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9 hours ago, onceinalifetime said:

Yea I was looking right around chino area and pomona. Like I said i know nothing about those areas, i was judging solely on location relative to LA and riverside. How long does CA rush hour last? In am and pm. Cus I googled directions from Pomona to Riverside and Pomona to LA during the middle of the night basically, and it was like 28 mins for one and 30 something for the other. So during what periods would it take 2 hours?

I'm from Wash DC, which has ridiculous traffic too. In fact, I think the only place that beats us for worst traffic in the US is usually LA haha. Kind of ironic I might end up in the only other town in america with WORSE traffic

So... The traffic in LA is a bit unpredictable.  You really can have traffic at almost any time, but it is inevitable during the rush hour times.  Maybe 6-10 am and 3-7 pm.  Expect commutes to triple normal commute times.  So you probably do not need to expect more than 1.5 hours, but be ready for that much.

The chino area isn't going to be too bad.  You may have to drive up to an hour each way, but it will not be the end of the world.  If it is convenient and makes both you and your girl friend happy it may be the best area.  Like I said I have cheap housing in the area and have looked into moving there too (if I end up in Riverside).

Also there is a new Billionaire in Chino now because of the powerball lotto.....so that's cool..

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6 hours ago, HopefulPHD14 said:

So... The traffic in LA is a bit unpredictable.  You really can have traffic at almost any time, but it is inevitable during the rush hour times.  Maybe 6-10 am and 3-7 pm.  Expect commutes to triple normal commute times.  So you probably do not need to expect more than 1.5 hours, but be ready for that much.

The chino area isn't going to be too bad.  You may have to drive up to an hour each way, but it will not be the end of the world.  If it is convenient and makes both you and your girl friend happy it may be the best area.  Like I said I have cheap housing in the area and have looked into moving there too (if I end up in Riverside).

Also there is a new Billionaire in Chino now because of the powerball lotto.....so that's cool..

Lol yea I heard the winner was from CA.

The rush hour sounds exactly like what I'm used to here in DC, and I've gotten very used to - and good at - working my life around it. It sounds manageable.

Is there a metro system running from the Chino area to central LA?

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47 minutes ago, onceinalifetime said:

Lol yea I heard the winner was from CA.

The rush hour sounds exactly like what I'm used to here in DC, and I've gotten very used to - and good at - working my life around it. It sounds manageable.

Is there a metro system running from the Chino area to central LA?

I do not think there is a metro that goes out to Chino.  I know that the metro gold line runs all the way to Azusa (north of LA)...

The problem is that Chino is not in LA county.... I think that the metro stops on the outskirts of LA county and doesn't go into the surrounding counties.  

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I also might end up at UCR if I ever get an acceptance letter from them.

My issue is finding dog friendly housing. 

I'd have a car and I am from Atlanta so I'm used to it taking me an hour to get 20 minutes up the highway, but I'd like housing relatively close so I could check on my dog during the day.

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On 2/12/2015 at 10:22 AM, lizardclan said:

I can help with on-campus apartment options, but it sounds like you want to live off-campus, no?

 

-lizardclan

Hi lizardclan,

I will most likely be attending UCR this Fall, and I'm wondering if I can PM you with questions regarding on-campus housing.

Thank you!

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On 1/23/2016 at 10:28 PM, rhombusbombus said:

I also might end up at UCR if I ever get an acceptance letter from them.

My issue is finding dog friendly housing. 

I'd have a car and I am from Atlanta so I'm used to it taking me an hour to get 20 minutes up the highway, but I'd like housing relatively close so I could check on my dog during the day.

I would definitely recommend a house in your case. Apartments near UCR are overpriced, but there are plenty of dog friendly ones (even large dogs). They like to charge a lot for animals though. My cat is $25 extra a month plus have a $200 one time fee per pet in the lease they didnt actually enforce.

 

For price comparisons, apartments here are 900-1200 for one bedrooms, and about 700 if you share a two bedroom apartment. Houses generally run 300-600 to share a three+ bedroom and ~700 to share a two bedroom.

