Ok, I have to respond to the Campus Crossings misinformation going around. Incoming law students, I know you want to believe that everything you've heard about Campus Crossings is wrong and that you didn't just make a huge mistake by signing a lease with them, but take it from the people who have lived there for the past year: YOU JUST MADE A HUGE MISTAKE.
For those of you still debating whether to live there, read what last year's residents are saying and find another place to live. There are too many great living options in Atlanta to live there and you're going to be in law school for three years, invest in some furniture.
Here's what it's been like to live there. In no particular order...
1) The shuttle was completely inadequate at the beginning of the year. If you think that was a minor problem, imagine not being able to get to class your first semester of law school on a routine basis while you live at an apartment bldg that doesn't have enough parking for you to have a car and, even if you did, you don't have anywhere to park on campus. Perhaps this wouldn't have been such a big deal, but the staff was incredibly rude about it and washed their hands of the situation even though they were advertising their completely inadequate shuttle service to get students to sign leases. It took months to get the problem fixed. This turns out to be their favorite way of handling problems.
2) The Flood - In January, a pipe burst. Again, this wouldn't have been such a big deal except they didn't know how to turn the water off. Only two days earlier they had sent out an email to all residents that they thought a pipe might burst, however, it took them a long time to get it turned off because no one ever looked into what to do in such a situation. As a result, there was standing water on all four floors of the building and the basement. When water started coming out of the electrical sockets, the staff was rude and indifferent to students' concerns. When students started having medical reactions to the dust and debris in the building (thick enough that visibility was impossible) from construction they were, of course, rude and unhelpful.
3) Noise - If you enjoy living in a somewhat peaceful environment, look elsewhere. If your room faces briarcliff road, you will not be able to hear your television when a car drives by. It will sound like you live on a racetrack. Also, briarcliff is the road that ambulances and fire trucks take whenever there is an emergency so enjoy being woken up in the middle of the night before your exams.
4) Alarms - There is an alarm next to the leasing off that has been going off several times during the day and night. It is a loud beeping noise that can be heard inside all apartments that are remotely close to the leasing office. Whenever it goes off, a staff member has to go and turn it off. If it is after hours, that means you have to call the emergency after hours line and have the operator page a staff person. The result: you get to listen to the alarm for at least 45 minutes before it gets turned off. During March, April and May this was happening throughout the day and also at 11pm, 4am and 7am. EVERY DAY. From speaking with my friends who haven't moved out yet, this problem has still not been resolved. After four weeks of being woken up several times during the night, I tried speaking to the staff about developing a more long-term solution to the problem than just de-activating it 7 times a day. When I mentioned it the staff seemed incredulous that I was complaining about it since it wasn't going off at that very moment. The idea of fixing the problem permanently was something they seemed not to have considered. Which brings me to....
5) General staff incompetence - Sure, each of these things could happen at anywhere. BUT the incompetence of the staff means that not only did we have to suffer through more problems that they brought on themselves, but they also couldn't adequately address any issue that came up. To demonstrate: when I moved into my apartment at the beginning of the year, I was told that my mailbox key was not ready yet and to check back. I checked in at the end of the first week. Still not there. End of the second week. Still not there. I was starting to get worried as I knew that I was getting bills in my name and had no way to access them. The third week, I went down and asked if my key was ready. The staff member looked at me like I was stupid and said rudely "We put it in your mailbox a week ago." Hopefully you realize the idiocy of delivering someone's mailbox key to them by placing it in a locked mailbox to which they have no key. I was never able to get the staff person to understand why this presented a problem for me and had to just suffer through her rudeness.
6) Thefts - Many, many cars that were parked behind the gate had their windows smashed into and belongings stolen. Another car was stolen from behind the gate as well. This can happen anywhere, sure, but being right on briarcliff is asking for it.
7) Parking - There is not enough parking. As part of their effort to be green, they didn't build a large enough garage. I'm all for being green but this is not working. The result: residents park in visitor parking and visitors park in the drive or no where. It's incredibly inconvenient. Also, if they have assigned parking that isn't in front of the gate...good luck ever getting to park in your spot. Visitors park there and you end up having to wait for a tow truck to come (2 hours sometimes). Part of that problem could have been fixed if CC would have labelled the spots that were reserved, but it's just not their style to do things that make sense like that so it took them until the middle to end of second semester to clearly mark those spots.
Rudeness of the Staff - The staff is rude. Period. I can't say it any other way and I can't say it enough.
9) Cable - They charge for cable by the room not apartment so forget splitting that with your roommate.
10) Poor construction - everything breaks. Walls are thin. Windows are so thin they might as well not be there.
Basically, this is not a place that looks our for their residents. I can not say enough bad things about this place. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE! Your first, second, third years of law school (but ESPECIALLY your first year) are going to be too stressful to put up with any added inconvenience or stress. Had every problem popped up and been addressed in a reasonable time or somewhat professional manner, I'm sure I would be recommending this place and saying that bad things can happen anywhere. It's true that bad things can happen anywhere but there are places where the staff don't compound the problems and insult you while doing it. Go live there.
Other suggestions (all within about 10 minutes):
Gables Rock Springs
Clairmont Reserve (has shuttles too)