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Found 36 results

  1. mox

    San Diego, CA

    I did my undergrad at UCSD and am fairly familiar with the social and academic scenes at SDSU and USD if you have an questions fire away.
  2. HI! So I'm new to Portland and I just got accepted to Pacific University! However, it's in Forest Grove and I've heard ppl dont live there usually if in the masters program. So I wanted to know what areas do you current students live in or suggest? THANKS
  3. Will $40,000 be enough for cost of living for fall 2019, spring 2020, summer 2020, and fall 2020? That's how much I should have saved up before I start at Columbia! I'm a pretty low maintenance gal and would prefer to only take out loans for tuition.
  4. I'll be entering Columbia GSAS in fall 2019. I have a psychiatric disability and would like to request to have an emotional support cat(s) in graduate housing, even though ordinarily pets are not allowed. Has anyone else been through the process of making such a request?
  5. flocell94

    Stipend budgeting/taxes

    Hello all, I have recently been accepted into a PhD program at Vanderbilt University, and I am attempting to find a apartment/house for rent and set a budget. However, I am unsure of the rate at which I will be taxed as a graduate student so I have no idea of how to begin doing this. My stipend is $26,000 per year (or $2167 per month), but I am unsure of the interval at which it will be disbursed. My question is this: how much should I expect to be taxed as a grad student? Thanks for any advice you all can offer!
  6. I just accepted my offer to U of Utah and I'm so excited to start making plans for the move. I'm looking to get out there by August 1st. Anyone else here looking for housing and would possibly want to chat to see if we'd be good roommates? I talked with a few friends and have some suggestions for good neighborhoods to live in.
  7. Hi GradChat, I will be starting at Harvard (graduate student) in the fall. I am a female in my mid-twenties and I'm seeking another female student to live with and "apartment search" with together. I'm meeting a realtor in 2 weeks in Boston and I will be searching around the Allston/Brighton/Brookline area, as I'm unfamiliar with the area and I currently live across the country. The search so far has been disheartening. I will be searching for a 2-bedroom apartment and looking to split the costs, as I will be commuting probably every day to campus. My priorities include a location where the commute is reasonable, affordability, of course safety, and a full/decent kitchen that will allow me to cut expenses by cooking at home. I don't smoke/drink. I'm quiet, clean and dependable. I'm willing to compromise and make things work, I'm straight forward and I'm looking for someone who is the same. If anyone is interested, kindly DM me, and we can talk about details over text/call/skype, etc.
  8. MassSLP2be

    Moving Back Home with Parents

    In order to save money, I'm going to be moving back home permanently (at least for the next two years!) after undergrad to live with my parents while attending grad school. Even though I know this is the best decision for me, I have some doubts. My parents have proved again and again over the course of my undergrad career that they do not fully respect my autonomy as an adult, even after living on my own and holding down jobs both while at school and at home. I worry that I'll be trying to study, do homework, or go out and be social, and they'll harp on me not "being closer with the family" or "not doing enough to help out around the house," etc (speaking from experience since they made comments like this when I've been home for breaks or vacations over the last four years). Obviously, I'll still help out with chores and errands as needed, and obviously I'll still try to spend time with them-they forget that I was still doing chores and errands when living with roommates in off-campus apartments! However, I know that grad school has to become my biggest priority, and they need to realize that even if I'm living at home, my focus and availability is going to be different from what it was in undergrad. I have my own desk/study space in my childhood room upstairs, and I intend to make that a place where I'll be spending most of my time at home-that is, if they can restrain themselves from saying I'm "ignoring them" all the time by being in my room with the door shut. Yes I lived at home when I was in high school, and I got my homework done just fine then, but that was different from undergrad, and will be especially different from my life in grad school! I guess I'm just looking for advice on how to tell my parents that I need to draw the line. They were about to become empty-nesters since my youngest sibling just committed to moving away from college, but now that I'm staying home, they're relieved-and also may be thinking that I'm going to have more time being around them than I'll actually have.
  9. I am struggling to find a safe 1 bedroom close to campus ( no more than a 15-minute commute) that I can afford in the city I am moving to for grad schools(I don’t want to say where exactly). Almost all of my options are student-oriented housing (either on campus or off). I have literally spent over 50 hours looking for places plus driving around during a visit. I am graduating early so I will be undergraduate aged when I start graduate school which makes me less hesitant to live in student housing. I will obviously attempt to avoid places that have parties a lot (by reading reviews and looking for crime data on alcohol-related offenses). This market there is very student oriented which with three different kinds of apartments: student, low income, and super luxurious professional apartments that I can’t really afford. The cheaper places don’t have a lot of students but I am a single woman and a lot of those places I have looked at have crime issues. I live in a college town now, and I know that a lot of graduate students here live at some of the student places because they are cheap, safe, and close to campus. Is it a horrible idea to live in a complex alone that caters to undergraduate students if I live in one of the quieter ones alone in a building of one bedroom apartments? I could do a house but I don't know anybody in the town and I think finding random roommates is a bad idea and it's not likely I can find someone in the department to live with my first year.
  10. hannah

