarter system, but most of the ones I've known (in the sciences, mainly) have to be on campus all year. I would definitely avoid undergrads. It would be too much of a temptation for me (well, not at my age, but you know what I mean) to have that lifestyle going on while I was having to put in 50+ hour weeks studying. And that's what I hear is minimum, even at Davis.

(I was trying to post this and Splitt3r posted about the same thing, but I'll hit send anyway to second it!)

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby tmo » Wed Apr 09, 2008 5:46 pm

Thanks for the recs Splitt3r. I'm pretty excited to actually be away from a city for a bit (currently in the Bay) so the idea of having just a few bars and some house parties (dinner parties!!!) sounds great to me. You advice and input is much appreciated.

I'll be living with someone on the quarter system (my SO), but since he's my bitch I think it will be ok 8) By the way, it sounds like law school is the ONLY one on semesters? Can we confirm this?

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby Faye Valentine » Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:49 pm

Splitt3r, I have a question for you, too. I'm currently on the hunt for a place to live, and after researching on the Davis Wiki, I'm still just as overwhelmed as ever. Would you recommend going directly through apartment complexes? I would love to find a small split duplex, but then I would have to go through a Property Management company, right? I'm just so clueless as to what to do from here. Any good suggestions?

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby Splitt3r » Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:19 pm

tmo wrote:By the way, it sounds like law school is the ONLY one on semesters? Can we confirm this?


I believe all of the "professional" schools are on semesters, meaning the business school, the med school, and the vet school are also on semesters. I'm only like 85-90% confident on that, so don't quote me on it.

EDIT: Apparently I was misinformed about this, please ignore.

Faye Valentine wrote:Splitt3r, I have a question for you, too. I'm currently on the hunt for a place to live, and after researching on the Davis Wiki, I'm still just as overwhelmed as ever. Would you recommend going directly through apartment complexes? I would love to find a small split duplex, but then I would have to go through a Property Management company, right? I'm just so clueless as to what to do from here. Any good suggestions?


Yes, in order to get a place like that you would have to go through a property management company. Many people in Davis, including myself, take this route and it actually allows you to get a place that feels a little more "homey", which is nice. These places are on average a tiny bit cheaper as well, because there isn't a pool, on-site gym, etc. and they tend to be a bit older.

The disadvantage is that you have to do a lot of the legwork yourself. Here is a link to a list of the property management companies in Davis. Many of them have their listings posted on their websites. The biggest ones are King, Acadian (even though I've heard it's hard to get your security deposit back from them), and Dowling. Also try looking on craigslist in the sacramento apartment section for places (but don't take any of the 4 or 5 brd places, I want those :P ).
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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby tmo » Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:25 pm

Splitt3r are you going to be in Davis?

Business school is quarters. Not sure about anything else.

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby Splitt3r » Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:41 pm

Ok, sorry about that, I thought a friend of mine who's in the MBA program told me they were on semesters, but I must have misunderstood him.

I'm taking a job in the Bay over the summer, but I am currently living in Davis and will be next year as well.

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby Faye Valentine » Wed Apr 09, 2008 10:35 pm

Splitt3r, you can have ALL of the 4-5 bedroom places. I'll even forward the ones I find to you! Just keep the 1 (or Jr. 2 OR cheap 2) bedroom places for me!

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby Faye Valentine » Wed Apr 09, 2008 10:37 pm

I'm kind of glad the LS is on the semester system. I spent all 4 years of UG on a semester system, and I just can't fathom trying to do everything in a quarter. My friends who are on the quarter seem like they are always either preparing for a midterm or final. Plus, I'm much more of a long distance learner than a sprinting learner.

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby Ginger123 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:54 am

I. HATE. MOVING.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And this isnt even my cross-country move. This is my "moving from my apartment and crashing with my friend for a month" move.

UGH.....

There is so much CRAP I have to do/throw out - and I feel like I've already thrown out like a TON of stuff.

Sorry to rant, but this law school shit is a LOT of work!!

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby ihatestudying » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:30 am

Good luck with that, Ginger! I can't wait to throw out a bunch of shite myself (including some hard-core winter clothes that I hope I won't need anymore now that I might be moving to CA).

Faye - yeah, quarter system is intense. I have trouble retaining info though, so I'm not sure about the semester thing. In fact, I'm kind of worried about hte whole studying thing in general. It's been so long since I"ve had to hit the books... I hope I still remember how to do this. :shock:

PS - I still haven't heard from the finaid guy after emailing last week! I think I will call to follow up. The deadline is looming and I want to make a deposit before I'm on the road next week.

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby tmo » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:48 am

I had quarters at my undergrad and loved it first quarter, but thought the second two after Christmas dragged out. I worry about having semesters because of the amount of information, on top of having been out of school for an eon. At least we're in the same system as everyone else in law school across the country.

By the way, Happy Birthday Ginger! Put down the boxes for a bit and go treat yourself to some chocolate!

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby ihatestudying » Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:32 pm

It's your Bday?? Happy Bday, Ginger!!!

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby Ginger123 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:33 pm

AHhhhh just had a wonderful lunch at this amazing French bistro. Trio of stinky cheeses with bread, nuts honey and fruit to start, a duck salad of confit, duck prosciutto and foie gras, rhubarb crumble with red berry coulis and a perrrrfect cappucino And prosecco. On the patio. In warm sunshine. Mmmm...

Thanks all, packing is coming along....sort of.

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby PugPug » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:45 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GINGER! :D

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby windslashz » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:50 pm

I second that! Happy Birthday Ginger!

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby ThatNoahGuy » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:53 pm

Happy Birthday Ginger! Sounds like a fantastic birthday lunch!

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby tmo » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:55 pm

Ginger you are singlehandedly contributing to my porker status. I read your descriptions and think hmm,this nice light and lean half turkey sandwhich I brought from home just doesn't look good anymore. Time for a visit to the Ferry Building!

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby Ginger123 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:01 pm

tmo wrote:Ginger you are singlehandedly contributing to my porker status. I read your descriptions and think hmm,this nice light and lean half turkey sandwhich I brought from home just doesn't look good anymore. Time for a visit to the Ferry Building!


Ha yeah its also why I am like a blimp at this point. I'll probably be slimfasting for the next months so my parents dont yell at me about my weight when i get home.

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby tmo » Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:19 pm

I broked down and got a wedge of Humboldt Fog today. I was trying to not be a hog since I'm going on a bachelorette weekend in Tahoe starting tomorrow and will probably consume enough calories in alcohol to last me a year but... it's the Fog. Can't resist.
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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby oopivyoo » Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:05 pm

WOOHOO!! Just got my acceptance letter, see you guys in the Fall!!! :D

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Re: IN @ UC DAVIS!!

Postby Ginger123 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:18 pm

Congrats!!




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