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Ohio U- Advice?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by BuckeyeFlorida, Feb 20, 2005.

  1. BuckeyeFlorida

    BuckeyeFlorida Resident Science Dork

    Hey fellow Bucks! I just received word that I got accepted to OU's PhD program in Cell Biology and Physiology and I was wondering if some BP'ers who attended school there might have some advice on realty or rentals in Athens. Advice on anything else would be an excellent bonus.

    Thanks in advance for your help!
  2. Cornerback6

    Cornerback6 Optimism Lover

    Hey FLORIDA....I am at OU right now and have attended for quite some time, now having three degrees. I know the campus and the surrounding area very well and could give you a good heads up on anything you need.

    Please be specific in what you want to know, and I will gladly provide you with any information you might want. Feel free to private message me and I will respond as thoroughly as possible. Anything for a fellow buck! Have a great one bro...
  3. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    --Make sure you are free every Halloween

    --Find that little food trailer on top of Jeff Hill that sells the hellacious burritos at all hours of the night

    --Do the Pub Crawl

    I loved roadtrips to OU...very cool place
  4. Cornerback6

    Cornerback6 Optimism Lover

    Before you refer the Burrito Buggy'd better make sure the man has a stomach of iron....otherwise, he might as well eat the stuff while sitting on the john. :dead: :lol:

    Impressed at the Jeff Hill reference though. There are juniors who are still too obliterated to know that much.
  5. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Back in the wild days, I participated in a brawl on those damn steps...the cops found out we were tOSU boys and it was goodnight Irene

    OU boys got their asses whipped but got to laugh at us in cuffs :roll2:
  6. Cornerback6

    Cornerback6 Optimism Lover

    Nice work Grad. Can't say I've scuffled on those steps myself...though I imagine the concept a bit dangerous. Congrats on the W nonetheless. :)

    Some other basics...just to throw a couple out there...

    1. Do NOT live in anything owned or run by the very generic, Off Campus Housing. This is an outfit run by OU and they have issues.

    2. Unless you live and die by Greek life or fake women are your signature, don't EVER go to the Crystal. That bar is a real piece of work.

    3. There's a new coffee shop named "Donkey" where you can chill, do your work and enjoy the company. Drinks are good and cheap for the most part and the workers are super nice.....borderline hippy, but nice.

    4. Even if you have a means of transportation, do not live off campus. It isn't worth the parking mess. There isn't a city in the U.S. that has worse parking then Athens...and if there is one, tell me so I never move there.

    5. Due to #4, get good at parallel parking. I myself have achieved grandmaster status.

    6. Take your date Seven Sauces and good luck afterwards. It is the nicest restaurant Athens has to offer. Good Italian cuisine.
  7. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

  8. BrutusBobcat

    BrutusBobcat Icon and Entertainer

    Don't rent anything from Athens Rental Management. They were crooks ten years ago and are unlikely to have improved.

    I lived in both College Park and University Commons, both of which are a damned far walk in the winter. The Athens Station apartments are the closest places to West Campus (which I am guessing is where your classes are) and are off the beaten path enough to be both fairly nice and fairly quiet. College Park would be a good second choice as far as walking to West Campus, but the walk uptown sucks.

    If you're starting in the Fall, get your ass up there early this Spring to get a lease. Good places go FAST.

    The best lunch around campus is Zachary's Deli. The Burrito Buggy is for people who hate their digestive tract, and I skipped that my entire time at OU.
  9. creekman

    creekman Newbie

    I stayed in Athens Station Apts for two years. Fairly quiet and about a 10 minute walk to COurt St.

    For good home cookin, see if Ryans is open way down on Union St, but before Larry's Foot Long Hot Dogs, Millers Poultry has awesome chicken dinners for cheap. Not sure if either is still open, as I was there in the late 80's

    I also lived off of Second St, the land lord was an Athens Cop....Made for some quick thinking when he would stop by and we were in the middle of a serious bong session.
    I loved Athens.......
  10. ask paul newman, he knows a thing or two about jeff hill
  11. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    If your program starts in the fall, take what you can get as far as a place to live... most of the off-campus rentals fill up in the fall (for next falls rental)... at this point all the good spots are filled and rented for next year.

    I lived uptown (a couple of years) and down on Palmer for a year (both were great!!).

    Try to stay near campus... you want to be able to walk to class. If you have to drive you are screwed... there isn't parking in downtown athens...
  12. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    What is the name of the building out beyond left field of the baseball field?

    I can remember the American Legion State Tournament Directors showing us where a baseball landed that Mike Schmidt hit...had to be 500 feet
  13. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    You're talking about Grover... it's been leveled and the new health admin. building sits in its place... if I'm not mistaken, the baseball field has been moved as well...
  14. Piney

    Piney Stay thirsty my friends Former Game Champion

    Most importantly you must get a big house so you can house all your fellow BP'ers for Halloween.

    Where you want to live is very dependent on 1) Where your classes will be 2) If you own a mountain bike 3) If you really prefer short walks v long walks 4) You have enough extra money to pay for parking.

    From the people I know if you have the extra money to pay for parking and want to drive everywhere than live farther off campus where you can get cheaper housing and better landlords.

    If not, most of the big corporate landlords by now probable own any housing nearby. So whoever you rent from will most likely be horrible. So how you want to live will end up being important.

    Oh, and don't live down on Stimson Ave. (or any side streets) near the river down near KFC. It is a flood plain and any basement is unlivable.
  15. BuckeyeFlorida

    BuckeyeFlorida Resident Science Dork

    Thanks for all of your advice!

    First, all the BP'ers are welcome for Halloween - I'll find a way to let the girlfriend in on that in due time! The idea might scare her off! :)

    Second, the majority of my classes will be in and around the new Life Sciences Building and my office will most likely be in Wilson Hall (the science part, not the dorm part). Those two buildings (+ the library) will be where I spend most of my time. I've already figured out from my one visit that parking around these buildings really sucks.

    Third, you all have told me the realty companies to avoid, does anyone have and suggestions for good realty companies/individuals? As I mentiona, I've only been to Athens once, so I'm not great with street names.

    Thanks again for all of your help! It feels good to most likely know that I'll be coming back home to great state of O-H-I-O!

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