isabellemarie

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Hi everyone!!

 

Just wanted to start a new topic for those who have been accepted and are planning on joining the UAB PA family. :) I figured we could go ahead and get to know each other and share any information about places to live, stuff we have to do before August, and how to navigate financial aid!

 

My name is Isabelle Kallenberg and I'm from Auburn, AL!

 

So excited to meet y'all!!

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Hi, Isabelle! 

 

My name is Brandon and I'm coming in from Hawaii! I was part of the Nov 10, Morning session interviews. Super excited to meet everyone!

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Hey y'all! I'm Amy Dennis, and I live in Birmingham now! Can't wait to meet you guys. If you have any questions about Birmingham let me know!

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Hi, Isabelle! 

 

My name is Brandon and I'm coming in from Hawaii! I was part of the Nov 10, Morning session interviews. Super excited to meet everyone!

 

 

Awesome! what part of Hawaii are you from?

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Awesome! what part of Hawaii are you from?

 

I'm from the island of Hawaii! Its the biggest island, so its often called the "Big Island."

 

I think there were at least 2 others from Hawaii who had interviews... I wonder if they got in?

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Oh cool! Yeah I remember them from the other thread. Not sure. Are you excited/nervous about being so far from home?

 

 

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Hey y'all! I'm Amy Dennis, and I live in Birmingham now! Can't wait to meet you guys. If you have any questions about Birmingham let me know!

Hi Amy! Do you have any recommendations of places to live that are within a reasonable commute to UAB's campus? 

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Hi Amy! Do you have any recommendations of places to live that are within a reasonable commute to UAB's campus?

Yes! I currently live at the Crowne at Grandview apartments and I love it! I know of two current first year PA students that live there and they like it too! Very nice area. A lot of restaurants around and a good apartment complex that is well taken care of. Now, it is located on busy highway 280, but from what the current students have told me, they normally get to campus pretty early anyway so there isn't too much traffic at that hour. Even with the traffic though, I love the area. I have lived in so many other apartments in Birmingham and this is by far my favorite.

 

 

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Oh cool! Yeah I remember them from the other thread. Not sure. Are you excited/nervous about being so far from home?

 

 

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I'm really excited. I'm prior military so I've been to/lived in other states before, but of course that was in a military environment. This'll be my first time living in another state as a civilian. I actually picked UAB partly because of how far it is from HawaiI LOL. Hawaii is so secluded that you really need to get away to really grow.

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I'm really excited. I'm prior military so I've been to/lived in other states before, but of course that was in a military environment. This'll be my first time living in another state as a civilian. I actually picked UAB partly because of how far it is from HawaiI LOL. Hawaii is so secluded that you really need to get away to really grow.

Cool! Yeah it's always fun to get away and explore!

 

 

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Cool! Yeah it's always fun to get away and explore!

 

 

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How's the rent in Birmingham?

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Hi everyone!!

 

Just wanted to start a new topic for those who have been accepted and are planning on joining the UAB PA family. :) I figured we could go ahead and get to know each other and share any information about places to live, stuff we have to do before August, and how to navigate financial aid!

 

My name is Isabelle Kallenberg and I'm from Auburn, AL!

 

So excited to meet y'all!!

My name is Molly and I'm from Pensacola, FL but I graduated from Auburn in May!

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My name is Molly and I'm from Pensacola, FL but I graduated from Auburn in May!

Hey Molly! I'm from Mobile.. not too far from Pensacola! I have some UAB friends from there!

 

 

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My name is Molly and I'm from Pensacola, FL but I graduated from Auburn in May!

 

Hey Molly! I'm from Mobile.. not too far from Pensacola! I have some UAB friends from there!

 

 

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I went to high school in Mobile and went to Auburn for undergrad and grad! Small world! :)

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How's the rent in Birmingham?

Honestly, I don't think it's too expensive, but it definitely varies throughout the city. You will see when you get here that you can go from super fancy parts of town to some not so nice parts within just a few minutes! There are soooo many different areas to live. I would start googling some places. Look up vestavia hills, mountain brook, cahaba heights, homewood, and Hoover. Those are the nicer areas around Birmingham. Downtown is definitely going to be more expensive because a lot of the apartments and complexes are historic buildings. I lived downtown one year for undergrad and I LOVED being so close to campus, but the building was very old, and it wasn't the nicest area.

 

I hope this helps! Sorry for the long winded response if you guys have anymore questions let me know!!

 

 

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How's the rent in Birmingham?

