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Deciding Where to Go => Choosing the Right Law School => Topic started by: Grad_Student on February 02, 2008, 10:14:54 AM

Title: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Grad_Student on February 02, 2008, 10:14:54 AM
Looks like I'm heading to Houston this fall. I'll probably be starting at SoTex while my wife will be starting her career in Advertising. Anyone else going? Where are you going to live?
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Brain Age on February 02, 2008, 07:09:38 PM
Hey there, I have a few friends who are currently attending or have graduated from STCL. A couple of them are in the PT program, living and working on the north side of town; another is in the FT program and commutes from Sugar Land. It takes them 30 minutes or so for them to get to school, and none of them mind the drive. If you have children or are looking into moving into a home, surrounding suburbs like Spring, Atascocita, Sugar Land, etc. have reasonably priced homes you can look into.

Others live(d) closer to town. One in lives in the medical center, and my cousin and his wife lived in the Galleria area when they were STCL students. The medical center, where my SO currently lives, is nice. They're building quite a few lofts and condos in the area, and he's literally around the corner from HW 288. I left for the STCL Open House from his place, and it literally took me 10 minutes to get to the school (no traffic). The Galleria area is much pricier, and I personally wouldn't recommend it because traffic is bad around there 24/7.

Other popular and cheap places for students to stay are around the Montrose/Richmond/Westheimer area. You can find places in the neighborhood of $500-$800 a month. A friend of mine (not a law student) is paying ~$700 for a gorgeous town home with hardwood floors. There's lots of stuff to do in the area. The mid-town area is also nice (although pricey). A lot of young professionals reside there as it's just minutes from downtown and has all the hippest bars/lounges/eateries.

Hope this helps!
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Grad_Student on February 03, 2008, 07:06:29 AM
Awesome thanks brain age!
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Meliss1086 on February 03, 2008, 08:34:45 AM
I lived in Sugar Land for 13 years, so if you have any questions about the SW area of Houston, feel free to pm me.
This is also a tag for information about living downtown.
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: volvoguy07 on February 03, 2008, 09:41:42 AM
I work in downtown Houston and commute from Sugar Land everyday. Rush hour sucks. It takes me an hour in the morning and evenings, though, a student's schedule probably won't require for one to be in class at 9.

I am a UofH hopeful, but SoTex is my backup. There are plenty of nice places to live...particularly between downtown and the West Loop. My apartment shopping yesterday yielded a few nice results in the Montrose-Upper Kirby area. From there it should be a 10-20 minute commute to campus.

A place in Midtown is probably ideal. The metro rail passes within a block or two of SoTex and cuts right through the East side of Midtown. If you can ride the rail, it can save you a lot of time and money that is usually spent on parking/finding parking.


Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Grad_Student on February 04, 2008, 05:09:42 PM
Sounds good volvoguy. How is the Montrose neighborhood? My wife is from Sugar Land but isn't terribly familiar with Houston downtown. Do I need to conceal carry a gun at night or going to the grocery store?
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Phineas on March 04, 2008, 10:12:27 PM
Hey all,

I'm in at STCL and waiting on Houston.  Thanks for the tips on where to live.  I've been looking online ad nauseam and can't decide what would be best.  I have a wife and a young boy so I want a place that's safe, affordable, and there are other like-minded students around because we know absolutely no one down there.  Any idea as to where would be best?  I'd rather not have to put in an hour commute, but if that's the best fit, so be it.
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: LF1023 on March 05, 2008, 09:27:38 AM
Hi ya'll,

I'm still waiting to hear from STCL, but have started looking at where to live as well.  I was thinking about living further out of Houston and riding the MetroRail to class.

Have you heard of others doing that, and if its clean/safe?
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: armyjag on March 05, 2008, 09:32:06 AM
My vote would go for Montrose area or down by the medical center. 

The parking around STCL is a frigging nightmare to end nightmares and 10, 45, and 59 might as well as be parking lots during morning rush hour when you figure first classes start.

My status check went to Decision Rendered on the 3rd, so I guess I'll know by the weekend if I'm going back to living inside the Loop.  Good luck to everyone!
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Phineas on March 05, 2008, 11:02:32 AM
Hi ya'll,

I'm still waiting to hear from STCL, but have started looking at where to live as well.  I was thinking about living further out of Houston and riding the MetroRail to class.

Have you heard of others doing that, and if its clean/safe?

From what I could tell, it looks like there are decent places to live along the rail line.  I was thinking about the same thing just so I could avoid having to pay ten bucks a day to park my car.  Midtown would be sweet, but it's obviously a little more expensive.  Are any of you married or are you flying solo?  My wife is terrified at the thought of not meeting people once we get down there.
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: LF1023 on March 05, 2008, 01:26:59 PM
I'm married as well.  Where we decide to live partially depends on where my hubby finds  a job.
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: armyjag on March 05, 2008, 03:26:12 PM
It's a pretty big non-trad school, so I think there are a lot of law school widows/widowers. 

