Housing at Academy

VikAnis

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Anyone else, that's currently at the academy, willing to share their housing experience or provide an update? Thanks.
 

brucerey43

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Anyone else, that's currently at the academy, willing to share their housing experience or provide an update? Thanks.
So I'll give you my thoughts I'm staying at Kims. Kims is nice in a good area but I would definitely say bring your car if your staying here. Places are nice and you have everything you need and so far its been a good experience. Roommates are hit or miss here but the instant access to study groups is what makes Kims the place to go. I don't generally study with my roommates but my neighbors are usually around. My class has 12 of 18 at Kims and if I pass it will largely be because of the bonds I'm forming at Kims and us helping each other.
My advice is wherever you go do not isolate yourself your going to need the people around you. The single biggest thing we hear from day 1 here is to study in groups and if your living in Moore or something to stay by yourself you might end up on an island.
 

VikAnis

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So I'll give you my thoughts I'm staying at Kims. Kims is nice in a good area but I would definitely say bring your car if your staying here. Places are nice and you have everything you need and so far its been a good experience. Roommates are hit or miss here but the instant access to study groups is what makes Kims the place to go. I don't generally study with my roommates but my neighbors are usually around. My class has 12 of 18 at Kims and if I pass it will largely be because of the bonds I'm forming at Kims and us helping each other.
My advice is wherever you go do not isolate yourself your going to need the people around you. The single biggest thing we hear from day 1 here is to study in groups and if your living in Moore or something to stay by yourself you might end up on an island.
Cool, I appreciate the insight. Where did the rest stay? IB?
 

brucerey43

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Yes ours is like 12 kims 5 IB and one at Anatole on MacArthur. My friend is a week ahead of us staying in Moore at Fairways at Moore its nice but its a ways out. IB isn't in the best area but its got food and you get privacy. Having Roommates is a double edged sword but my advice is don't go crazy and live like 45 minutes from your classmates. Also, don't skip basics one in our class just joined us last week after we finished basics and its making it difficult for him to form study groups.
 

VikAnis

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Yes ours is like 12 kims 5 IB and one at Anatole on MacArthur. My friend is a week ahead of us staying in Moore at Fairways at Moore its nice but its a ways out. IB isn't in the best area but its got food and you get privacy. Having Roommates is a double edged sword but my advice is don't go crazy and live like 45 minutes from your classmates. Also, don't skip basics one in our class just joined us last week after we finished basics and its making it difficult for him to form study groups.
Good to know, thanks.
 

brucerey43

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why is it hard for him to form study groups? did you guys isolate him away from your click?!?
Our class is very split. Like 4 from Kims have their own little group. The rest of us at Kims are sort of in a group but don't always study together and then the IB people sometimes get with us or do their own groups. Its just difficult when everyone has bonded for 5 weeks and hes sort of quiet which doesn't help any. I'm actually going to IB this weekend to study with him.
 

nhstadt

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why is it hard for him to form study groups? did you guys isolate him away from your click?!?

Both times at the academy (RTF and Tower classes), my classes were split between housing providers. It's not neccesarily a "clique" thing like you dislike the other group, its more convenience. No one wants to drive 25 mins to study, and definitely doesn't want to drive to throw a few back to decompress and risk a DUI. So, you end up studying/hanging out with those nearby.
 

ech31pr

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I'm in AT Basics/Enroute from August to December. So here go my few questions.

How did you pay for lodging?
How does the "meals" portion of the per diem pay out? (as in do you need receipts?)
Is there a referral rate? or incentive?
How long does the it take to get to school/what times do you have to be out there versus when do you get back?
When studying with classmates, do you just go to someone's room? I know there's a common area, but that place must be packed.

I'd appreciate any true info from someone who's actually there or has been there recently.
 

DL0509

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I'm in AT Basics/Enroute from August to December. So here go my few questions.

How did you pay for lodging?
How does the "meals" portion of the per diem pay out? (as in do you need receipts?)
Is there a referral rate? or incentive?
How long does the it take to get to school/what times do you have to be out there versus when do you get back?
When studying with classmates, do you just go to someone's room? I know there's a common area, but that place must be packed.

I'd appreciate any true info from someone who's actually there or has been there recently.
Im here at the academy, staying at Anatole.

1. If you self pay, you will pay the provider out of pocket, then submit receipts to be reimbursed. The per diem rate for lodging is 58.80 a day so if you self pay for a place that only cost 30 a day the faa will still pay you the entire 58.80. IF you opt to have the FAA directly pay the provider you will only be reimbursed for food portion.

2. You do not need receipts for the meals.

3. I believe IB is the only provider that may offer referral rates or incentives.

4. I would recommend showing up to OKC no later than the day before your class starts.

5. It depends on how comfortable you are with your classmates.
 

Inc0gnit0

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how much do you pay at anatole? they gave me a crazy monthly quote for fully furnished.
 

DL0509

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Its the entire 58.80, but i chose to have them direct bill the FAA. I think the two providers that rent out to Academy students are Corp Housing Solutions (FAAROOMS.COM) and premiere rental properties. I went through corp housing and didnt pay anything out of pocket, i have heard of premiere charging an application fee and a cleaning fee. I thought about subleasing at a random apartment but its not worth the hassle.
 

