JessicaTiger wrote:twintipping_bumps wrote:anniesaysrelax wrote:In at Tulane today via email! I'm a current Tulane undergrad, so if you guys have questions about the area or anything, I'll try to answer with what I know. I'm just sad that I left for 3 weeks this morning and won't get my packet until I get back. Numbers in profile/LSN.
I was just looking at the Tulane Website, and the Goldring Tennis Facility looks really great. Are you familiar with the tennis community in the area at all? And how difficult is it to find a nice apartment within short walking distance of the Law School?
I'm not too sure of the housing market, but one thing you need to be careful of is walking in general. Some areas are really nice (and during the day most areas are fine), but you really don't want to go walking distances through uptown NOLA at night. Plan on having a car. One thing that is a consolation though (as the parking tag at Tulane is really expensive), if you get a ticket everyday for parking on the street (about $18), it will still be cheaper than buying a Tulane tag
There are some nice tennis facilities, but keep in mind that we now have our tennis team back after their post-Katrina hiatus, and those are the courts that they use, meaning they get preference. They are available for people to reserve though during certain hours, and that can be done in one hour blocks. When I worked at the rec center it was mostly older people who were reserving them, but there are some students I know who play recreationally. Tulane has a club tennis team, so I'm sure you could meet fellow players through that.
There is plenty of off-campus housing, as Tulane is located in a residential area. You have to be careful, as New Orleans is such a checker board city in terms of good blocks vs bad, but there are plenty of nice houses. Singles can be pretty expensive, but even having a place with just one roommate can decrease your costs significantly. I would recommend getting a bike, and with that you really shouldn't have much trouble getting around day-to-day, except for when the sky decides to start falling in a New Orleans style monsoon.
As far as parking on-campus, it's not really worth it if you live close or even relatively close. A parking pass is $575 for the year, and the only reason I have one is because I live on campus and needed somewhere to keep my car. If you are driving from home to the law school, the walk from the garage to Weinmann is just as far as many people would walk from home, or at least far enough that it wouldn't be worth it just to park there. And yes, just like any city, walking at night can be a bit scary, but biking is always an option, as are some of the safe ride options Tulane offers for late night travel if you live close enough.