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Graduate housing [Feb. 24th, 2009|09:11 am]
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[luzclarita]
My husband was accepted into UR's graduate program and we are planning our visit for the orientation this upcoming weekend. I am especially interested in gaining information about housing. We currently live in Portland, Oregon, so it will be a big geographical move for us this summer.

My husband's goal is to find somewhere within walking distance for 4-6 months while we search for a house to purchase in the area.

I've been looking at the university website about graduate housing, but for all the words, it seems to not give very much information. I see lots of roomate ads in their off campus housing database, but we are a married couple and are not interested in living with roomates. Does anyone here know how much does university graduate housing cost? Their literature doesn't say at all. Is it a better deal than finding an apartment one's self?

I also perused the D & C apartment ads online, but it just links to apartments.com, which doesn't have very good searchability. Looking at Rentrochester.com and restricting by the Strong neighborhood (which is within walking distance) I see that a 1 bedroom is $720. Is that right? That's almost as much as we pay in Portland and our houses are far more expensive, so I'm not sure I understand this phenomenon. If that's really true, then perhaps we need to consider buying a house before moving out?
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[User Picture]From: macaroniandtuna
2009-02-24 05:38 pm (UTC)
I'm an undergrad, so I can't help you with graduate housing. My experience, though, is that it's significantly cheaper to rent my own apartment ($630 a month, about a 20 minute walk away from campus - next to Highland Park off Elmwood Avenue if you'd like to Mapquest it) than to live in University housing.
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[User Picture]From: luzclarita
2009-02-24 06:21 pm (UTC)
Does the higher price for your on campus option include a meal plan or other amenities that explain why it would cost more? Thanks for the feedback.
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[User Picture]From: macaroniandtuna
2009-02-24 08:04 pm (UTC)
All told it was roughly $10,000 per academic year, room and board plus a dining plan (I don't know if grad students are required to have a dining plan like undergrads are). My $630/month 1-bedroom includes heat and water free; all told I probably spend about $800 a month total including electricity, internet, basic cable, and groceries, which for a full 12 months is still less than paying for on-campus housing for 9 months. As a general rule, the closer to campus you are, the more expensive the rent, I think. My living expenses seem kind of high to me, given I'm all by myself, but I have no real basis for comparison so I can't say if Rochester is just all-around more expensive than average to live in.

Considering the economy and housing market right now, though, if you're planning on buying a house here anyway and can afford it right now, buying might be the way to go.
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[User Picture]From: luzclarita
2009-02-24 09:46 pm (UTC)
We better not be required to have a dining plan. I'm not eating alone every night while my husband goes to the cafeteria. Given the feedback here, I think we will plan on moving in and then trying to buy a place as soon as possible.
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[User Picture]From: macaroniandtuna
2009-02-24 10:41 pm (UTC)
Good luck! :)

Edited at 2009-02-24 10:41 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: luzclarita
2009-02-24 10:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D
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[User Picture]From: slavetothestage
2009-02-25 05:55 am (UTC)
Don't worry, grad students aren't required to have a dining plan.
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[User Picture]From: luzclarita
2009-02-24 06:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your long detailed feedback! This is exactly the sort of information I was hoping to find out from students who are actually in Rochester right now. Just based on the two replies here, it looks like we have crossed University supplied grad housing off our list of options! It's also possible my ideas of Portland rent are skewed -- I've been very lucky and have been renting the same two bedroom apt. in Sellwood since we got married 3 years ago for only $780. I know most 2 beds in this neighborhood go for $50-100 more.
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[User Picture]From: snoglobel
2009-02-24 08:15 pm (UTC)
I've lived in UR undergrad housing, seen the grad housing, and lived in apartments near by. There is no shortage of places within walking distance, and tons more via bus routes if you don't mind that.

There are a lot of places that are old houses converted to apartments where the rent is much cheaper. When you are here look around at the post office and Wilson Commons, they usually have posters with apartments available.

Especially during the start of the school year you shouldn't have any problems finding a place.

Also - graduate housing stinks. It's not much cheaper but the quality is pretty bad for every place I've seen - and it's far away (barely walking distance) I would definitely recommend an apartment.
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[User Picture]From: luzclarita
2009-02-24 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the feedback. I appreciate learning that there are always vacancies. That makes me feel more relaxed about how far in advance I have to secure a place -- I am hoping I can plan to find a place 1 month out rather than 6.
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[User Picture]From: luzclarita
2009-02-25 12:54 am (UTC)

Re: I recommend the South Wedge!

Wow! Excellent information. Thank you so much. I'm checking out the rocwiki right now.
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From: chikkorae
2009-02-25 03:54 am (UTC)
I lived in the neighborhood behind Strong hospital (the streets run parallel to Crittenden Ave if you'd like to map it) last year as a senior undergraduate and loved it. From what I've heard (via my roommate whose parents bought the house a group of us lived in), spring is when many houses are on the market in that area, because it is populated by many grad/med students (but also many doctors and hospital staff). It is EXTREMELY close to campus and near the canal path, if you like to bike or walk. In case you're curious, here is the website of the neighborhood association in that area. http://www.umhn.com/index.htm

PS: The ROCwiki is a great resource!
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-03-31 04:28 pm (UTC)

Rochester Apartment Search

How did you ultimately find your apartment? We are starting a Rochester-based apartment search site, Newdigs.com (http://Newdigs.com)

Your observation about the relationship between sale prices and rent is definitely accurate. Rochester is much more of a buyers market thans Portland.
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[User Picture]From: luzclarita
2010-03-31 08:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Rochester Apartment Search

Thanks for your comment. We actually purchased a home in the Strong neighborhood and are really happy with it. :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-03-31 04:31 pm (UTC)

Rochester Apartment Search

How did you ultimately find your apartment? We are starting a Rochester-based apartment search site, http://www.Newdigs.com (http://Newdigs.com)

Your observation about the relationship between sale prices and rent is definitely accurate. Rochester is much more of a buyers market thans Portland.
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