lothiriell wrote:I have a question about Chicago in general. How much money do you think is enough for comfortably living there? Lets say I pay $1000 for rent, heat and water included. I am not a party person so I won't be going out much and I want the best (but still affordable) internet that I can get.
Oh and what about the esports scene? I am a big fan of DOTA2 esports but I haven't seen a big lan happening in Chicago or the area. And I would looove to go to stuff like that.
The UChicago moto is, "Where fun comes to die". If you want to play Dota2, your best bet is to look around UIC since everyone at UIC seems to have a crap ton of free time.
Pricing wise, if you want to live individually then sure, $1000 is about what you'll need. With a roommate, you can split costs and end up paying 700-800 per person for a nice place. My friends split a $2500 per month apartment 8 ways in order to minimize the price. I would not recommend this.
Something I should probably tell you about UChicago is that its pretty close (a block) to the ghettos of Chicago. I wouldn't recommend using public transportation unless it stops on campus since there's a chance you'll get mugged. Quite a few people I know got mugged while walking back to their apartments at 7-8pm. One benefit of this is the high chance of cheap apartments.
At the end of the day, I'd be okay with getting mugged once throughout my graduate career if it meant getting a PhD from UChicago.