“Can you believe it’s week 5 already?” ”No! No one is allowed to talk about how it’s already week 5!” ”Midterms are here already?” ”Only 5 weeks left in the quarter?”
It’s a super cliche thing to say around Korbel right now, but it’s something almost all of us are saying. Seriously, you could walk up to a complete stranger and mention week five and end up having at least a ten minute conversation about 1) how you can’t believe the quarter has gone so fast 2) how much you have to do in the next five weeks 3) how the quarters just fly by quicker and quicker. And guess what? It’s all true.
This quarter has seriously gone by the fastest for me. I think it’s because I didn’t really get a huge breather in between Winter and Spring quarters, so it seems like I just hit the ground running again. My professors haven’t messed around this quarter, either; the first day I was already assigned a ton of reading. But, classes are going great. I feel like Stats 3 is way better than Stats for IA, because we’re actually using our own data sets and applying methods (basically, I understand what the SAS software actually does now, and why we might want to use it). I turned in my first of three papers for Policy Making, and I’ve already knocked out my European Foreign and Defense presentation. Networking week was great; all our panelists had great advice. Our students got to network with a lot of diverse alumni. Oh, and we had lots of yummy food, complete with beer and wine.
Anyway, enough about that. Back to the main issue at hand: Where do you live when you move to Denver for grad school? You’ve come to Discover Korbel, or you’ve visited, or you haven’t been here but you’ve read all our blogs and all the material from admissions, and think, “obviously there’s nowhere else in the world where I would want to go to school.”
I am part of the latter group. I didn’t come to Discover Korbel, and the first time I actually saw DU was when I showed up at the end of June to look for an apartment. Which was horrible, and extremely stressful. BUT it worked out great, because I love my apartment, which is a 5-10 minute walk from Korbel. My own personal adventure of finding and apartment entailed lots of research online before I headed out to Denver, so I had a couple of appointments already set up. But, the way I really found my place was a combination of driving around the DU area, and a website called hotpads.com
I know. Hotpads.com sounds stupid. But it’s a lot like padmapper.com, except most of the listings are from realtors and the actual apartment landlords instead of random Craigslist people. Not that Craigslist can’t work out great for you. I know several people who found roommates or apartments on Craiglist, and it worked out great for them. But Craigslist sketches me out, so I did not use it. Anyway, we’d driven by my apartment a couple of times, and the outside looked a little janky, but then we also found the listing on padmapper, with photos of the inside. I toured several other apartments that we found on this site. But the one I found was the perfect combination of size, location, and price. I pay $695 a month for rent and a parking space, and I live by myself in a studio on University and Asbury. It’s ideal.
It will be way cheaper to live in a house with lots of roommates, and there are tons around DU. A great way to find roommates/homes is to get connected on the facebook group for your incoming class. I’m sure you probably have already. For apartments, listings usually don’t go up until June, July, or August. Unless you want to live at Asbury Green or Vista, which are owned by the same people and come fully furnished. They lease way in advance. I would highly recommend living around DU, the light rail is close, which gives you easy access to downtown, it’s close to the Korbel watering holes, and it’s just more convenient. You don’t have to factor in hours of commuter time or worry about the bus being late to pick you up.
This felt more like a ramble than actual coherent tips about finding a place to live here (I try to sound more intelligent when writing papers, I promise). I hope it helped. Moral of the story: Craigslist does work, HotPads is a good website you might not have heard of before, the cheapest option is an older house with lots of roomies, and really the best way to get a feel for the area and what your apartment really looks like is to wander around the University area.
Good luck with your apartment searching, kids! And happy Week 5 to all!