I think the rent varies on location and amenities. I have friends in Birmingham who pay as little as 500 per room per month (further away from downtown) and some that pay as high as 1000 or more in the Homewood area.

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I went to high school in Mobile and went to Auburn for undergrad and grad! Small world! :)

No way! What high school did you go to?

 

 

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No way! What high school did you go to?

 

 

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I went to the Alabama School of Math & Science! Insert nerd emoji here haha

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I went to the Alabama School of Math & Science! Insert nerd emoji here haha

Oh cool, I know where that is. I went to Faith Academy!

 

 

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Hi I'm Lizzie Pearson! I was born in B'ham (to two UAB grads - full circle!), but I call Knoxville TN home. I graduated from Emory University this past May, and I'm still living in Atlanta.

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Hi! My name is Melea and I am from Huntsville, AL! Absolutely open to good places to live and other tips. Can't wait to meet you guys!

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Check out Crowne at Grandview apartments. Highly recommended

 

 

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Thanks! I will definitely look at them. There are so man choices. It is great to hear what are good areas close to campus. Has anyone heard whether traffic is really bad, or do you get there so early it doesn't really matter?

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Thanks! I will definitely look at them. There are so man choices. It is great to hear what are good areas close to campus. Has anyone heard whether traffic is really bad, or do you get there so early it doesn't really matter?

The traffic can be bad at times, but I had a lot of 8 am classes in undergrad and I had to travel up I-65, and it wasn't that bad. 280 can also be bad at times, but the current students who live here say they go to campus early anyways so they don't hit any traffic. To me, traffic is worse driving home around 5 than it is in the morning.

 

 

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Hi and congrats to everyone who got accepted! My name is Brent Wilkins. I currently live just south a Daytona Beach! I can't wait to meet everyone. Like Brandon said I've moved a lot with the Military but this will be a whole different environment.

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I just toured several places in Birmingham today and yesterday! Crowne at Grandview, the Parc at Grandview, Wildforest (right next to Brookwood Hospital), the Oaks at Lakeshore, Wildwood Crossings, and Lakeshore Ridge. They all said that tons of UAB students and employees live there. There are tons of options of places to live, so I think there's something for everyone in their price range! 

 

I fell in love with the Oaks and might be open to having a roommate! :)

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Hey everyone! My names Shannon Baird and I'll be moving down from Carmel, NY. I interviewed in the morning session on the 10th. So excited to meet all of you! 

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I just toured several places in Birmingham today and yesterday! Crowne at Grandview, the Parc at Grandview, Wildforest (right next to Brookwood Hospital), the Oaks at Lakeshore, Wildwood Crossings, and Lakeshore Ridge. They all said that tons of UAB students and employees live there. There are tons of options of places to live, so I think there's something for everyone in their price range!

 

I fell in love with the Oaks and might be open to having a roommate! :)

Awesome! I lived at wildwood for a few years, and was not happy with it. There were a lot of maintenance problems, and maintenance didn't ever seem to be in a hurry to fix it. I had a lot of teammates live at the Oaks during college, but they never stayed there very long, so I don't have a lot of info on them. Like I said, Crowne at Grandview is awesome! And the Parc right across looks amazing! Would have definitely lived there if I could afford it lakeshore ridge is nice as well. I have some friends that live there currently, and they like it. The Village at Lakeshore is right across from lakeshore ridge. I have friends that live there too, and those are pretty well taken care of!

 

 

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How's the public transit in Bham? I tried to get a feel for it when I was visiting for the interview, but from what I could tell in that one day, was that it was unreliable (I missed the same bus twice, because it was late by 30minutes, and then it was early by 15 minutes). Maybe it was just a bad day? Maybe I was looking for the wrong bus number? Lol anyways, anyone have any experience with it? I'm looking to find a place close enough to walk to campus if the transit system isn't too reliable.

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How's the public transit in Bham? I tried to get a feel for it when I was visiting for the interview, but from what I could tell in that one day, was that it was unreliable (I missed the same bus twice, because it was late by 30minutes, and then it was early by 15 minutes). Maybe it was just a bad day? Maybe I was looking for the wrong bus number? Lol anyways, anyone have any experience with it? I'm looking to find a place close enough to walk to campus if the transit system isn't too reliable.

I've never used public transit, but if you are wanting to live close, I would definitely invest in a bike! I had friends who did that in college and they loved it!

 

 

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I've never used public transit, but if you are wanting to live close, I would definitely invest in a bike! I had friends who did that in college and they loved it!

