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Feb 8, 2010

Where Should Agriculture Students Live At Purdue?

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A majority of the Agriculture buildings are located on the South end of Purdue campus. To no surprise, the most convenient location for Agriculture students to rent is on the South East end of campus. Apartments or rental houses located between Marsteller Street and South Salisbury Street would be a very good living location for Agriculture students. Located in this area are many different apartments and rental houses of all types that would suit the needs of any Agriculture student.

The benefits of renting close to Agriculture buildings are many and include:

  • Classes are a very short walk away – you can practically roll out of bed and walk to class!! Living close to where your classes are is even better in the winter because you don’t have to bear the cold!
  • If you have group meetings, once again, it will be very nice to be close to libraries and classrooms where you will be meeting.
  • You will be in the middle of social life at Purdue! All of the campus activity will be just a few steps away from your front door. Chauncey Hill and Wabash Landing are close by; also enjoy being located just a 15 minute walk away from Mackey Arena, Ross-Ade Stadium and all the other sports facilities!
  • Enjoy being near gift shops, restaurants, apparel stores, coffee shops etc. Chauncey Hill, the central location of shops, restaurants etc., is just a few steps away.
  • Parking??? Living right next to where your classes are is awesome because you don’t have the burden of finding a parking spot every day.

If you are someone who enjoys peace and quiet over convenience don’t worry, there are many off-campus locations that will suit your needs just fine. Many off-campus apartment complexes offer a variety of amenities that on-campus apartments don’t offer such as: washer and dryer, on-site pools, clubhouse, pet-friendly apartments, and much more.

To view a detailed list of on-campus and off-campus apartments available for rent near Purdue University visit purdueguru.com.

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Feb 7, 2010

Where Should Engineering Students Live At Purdue?

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Seeing that most of the engineering buildings are at the North end of campus, it is to no surprise that many engineering students choose to live just there. There are many on-campus apartments located between Northwestern Avenue and North Salisbury Street that would be very adequate for any student.

The benefits of renting close to engineering buildings are many and include:

  • Classes are a very short walk away – you can practically roll out of bed and walk to class! Living close to where your classes are is even better in the winter when it is cold!
  • If you have group meetings, once again, it will be very nice to be close to libraries and classrooms where you will be meeting.
  • You will be in the middle of social life at Purdue! All of the campus activities will be just a few steps away from your front door. Enjoy being located close to Mackey Arena, Ross-Ade Stadium and all the other sports facilities!
  • Enjoy being near gift shops, restaurants, apparel stores, coffee shops, etc.
  • Parking??? Living so close to where your classes are is amazing because you do not have to worry about finding a parking spot!

If you are someone who enjoys peace and love comfort, there are many off-campus locations that will suit your needs.

Many off-campus apartments offer a variety of amenities that on-campus apartments don’t offer such as: washer and dryer, on-site pools, clubhouse, pet-friendly apartments, and much more.

Many engineering students have found Ananda Apartments to be a convenient place to live near Purdue. To view a detailed list of on-campus and off-campus apartments available for rent near Purdue University visit purdueguru.com.

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Jan 21, 2010

Where Should International Students Live At Purdue?

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An important and sometimes tough question to figure out, but don’t worry, I am here to help.

A few important notes:

  • Whether you decide to live on-campus or off-campus, you will want to finalize your living arrangements before your arrival to Purdue.
  • When choosing an apartment to rent, it is good to know the policies and costs before signing the lease.

Now on to figuring out where to live:
Many international students choose to rent local apartments or houses. This gives you the opportunity to live on your own and choose your own roommates. Having a roommate or two will help lower your cost of living. Students can live in on-campus apartments, which are within walking distance to campus, or they can live in off-campus apartments, which require transportation such as a bike, car, or riding the bus to get to campus. For a list of pros and cons of off-campus living vs. on-campus living read the blog Should I Rent An Apartment On-campus or Off-Campus At Purdue?

There are many different types of apartments and houses.Knowing the differences in the sizes of apartments may help you decide if you would like to have roommates or not.