If you decide to come here, hit me up and I can tell you which apartments are walking distance and dog friendly, or help you find other housing opportunities.

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So excited to be moving here in the fall for my PhD!

I had heard all sorts of things before going to the recruitment weekend, and I was so glad I ended up really liking it!

Also had an extra day to hang out with a friend in Fullerton and LA, so it was nice to see how close stuff was.

 

Anyone else heading there this Fall?

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On 3/4/2017 at 8:54 PM, luciddream22 said:

So excited to be moving here in the fall for my PhD!

I had heard all sorts of things before going to the recruitment weekend, and I was so glad I ended up really liking it!

Also had an extra day to hang out with a friend in Fullerton and LA, so it was nice to see how close stuff was.

 

Anyone else heading there this Fall?

 

I'll probably be heading there this year. I'm glad to hear you like the place because there's a lot of negative stuff about Riverside and I was beginning to get nervous.

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5 hours ago, felurian said:

I'll probably be heading there this year. I'm glad to hear you like the place because there's a lot of negative stuff about Riverside and I was beginning to get nervous.

Yeah, I heard a lot of negative stuff as well, so I wonder if people in California are spoiled with such nice places that this one in comparison seems bad haha.

I've lived in Midwest and now in East coast, and although it's more of a "medium city" than the college towns I'm used to, it really exceeded my expectations. 

Maybe having such great weather in February, after barely getting out of the east coast during the blizzard helped that haha.

The students I stayed with lived in a really nice, not too expensive apartment near campus, so that eased my mind a bit, especially since it's possible to get even cheaper housing if you live in a house with roommates, i heard.

Where would you be moving there from?

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13 hours ago, luciddream22 said:

Yeah, I heard a lot of negative stuff as well, so I wonder if people in California are spoiled with such nice places that this one in comparison seems bad haha.

I've lived in Midwest and now in East coast, and although it's more of a "medium city" than the college towns I'm used to, it really exceeded my expectations. 

Maybe having such great weather in February, after barely getting out of the east coast during the blizzard helped that haha.

The students I stayed with lived in a really nice, not too expensive apartment near campus, so that eased my mind a bit, especially since it's possible to get even cheaper housing if you live in a house with roommates, i heard.

Where would you be moving there from?

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I've lived in Kenya all my life and I've never been to the US so I have no idea what to expect. The weather is great here all year round though lol.

Yeah, I've heard that getting a house is the best option but I think it would be best for me to get an apartment on campus, at least for the first year. Do you remember the name of the apartments you stayed at? And how close were they to the campus?

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I am most likely moving there this fall as well! I'm like 95% sure I'll accept the offer, but I want to hear back from some of the graduate students in my program first. This thread has been really helpful. I'm looking for places near Fullerton to live-- my boyfriend works in Long Beach and we want to find a place halfway between there and Riverside. Now that I've heard about the smog, I'm thinking this might be the best idea! I am not looking forward to the commute, but I don't want my childhood asthma to come back :/

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47 minutes ago, lemonlions said:

I am most likely moving there this fall as well! I'm like 95% sure I'll accept the offer, but I want to hear back from some of the graduate students in my program first. This thread has been really helpful. I'm looking for places near Fullerton to live-- my boyfriend works in Long Beach and we want to find a place halfway between there and Riverside. Now that I've heard about the smog, I'm thinking this might be the best idea! I am not looking forward to the commute, but I don't want my childhood asthma to come back :/

In terms of commute from Fullerton to Riverside, in my experience it averages around 45 minutes, though there seems to be a lot of construction taking place on the 91 freeway which, if paired with an accident, could mean you could be caught in bad traffic or forced to take an obnoxiously long detour on the 60.  However, I find the drive itself to and from quite nice, you get to see a lot of hills and nature that is free from housing development along the way, and there’s always a great view of the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains to the north, which are simply grand when all covered in snow :D Fullerton is also a very, very nice place to live, so long as you steer clear of the more rowdy party areas (Fullerton is home to both a university and community college), and there are plenty of parks if you enjoy being outside.

