|New to LUC
||[Jun. 24th, 2009|08:58 pm]
Loyola University Chicago
I will be attending Loyola in the fall as a grad student in Secondary Education. Despite having been "based" in Illinois I went out of state for my undergrad and just got my degree from the University of Iowa. So I'm a Chicago newbie. I know nothing about downtown, let alone the Water Tower Campus. I'm looking for advice and stuffs like that. Where can I begin my job search? Where is the best place to find an apartment? Also I have no friends in the Chicago area, so I'm looking to meet new people who are in my program or otherwise. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm really nervous for the fall, so I'm looking for a heads up on just about everything.
I completed my undergrad in elem. ed. at LUC and am now doing grad school at another Chicago school.
Re: an apt. Are you hoping to live with roommates or solo? What is your budget? What sort of amenities are desirable? How far are you willing to commute? And, are all your classes downtown? (I took classes at both Chicago campuses)
Re: a job. What type of work are you looking for? Do you have access to a car? How far are you willing to commute?
Chicago is a great city; I just cannot stay away from it.
When encountering someone who is new to Chicago and looking for more information about the city and its contents, I often plug yelp.com for both the information in the form of reviews and also the talk forums where you can learn all sorts of interesting things.
Feel free to hit me up if you have other questions :)
I actually went to Iowa before transferring to LUC last year, which I love.
As far as apartments go, try chicagoapartmentfinders.com or something similar. It all really depends on your budget and how far you're willing to commute. If you're going to be living by yourself, living close to Water Tower Campus is not a good idea because the Gold Coast is really ritzy (i.e. expensive).
i'm about to start my 2nd year of grad school at luc and i live in logan square. my husband and i found our current place through "chicago apartment finders". living in logan square is nice, but a little inconvenient to get to either campus (a bus to the blue line to the red line). i met other grad students who lived all over the city, but it seemed like a lot of the younger, single ones lived in rogers park near the lakeshore campus. i imagine rent is reasonable up there, but i really don't know. i'd suggest you go through an apartment finding servce because well...they do most of the work for you and it doesn't cost you anything (they keep your 1st month's rent so it ends up costing the landlord). i only met 1 grad student who lived downtown and i think she was single and lived in the dorm on pearson st.
regarding jobs: i had a lot of luck with idealist.org and npo.net. the luc job website was filled with junk so i stopped looking there after a couple of days.
I'm in the Ph.D. program in English. My husband and I live in Rogers Park a few blocks away from campus. While it's not the most exciting neighborhood, we couldn't be happier with our location. We're super-close to the Red Line (which you'll need to travel to the WTC) and steps away from the beach. Our rent is really reasonable too. I've actually been looking for other apartments recently (since I'm almost through with my coursework and won't need to go to campus daily), and I can't find a deal that beats our current arrangement. And, for what it's worth, we didn't use any apartment-finding service. We just walked around the neighborhood and called places that had FOR RENT signs. We ended up finding our ideal apartment in just three days.