Watababe wrote: darthrevan92 wrote: Watababe wrote: jstanhope14 wrote: Watababe wrote: jstanhope14 wrote:
For students currently at UIUC: how feasible is it to get rent down to like $300-$400 per month? I've seen some 3BR houses on Zillow for like $750-$1200, but just wondering if those are generally close enough to campus, in safe neighborhoods, etc. Thanks! Any other tips on reducing living costs appreciated
If you're willing to have roommates, it's feasible but it will depend on how close to campus you want to live. I have a friend living in a 3 bed in Savoy and she pays about $400 a month for her part, but Savoy means needing a car or relying on shuttles/buses until you make friends with other people in Savoy with cars (easy, because a decent amount of people live there...I live there). Closer to campus there will be some as well, but you'll sacrifice having the nice looking places for the money. In general, staying south of University is the advice I've always heard.
Cool, thanks for the reply. $400/mo isn't bad at all, esp compared to Boston or NYC, where most people pay about $1000. Tbh cost of living is lowkey a big benefit of UIUC
Oh yeah it's so much cheaper here...I used to pay over $1000 a month in Chicago for one bedroom apartments that were kinda shitty (first one in boystown) and ok (moved farther north almost out of the city). Here, I live by myself in a huge, renovated 2bed and rent is under $1000 and my drive to school is less than ten minutes.
Do you know if there are modern fully furnished apartments like West Quad that are close to campus?
There are! Several of my friends live within walking distance of the law school and have more modern, fully furnished apartments. That being said, the more modern the more expensive. 75 Armory is the one that comes to mind first for both being close to campus (specifically, close to the law school) and more modern.
Thanks! I noticed that armory has mostly 2BR options. Do you know of any that offer 1 bedroom or studio apartments that are like armory and on campus? Are the on campus apts really noisy? I heard from Reddit that some are occupied by boisterous undergrads[/quote]
I have a friend that lives at 507 Second which is technically in walking distance of the law school (a little over a mile) and more modern. Another friend lives at Gregory Place East which is in walking distance and modernish (JSM has many other properties at various locations and varying stages of modern). I have another friend living at a Green Street Realty location that's more modern, but also about 1.5 miles away from the law school. I would also heavily recommend against Green Street anyway. Unfortunately, I don't know much more than that...a lot of my friends live farther off campus.
I will say you will deal with noise issues in a lot of the closer to campus apartments, especially the ones closer to Green Street (where the campus bars are)...it's just in the nature of living in a building with a lot of undergrads and part of why so many law students live farther off campus.[/quote]
Thanks for the info. How early should we begin looking for apartments if we want ones close to the law school? Also would u recommend me staying for a week in august before orientation to visit apartments?