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On 3/7/2017 at 0:53 AM, felurian said:

I've lived in Kenya all my life and I've never been to the US so I have no idea what to expect. The weather is great here all year round though lol.

Yeah, I've heard that getting a house is the best option but I think it would be best for me to get an apartment on campus, at least for the first year. Do you remember the name of the apartments you stayed at? And how close were they to the campus?

I think they went up in price, so now they are not as cheap as they were paying when they started living there (600). Now it's about $750 per person. 

http://www.liveatdwell.com/riverside-apartments-for-rent/dwell-apartment-homes/

There are probably cheaper options.

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On 3/7/2017 at 6:47 PM, enayqq said:

In terms of commute from Fullerton to Riverside, in my experience it averages around 45 minutes, though there seems to be a lot of construction taking place on the 91 freeway which, if paired with an accident, could mean you could be caught in bad traffic or forced to take an obnoxiously long detour on the 60.  However, I find the drive itself to and from quite nice, you get to see a lot of hills and nature that is free from housing development along the way, and there’s always a great view of the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains to the north, which are simply grand when all covered in snow :D Fullerton is also a very, very nice place to live, so long as you steer clear of the more rowdy party areas (Fullerton is home to both a university and community college), and there are plenty of parks if you enjoy being outside.

Thanks for the input! I'll keep that in mind when looking for places. I would definitely prefer something quiet. I have been worried about the commute, so I'm relieved to hear that it's not terrible :)

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Anyone having any luck with housing?

The UCR housing and subleasing Facebook group seems to have a lot of people looking for roommates now but I'm not sure if I should wait or try to set something up now. 

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On 4/11/2017 at 1:39 AM, luciddream22 said:

Anyone having any luck with housing?

The UCR housing and subleasing Facebook group seems to have a lot of people looking for roommates now but I'm not sure if I should wait or try to set something up now. 

I live in the IE--look now. SoCal is a landlord's market. Affordable, nice, and safe housing can be a pill to find.

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Any new grad students looking for places to stay at riverside?

I am trying to find a place to live, but I am getting a lot of mixed reviews. What do you guys think about sterling highlander appartents? Is it worth the price?

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I would like to hear from you guys how my profile compares with admits to the UCR chemistry PhD program.

Here is my profile, and i would like to apply for the fall 2019 cycle.

GRE

Q 151 V 150

301

GPA-  3.23/4.0

Research experience- 6months

Industrial experience- 6months 

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On 7/23/2018 at 8:49 AM, Tomiwaa said:

I would like to hear from you guys how my profile compares with admits to the UCR chemistry PhD program.

Here is my profile, and i would like to apply for the fall 2019 cycle.

GRE

Q 151 V 150

301

GPA-  3.23/4.0

Research experience- 6months

Industrial experience- 6months 

Hey Tomiwaa I will give you some of my feedback. I believe you need better GRE scores since you got not so great GPA. Do you have any accomplishments to help your application? I mean, scientific publications, honors, and whatever you might think about.

Overall my opinion is: apply anyway. We never know how those applicants are actually chosen... so just do what you can to improve your stats and you are good to go!

PS. My GPA is not that good either, and I ended up going there. Best of luck to you!!

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On 8/9/2018 at 11:51 PM, basketballfrost said:

Hey Tomiwaa I will give you some of my feedback. I believe you need better GRE scores since you got not so great GPA. Do you have any accomplishments to help your application? I mean, scientific publications, honors, and whatever you might think about.

Overall my opinion is: apply anyway. We never know how those applicants are actually chosen... so just do what you can to improve your stats and you are good to go!

PS. My GPA is not that good either, and I ended up going there. Best of luck to you!!

Thank you very much for your reply. I would apply as you said. I can only hope at this point that i get chosen.

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