Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Boalt student taking questions about Boalt, law school in general, work, etc« on: April 16, 2006, 05:13:58 PM »
QuoteWhat'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?