MikeKiloRomeo

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Stay. At. Kim's. Let me just repeat that one more time: STAY AT KIMS.

1. All your stuff is taken care of - just brings clothes and a favorite pillow/blanket and any toiletries. No worries about renting furniture, setting up Internet, nada.

2. You will need to form bonds and study groups! Maybe not at first, but every single one of your instructors will tell you that the groups who become tight-knit have higher pass rates. Maybe in the beginning you can be a loner. But ATC means learning to work as a team.

im at the academy now and most of my class lives at Kim's. We all hang out and after 1 week we pretty much just all walk in one another's houses, go to the bars and watch movies on the weekends, have cookouts on holidays. Those who live at other places don't join us often, for the most part. Some who have come over to Kim's, after staying at the other places, are now trying to get into Kim's after seeing the difference.

I can understand if you bring a family or cats and need to stay somewhere else (families can stay at Kim's but it's way more expensive to have an entire house to yourself). If it's just you? You should be staying at Kim's. As someone who is married (spouse isn't joining me in OKC), I got used to how our home is run and had not had roommates in 7 years. Having roommates is not that bad, even if you don't particularly like them. Everyone has a room with a tv and full cable, including HBO and On Demand. And at Kim's, you can go hang at other people's houses if you don't want to be stuck in yours all day.

A lot of camaraderie is built at Kim's which, as I've said, literally every instructor will tell you is essesiantial for passing the academy.

The homes are clean and well-kept and if you need anything, call her or John and you will probably have it in a matter of hours. I have no affiliation except that I'm at Kim's now and have had many friends stay here in the past. If it's just you coming out here, I would look no further and call Kim ASAP. It's so worth not having to worry about anything - you pay one sum a month and everything is taken care of. At the end of the academy, you have to leave the next day. Your final week will be studying hard for evals. You don't want to come home and try to sell off furniture, end your lease, etc.
 

DL0509

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Stay. At. Kim's. Let me just repeat that one more time: STAY AT KIMS.

1. All your stuff is taken care of - just brings clothes and a favorite pillow/blanket and any toiletries. No worries about renting furniture, setting up Internet, nada.

2. You will need to form bonds and study groups! Maybe not at first, but every single one of your instructors will tell you that the groups who become tight-knit have higher pass rates. Maybe in the beginning you can be a loner. But ATC means learning to work as a team.

im at the academy now and most of my class lives at Kim's. We all hang out and after 1 week we pretty much just all walk in one another's houses, go to the bars and watch movies on the weekends, have cookouts on holidays. Those who live at other places don't join us often, for the most part. Some who have come over to Kim's, after staying at the other places, are now trying to get into Kim's after seeing the difference.

I can understand if you bring a family or cats and need to stay somewhere else (families can stay at Kim's but it's way more expensive to have an entire house to yourself). If it's just you? You should be staying at Kim's. As someone who is married (spouse isn't joining me in OKC), I got used to how our home is run and had not had roommates in 7 years. Having roommates is not that bad, even if you don't particularly like them. Everyone has a room with a tv and full cable, including HBO and On Demand. And at Kim's, you can go hang at other people's houses if you don't want to be stuck in yours all day.

A lot of camaraderie is built at Kim's which, as I've said, literally every instructor will tell you is essesiantial for passing the academy.

The homes are clean and well-kept and if you need anything, call her or John and you will probably have it in a matter of hours. I have no affiliation except that I'm at Kim's now and have had many friends stay here in the past. If it's just you coming out here, I would look no further and call Kim ASAP. It's so worth not having to worry about anything - you pay one sum a month and everything is taken care of. At the end of the academy, you have to leave the next day. Your final week will be studying hard for evals. You don't want to come home and try to sell off furniture, end your lease, etc.
I would second this. Although Kim's is 15 mins or so away from me, I go there for study groups, and to hangout. If you are coming out to OKC by yourself, and wont have family coming out to visit, I would stay at Kims. I haven't been over to the Yukon location but i know the mustang location is pretty much a block party on the weekends. Everybody comes out to play games, throw frisbee's or football etc, cookout. You will be going to class 5 days a weeks and it's nice being able to chill with others and have fun.
 

MikeKiloRomeo

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How is it? Good study groups?
Yep! You will study with your classmates. Apologies if you already know, I didn't search your history, but you will be told from day 1 by every instructor to get tight with your class. I'm still in basics, so not a big deal now, but it will be once we move onto the real stuff.

One day a few people from my class, me included, were looking for a office. A random instructor walked by and saw we were confused and directed us to the right place. While escorting our little group of 3 or 4, he even stressed the important of groups, especially if you're enroute.

Your whole class needs to make the effort. In our group of 18, about 13 make a sincere effort to study together. In basics, it's fine if you don't study together but you miss out on valuable bonding. Those who don't live at Kim's (since 12 or so of us do live at Kim's) will have to commute. Not a big deal, it will take about 20 mins from Isolla Bella. But be willing to hang out and study. Be part of the group.