    New Orleans, LA

    Everyone saw it flooded, how is it now to be there? In the Tulane-Loyola area?
  11. Quinoa96

    UChicago Funding

    Hey y'all! I just recently got the recent of my scholarship package from UChicago, and I just have some questions about cost of living and tuition. I know that whenever I college posts its overall tuition, it is more of an average estimate. With that being said I received $25,900 in scholarships, $4,860 for Work Study, $20,000 in unsub loans, and $27,769 in gradplus loan. I obviously do not intend on taking out all of those loans, but I also am not as afraid of taking out loans as most people are. Do y'all think that these are good numbers to have as far as funding is concerned? Also I figured, that some of the money could go towards housing (hence why I'm down for taking out some loans at least for my first year so I can get situated) Just trying to make some informed decisions about college lmfao. Thanks y'all!
  12. According to their website, each department at UCLA has allocated housing places and offer them to their students. Do you know how the departments (especially ECE) choose those students?
  13. MandyDonald

    UCSC

    Hello Friends, I thought I'd start a thread for UCSC Earth Science Dept! Housing thoughts? Are you attending open house? Research topics? Questions, comments, concerns? Best of luck, Amanda
  14. MissAtomicBomb

    How to be a Real Adult?

    I'm absolutely thrilled about being accepted into my first choice MFA program, and now I'm jumping feet first into getting ready. I'm going to have to move halfway across the country and experience fun "adulting" things like renting an apartment for the first time. This isn't the first time I've lived away from home, but in previous situations my housing was covered by scholarships. So, any advice for a baby adult who has no idea how to move efficiently across the country or what to look for when renting an apartment (specifically, I'm looking to rent in Michigan)? Any other general adulting wisdom to give me as I get thrust into being a grown up?
  15. Sachi

    Harvard Housing

    I’m looking for female roommates to lease an apartment from the Harvard University Housing platform. http://www.huhousing.harvard.edu/ I’m an Indian female. I’ve been admitted to the Computer Science PhD program at Harvard. Please reply in this thread if you are interested.
  16. Has anyone else been accepted to and decided on the Hertie School of Governance? I've sent in my tuition deposit and all that so now I'm looking into housing ... and eek! Housing is difficult to come by in Berlin, as everyone warned me. There's these sites like SpotaHome and Wunderflats and others but I feel like they could totally be scams? Anyone else exploring options? Anyone out there at all?
  17. mathsnotmath

    Renting site unseen

    Dearest Gradcafe, I have accepted an offer to study in Canada beginning in September, 2017. I live in the US and as such have experienced the difficulties of trying to secure housing from 1,500+ miles away. I found quite a nice place near to the campus which matches all of my criteria. I wonder whether or not anyone has experience in a similar situation. I will almost surely be unable to visit the place before moving to my new city permanently in the beginning of August. I am confident I'll be able to send either my advisor or fellow graduate student to view the place in my absence to verify that the house matches the description and photos listed online. I'm also hoping to arrange for a Skype meeting with the current tenant who's renting the room. Has anyone rented a place from a distance? Did you pay a deposit/rent from afar? Obviously I'm aware of the legitimate advise that one should never rent a place or exchange money in anticipation of renting a place without first seeing the place in person. Thank you for your advice in advance!
  18. NotAlice

