I'll update this first post with general information that may be helpful as I learn more. If an Emory student or someone familiar with Atlanta thinks I am factually wrong, misrepresenting, or missing something, please let me know!
----------------------------------------------I made a thread covering my thoughts on the ASW.Be sure to join the Facebook group, "Emory School of Law Class of 2011."CALENDAR:
Admitted Students Weekend is April 4-5.
First Deposit is due April 15.
Second Deposit is due June 1.
"Welcome" Day is August 22.
Orientation is August 23 and 24.
Class starts August 27.HOUSING:
The first thing worth noting is that there is no single student neighborhood. Students are completely spread out all over the place, although mostly in Virginia Highlands, Briarcliff, Decatur and right next to Emory. Atlanta traffic is horrible, so moving somewhere else means long commutes. There are a few popular apartment complexes, but if you choose to live in a house or something instead, you won’t be the only one. A lot of people choose apartment complexes because they can’t visit, and so it’s an easy way for them to choose where to live. Others choose to get roommates and get houses because it can be cheaper.
Good Resources:Rent.comCraigslist AtlantaOff-Campus Housing BoardApartmentFinder.comPromove Atlanta
- Apartment Rental agents (free)
Facebook Emory and Facebook Atlanta Network adsPopular neighborhoods/areas
I included the zip codes so you can search on your own. Note that each of these zip codes extend to areas that are a few miles away from Emory.Immediate Emory Area (30307, 30306, 30329)
There’s some houses/apartments around this area. Most of them are relatively upscale/suburban. There's not really anything within great walking distance to the law school. Yes, you can walk from these places, but it seems like most people drive, since it takes some time to get through Emory's campus.Popular complexes:
Gables Rock Springs, Highland Square, Clifton Apartments (Around campus)
Lincoln at Decatur, Highland Lakes (next to Clairmont shuttle)Briarcliff (30329) aka Druid Hills
Northeast of Emory. Pretty suburban. Lots of traffic, a good amount of retail.Popular complexes:
Post Briarcliff, Sloan SquareVirginia Highlands (30306)
West of Emory, between Emory and midtown.
Nice strip of bars and restaurants, with some shopping and retail. All young people. Most of the apartment complexes in this area are either prohibitively expensive (and a bit of a commute), or a bit old (Highland View is an exception). Many of the bar review spots are in this area. About 2-3 miles from Emory, and you will generally be driving against traffic. Good central location in general to midtown/Decatur/Emory/Buckhead.Popular complexes:
All the properties managed by Braden Fellman (typically older, but with a great location), Highland ViewInman Park / Poncey-Highlands (30307, 30312)
Located 1-2 miles south of VaHi. This area has several very nice, new, upscale mid-rise apartment complexes. The places seem to have a nice sense of "community" and such. About 3.5 miles from Emory. Convenient to Little 5 Points and Downtown, and not too bad of a drive for midtown.Popular complexes:
N Highland Steel, Highland Walk, Block Lofts, City View ApartmentsDecatur (30030, 30031)
Southeast of Emory.
Artsy/hipster area. Young crowd. Relatively inexpensive. Close to Emory. “Walkable” area. Lots of mom-and-pop shops. Mix of apartments and houses. Good restaurants, and a few bars.
Note that Decatur is technically its own city. It is not part of Atlanta.Popular complexes:
Gables Montclair(?), probably some others (anyone want to suggest any? I didn't look here)Midtown (30308, 30309)
North of downtown (duh), and West of both Emory and Virginia Highlands.
Lots of beautiful high-rise apartments/condos. Long commute to Emory — however, during usual hours, you are driving against traffic, but you still have to wait on the lights. Good access to public transportation (but, this doesn’t take you to campus!). Decent nightlife. A reasonable amount of young people. GLBT friendly. Close to many big law firms.http://www.highrises.com/city/atlanta/Little Five Points
Mega hippy area. A bit farther out from Emory, but right on a major road that leads right onto campus.Popular complexes:
Bass Loft ApartmentsMapOn-Campus at Clairmount (30033)General:
These apartments will be available until May 2009 (so, for the first year of school). These apartments are close to campus, and the shuttles run to them. The facilities and rooms are nice, although a bit boxy. Furniture is pretty simple, cheap stuff, but it’s only +$60/m to have a furnished apartment.Amenities:
Student Athletic & Academic Center, Parking, Air, Heat, Cable, Ethernet, Phone, Washer, Dryer (even in non-furnished apartments)Cost:
Price per student: $1,137 (1br) to $790 (3br, furnished) ... these rates cover utilitiesOfficial SiteMy Personal Recommendation
Go with Highland Lake. If it is full (they'll say it's full when it's really not), then go with Lincoln at Decatur (make sure to get a new apt away from the train), and as a third option, go with the on-campus apartments. DO NOT go with Post. Post is another 15 minutes farther from the school, thanks to horrible traffic, and it's not near anything. It's more expensive, has hidden costs, is crime-ridden, and the only upside was that other law students live there. But, that's changing next year, so let's make Highland Lake and that area the new law school area.
All the apartments are going to be about $890-$930 just about anywhere you go. You can get some old, dumpy houses for a bit less (and I'd recommend that if you don't mind something that's not all that nice). All apartments in Atlanta have some kind of problem (thin walls, crime, bad management, horrible commute times, mold/rats, etc.), but Highland Lake has the least.
It's located right across the street from the Clairmont shuttle/residences (and very close to the law school). W&D is included. 1BR's are 750-800 sqf and very nice. There's 2 very nice pools and the amenities in general are extremely nice. There's other apartments that I would recommend as 2L's/3L's, but for our first year, we don't have any good place to park. So, you have to basically commute to the place right across the street from Highland Lake, and then take the shuttle (there are other options, but they suck close to as bad).PARKING:
“On-campus” parking costs $650 per year. You have 3(?) options. None of the on-campus parking options are very close to the law school, so you have to take shuttles (or prepare for a long walk, in Peavine’s case):Clairmont
– Generally recommended, especially for students in Druid Hills/Decatur areas. Shuttles run much more frequently.Peavine
– Right next to the gym. You can take a long walk to the law school, or wait for a slower shuttle. Recommended for for those traveling from VaHi/Inman/Midtown, or possibly West of campus. Apparently a lot of 1Ls sign up for Peavine as a first choice and never get it.Michael Street
– Slower shuttles, not really recommended. (Is there any upside to this stop?)
There are about 40 spots that go pretty fast at the University Inn.MONEY:
Tuition is $39,300 for 2008-2009.ATLANTA GUIDE:AccessAtlanta
seems to do a great job covering everything.GENERAL TIPS:
-Usually you want to use half.com for books (everyone knows this, right?) but for first semester, we probably won't get our sections until right before classes start. There's a couple books that all the sections need, but most of them you'll either have to buy at a bookstore, or, ideally, buy from a 2L.
-Emory is PC and Mac friendly.