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I finally got my lease yesterday! This is one less thing I'll have to worry about with regards to grad school. Like everything in California, it costs far more than my apartment in Blacksburg: $853/month/person. It's not anywhere near the cheapest I could have done, but I figure that it can't be too bad of a place if it's school-sponsored... it's hard to be sure the place is good when you live on the other side of the country. It's also a block from campus. The apartment is a 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment, and the really nice thing about it is that the cost already includes electricity, water, trash removal, basic cable, and high speed internet, as well as being fully furnished. They also cut $200/month from the bill in June and July if I choose to stay there... I don't have to decide that until February. I'll be living in the Ida Louise Jackson Graduate House Apartments found in block E6 on this map. EE is located in Cory Hall (B5) and CS is across the intersection in Soda Hall (A5), so that's a 10-15 minute walk across campus... not too different from Tech when I lived in Hillcrest. Hopefully they'll let me know who I'll be living with once everyone gets their leases and security deposits sent in.
Now, I need to figure out what to do about parking... the complex doesn't provide any, and even though it's technically located in the city of Berkeley, Jackson House Apartment residents are not eligible for them... The e-mail said "you won't need your car since you are so close to campus. When you do want to see the bay area, you may use your Class Pass, which entitles you to free AC transit bus rides within Alameda County." Well that's nice, but what if I want to leave the bay area? I'm going to be there for a while, so it would be nice to check out other locations on the west coast without having to find somebody with a car. It also looks like BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) workers might be going on strike soon... wonderful. I started looking at student parking passes, and it looks like I can get a "student storage" pass for $30/month, which is a lot more than Tech, but not nearly as bad as a student resident pass. The problem is, I checked the parking maps and couldn't find any spots where that pass could be used, so I guess I'm going to have to call somebody about that one.
I also still don't know what classes I'll be taking or TA'ing... I hope I find that stuff out soon. I should also start looking into what research positions are available again.
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From:aciel
Date:June 30th, 2005 05:13 am (UTC)
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Have you looked at the co-ops?

That's one thing Berkeley has which VT does not. You join a co-op, you pay "rent," but as soon as you start your lease you "own" your room. You can paint it or do whatever. Then when you move out, someone else moves in.

People who live in the house trade off on chores. Cooking, gardening, cleaning. It all depends on which co-op you live in.

Apparently they're decently inexpensive.

Also, public transportation in California is the suck. There's the Caltrain but I don't think it runs on weekends anymore.
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From:megabyte
Date:June 30th, 2005 05:59 am (UTC)
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I haven't looked at anything really because I didn't want to risk a crappy situation for my first year, but I'll keep that in mind for future years when I'm actually out there and can make an informed decision. Thanks.
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From:aciel
Date:June 30th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Well, that's the disadvantage to the co-ops. Room assignment is based on seniority, so you're much more likely to get a shitty room your first year in the co-ops. =)

Hope I didn't offend you with my post the other day. I don't hate religious people. The way what the girl was saying came across to me was roughly analogous with "I'm so glad my boyfriend is white and not one of those stupid--" and fairly insulting as well, which is why I posted it to begin with.
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From:megabyte
Date:June 30th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
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No, not at all. I was just trying to provide a possible alternative since everybody else had basically the same opinion. I do think behavior like that is potentially dangerous if something majorly negative was to happen in her life, but again, it's really a case-by-case thing, and I don't know her.
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From:aciel
Date:June 30th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
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Alright. Just wanted to make sure. Sometimes my posts are rather audience-insensitive. I've gotten in trouble with more than a few roommates and roommates' girlfriends over it, at the very least. =)

When do you leave for Berkeley?
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From:megabyte
Date:June 30th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Don't know yet... my lease begins on August 1. Classes start on the 22nd, but I might need to be there a week ahead of time, not sure. Stefanie and I would like to drive over together, but she doesn't finish work until the 12th, and she needs to move into and get back to Duke sometime during all of this.
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