Eagle Village are the closest apartments to campus as they are within walking distance. They are super overpriced and it's such a hassle because they are terrible with communication. The upside though is having your own room, being able to have alcohol if you are old enough and a washer, dryer, and dishwasher in each apartment. BUT IT IS NOT WORTH IT. On paper it seems so nice but I have lived there and many people who I know that also have lived there agree that they should have chosen somewhere else to live. As far as other off campus living, gas prices and traffic are a big deterrent but quality of housing and prices seem to be better
Living on campus is great! The apartments have a better social atmosphere than the dorms. I felt very comfortable being outside with my friends and meeting new people. Simply stepping outside your can get you new friends. Literally. If you live upstairs having a balcony is the best to just sit outside and talk to strangers who drive or walk by. Once I moved off campus I was pretty lonely and people didn't really talk if they didn't already know each other. Also living in the apartments is good for food and fun because the C-store is smack dab in the middle. It has food, laundry, groceries, basketball and volleyball courts, and a help desk. It is a pretty long walk from the dorms though. I can't speak for the atmosphere in the dorms however because I've never lived in them. But I would guess that people from differnt dorms don't really interact "on a whim" since dorms are indoors and the apartments are mostly outdoor.
IU and ISU tend to attract more people as far as parties go. It can take away from the nightlife in town but it can still be fun if you have the right connections. The apartments near campus (Eagle Village) has regular parties but they get busted or have noise complaints made a lot. Other party places in town can be found if you have the right friends. But it's sad to say that much can be missed if you aren't really "in the loop". However bars are always an option if you're old enough. Underaged drinking is bound to happen everywhere, but at times younger students take it a little too far. Possibly too much freedom too soon. I'm not sure.
There is a pretty good mix of different types of people. A lot of international students, plenty of differnt race types, political groups, and sexual orientations. And the people are fairly accepting. A few times religious protesters who explicitly stated that we are all going to hell have come to our campus and the students handled the negativity pretty well.
Registration can be frustrating as it would likely be at most schools. As a transfer I require overrides everytime that I do registration which delays the process and affects my chances of getting into the sections that I want/need. The work load can be a bit much at times. But time management and careful planning helps ease the blows. Study rooms in the library go quickly, especially when only 1 or 2 people take up an entire room. However, computers and printers almost always available. There are a lot of non-study room tables too. And many buildings have their own computer labs with printers so the library isn't the only option. There is a Starbucks located in the library too.
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