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Following prior year trends, I thought I'd open up an area specifically for Admitted Students to exchange information.

I just found the "Community Directory" and you can search for people in your current city and see the name of everyone who has been admitted. Good tool if you're interested in meeting up with local admits. You can find the Community Directory either by logging into the portal and clicking on the button on the right or by logging into the admitted students site and using the link on the left.
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Hi All - could somebody shed some light on how housing works? When's the best time to visit apartments and secure a lease? Is it difficult to secure a lease? (I've heard of waiting lists for the most popular apartments...)

Also - how does one go about finding a roommate? I know there is a google doc going around...are we just supposed to browse and ask around?

Thanks!


These are going to be my personal experiences, so please take everything with a grain of salt.

Admit Weekend is a great time to start your housing search. You won't know availibility of specific units, but you will know a general price range for the building and get a feel for the community, finishes, and up-keep. On Saturday of admit weekend, Booth puts on housing tours and you can choose two neighborhoods. Personally, I was pretty certain I wanted to live in the Loop, so I used the housing tours as a time to explore other options - so I chose to visit the South Loop and River North. On Sunday, I set up private showings of the buildings in the Loop that I was most interested in.

1) South Loop - A lot of people say that the benefit of living in the South Loop was more bang for your buck. Personally, I did not find that to be true (do your own research!). The South Loop is full of shops and restuarants and is very lively. It's less touristy. The commute to campus is faster and there are more options than the commute from the Loop-so that is a benefit. The Boothies in the South Loop seem to have a community feel and they get together for dinner/happy hour. People with cars might prefer the South Loop, because parking tends to be cheaper and they don't force you to do valet like some places in the Loop (aka Millennium Park Plaza - MPP, and I think Columbus Plaza - CP). There is also good greenspace nearby so it is good for people with dogs.

2) River North - The area that we actually visited on the "River North" tour was Streeterville. Streeterville is very quiet with very little shops/restaurants/bars in the immediate surrounding. Of course the walk to River North shopping is not very far, but you are not living amongst it. There are not many Boothies that live in this area. I would personally not want to live in Streeterville.

Then on Sunday we visited several apartment buildings.

1) MPP - Right on Michigan Avenue but South of the Magnificent Mile touristy-area. Right across the street from Millennium Park and some units have great views of the park (no one bedroom units have those views). Forced valet is going to be annoying for people with cars (have to wait to get your car, potential for door dings/scrapes, etc). Parking is $240 a month. The fitness center and indoor pool are nice and well-kept. The finishes in the units vary. No W/D in unit. One bedrooms start at $1595 a month. Overall, pretty good value. It's $40 to join the waitlist. At night, there were some not-so-great characters hanging around - but you will find that in any big city. Just a half-block or so from the public transit that takes you to Hyde Park. Also, they force you to start your lease on the first of the month which is really annoying and clearly they're just trying to make a quick buck. I'm sure this method backfires when everyone tries to move in on the same day.

2) MDA City Apartments-online, this place looks really great. In person, I found the units and the ammenities to be pretty beat up. It's significantly more expensive than MPP. There was broken glass/beer bottles in the community room. I would not consider living there. I believe it was $75 to join the waitlist.

3) Shoreham/Tides - This was the nicest of those I visted in the Loop. It's more expensive than MPP. Tons of closet space, and the properties are extremely well-maintained. W/D in unit. This would be a good area for people with dogs, as it's set back from Michigan Ave and there's a big park that is shared by all the condo buildings in this area. I found the area to be very homey and cozy. However, since it's set back a little bit there's a little more walking involved to get to get to Public Transit - although she said there's a Pedway entrance nearby. I hear these buildings are popular among Boothies, but not as popular as MPP. Parking (for an un-reserved but guaranteed covered spot) is about the same price as MPP, but you can self-park. Free waitlist.

4) Astoria Tower in the South Loop - I visited because the finishes were nice. But ultimately it's not a great location and not worth the extra $$ to me.

5) Columbus Plaza - I didn't actually visit the interior. I stayed at the Hyatt right next door and boy is that area DEAD at night. It's not far from MPP at all, but since it's the same price as MPP and MPP is in a better location, I personally wouldn't consider it.

If you set up your own private tours when you visit, I planned one every hour on the hour. Some leasing agents might keep you walking around forever - so just make sure they know they only get 45 minutes of your time. Shoreham/Tides will take the longest because there are two buildings but we were still able to finish in 45 minutes and wrap up remaining questions via email.

After you have considered the buildings and inquired about their waitlist fees, you can make the decision to join one or multiple waitlists. The waitlists essentially give you notification of available units before they go out to the general public. I think how each building runs their WL is different, so be sure to ask about it if you are curious.

