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Generally speaking, is living in an apartment complex with other MBAs beneficial to the b-school experience? Obviously schools like Tuck and HBS have a residential component, but what about other programs where students are scattered around?
Any current student or alumni perspective is appreciated.
It's beneficial in the sense that you will have someone to hang out with in the first few weeks of the orientation (especially if you are in the big program).
But after your orientation, it really doesn't matter because you will have plenty of opportunities to meet your classmates. A lot of people usually hang out with the members in their section or study group. But whether you live in the same building with many of your new classmates or not, it really isn't a big issue. (unless you find an awesome classmate who lets you stop by his/her apt and allows you to steal their beer or something....now that's a friend you keep for life)
It may also be helpful to live with other classmates in the same building if you are married, have kids or own pets.
I agree with the other points raised above. In addition, living in a building that is popular with students means you can do more/better diligence before signing the contract with regards to how good/bad the landlord is, potential issues with the apartments, etc.
You won't see each other much anyways with the school work, trust me on that one. BTW, how come Nink & Jerz got groupies following them around? Jerz, I heard that certain company with a Skillman campus really isn't all that much fun to work for, is that true?
it depends. my roommate is awesome (i met him before school started at a preorientation weekend). another benefit of living with an MBA classmate is your schedules will largely overlap (so your roommate wont be partying while youre trying to study for an exam, etc.).
but if you get stuck with a d-bag roommate, well that can happen anywhere / to anyone, MBA or not. if youre not used to living with others, just splurge on a studio or something instead.