So now that I have officially submitted my letter of acceptance to Case and turned down the other schools I've gotten into, I officially consider myself a grad student. I felt the need to post in this forum as part of a celebration of the fact that I am finally a grad student.
I wanted to know everyone's thoughts on moving to a new city. How do you plan on finding a place to live (or how did you, for our experienced grad students)? Will you visit the city, or will you just pick a place online? I'm sure some of you are in a similar position as me, where I own pretty much some clothes, a laptop, and a mattress. Are you all just going to craigslist it for some furniture? Would you recommend getting a roommate for the first year, or flying it solo? What month is a good time to start looking for a place to live (not too soon because I'm not moving till the fall, but I don't want all the good places to be gone)?
I'm so excited to get back to taking classes and doing new research!
Glad to see that someone else also has a similar set of queries. I am planning to move to Florida, Gainesville on 1st or 2nd Aug. I am really planning to have a roommate, since living alone renders me quizzical and claustrophobic (as I have found out, when my present roommate is not there). also how exactly do you search for roommates?
I would like to add another, is it recommended to book apartment before arriving, like using craiglist? is it trustworthy?
My primary reason for excitement is that I will be doing physics finally, after frittering around in an engineering college for 4 years.