 

 

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I was considering that an option, but it might take me awhile to get used to riding in the city. I do enjoy biking, especially mountain biking. But from my short time in Bham, I could tell that the unofficial "rules" of driving and being a pedestrian are greatly different. In Hawaii, we're pretty big on pedestrian crossing and traffic laws, where literally nobody J-walks, even if there are no cars to be seen. And even if you are in the crosswalk, no cars even dare approach the crosswalk unless you completely cross. I was shocked to find everyone in Bham J-walking left and right, and having cars encroach upon me in the crosswalk, even driving through the middle of pedestrian groups (again, not sure if it was just me or not). I'd feel safer walking, where I am in better control of what I do, and am better able to keep an eye on my surroundings as I walk. At least until I get a better feel for the traffic and what not.especially mountain biking. Maybe I'm just imagining things? First time really living in a city outside of Hawaii, lol. Definitely see that as being part of the culture shock.

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I was considering that an option, but it might take me awhile to get used to riding in the city. I do enjoy biking, especially mountain biking. But from my short time in Bham, I could tell that the unofficial "rules" of driving and being a pedestrian are greatly different. In Hawaii, we're pretty big on pedestrian crossing and traffic laws, where literally nobody J-walks, even if there are no cars to be seen. And even if you are in the crosswalk, no cars even dare approach the crosswalk unless you completely cross. I was shocked to find everyone in Bham J-walking left and right, and having cars encroach upon me in the crosswalk, even driving through the middle of pedestrian groups (again, not sure if it was just me or not). I'd feel safer walking, where I am in better control of what I do, and am better able to keep an eye on my surroundings as I walk. At least until I get a better feel for the traffic and what not.especially mountain biking. Maybe I'm just imagining things? First time really living in a city outside of Hawaii, lol. Definitely see that as being part of the culture shock.

Yes, J-walking is normal in Birmingham and pretty much everyone will stop for you, but you definitely have to keep and eye out.

 

 

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Thanks! I will definitely look at them. There are so man choices. It is great to hear what are good areas close to campus. Has anyone heard whether traffic is really bad, or do you get there so early it doesn't really matter?

A bunch of us current PA students live at the Crowne on 10th apartments and love it! It's a 6-8 min bike ride to the building where you'll have all your classes. There's also a UAB blazer express bus stop nearby that you can ride for free. The first semester your morning classes don't start until 10am so if you're planning on driving to campus you'll need to arrive around 7:30 or earlier to find a parking spot (so I'd recommend living close enough to bike and just avoid traffic and parking issues all together)

 

 

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Hey everyone, my name is Jared and I'm from Georgia. I was in the afternoon group on Friday 11/11. For those of you who have experience with Birmingham, do you know of any apartments near UAB that are dog friendly, specifically for a (very friendly) pit bull? I've noticed that many of the apartments in the area that accept pets specify breed restrictions for pit bulls. I'm hoping to find something somewhat close to campus, since I don't want to have to deal with a long commute or traffic, which is why I wasn't looking for a rental house (also cost). One more thing, is it worth it to pay for the on-campus parking (or is it required)?

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Hi everyone! My name is Bryan and I live at, and can recommend, the Villages at Lakeshore in B'Ham. It is nice, safe, and located fairly close to campus. I look forward to meeting everyone when the time comes! On-campus parking is not required, but you'll want it and as such, need to pay for a permit to avoid ticketing. I'll be looking for a roommate before the program begins, and possibly as early as March.

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Hi! My name is Melea and I am from Huntsville, AL! Absolutely open to good places to live and other tips. Can't wait to meet you guys!

 

I'd vist The Villages at Lakeshore. I live there now and have been very pleased.

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Hi everyone! My name is Bryan and I live at, and can recommend, the Villages at Lakeshore in B'Ham. It is nice, safe, and located fairly close to campus. I look forward to meeting everyone when the time comes! On-campus parking is not required, but you'll want it and as such, need to pay for a permit to avoid ticketing. I'll be looking for a roommate before the program begins, and possibly as early as March.

 

Hey Bryan! I'd totally be down to be a potentially roommate lol.

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Hey folks,

I currently live in Hoover, and work in Bham...for anyone with families...I also raised a kid here. With that being said I can help with questions about housing and whatnot.

The person who asked about pet friendly. Bham was voted one of the most pet friendly locations in the country recently. It won't be hard for you to find a pet friendly apartment. Since it is a pitbull, I would suggest having a vet letter or something talking about the temperament of the dog...since some of the locations do have breed restrictions.

