lordmac69 wrote: capricasixx wrote: CAgirl123 wrote: capricasixx wrote:
I can only imagine! I currently live just on the other side of the bridge, in Oakland. SF rent is out of control so that's why I thought the towers would be a better option. I was heavily considering just commuting since I'm a short Bart ride away, but something tells me I'd be shooting myself in the foot by living away since almost everyone stays on campus during 1L. What are your thoughts? I'm kinda nervous about this whole living situation! Anyone else, feel free to chime in with your housing plans for the upcoming fall.
I'm in Oakland too! Howdy, neighbor!
Definitely planning to commute (assuming I get off the WL) since it's what I'm used to and my place is laughably cheap and rent-controlled currently. I expect to put in pretty long days though, and still do most of my studying on campus since I don't really have the space at home for a proper desk and there are too many distractions.
For you Oakland dwellers, may I ask which areas of Oakland you would recommend for housing? I'll be moving up from LA and a cursory search at apartments in the city on Craigslist has really freaked me out, price-wise. Are there other sites you're using besides Craigslist? Should I start looking now? Thanks!
It's tough because so many people have been pushed out here from SF in the past few years that we are definitely starting to feel the crunch too. I'm in East Oakland (Fruitvale/Laurel area) where things are still a bit more affordable because the wave of gentrification hasn't hit with full force yet (though trust me, it's starting). As a student, you probably won't be able to/would be wasting your money to live in areas like North Oakland, Temescal, Lake Merritt, or Rockridge. If you have a car, the area around Mills College is nice, fairly peaceful, and on the cheaper side, but not as convenient to bart.
The bottom line is that most people live with significant others or roommates in this area (as I'm sure is also the case in LA). I would recommend starting your search now and talking to other admitted students to try and find one or two other people to look with.