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General Board / Live Alone or Roommate for 1L?
« on: July 17, 2011, 03:15:30 PM »
Hey there,
I'm hoping some people can look back a little and remember your first year law situation.  It's right before the start of 1L for me, and I'm about to sign a lease for housing.  I hear a lot of negatives about living with a roommate...and am trying to remain open to the idea without prejudice from those negative stories.  Looking to keep my sanity during 1L and for whatever reason, think a cool and social (within reason of course) roommate could be helpful and not necessarily a hindrance.

Here's my situation:

Option 1 is my own unit in a building with a few other 2L's...each with our own entrance...all separate apartments.  About a 10 minute walk from the law school.  Older building with a dated appliances in the kitchen, no dishwasher.  Pretty small bathroom, but the rest of the living space is ample...and there's a coin-op washer/dryer in the basement.

Option 2 would be splitting a 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment that has fully modern appliances, dishwasher and in unit Washer/Dryer.  This one is about a 20 minute walk to the law school.  I've met up with a 1L and talked about rooming together over a beer...we share a lot of interests...and he seems like a decent roommate.

Price difference is only $100 between the two....so that really isn't a sticking point for me. 

I guess I'm torn between the two, one is closer and more private...but the other is definitely more modern and it might be nice to have the built-in company to blow off steam with, laugh, converse, and share meals, etc.  But I may be able to share some of those moments with the 2L's in Option 1 also?

Looking for any advice, anecdotes, wisdom.......Thanks!
-Jason

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