||[Apr. 20th, 2012|11:27 pm]
The Question Club
Hey TQC! A couple weeks ago, I officially enrolled in a master's program at George Washington University, and also accepted a job offer there. Yay! Life is good. The only problem? I don't have anywhere to live yet. I'll be getting my Bachelor's in May, and this will be the first time I've lived in an apartment that wasn't covered under university housing. To further complicate things, I live in Boston and thus cannot be down in DC to physically look at apartments. My parents are concerned about me living too far off campus because not everywhere in DC is super safe (even though I've lived in Boston for the past 4 years...) and I'm currently grappling with a couple questions regarding the apartment search process. HELP ME, OH GREAT AND WONDERFUL TQC!|
1. Should I aim to get an apartment by myself or have roommates? I wouldn't mind having a studio in GW's grad student housing and it would probably be cheaper, but I don't know if it would make me more anti-social. I have some issues with social anxiety that are (ironically) helped sometimes when I have a roommate- if I know they're out doing things, it motivates me to get out myself and interact with people. On the other hand, I've heard so many horror stories about rooming with people that you don't know, so I'm not so sure. (I'd be rooming with another grad student, probably one in my program). There's also the kitchen issue, which I address below.
2. A girl from my program has expressed interest in living with me. We've been emailing back and forth and are scheduled to Skype/talk on the phone tomorrow. We'd be moving in at around the same time, and she seems really nice so far. She does have a (small) dog, though, and while I love dogs this might make our search harder/force us to look at more expensive places. I feel bad saying no just because of the dog thing. Should I still consider living with her? Am I throwing away a good opportunity if I say no? I don't want to leave her hanging.
3. GW does offer some graduate student housing for a pretty decent amount- however, the rooms are basically converted hotel rooms and they don't all have kitchens (there's one on every other floor, I believe). Would taking GW up on the housing be a smart move, or a downgrade from what I'm used to?
4. Do you have any tips about finding an apartment/apartment hunting in DC specifically?
Thanks so much!
Edited to clarify some stuff on the first question.