Well, I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the 'Ham. Mom and I were equally impressed with the campus. I thought it was really easy to navigate. I took a wander around the law library and it looks great! The crappy little virtual tour online doesn't do it any justice. The law school itself is being renovated so I didn't get to see any of that obviously.
I also found an apartment. My first piece of advice is to anyone who is planning on living alone and really close to campus. GET DOWN THERE AND GET AN APARTMENT NOW! My first stop was Wildwood Crossings. I was really impressed with the place. But the studios were a definite no-go on availibility, and I was told by management that there was a slim chance I could get a 1 bedroom. And if I did get a 1 bedroom, it'd have to start in July more than likely. Add that to my rent here in Tallahassee, and I'd be looking at over a grand for rent in July. But they said if I wanted a 2 bedroom/1 bath, I could definitely get one of those. The price? $745. I was pretty dismissive of that idea at that point because I'm definitely living alone and an extra bedroom seemed silly.
So we went on to The Oaks. I've heard 2 people say they thought the lady there wasn't very nice. I'm not sure if we're talking about the same manager, but I thought she was fine. She was all business, that's for sure, and she seemed a bit more professional than the people at WC. (On the way to the model she was radioing workers about getting things cleared out of the hallway, picking up trash, etc. The complex is kept up very well.) She said she might have a 1 bedroom/1 bath for me, but could definitely guarantee me a 1 bedroom/1.5 bath. She showed me a comparable apartment. Really, really nice. Granted, my decorating will probably consist of a lot of posters and not look as nice as the model. But I was impressed by how well everything seemed to be constructed. She offered me a 3rd floor (only 2 flights to get up to mine) with the best location on property, vaulted ceilings, and a fireplace for $740. Really high rent, I think. I didn't sign any lease, but I decided on that one for the time being.
This is where you guys come in, especially if you looked at either of these properties. Later, in the car, my Mom goes, "I was surprised you didn't want to the 2 bedroom at WC for $5 more a month." Uh, darn. Didn't even think about the small change in price. I had already written off the idea of a 2 bedroom.
Now I'm thinking I want to change over. What do you guys think? I already had them tear up my check at WC unfortunately, but I'm sure I could mail them one.
-an extra bedroom for a study, place to put all my guitars, or something else
-a little further down Lakeshore
-having to pay an extra month's rent possibly
fireplace (kind of a pro. I don't really care about having one.)
-closer to campus and inside a shopping center practically
-movie theater as close as the mailbox
-paying $740 a month for 1/1.5, knowing I could have another bedroom down the street
-paying $740 a month for 1/1.5
Both places, I think, are virtually indistinguishable in terms of "niceness." So that's not really a consideration.
But do you all think I should go to the trouble of calling both places back up and switching myself over? I'm really torn here.
So again, if you want to be ultra-close to campus (i.e. on Lakeshore) and don't want to pay for an extra bedroom
, you should get down (or up) there quickly or give them a call and put your name on the waiting list. If you're planning on getting a random roommate, it doesn't seem as urgent. And use Heidi! She was great! She also said she had some sure-bets if you don't care much about location. You can drive up 31 through a couple large intersections (past Oxmoor) and find a place for $500-$600 no problem. That's practically in Southside and Heidi said those apartments can be hit or miss in terms of clientele and safety. "Consider The Oaks a 10, and then some of the places off of Valley maybe a 5 or 6 at best," said Heidi. I didn't look at any of them though, so I can't say for sure.
And when you go, you've gotta get BBQ ribs at Dreamland in Southside! They were fantastic!
I'm getting really excited about moving up there (July 20th - Aug 1st) and really excited about meeting all of you real soon.
Please give me some feedback on the Oaks v. WC case, if you would. Edit:
I think Kim and Sara's takes on The Oaks lady were correct after all. I decided I would reactivate my application with Wildwood Crossings and cancel at The Oaks. Cindy at Oaks was less than enthusiastic and tried to keep $100. I had to remind her several times that I was within the 72 hours before repercussion. At any rate, I'm guaranteed now at WC for a 2bdrm/1bth but will take a 1bdrm/1bth if it opens up. I would be sick all year long thinking about how $60 could get me a whole extra room right down the road!