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I'm sorry, but whoever said the Mexican food is lacking in Chicago is WAY off.  In addition to the many excellent places in Pilsen, on the North Side you should try out places like Salpicon, Frontera Grill/Topoblampo, Uncle Julios, and for something a little cheaper, Mayan Palace.

What part of the country are you from?  Your answer will directly bear on the relevance of your opinions about Mexican food.

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I'm torn between exploring new things and hanging out with people back home I might not get to see for a while.

Maybe Sept 1?

When do most Regents leases begin?

Last year the earliest they were letting people move in was around Sept. 5 I think.

Just got off the phone with Regents- you can move in anytime, even to the law student area.

Also, do the 2 bedroom law student rooms have 2 bathrooms? I forgot to ask.

Yes.  One of the bedrooms is the "master" and is bigger with in-room bathroom.

Do people typically pay more for the master? Or do most split it 50/50?

I needed the master because I have a GIGANTIC desk that wouldn't fit in the smaller one.  I've offered to prorate the rent, but both roommates I've had have insisted on splitting 50/50.

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I'm torn between exploring new things and hanging out with people back home I might not get to see for a while.

Maybe Sept 1?

When do most Regents leases begin?

Last year the earliest they were letting people move in was around Sept. 5 I think.

Just got off the phone with Regents- you can move in anytime, even to the law student area.

Also, do the 2 bedroom law student rooms have 2 bathrooms? I forgot to ask.

Yes.  One of the bedrooms is the "master" and is bigger with in-room bathroom.

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Ginsburg will be at 12:15.

Also, there will be approximately 150 1Ls at the OCI event.  You can easily freeride on whatever marginally useful information they give out.

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I don't know, but I do want to say that it sucks that Gersen and Samaha are visiting other schools next year. Those are two of the profs that I really wanted to take next year. :(

Gersen - Harvard?

Samaha - ?

Stanford

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Hi there! Chicago 0L here.

I have a question about housing.  I really haven't started looking yet and I probably won't be able to make a decision for at least another 2 or 3 weeks (unclear if I'll be living with my SO or not). 

Am I screwed if I want to take advantage of the student price at Regents or something like that, or if I want a roommate?  I heard something about a May 1st deadline. . . ?

I can't help in terms of the student price thing (I recommend just calling Regents and asking).

As for roommates, I don't think it would be a huge problem. I didn't actually get a roommate, but I remember people contacting me about roommates well into May (June may be too late though, but perhaps people here can say otherwise).

I actually had a roommate lined up who got off the Stanford waitlist and ditched.  So I ended up getting someone in mid/late July.  He was a transfer who had just got admitted, and it worked out great because I was living with a 2L instead of a 1L.

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I am no more bull-headed than the people that think because they don't worry about crime a few miles away no one else should. Just like techpers0n said, it is a valid concern for some people. Repeatedly suggesting that it should not be a valid concern doesn't really help.

No, SRSLY, you are just being a huge feminine hygiene product.  4 realz.

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No more LRW ever bump! This oral argument thing is a non-issue, we're done!

Also, anyone know when we get LRW grades? Will we get them in mid-summer like all grades or will they come out first?

My Bigelow section got ours during the reading period before finals.  Other sections did not get theirs until after finals.

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Re: Loans

I took out the max amount and I think it would cover rent/utilities/expenses pretty well.  I have a skewed perspective though because I spend way too much on food (eating out/ordering, etc.).  I think people who have 2BRs with roommates are in better positions though, just because that 300-400 dollars/month they save in rent really adds up.

Having a roommate makes the student budget easily livable.  My 1L year, it was actually extravagant, but Regents price increases have cut into my baller lifestyle.

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Here's a question - how well do your guys' loans cover rent at Regents (or wherever) and other expenses?  Do the loans provided through the law school give you a lot of wiggle room if you take the maximum offered and no more?  I mean, if I could be living in Regents and eating steaks everyday on my loans, it wouldn't be that big of a deal to live there but my assumption was that it would be like undergrad where my loans covered my books and tuition with little to none left over.

Also, are there any venues down south that get decent concerts or am I going to have to trek it all the way up north every time a band I like comes through town?

A note about Mexican food in Chicago - yeah, there's not really any amazing Mexican food up in near North, downtown or on South Side, but if you go to Pilsen you can find some AMAZING stuff.  Personally, I think Chicago is lacking good Chinese food (basically everywhere I've been is awful, especially the Chinatown restaurants I've been to).  Fortunately, I'm more of a thai food guy.

i'm getting some help from my parents, but my loans definitely do not allow me to live it up (though i pretty much do anyway...whoops). then again, i'm trying to get by on perkins and stafford....probably with grad plus you'd be okay? basically, i need more than the projected cost, probably cause i have a ridiculous alcohol tolerance and drink way more than i should (with the corresponding bills to prove it).

i don't know any concert venues around hyde park besides checkerboard lounge if you like blues...i've been there a few times and it's fun.

you are definitely right about the chinese food...nicky's and wok n' roll in hyde park are pretty bad options (though my parents and i went to far east on 53rd st. which was the most horrible chinese food i have ever eaten....fortunately, they have since shut down). and chinatown, at least what i've had there, is disappointing. then again, i'm from california, where you have a good shot at a hole-in-the-wall chinese place being pretty decent.

If you're only living on stafford/perkins, you're way under budget.

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