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11:17 pm - Questions about London -- Any takers?
Hey all,

So I'm pretty excited to be moving to London in September--close to the heart of the country, and all that. ;) I'm wondering if anyone has any advice about where the most convenient places to live are, how easy it is to get an 8-month lease (I want to do a co-op next summer hopefully), opinions about renting a room in a house vs an apartment, etc.

My two biggest question are:

1) What building are most of the MLIS classes in?
2) I've heard that there's a student bus pass included in the student fees. Is this true? Would it be easier to bring my car? How good is the transit system?

Whoo! It's nice to get that all out. If anyone has any insight on this, I'd love to hear it. My biggest point of anxiety regarding moving is where I'm going to live, so please let me know what you think!


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Date:April 6th, 2013 04:37 am (UTC)
When I was there, and unless things have moved since 2009, most of the classes were in the North Campus Building and some were in MiddleSex college (and I had one random one in the building next to North Campus but don't remember what it was called).

There's a few bus routes that drop off right in front of Delaware hall that is right next to all of that stuff so if you can live on one of those routes you're not too bad off. (Except the Windermere route because its evening hours are stupid lol)

Parking on campus (really any campus) pretty much sucks for what you get out of it. And you do get that bus pass as part of your fees
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Date:April 15th, 2013 03:47 am (UTC)
I'm in the program now and most of the classes are in NCB, or Middlesex, which is across the road.
A lot of people I know live right downtown (above business), or near the Masonville mall (just north of campus). The most convenient place to live, in my opinion, is anywhere just off of Wharnecliffe/Western Road (south of campus), because the #2 bus runs straight down the road every 6 or so minutes to campus. So the bus is amazing (though packed, especially closer to campus). HOWEVER, there is an extreme lack of nearby grocery stores in this area. It's still my favourite though - because it's where I live!

The roads are terrible for driving (always congested and the main roads right now have construction everywhere), and parking is about 10$ a day (if you can find a spot).

I tried and tried and could NOT find an 8 month lease. Landlords, especially in a "college town", are ruthless. Good luck with that one! I have a one year lease, but it's the best bet for doing co-ops I think. They failed to make this really apparent when you apply, but you can only do co-op if you have at least one credit to take after. That means, for a lot of people, they have to take two full semesters, move to do their co-op, and then move back to London after co-op for four months just to finish up. A lot of people found a way "around" the system by taking five classes for two semesters, four for their last semester (or 4-5-5, or 5-4-5, whatever you want). You theoretically then have one class left - so you go off and do co-op, and then go home with one course left, which you do by distance! They usually offer a couple of distance classes per term!

It's a weird concept to get around, but to summarize - a one year lease can be of benefit to you if you want to do co-op :)
Date:April 29th, 2013 05:28 am (UTC)
Welcome to the program!! I just finished my first semester and am really liking it so far!!! A lot of people suggest living near Wharncliffe or Masonville but personally I like living downtown because I love being within walking distance to shops, restaurants, cafes (also the Covent Garden Market) and it is still easy enough to get to school.

I know you are looking for an 8-month lease but I will be looking for a sublet for my apartment for 4 months in September when I go away for my co-op (hopefully if I get it lol). I live right downtown at Richmond and York and it is a very convenient location with lots of things around and about a 15-20 minute direct bus ride to school (depending on traffic). I am hoping to come back for classes next winter but if something changes then it could potentially be available for 8 months. Price is $700 all inclusive and is fully furnished and the price can be negotiable.

Bus pass comes with the student fees so you don't need a car but I just bought a car during the break and brought it back with me. I still plan to bus to school because I don't want to pay for parking but it will be handy to get around town.
Date:April 29th, 2013 05:30 am (UTC)
Also, FYI from where I live the 6 and the 13 (a little further down the street) buses go to campus and drop you off near the North Campus Building.
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Date:June 19th, 2013 04:57 am (UTC)
Thanks everyone for the advice! I'll be flying out to London for a weekend in July to take a look at rooms!
Date:June 25th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
Hi Yirna,
I am finishing up my MLIS program in August 2013. I am subletting my apartment downtown (695 Talbot) for the month of August (1st-31st). If you are interested in taking a look when you visit London, please let me know! I pay $939 per month. If you wanted to sign on for a lease with Terracorp Property Management, I can put you in touch with my building manager. It's a 1-bedroom (on 7th floor in a highrise), newly renovated, with dishwasher, balcony, storage, and free parking.

Good luck with your search and the MLIS program!

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