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Hi everyone! Setting up shop here.
I can't tell what I'm more excited about, the fact that I got into Booth or the fact I get to be a part of rhyme and cheetarah's network :lol:
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Re: Chicago Booth Class of 2015 - Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2013, 19:19
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WolfgangTiny wrote:
Does anyone know when scholarship, fellowship or financial aid info goes out to accepted students? Some schools send it at the same time as the acceptance letter or a day after. Is it supposed to go out before we have to decide on the school or after you've accepted?


The admitted students website, in conjunction with the Booth student handbook, has the most comprehensive information available. You might have to make your depost in order to get access to the website; I'm not sure (I made my deposit already).

There are three sources of financial aid at Booth: merit-based scholarships, fellowships, and outside financial aid. Admitted students are notified about their selection for merit-based scholarships when they're notified that they were admitted. Fellowships are awarded to incoming students who fit a specific profile, and these awards typically have a family's or corporation's name attached. Fellowship decisions are revealed after the class has pretty much been selected; I've read they will be revealed May 1. "Outside financial aid" refers to loans and any scholarships/fellowships from outside (non-Booth) sources.

Some extra info from page 35 of the student handbook:

1. Scholarship awards are applied to tuition
charges only.

2. If students have been awarded a full-tuition
scholarship for two years, the award will pay for
a maximum of 20 courses, excluding Leadership
Effectiveness and Development (LEAD).

3. The total sum of all scholarship awards from all
sources cannot exceed tuition charges for any
quarter.

4. Recipients may only receive one Chicago Booth
scholarship or fellowship per year. If a student
receives:

a. A Chicago Booth scholarship and an additional
outside scholarship, the combination of the
awards cannot exceed tuition.

b. A Chicago Booth scholarship and an outside
scholarship that requires Chicago Booth to
match the award, the Chicago Booth scholarship
will be increased only if it does not already
meet the amount necessary to match the outside
scholarship. Total awards cannot exceed tuition.

c. A Chicago Booth scholarship and a Chicago Booth
or external fellowship for a greater amount, the
higher fellowship will replace the Chicago Booth
scholarship the student was previously awarded.

Only Full-Time MBA students are eligible for
scholarship awards.
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Looking for ladies to share the hotel room during admit weekend. PM me if anyone is interested.


I assume you are female, otherwise it just sounds creepy.
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Just put my deposit down - pretty darn excited!
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I sat through the Financing your MBA session on Admit Weeekend and I'm pretty sure we shouldn't fill anything out until May/June and the Fin Aid office will send us an email with all the info when it is time!

Booth doesn't give need based aid, so there's also no time crunch to submit the FAFSA. That can be done at your leisure.

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There will be shuttles to campus from the Gleacher Center, so you might want to stay near Gleacher.

I always highly recommend Priceline bidding for big discounts on 4 star hotels (I won the 4 star Hyatt for like $60 bucks a night for admit weekend 1). Use www.betterbidding.com and www.biddingtraveler.com to help your bidding.

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Hello and congrats to all fellow admits. Looking forward to having some time to meet and celebrate at admit weekend.

Someone mentioned a google doc for roommates... should I assume that will be linked up through the admitted students website? Or did someone else start that on their own?


When you join the Facebook Group, look for a post on February 19th. That will give you the people's names you can message to obtain the roomate Google doc. To join the Facebook group, send a friend request to Emily Salans (of the ad com) and she will add you to the group. They keep the group totally secret for privacy (keeping in mind that many people have not told their employers that they are leaving yet).
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So how soon can we expect to receive our admit packs? Does it contain those fanciful merchandises given by other schools? :-D

They mailed R1 out pretty quick. A week to ten days depending on how far the packet had to travel.

Just one little trinket as far as merchandise goes..I won't spoil the surprise..

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So how soon can we expect to receive our admit packs? Does it contain those fanciful merchandises given by other schools? :-D



Mine arrived this morning via USPS.
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Could someone please post a link to the list of random walk trips? I'm on a cell phone with an hour-long commute (train) ahead of me.

Also, who here will be at Admit Weekend?


Here you go http://student.chicagobooth.edu/group/r ... /index.htm
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Based on last year's posts, I'm guessing that fellowship notifications will go out right before the R2 deposit deadline (May 1).
If anyone gets a lucky call, please post it here so we all have an idea of when fellowship recipients are being notified.
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I was notified of fellowship on 4/8. This replaced the merit scholarship offered upon admission.
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I'm starting to outline my budget and have a couple easy questions.
Are the $931 student life fee and $1,800 Administrative service fee charged all at once or split evenly between 3 quarters?

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just paid my last enrollment deposit & fee for mystery trip. already $6,300 down and it hasn't even started. god, i hope i know what i'm doing!
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Well played sir/ma'am.

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Re: Chicago Booth Class of 2015 - Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2013, 05:09
Thanks a lot for opening the group!
Is anyone going to the Admit Weekend? I will fly from Europe, arriving the 7th and leaving the 10th.
Very excited to see you there!
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