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Old 08-19-2007, 02:34 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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I'm looking at moving into the Chicago area for several months before applying to college there (to avoid out-of-state residency fees, I'm cheap), but I don't know anyone in the area anymore.
All I'm looking for is comfortable housing for two (I'm engaged) that is safe and relatively inexpensive. Could anyone recommend a particular area? Or places to get jobs? ManPower and Kelly Services are an obvious safe bet for quick work, but my main objective is to get into the editing and publishing process.
Anyone with any info would be much appreciated if they would be willing to share their experiences or knowledge of the nicer areas of Chicago.

Thank you!
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Old 08-19-2007, 04:09 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Which school are you looking to attend? I'd hate to recommend, say, the North Park neighborhood only to find out you intend to go to Chicago State...
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Old 08-19-2007, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Default Well...

That's the other problem. I'm trying to find one that has a really good English program, but (like all college websites) they all seem relatively capable. I forgot to mention that would be useful as well. Trust my one am logic on that one.
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Old 08-19-2007, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Depaul, u of C, northwestern, loyola....
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Old 09-27-2007, 07:20 PM
 
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I'm planning on starting graduate school at Loyola next summer. The classes are all held at the Water Tower Campus, so I'm debating between living in the grad student Baumert Hall or living off campus. On campus breaks down to about $1,150 a month, so any place else I look has to be that or less.

I'm going to be financing the whole thing, so I'll be doing this for about a year.

Any suggestions of neighborhoods that would be nearby the Water Tower campus, yet affordable? I'll be getting a CTA pass, as I'm sure having a car will be cost-prohibitive. I'm currently in Milwaukee, so I could take a few day trips down to scope things out.

Thanks!
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Old 09-27-2007, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, IN and Muncie, IN
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GoBrewers, when you start classes at Loyola, you'll get a U-Pass, which is essentially a free CTA pass. I'm not sure what the restrictions are for grad students, but i know you'll definitely get one. I want to see that it only works during certain hours. Also, Baumert seems like a pretty cool place to live if you are interested in staying on campus, but I'm not sure what you are looking for.
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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There are no restrictions for grad students. They get one under the same terms undergrads get one -- must remain full-time, card will be cancelled if you drop below full-time, not allowed to let others use it, etc. And it works 24/7 during the entire semester term for which it was issued.

As for the $1,150/mo, does that include food as well? If not, that's something to calculate in whether or not to live there or off-campus. Same with cost of utilities.
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Old 09-28-2007, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis, IN and Muncie, IN
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As an undergrad I payed just under $10,000/year for housing/dining @ loyola. I was at the Lake Shore campus, but I'd imagine they'd keep the prices roughly the same. Being as the school year was around 8 months that put my monthly bill at around 1,3. I'd say there is a good chance that dining would be included in that price, but again, defiantly a deciding factor.
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Old 09-28-2007, 10:16 AM
 
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No, it doesn't include food. Which is why I'm trying to think this through...

It's a triple room suite - two share a bath (a bit cheaper- not much), one has a private bath. The $1,150 would have it's own.

Good point about utilities. The question is - can I find some place not too terribly far away withouth going over $1,150 including utilities. I've looked online at some nearby areas, but I'm hoping to hear from some of you closer for ideas before I drive down for the day.

Thanks guys!
ps - I'll root for the Cubs if they win this...
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Old 09-28-2007, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis, IN and Muncie, IN
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