To all, if you're not used to Houston commutes, get ready for hell. 
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Grad_Student on March 16, 2008, 09:57:46 PM
I'll BE married by the time school starts. What neighborhoods does the rail run through?
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: armyjag on March 17, 2008, 11:17:48 AM
http://www.ridemetro.org/pdf/routes/700-redline.pdf

here is the route and schedule map.  I think the STCL stop is about 2-3 blocks away. Basically it runs from UH downtown on main all the way out to the medical center, then down by Reliant Arena and then stops on the other side of 610 near Kirby. It's actually relatively easy to follow the track on google earth or maps. 
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: armyjag on March 17, 2008, 04:04:16 PM
I just got a letter in the mail from an apartment locator service in Htown saying they were referred by STCL.  I don't know the company's name, but I'd be curious if any locals know of them.  I'm heading down in May to scout on my own with my roommate; I will put up my findings then.  It's nice that the services are free.  I don't suppose anyone knows if there are hidden fees or anything with these companies?
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Phineas on March 20, 2008, 09:22:32 PM
I'll BE married by the time school starts. What neighborhoods does the rail run through?

Where are you coming from?
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: lnogardnom on March 21, 2008, 09:06:51 AM
Sounds good volvoguy. How is the Montrose neighborhood? My wife is from Sugar Land but isn't terribly familiar with Houston downtown. Do I need to conceal carry a gun at night or going to the grocery store?

Absolutely not.
I actually just registered, just to answer this question! I am from Houston, born and raised and I can tell you that Montrose is a GREAT place to live. Its a cool, elcectic part of town. Very affordable and worth checking out.
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Grad_Student on March 22, 2008, 09:34:32 AM
^ good, I'm glad to hear good things.

And I'll be coming from Austin.
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: bella11 on March 22, 2008, 01:55:30 PM
I just registered to respond to this, too! Also a native Houstonian- I highly recommend the Montrose area, Midtown or Rice Military area (all near downtown). Midtown or downtown is the best for rail access. they're even building downtown lofts & condos now- but more rentals/apts are in midtown.
Don't want to bash the med center- because certain areas are VERY nice- but I've heard of some higher crime around the lesser expensive aka "med center" apartments- near reliant. things have happened to personal friends of mine, so it's not just rumored.. the places I listed above are- in my opinion- safer for sure. you never can be too careful anywhere you are, ya know..
any questions- happy to help! probably be at STCl part-time too next year.
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Phineas on March 31, 2008, 09:29:14 PM
Hey all.  Get on the South Texas Class of 2011 Facebook page.  It's time to start it up.
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Brain Age on March 31, 2008, 10:02:57 PM
Beat ya to it!
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Phineas on April 01, 2008, 04:49:37 AM
Beat ya to it!

Indeed, you did.  What on earth are you doing up at 2 in the morning on a Tuesday?  You're nuts.
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Brain Age on April 01, 2008, 09:01:45 AM
Apartment hunting online. I couln't sleep and am paying for it now :(.
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: tiredofwaiting on April 02, 2008, 08:22:15 AM
Brain Age - any word from UH on your part. Status checker updated yesterday and I am still "in review". Baylor sent me an email on Thurs. saying they are mailing my registration packet which is due by April 18th.  UH is cutting the timeline way too short!!
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Brain Age on April 03, 2008, 11:53:27 AM
Brain Age - any word from UH on your part. Status checker updated yesterday and I am still "in review". Baylor sent me an email on Thurs. saying they are mailing my registration packet which is due by April 18th.  UH is cutting the timeline way too short!!

Hey there. WL'ed at UH. :-\. And it took them long enough to make their decision! I applied in late October, went "in review" in December, and got a decision in early March. Believe me, I feel your pain. I just got the same email from Dean Chollett but withdrew shortly after.

My suggestion to you is to call AND email them about your situation. A week or two before I received a decision, an admissions representative emailed me back to tell me that I'd be receiving a letter soon. Also, as suggested by my UH tour guide, give Lisa Buentello (sp?) a call and see if you can attend the ASW tomorrow (yes, it's tomorrow -- *waves angry fist*).

Anyways, I'm all but decided to remove myself from the UH WL and attend STCL. Best of luck to you!
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: tiredofwaiting on April 03, 2008, 02:47:52 PM
Brain Age - super dumb question. What is ASW?? Admitted student ....???

Who did you talk to/email with your situation. Were they receptive? I have called twice to check my status and some mean person named Samantha always answers the phone and is completely unhelpful. I need to know soon as my work situation is also being wrecked by not knowing.

I pulled 10 gray hair from my head last night!!!

Thanks.
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Brain Age on April 03, 2008, 07:22:53 PM
Not a dumb question at all. Apologies for the nerdy forum-speak! ASW = Accepted Students Weekend, although ASD (Accepted Students Day) was probably the correct term.

