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Calling All 2010 USC Marshall Applicants

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There is no way that a commute from the south bay (redondo/torrance/etc) is easier than Santa Monica, especially going home from campus.

if commuting is a huge issue, find something downtown or near campus. Just make sure it's a relatively safe area (read: not skid row).

and in LA the difference in leaving at 7 or 7:15 can make a big difference. For some reason those extra 15 minutes are huge.
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There is no way that a commute from the south bay (redondo/torrance/etc) is easier than Santa Monica, especially going home from campus.

if commuting is a huge issue, find something downtown or near campus. Just make sure it's a relatively safe area (read: not skid row).

and in LA the difference in leaving at 7 or 7:15 can make a big difference. For some reason those extra 15 minutes are huge.


I agree. Right now I live on the border of SM/Brentwood and I don't think I would live much farther west of here because I think the commute will be about a 30-40 minutes as it is.

As for living downtown, I had some friends who lived there when I was going in undergrad (I graduated in 2007) and there are some nicer buildings for less rent. However, the Westside is nicer overall--close to the beach, post-college/younger crowd, safer, and IMHO just more things to do.

I'm also considering moving to Hollywood at some point but I have no idea what the commute is like. The distance is shorter (7-8 miles) but I think you'll probably hit a lot of downtown traffic in the AM.

Hope this helps and PM me if you have any questions!
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If by some miracle I do come off the wait list and end up going to USC, I'll probably look for an apartment in the South Bay/Long Beach area. Access to the Blue Line is going to be huge, plus the apartments are much cheaper. And Belmont Shores is actually pretty nice without being horribly overpriced. Yeah, it's a hike, but, frankly, I don't see myself finding a studio for $700 anywhere else.
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New post 13 Apr 2010, 14:42
I got jumped on the blue line during mid-day commute...something to consider. I now live in SF and take public transit every day and have done so for 3 yrs without any problems.

Isn't there a SC bus from the south bay somewhere? I love the south bay....
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Isn't there a SC bus from the south bay somewhere? I love the south bay....
That would be pretty sweet...any confirmation?
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New post 13 Apr 2010, 18:43
r1 and r2 admits, what are your decision deadline dates? waitlister here, which is why i'm curious. thanks!
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deposits are due May 1
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what are your thoughts on living in and commuting from Culver City?

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BB22 wrote:
There is no way that a commute from the south bay (redondo/torrance/etc) is easier than Santa Monica, especially going home from campus.

if commuting is a huge issue, find something downtown or near campus. Just make sure it's a relatively safe area (read: not skid row).

and in LA the difference in leaving at 7 or 7:15 can make a big difference. For some reason those extra 15 minutes are huge.


I agree. Right now I live on the border of SM/Brentwood and I don't think I would live much farther west of here because I think the commute will be about a 30-40 minutes as it is.

As for living downtown, I had some friends who lived there when I was going in undergrad (I graduated in 2007) and there are some nicer buildings for less rent. However, the Westside is nicer overall--close to the beach, post-college/younger crowd, safer, and IMHO just more things to do.

I'm also considering moving to Hollywood at some point but I have no idea what the commute is like. The distance is shorter (7-8 miles) but I think you'll probably hit a lot of downtown traffic in the AM.

Hope this helps and PM me if you have any questions!
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I have a few friends who live there right now and commute to USC/Southwestern Law School (right near the USC campus) and it's closer to USC than SM/Brentwood. It's also a cool area too--lots of good food/bars, close to both Downtown and the Westside.

luckymojo wrote:
what are your thoughts on living in and commuting from Culver City?

WilMan777 wrote:
BB22 wrote:
There is no way that a commute from the south bay (redondo/torrance/etc) is easier than Santa Monica, especially going home from campus.

if commuting is a huge issue, find something downtown or near campus. Just make sure it's a relatively safe area (read: not skid row).

and in LA the difference in leaving at 7 or 7:15 can make a big difference. For some reason those extra 15 minutes are huge.


I agree. Right now I live on the border of SM/Brentwood and I don't think I would live much farther west of here because I think the commute will be about a 30-40 minutes as it is.

As for living downtown, I had some friends who lived there when I was going in undergrad (I graduated in 2007) and there are some nicer buildings for less rent. However, the Westside is nicer overall--close to the beach, post-college/younger crowd, safer, and IMHO just more things to do.

I'm also considering moving to Hollywood at some point but I have no idea what the commute is like. The distance is shorter (7-8 miles) but I think you'll probably hit a lot of downtown traffic in the AM.

Hope this helps and PM me if you have any questions!
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Any updates for Round 3 applicants? Has anyone received an invitation to interview yet?
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Any updates for Round 3 applicants? Has anyone received an invitation to interview yet?



Haven't heard anything yet
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Hey guys, I'm an LA local who's going to Marshall next year, and I thought I'd give my opinion on the living situation. I'd strongly recommend the westside (Santa Monica, Brentwood, Westwood). That's pretty much where all the 20's something professional types / grad students live. My sister's in USC Law and pretty much all her friends live in the westside. So yeah the 30-40 minute commute is gonna suck, but on the other hand, nearly all the off-campus social gatherings will be at places in the westside. If you live in downtown, you'll be driving 15 miles on weekends to hang out with your friends, and this definitely isn't the best city for DUI's.
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Any updates for Round 3 applicants? Has anyone received an invitation to interview yet?
Haven't heard anything yet


Same here.
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GSM2010 wrote:
kekmurph wrote:
Any updates for Round 3 applicants? Has anyone received an invitation to interview yet?
Haven't heard anything yet


Same here.


Haven't heard anything hear as well....
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does anyone know if July 26 is the start of actual school, the lady on the phone said orientation week, as in are we going to begin actual classes then, or is it just a 'get to know eachother' type deal?
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Just got an interview E-mail from USC.... still waiting on Anderson :( They will begin interviewing on April 20th... good luck everyone!
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I forget where I read this, but after the July 26 orientation, there is a 3-week "bootcamp" type thing. It sounded mandatory, but I'm not sure.

Also, thanks to those who shared their insights into the living situation!

MBA234 wrote:
does anyone know if July 26 is the start of actual school, the lady on the phone said orientation week, as in are we going to begin actual classes then, or is it just a 'get to know eachother' type deal?
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I forget where I read this, but after the July 26 orientation, there is a 3-week "bootcamp" type thing. It sounded mandatory, but I'm not sure.

Also, thanks to those who shared their insights into the living situation!

MBA234 wrote:
does anyone know if July 26 is the start of actual school, the lady on the phone said orientation week, as in are we going to begin actual classes then, or is it just a 'get to know eachother' type deal?


I have no idea what could go on for that long before the start of classes.

Maybe there is a kegger every day on the beach. Count me in!
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New post 15 Apr 2010, 14:30
3 weeks! Seriously, that sounds really long.
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Just got an interview E-mail from USC.... still waiting on Anderson :( They will begin interviewing on April 20th... good luck everyone!


Are you round 3? If so, are you local or out-of-state?
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