 

Folks who are looking to stay closer to the school, but cannot afford the more expensive apartments, look into rentmonster.net. It's a free service to help you find a place. Just try to keep your search to South or East Bham...North and West Bham tend to have more police reports. Also keep in mind that the older the apartment, the chance of higher utilities increases. So always consider and ask about that.

 

Anyway, if you all need somewhere to crash when you come to look at places, you can always crash in my brother's room (he's away at college).

 

Bham is a fun city...small enough to move around with ease...but they think they're a big city, so they have stuff to do like a city.

 

Oh the person who asked about public transportation...IT SUCKS. I used it when I first came to bham 7 years ago...it sucks...don't plan on using it. Carpooling is your friend...leaving home early, and school late is your friend. Public transportation is not.

 

Cannot wait to meet everyone.

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Hey everyone, my name is Zach and I have also been accepted into the Class of 2019 UAB PA program. I am from Mobile, Alabama but I went to undergrad in Birmingham (Samford University) so I am very familiar with the area. I will also be looking for a roommate. I will be trying to find a house rental due to my dog and will be welcome to roommates if anyone is interested. For those who have not experienced Birmingham, you all will love it. Great city. I am looking forward to meeting you all!

 

When exactly does this Facebook page start??

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Hey everyone, my name is Zach and I have also been accepted into the Class of 2019 UAB PA program. I am from Mobile, Alabama but I went to undergrad in Birmingham (Samford University) so I am very familiar with the area. I will also be looking for a roommate. I will be trying to find a house rental due to my dog and will be welcome to roommates if anyone is interested. For those who have not experienced Birmingham, you all will love it. Great city. I am looking forward to meeting you all!

 

When exactly does this Facebook page start??

Hey Zach! What high school did you go to? I'm from Mobile as well! I'm hoping we can start the Facebook page soon, because I feel it will be easier than this forum.

 

 

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Hey Zach! What high school did you go to? I'm from Mobile as well! I'm hoping we can start the Facebook page soon, because I feel it will be easier than this forum.

 

 

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I went to UMS-Wright. There seems to be a few people with ties to Mobile that are going into this class.

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Hey everyone, my name is Zach and I have also been accepted into the Class of 2019 UAB PA program. I am from Mobile, Alabama but I went to undergrad in Birmingham (Samford University) so I am very familiar with the area. I will also be looking for a roommate. I will be trying to find a house rental due to my dog and will be welcome to roommates if anyone is interested. For those who have not experienced Birmingham, you all will love it. Great city. I am looking forward to meeting you all!

 

When exactly does this Facebook page start??

Hey Zach, 

 

I figure the facebook page wouldnt be up for a while, at least until the entire class has been confirmed (and having gone through the waitlist), so maybe not until June? Maybe we can get an unofficial facebook group going or something in the mean time. 

 

I'd also be interested in possibly sharing rent with you. I know its still a far while before classes start but I thought I'd throw my name out there lol,

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I'm looking at places in Fultondale... anyone from Bham have any info about living north of the city instead of south?

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I'm looking at places in Fultondale... anyone from Bham have any info about living north of the city instead of south?

I have some friends who live in Fultondale, and they love it! I'll have to get the name of the apartment complex.

 

 

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I have some friends who live in Fultondale, and they love it! I'll have to get the name of the apartment complex.

 

 

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Yay this is good to hear! I was worried it would end up being a sketchy area or something since the apartments I've been searching are so cheap - you can get a 2 bed/ 2 bath apartment for the same amount that I pay for my half of the same sized apartment in Atlanta...

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I tried to make an unofficial Facebook group just now but I apparently can't make a group unless I add at least one fb friend to it lol. Does anyone want to add me so we can get this thing going?

 

My name is Isabelle Kallenberg.

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Hey everyone! My name is Sean Maleknia and I'll be joining you all up in Birmingham in the Class of 2019! Congrats to everyone for making it in. I'm coming from Orlando, Fl so thanks for all the advice/tips so far about apartments. I interviewed the morning session on Monday, is anyone else in here from that session?

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Hey everyone! My name is Sean Maleknia and I'll be joining you all up in Birmingham in the Class of 2019! Congrats to everyone for making it in. I'm coming from Orlando, Fl so thanks for all the advice/tips so far about apartments. I interviewed the morning session on Monday, is anyone else in here from that session?

I interviewed Monday morning as well!

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