Here is some basic information about the differences in the sizes.
Studio
: This is a 1 room apartment plus bathroom and usually a closet. One one wall typically has a kitchenet (a small compact kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, sink and kitchen cabinets with countertop). Some married couples live in a studio but normally there is only 1 resident per studio. The current cost range is $400-1000. Click here to view a typical Studio apartment

1 Bedroom: This is a 1 bedroom apartment with a kitchen and living room. Enough room for 1-2 people and comes with 1 bathrooms. Cost range is $450-1100.
A typical 1 Bedroom apartment

2 Bedroom: This is a 2 bedroom apartment with a kitchen and living room. Normally only 2 people live in a 2 bedroom apartment, but some units close to campus allow up to 4 people. There are 1-2 bathrooms. Cost range is $850-1500. A typical 2 Bedroom apartment

3 Bedroom: This is a 3 bedroom apartment with a kitchen and living room. Can hold between 3-5 people and comes with 1-3 bathrooms. Cost range is $800-1900.
A typical 3 Bedroom apartment

4 Bedroom: This is a 4 bedroom apartment with a kitchen and living room. Can hold between 4-6 people and comes with 2-4 bathrooms. Cost range is $1350-2400.
A typical 4 Bedroom apartment

Another helpful note: In general, apartments closer to campus are smaller, do not allow pets, and offer fewer amenities, but they are closer to campus. Off-campus apartments are more spacious, usually allow pets, and offer more amenities such as a washer and dryer in the apartment.

Some popular on-campus international student apartments are:

Some popular off-campus international student apartments are:

Some popular Purdue University Housing options are:

To view more a detailed list of apartments and houses and the amenities they offer, go to purdueguru.com.

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Jan 3, 2010

Should I Rent an Apartment On-Campus or Off-Campus at Purdue?

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Every college student must answer this question. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to weigh your choices before making a final decision. To help you, here are some pros and cons of each:

On-Campus

Pros:

  • Accessibility to Purdue – Living on-campus makes it easy to walk to classes, libraries, dining halls, computer labs, etc. You don’t have to waste time and money driving to campusevery day. Don’t underestimate the convenience of getting up and walking straight to class from your apartment.
  • Social Life – Living on-campus near Purdue puts you in the middle of a social environment that allows you to establish many friendships and get involved in any campus activities taking place.
  • Central Location – Near Purdue are restaurants, shops, the Wabash Landing Movie Theatre, and all the sports venues (Mackey Arena and Ross-Ade Stadium). Living on-campus puts you in the center of all this activity.

Cons:

  • Little Privacy – privacy can be hard to come by when living on-campus. You are always surrounded by the hustle and bustle of campus, and may find it hard to have quiet time
  • Limited Apartment Features – Many on-campus apartments do not have a washer and dryer; nor do they allow pets.
  • Limited Parking– Parking on campus can be a significant challenge. Even if you have a place to park, the parking lot will be very congested and you risk the possibility of damage caused to your car. Also don’t forget to display your parking permit or you may be towed!
  • Possible Low GPA – Being surrounded by so much activity and social life, you may find it hard to buckle down and study. This could have negative effects on your GPA.

Off-Campus

Pros:

  • Lower Cost– If you have a tight budget or prefer to have your own bedroom, many students find living off campus is a great way to save money.
  • More for your money– Many off campus apartments offer many extra features like vaulted ceilings, larger bedrooms, and more modern floorplans.
  • Privacy – Living off-campus gives you the benefit of being able to get away from the hustle and bustle of campus. After a long day of classes you can drive home and enjoy the peace and quiet.
  • Better Apartment Features – Many off-campus locations are pet friendly and have many other apartment amenities that on-campus locations don’t offer.
  • More Space – Living off-campus you will most likely have more space inside your apartment and also outside. Throwing a football around or playing a game of cornhole won’t be so challenging!
  • Parking & Garages– Most off campus apartments have ample parking that is included with your apartment. If you have a really nice car or don’t like to scrape snow/ice off your windshield you can often find an apartment with its own garage.

Cons:

  • Transportation – Although there can ride the citybus, , many find it most convenient and somewhat a necessity to have their own car.
  • Isolation – You will most likely have less involvement in campus activities and may find it harder to make new friends.
  • Plan Ahead– It takes time and money to drive to and from Purdue University every day, not to mention the frustrations of finding a parking spot. Having a “C” parking permit willhelp, but if you want to park close to class you better leave early!

When making this decision on where to live, think about what is important for you. Putting together a list of your own pros and cons may be of help. To find an on-campus or off-campus location, visit purdueguru.com.

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