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What's the difference btw. No. and So. Berkeley and why do people find the one preferable to the other? Also, how many students do the 'commute' from Temescal, Rockridge, or other No. Oakland neighborhoods--is it a huge pain? is it worth $200-500 LESS a month to be that much further from campus?

Having lived in Berkeley, Oaklamd and El Cerrito, I feel capable of answering that one. North Berkeley is a generally nicer neighborhood, and you will pay for what you get. South Berkeley is closer to the socio-economic level of Oakland; some people have issues with that. If you don't care much, the best is to plan to be one bus ride away from campus (i.e. no transfers). With that in mind, there are certain neighborhoods that are a bit riskier. A friend living near Adeline had drug dealers living next door, something you wouldn't find in North Berkeley, or in Albany or El Cerrito for that matter. Richmond might however be inadvisible.

Summary: 400$ less a month is certainly worth the bus ride. North better than South. One bus away at most.

Hope this helps

Yup, that's helpful-thanks Gilles.  I guess I'd like to be living somewehere that is (a) not on par with NYC prices (i'm sure i'll love it out there, but i'm sorry, Berkeley is not Manhattan); (b) not totally homogenous and bourgy (i like a little socioeconomic and racial diversity in a neighborhood); and (c) safe enough for a single girl to walk/bike/bus home to at odd hours (i assume i'll be spending most nights in the library till late).  I don't know anything about Albany or El Cerrito--would either of those places fit the bill? Anybody else have thoughts on housing ops?

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Is it better to live north or south of campus?  (Sorry if this was dealt with elsewhere)
North, of course, but more than likely you won't be able to afford it. :P

Hey Ruskie,
If you're still around...can you explain this statement? What's the difference btw. No. and So. Berkeley and why do people find the one preferable to the other? Also, how many students do you know who live in Temescal, Rockridge, or other No. Oakland neighborhoods--is it a huge pain? is it worth the commute to pay $200-500 LESS a month?
Thanks for your thoughts on this. 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Chiashu in Retrospect
« on: March 19, 2006, 11:39:10 PM »
wat were ur stats?

165+ and ~3.4. Lots of soft factors, so i guess that's what makes chiashu look so out of wack for me, but still...some of it's just way off base.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Chiashu in Retrospect
« on: March 17, 2006, 12:40:44 AM »
Hmm...I can't seem to find the updated chiashu stats, but here's mine for '03:

Northwestern--25.5%--waitlisted
Michigan--29.7%--waitlisted
Penn--18.7%--deferred (and withdrew)
Georgetown--30.1%--rejected
NYU--11.6%--rejected
Stanford--2.27%--pending
Fordham--65.8%--accepted
Iowa--72.4%--accepted
Boalt--5.5%--accepted, go figure

Applied everywhere at the same time (early Nov.)
Does this seem weird to anyone else?

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Wait List / Re: Michigan deferral
« on: January 17, 2006, 05:54:47 PM »
sorry to hear that guys  :-[

was this an official "you are now officially deferred email" or was it the email that rj002 posted on the main 'where should i go next fall' page (he apparently got something saying we know you applied early, just FYI it will take us a while longer to get back to you" or something to that effect)?

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Acceptances / Re: Acceptances 05-06 Cycle
« on: January 12, 2006, 10:35:33 PM »
only if i got a can't-turn-it-down aid package from Hastings, but i'm not sure how likely this is. is it true that money's tighter at UC schools for non-UC residents?
where are you leaning?

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Glad to join yr crew. Just checked and was admitted as of yesterday according to the status checker.

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Acceptances / Re: Acceptances 05-06 Cycle
« on: January 12, 2006, 09:38:09 PM »
Congrats Knoroozi. You just inspired me to look at the online status check for another UC school--Hastings. Accepted there as of yesterday. Nice to get two pieces of good news today.

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Acceptances / Re: Acceptances 05-06 Cycle
« on: January 12, 2006, 08:54:48 PM »
In today at University of Washington (via post)

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Acceptances / Re: Northwestern
« on: January 11, 2006, 05:35:33 PM »
nice work, guys! that's gotta brighten up your day.  Pancho, when did you get your acceptance from northwestern?

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