Dear Wanderer:If you transfer, do you have to spend your first year in the dorms like freshmen?
No. No one is required to live in on-campus housing, actually.If not, when would you suggest starting to look for off-campus housing?
It couldn't hurt to start now. Most people start thinking seriously about it in February or March.Where would you suggest looking? (websites, bulletin boards, etc.) Here
, and here
are great resources. Since you'll be moving in Fall, you'll be able to sign a contract the standard way, so I would suggest going to some complexes you're interested in before you committ (or have a relative go).I have heard that Glenwood is to be avoided, any other notorious places to be cautious of?
I agree with you on Glenwood. Liberty Square has been dubbed "the dorms for sophomores." Cinnamon Tree and Arcadia look like cheap motels in depressing Wyoming towns. I've heard that rooms in Centennial are pretty small and dingy.Any that you'd consider better/a better deal than others?
SpyGlas is the nicest complex I can think of off the top of my head. It is also ridiculously expensive. Stadium Terrace is cheap, you get two fridges, have a big bathroom, but it's not luxurious by any means. I liked the townhouse layout of Sparks II (the thrilling sequel!). Wyview is fairly inexpensive, and a lot newer than what you'll find around these parts. It all depends what you're willing to dish out: you could live in Condo Row--Kensington, especially, is very nice, but still on the expensive end for my taste (not as bad as SpyGlas, though).
See also Board Question #41185