This is a collection of information gleaned from FAQs at various schools, which we’re offering here in a consolidated format for you to get some quick answers in a concrete way. This is not a guarantee that every school is employing each policy, but these are fairly universal from what we have seen.
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That’s a starting point of things that we can be pretty confident on stating.
One significant topic that we can’t offer definitive “this will be how it will be” type statements though is housing. This is very much dependent on the local market for real estate in the town or city where the school is located. Most grad students don’t live in university housing at most schools (though there are exceptions where that’s more common, like Harvard). There is likely to be a real impact on housing markets throughout the entire country based on the depression that’s coming. That might mean that if you choose to move to where your school is based, you can possibly negotiate for a month-to-month agreement instead of getting locked into a full-year lease. It may also mean that prices will soften. In different cities, landlords as a whole have more power, and in other places, tenants do, based on the long-term political leanings that have been in effect (here’s an unfortunate truth: rent control sounds like a great thing for renters but in reality, based on how economies actually work, it can artificially increase rents for everyone). Anyway, all of these factors are totally out of EssaySnark’s ability to predict or foresee with any reasonable hope of accuracy, so that’s not a topic we can opine on. (Much as we like to opine on topics we know very little about. This one has real ramifications to your life if we get it totally wrong so we need to be careful and not go out on so many limbs with our prognostications.)
Do you have any other questions you’re needing answers to and having trouble coming up with clear ideas? Lay ’em on us in the comments or feel free to hit us up in SnarkCenter if we can offer input.