    On Campus Graduate Housing

    This is more of a general question, as I realize each university will have specific guidelines. I'm applying to master's programs this fall, still narrowing down the schools. For a few of the possibilities, I'd prefer to live on campus. I'm an older single student who would prefer to live alone. I also like the convenience of having all utilities included without worrying about separate deposits. The schools I'm considering have limited graduate housing and deposits and applications seem to be due in the fall semester for the next year. So how does one sign up for graduate housing if they 1. don't know if they're accepted yet and 2. no idea of funding? Do you risk a deposit after you get your acceptance if you haven't heard about funding yet? Will some schools hold graduate housing until April funding notification dates? Obviously people will be cycling out as they graduate. As I narrow my list, I'll contact those specific schools, but I'd like to get a sense of how this has worked for others. Thanks.
  19. Hi everyone – I'll be starting a Master's at HGSE this fall! I already live in the area, but I'm interested in moving into Harvard grad student housing and living by myself :-) Has anyone gone through the HU Housing lottery-esque process for grad students? I just got my "view and select" assignment and I'm trying to figure out if I have an average or bad date. Any advice/perspective would be helpful!
  20. CPV

    What to do next?

    So, I will most probably be going to UIC (University of Illinois, Chicago) for my MS in CS. And keep in mind that I am an international student. So, I have some questions like: - Is On-Campus housing good or should I look for Off-Campus? -What about part-time jobs? The I 20 says that it would be preferable if they were related to my studies. In any case, I want to know what I can expect job-wise. As an international student, I am already taking student loans for my university fees and expect to work for my daily expenses. -Any accommodation in near-by areas? I'd need a place to stay while looking for/moving in when I just reach there. Any places people would recommend? -What do the professor's there expect me to know? Do they expect me to already know what 'field' they work in or for me to just come up and say 'I want to work in xyz field and I know you also work in that.' Before choosing a professor to work for, I want to at least know them in person... - What should I bring? What 'supplies' are necessary for my first year of grad school? A general list kind of thing. - Is there anything I have missed/ not thought about aside from the above mentioned points? Also, - Is anyone else here also going for UIC? Any department will do... It will be nice if I already knew someone there but my first day.
  21. Johnny.S