Haha, Samantha is usually very nice, but I don't think I ever asked her specifically for my own status; I'd ask when ED applicants in general would be hearing back since it they seemed to keep pushing the date forward.  :-\

Anyways, I sent the email to the general admissions email (admissions@law.uh.edu or whatever it is), and Kelly Polk responded a day or two later. I really do hope you hear something soon. How long are you willing to wait UH out seeing as Baylor's orientation is creeping up?!
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: tiredofwaiting on April 06, 2008, 08:35:23 PM
I guess till my loan application funds. I am really tied to Houston, but feel Baylor is my better choice than South TX. My last day at work is April 15th. Come April 16th, I will drive to Waco to scope out apartments, but won't put any money down till end of April I guess.I would be SHOCKED if I did not hear anything by April 21st.

When I called the admin office 3-4 wks ago, they said their target date for all decisions was early april. when i asked last week, they said mid-april. I hope it does not move back any more.

Thanks Brain Age. You've been a real help to me in this process. I know where to write if I have any more questions.

Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: bella11 on April 07, 2008, 09:50:18 AM
I called UH again today. They said their new(?) target dates are late April for part-time students and mid- May for full-time students! UGHHHHH. I have no idea where ED vs regular falls here, all I know is that we're all having to wait way too long! I wish we could hear* a perspective from some 1L students there... was their application/decision process dragging this much? ( I am usually a grammar freak, and I just NOW caught this: here vs. hear. I must have been tired....or something?!)
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: tiredofwaiting on April 09, 2008, 04:13:19 PM
PLEASE PLEASE SAY YOU ARE JOKING!!!!  By the end of April, I would have already put a security deposit on an apt in waco for baylor!  I know baylor is a good school and all, but UH is my 1st choice. It would seriously suck to make my decision just based on the fact that i did not hear from UH on time.

When I first spoke with UH over a month ago, they said their target deadline was early April. How can they expect students to make a decision with about a month notice to start their own school. Dont they consider some of us have to move, finalize our private loans,etc. You can't even fill out a private (GRAD plus, etc) loan without knowing the school you are going to attend.

I am going to call UH tomorrow and try to plead my case to get a decision. Anybody else doing to same???

I am freaking out!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: armyjag on April 09, 2008, 06:41:59 PM
Without more details, my wife is having a frustrating experience with them as well.  I don't want to sound like a troll, but perhaps this is indicative of the school overall?  I'll just leave it at that. 

I've a really rough series of experiences with UMKC, which basically left me regretting I'd dropped the fifty bucks for their application.

It seems if one part of a law school should work that it would be the admissions office.  first impression...yadda yadda.
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: bella11 on April 09, 2008, 08:16:17 PM
Hey tiredofwaiting, did you end up calling UH again? You know, it's strange..in mid March they told me "it'll be a couple of weeks." At the end of March, they said "beginning of April." Then my last call, on Monday, they said "end of April."
Another issue, I don't even pay attention half the time to who is giving me the info. Is this Samantha or someone else? Who knows. I know that it is not Lisa B.
I'm sure I'll call again next week, just for fun.

Anyone else waiting on UH, check out LSN. It loooks like a few people (including part-timers, who start June 2), got waitlisted today (or at least posted it). Tell me this, how can you be waitlisted for something that starts in less than 6 weeks??? And what if you have to move, apply for fin aide, etc. It's plain and simple....there is NO more time to wait!
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: rmmd34 on April 10, 2008, 05:19:06 PM
Im moving to Houston from Atlanta in July. Is anybody looking for a roomate or know somebody that is. I dont know anybody in Texas so this should be interesting. Any help would be great.
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Brain Age on April 10, 2008, 10:02:24 PM
Woow, UH is ridiculous this cycle.

Any news, tiredofwaiting?

Best of luck to y'all with UH. I just withdrew.



P.S. If anyone's looking for roommates, join our Facebook group: "STCL Class of 2011." There are a couple of folks needing roommates there.
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: tiredofwaiting on April 21, 2008, 06:09:59 PM
Hey Brain Age,

Im accepted to UH!!!!!!! Finally!!!!! I called last week and explained my situation and got the acceptance!

It seems that a lot of people, especially part-timers, received their acceptances via email last week.

Are you still heading to STCL??
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Brain Age on April 21, 2008, 09:23:15 PM
Congrats, tiredofwaiting! That's fantastic! And yes, I will be headed to STCL. :)
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: baileypicks24 on May 02, 2008, 09:50:53 PM
Today is May 3rd...

And I still have not heard anything from South Texas, UH, or Texas Tech. I've got seat deposit deadlines that have already passed. These Texas schools are ridiculous.

Wow...
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: baileypicks24 on May 10, 2008, 10:13:14 AM
May 10th...

Nothing...
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: baileypicks24 on May 18, 2008, 07:56:33 AM
May 17th...

I'm in!

 ;D
Title: Re: South Texas College of Law
Post by: Grad_Student on May 21, 2008, 10:17:17 PM
Congrats!

Make sure you join the facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4151831921

Tons of info from everyone.