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Evanston, IL
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8,542
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$43,779
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Very Hard
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Off-Campus Housing: It's very convenient, but very expensive. The apartments around campus are not stellar, but landlords jack the price up because they know that students want to live very close to campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is plentiful. I have lived off campus the last two years; it was not hard to find a place, and the rent has been pretty good. Also, you can choose a place based on where most of your classes are to reduce walking and what not.

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Off-Campus Housing: I recommend moving across the border into Chicago when you live off campus. I pay about $200 less a month than most of my friends.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is not difficult to find and is pretty close to campus. There are a lot of parties off campus. Most people live off campus junior and senior year.

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Off-Campus Housing: Housing is convenient and nearby, but can be expensive. Also, it is not always in the best condition. Landlords like to take advantage of college students.

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Off-Campus Housing: There's quite a bit of housing near campus, but it is obviously more expensive than what's farther away. I don't know if it's worth it yet, but I'm going to assume that it is on the basis of having a chance to cook and having my own bathtub. I always thought of living in an apartment as a part of the whole college experience.

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Off-Campus Housing: I'm staying in the dorms for my third year. It's closer to campus, your friends, and your classes. I personally don't think it's worth the hassle to get an apartment.

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Off-Campus Housing: Get an early start when finding a lease-the apartments around here fill up very quickly. There are a lot of nice ones, though, depending on how far from campus you're willing to go. You will probably end up spending less for an apartment with roommates than you will in a dorm, so go for it if you're interested.

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Off-Campus Housing: Housing is pretty convenient, although the apartment search can be stressful. It's helpful if you're friends with a graduating senior with a nice apartment. Some freshmen choose to move off campus, but most choose to stay on campus for at least another year. Living in a dorm on campus is the best way to meet people. Living in an apartment denies you that opportunity.

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Off-Campus Housing: I totally recommend off-campus housing. You've finally become adjusted after your freshman year and off-campus housing is a logical and fun next step as you prepare for the real world. It's a more independent way of living, but you will learn a lot and make some great friends.

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Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus can be a real pain sometimes. It's not uncommon for seniors to stay in residential colleges all four years. Apartments can be expensive in Evanston, and the laws are kind of stacked against tenants, but NU tries hard to ease the experience. They even currently released an apartment guide that shows how to go about renting an apartment.

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Off-Campus Housing: A lot of apartment buildings in Evanston are fairly old-and not necessarily well-kept. Go through your place with the landlord before you move in so you can account for damages that aren't yours. Be smart, and don't go in blindly-or else you'll end up paying $500 a month to live in a dumpy two-room shack with three other people, like I did.

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Parking: Parking is awful. Unless you live far off campus, you can't park on campus during the week until you are a senior.

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Parking: Parking is non-existent. Freshmen, sophomores, and most juniors aren't allowed cars on campus, but if you really have to have a car, there are garages that will charge you monthly to park there. I know some freshmen that have done that, and it's not too bad. Considering that everything in Evanston worth seeing is really in walking distance, and that in order to get into the city all you need to do is walk about a block to the El train, having a car is not crucial.

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Parking: Parking is okay. I don't have a car, but I think people usually find ample parking available on and off campus.

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Parking: Parking is horrible in Evanston, just as it is in every other major city or every other suburb close to a city. Northwestern has a lot of parking, but it is usually limited for seniors, juniors, and faculty. I didn't bring my car up at all, and I have made it around just as well.

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Parking: Parking can be a problem if you don't have a permit, and freshmen aren't issued parking permits.

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Parking: Parking is nearly impossible. Permits are only for seniors and cost about $300. It's completely ridiculous. There is some street parking, but that is difficult to find, too. Having a car has been quite a hassle for me.

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Parking: It's very hard to park, but most people don't bring cars until junior year at the earliest. You can't get `official' parking until senior year, though. You end up moving your car around a lot and running from the Evanston parking enforcement cars. The good news is you don't need a car here. Public transportation is awesome, and almost everybody takes that. And you walk a lot in Evanston.

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Parking: Evanston has more cars and fewer spaces all the time. If you're planning on bringing a car, ask yourself if it's worth the expensive permits and the trouble.

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Parking: Parking on campus is near to impossible for students on campus. Most people with cars park on the street, but street parking is really tight, too. I personally chose not to bring a car to school because I don't think it's worth the hassle.

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Parking: Parking on campus is pretty good for the most part. Sometimes, you'll have to walk a little to get to your car, but you will be able to get a spot.

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Parking: Ha! Parking is nearly impossible. You can't get a permit until you have senior status (by credits, not years of college) to park on campus and, even then, it's ridiculously expensive. Off campus, there is very little available, but it is somewhat possible if you figure out when they clean which streets.

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Athletics: Football is big here. Students, although not usually Evanston residents, generally go to the games, even if we are not having a good year. The games are awesome, so much fun. Basketball is reasonably big.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are pretty big, as are club sports and intramurals. Being a Big Ten school, we have a pretty big conference to compete in. We don't always do well, but we certainly try.

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At Northwestern, schoolwork can seem overwhelming at points, but students don’t let that stop them from having fun. After spending the school week doing long readings, writing papers, and taking ever-present midterms, students have a knack for finding ways to kick back and relax. This does not always include partying. For those who want to party, the option is always there. If partying is not your thing, there are movies, cool coffee shops to check out, and all of Chicago's cultural offerings just a short "L" ride away.

Northwestern students are generally happy with their choice of school—there is a retention rate nearing 100 percent year after year. There are the usual complaints (cold winters, hard classes, and lack of sleep, to name a few), but everyone has their reason for choosing NU, and the reasons usually do not disappoint. Most students like most aspects of their life at Northwestern. The mid-size student body (8,000 undergrads) allows you to meet new people in various activities or classes, but you are guaranteed to see familiar faces every time you walk outside or eat in a dining hall. Different aspects of the school can be hit or miss, depending on what you’re looking for, but the people you meet and the friends you make will greatly enhance your experience. Students come from many walks of life, but the differences in backgrounds are hardly noticeable on the surface. Everyone has similar goals for the future, and everyone will go places after they graduate. This is Northwestern, after all.

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