    HDS - Need Advice on housing

    Hi folks! I've recently got off the fence and accepted HDS' offer. So I'm going to live in HDS area for 2 years. I know this question should go to 'City' forum, but, as you know, that forum got too crowded during this season and only little helpful information is offered at the 'Boston' forum. I'd like to hear from current or former HDS student (or BTI friends) on affordable housing ideas at/around HDS (or general Harvard Area). 1) I plan to move in mid-August, when should I start to look for apartments? I've been searching HU Campus Housing page and Harvard Off-Campus Housing, but I don't see any reasonable houses. .. Harvard Campus Housing is extremely expensive and their usual move-in seems like early July- which is too early for me. On the other hands, most of off-campus apartments(from Harvard's off-campus webpage) say the usual move-in date will be SEPT 1st- which is too late (I have to participate in Orientation starts on 24 AUG). 2) What is the "reasonable" rent to pay for a month in off-Cambridge areas? I know the official financial handbook says budget for housing is $11,700 for 9 months which is approximately $1300 per month. But I heard that $1,000 should be a decent budget for rent in *OUTER* cambridge, especially, as long as I am sharing with a roommate. I'm looking for a one-bedrooms for $900 (if I can have a separated room, the other inconveniences should be totally fine) and a shared-room for $600-700. It is possible? And do you have any suggestion or tip for finding a suitable place? 3) That said, any recommendations on where to go (find)? I'm thinking about heading outside of Cambridge. Although I'm going to live without a car during my Boston years (dear friend of mine said having a car in boston/ parking in Harvard areas is a nightmare), it seems like public transportations are quite convenient and nice in Boston Area (and I love using public transportations). I heard there are a fair number of buses that run right into HDS area with some frequency. As for me, I'm also thinking about biking will be a nice option when the weather permits. Besides, I do enjoy walking or running, so if it's within walkable distance (probably 25-30 min. by foot) I'm totally fine! 4) Lastly, how do you think about the CSWR housing?(and what are the chances of actually getting it?) And Does anyone have any information on if people split the rent for some of the apartments at CSWR and how that might be arranged, if accepted? I know it's a bit pricy. But If 3 bedroom houses can be shared and split up into three, I think it's not a bad option (I mostly can't afford the other grad housings and other CSWR housings). My application is almost done now, but I'm hesitant about submitting it. Or any suggestions on where to live, thought on general housing situation, and tips will be appreciated. P.S. If there are any grad cafe folks looking for a roommate/housemate, I'd like to know (or feel free to PM me)
  22. Hi, I will be joining Virginia Tech's PhD program in Computer Engineering. Anybody else got admits here ? I have some background in Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Robotics, and I guess I will be pursuing research along these lines. However, of late, I have started picking up different interests, ranging from genetics to anthropology to music. So, I would definitely love to be part of a diverse community to exchange ideas about well, anything under the sun. If anybody out there is looking for a roommate or would like to connect, with a knack for movies, board games, comics, beer, up for a random discussion that can begin with Game of Thrones and end at the International Space Station, please do contact here.
  23. Hey Everyone! So my name is Amar and I was applying to grad schools for the Fall of 2017 and the biggest issue I found (other than doing the application) is finding affordable accommodation. I ran into this problem while doing an internship last summer, but luckily my undergraduate institution (Colby College) helped me cover costs that time around. I'm still amazed by how ridiculously expensive it has become to find actual affordable places to live in a lot of metropolitan areas (I applied to a lot of schools in Boston and around California). One of my friends actually pays around $1500 monthly in Boston (this is per person, there are 3 of them living there) and the rent basically eats into more than half of his income (and he has an actual full-time job btw). This was one of the reasons (but there are also other issues I have with the current housing market) that I started Fractal with my best friends. Fractal is a startup with the goal of providing more affordable and flexible housing for young individuals and designing the home of the future. I am working on this full-time for a while, so I have put grad schools on pause, because I really think this is an important problem that needs to be solved. So what we do is produce modular micro-spaces, you can think of it as Tetris meeting housing. Basically, you have one small self-contained, self-sustainable living unit which can be easily relocated anywhere (it's simple to load on a typical trailer). The idea is that you should be able to take your home anywhere with you (or have it transported) since our generation is constantly on the move and a lot of us frequently travel. The cool thing is that multiple units can smoothly connect together to create a larger living and working space. So 4 friends can essentially all own a living module and then buy a 5th common area and connect them together to build their own life. Also, you don't need to connect them to the grid, so you leave minimal environmental impact. One of these units costs $20,000 and we are making financing options available if this is still too steep. Of course the goal would be to give this housing to everyone, as the housing of the future needs to be designed for optimal use of space and minimal carbon footprint, but right now I think millennials are in the most dire need for this kind of living solution. You can take a look at www.fractalspaces.com to learn more about who we are and where we want to go with this. Please let me know what you guys and girls think and hit me with any questions you may have!
  24. Looking for a 3rd roommate in Vermillion, SD! Lease starts on August 1st. Rent is $365 + utilities. 1st floor apartment, 3 bed/3 bath, washer and dryer in unit, dishwasher, large closets. Main space of apartment is furnished. Prefer female upperclassman college or graduate student. Feel free to email me for more information at kathryn.hefta@coyotes.usd.edu!!!
  25. Hi everyone, So tomorrow I am Skyping with my POI at a program I've been accepted to. I've had consistent contact with her throughout the application process, since I've been admitted, etc. She wanted to give me the opportunity to ask more questions about the program and discuss funding during this conversation. I have not yet accepted the offer as I am still waiting on several responses and considering my options, but right now this program is at the top of my list. What types of questions should I ask that could help me make a decision? I am certainly interested in learning more about my funding options, TAships, opportunities to attend conferences, etc. Would it be appropriate to ask her things like where grad students typically live, or other more logistical information, or would that be something I should ask other grad students? Also, as I have not yet accepted the offer, how can I politely say that I'm still considering my options, but there's a good possibility I'll be attending this school? I will not be able to attend the admitted students weekend for this program, so I want to be sure I make the most of this conversation and get as many questions answered as I can. Let me know what you think!
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