I've lived in this building for four years now, and it has grown on me a lot. It's within easy walking distance of Carnegie Mellon and Pitt, it has a deli on the first floor run by the nicest guy in the world, everyone that works in the building is friendly, and maintenance is quick and relatively hassle free. The dryers aren't very powerful, but they use a machine that accepts bills, so no rummaging for quarters. One of the elevators will be broken at least one month a year, but they've only ever been both down for a day tops. You're right next to all the good bus lines, so hopping a 28X to the airport is as simple as walking one block over. There is also a gas station around the corner that is open 24/7, so midnight grocery and snack runs are quite possible. There is a new grocery store in the middle of Oakland proper, and the Giant Eagle Market District is just down center ave. The location puts you right next to Baum, Centre, Fifth, and Forbes, with easy access to downtown and north side locations. The closest beer store is two blocks up and one block over, and the closest wine/spirits store is only a block or two past that. Smoking is allowed in the building, as well as burning incense, and as long as you keep the volume reasonable, you don't have to be very cautious about noise/smells and the neighbors. Some buildings in the area are extremely security frenzied due to all the students living there, so it's nice to live in a place where the only rule is: keep the sound reasonable after midnight. Crime is an issue in any city. I feel extremely safe in the building, and have never had my apartment robbed, but I have had multiple bicycles stolen from racks around the city, at the schools, and even within the Webster Garage. If you practice common sense and use a thick U-Lock or two, your bike will stay put. There are multiple panhandlers who will meander down from North Oakland and try to get money from you. Sometimes they can get aggressive, but if you stay on lit sidewalks, that's the worst you should encounter. Note: North Oakland gets sketchy fast, and is located right next to East Liberty, which is a pretty bad area. Be cautious when walking anywhere north of Center Ave. Beyond all that - The rooms are pretty quiet and comfortable. air conditioning means you're always just the right temperature, some of the rooms have really nice views, my kitchen appliances all work very well, are maintained by the building, and my fuse system is in the closet, so if I plug too many things into somewhere, I can always reset things myself instead of calling a super in the middle of the night. They've let me install all sorts of furnishings and shelves and such, and for the most part, they leave me alone. It may be pricey, but it's a pretty great place to live, and I'll be sad when I've got to pack up and leave it behind.