Monthly Archives: June 2017

9 Things You Have To Do Before You Graduate From Ohio State

Four years go by faster than you may think. Unlike term papers, your college experience is one thing you won’t want to procrastinate.

The Ohio State University and the area surrounding OSU off-campus housing are brimming with things to do and places to see, including many traditions that only your fellow Buckeyes would understand. So dive in and explore the campus. You can’t call yourself a Buckeye without experience everything on this list.

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What matters most about their off-campus housing to college students
We just surveyed thousands of college students and asked basically the same question. We found out what they liked and what they didn’t like. The three things that mattered the most to them?
  • Price
  • Location
  • Number of bedrooms
Students want to live affordably, near campus and with the people they want to live with (or by themselves). Those are the basics that matter the most. We also found out the issues students most commonly ran into with their student housing selections:
  • Poor quality appliances
  • Bad Wi-Fi
  • Dirty when moving in
  • Repairs are not timely
  • Inflexible leases
The commenters who have mentioned Wi-Fi before are spot on. Students expect to be able to connect to the internet all the time and at speeds that don’t make them feel like they are waiting. If they’re out in the trenches playing Call of Duty, they certainly don’t want to get deported back to the real world a second before they get in a headshot that gives their team a win. If a student is at home trying to watch a few videos on Facebook after a tough day of exams, they absolutely don’t want to watch a circle spin and spin while the video tries its hardest to load.
And a bad microwave? Have you ever tried using a microwave that cooked your hot dog for two minutes and barely got it lukewarm? Woof. Students want the things that have been standard to them their whole life to be in place at their college apartment. They know they’ll sacrifice some space and have to pay for things on their own, but they expect quality, comfort and proximity to their campus.
Top 5 Places to Study at IU Bloomington

Between going to Hoosiers games, grabbing a coffee, and seeing how many baskets you can score on your over the door mini basketball hoop, some of you might be actually be looking to do some studying. It can be hard to find a place to go for some peace and quiet when your roommates are in the middle of a debate over the best household appliances.

To help out, we compiled a list of the top 5 study spots on and around Bloomington’s campus based on the least crowded and most quiet locations. Assuming you actually want to get something done, of course.

On Campus:

ACES Library


Walking Home At Night On Campus? Here’s How To Do It Safer.


Don’t Do It!

Take a cab. Call an Uber. Use a Lyft. Find another car service. We live in an age where there are so many options for arriving home and many of them aren’t very expensive. The seven dollars you’ve paid may hurt a bit, but being safe and secure really has no price.

But, if you must. Here are some tips.

Stay Focused

Don’t get distracted or off track. Your goal is to get home safely. If you hear a group nearby, don’t head off track ot see what’s going on. If you think you see something suspicious going on, make a note of what’s happening and where it is and call the police as soon as you get home.

Take Well Lit Routes

Don’t take shortcuts through dark alleys or parks because they’ll get you home quicker. Stay in well-lit areas where you can be more aware of your surroundings.

Don’t Talk On The Phone At Night

It’s important to be aware of your surroundings. Talking on the phone gives us a sense of comfort, because it feels like we’re not alone anymore, but it also limits our ability to be awrae of what’s going on around us.

Use A Safety App At Night

If you’re going to be walking home from a party or a bar at the end of the night, even if it’s just a short walk, you should use one of the many apps invented to keep you safe in this scenario. These apps allow your friends or family to track your whereabouts until you arrive home safely or they sound alarms if there’s been a change in your walking patterns. They make calling for help easy and give you a little more reason to feel secure.

Last Minute Summer Fun
hiking trail

Find the perfect trail for one last hike before summer ends. (Photo: TRAILSOURCE.COM | flickr)

With school right around the corner, you might be thinking, “What did I do this summer?” You had a road trip to California, at least two trips to the local amusement park, and several days at the beach on your list of things to do this summer. Now it’s almost September and you’ve barely hit the beach twice. Where did the summer go?

Here are five fun things you can do in the last few nights left before heading back to school.

1. Have a cookout with some friends.

Celebrate the end of summer by hosting a cookout with some friends. Brats, hot dogs, burgers, steak, kabobs, etc. Save yourself some $$ by making it BYO meats/veggies to grill and spend the afternoon hanging out and enjoying some good food and sunshine

2. Go to the beach!

There’s tons to do at the beach, play beach volleyball, go swimming, lay out in the sun, or throw around a frisbee. Don’t have a beach? Check out the local parks, or make your backyard a beach oasis.

3. Go for a bike ride/walk/hike

Find a bike trail, hiking trail, etc and explore nature one last time before shutting yourself away in the library.
4. Invite some friends to a drive-in movie.

Every state has a few, so odds are, there’s one somewhat close to you. This is a fun way to chill with friends, watch a good movie (or two!), and still save some money. Plus, they tend to be cheaper than the traditional movie theater.

5. Host a bonfire/campfire

Roast some marshmallows, relax around a fire, and enjoy the last it of the cool summer breeze.

5 Date Ideas Near IUP That Guarantee A Goodnight Text

For weeks, you’ve been admiring your crush who just happens to sit next to you in class. From asking for a pen to inquiring about the time, you tried everything you could to strike up a conversation. Multiple pep talks from friends—and hours of practicing in front of the mirror—later, you finally worked up enough courage to ask him/her out. And to your surprise, they said yes! What a relief.

Now the pressure is on, and you need to impress. But don’t sweat it; we’ve figured it out for you, so you don’t have to. Here’s a list of 5 butterfly-inducing date ideas you can work on when you’re not scouring IUP off-campus housing. These will practically guarantee a smiley face text after you’ve both gone home … hopefully to continue the housing search! We are Rent College Pads after all!

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The 5 Best Places To Grab A Bite Near IUP

You pulled an all-nighter studying for that chem exam, checked your Insta, had a full day of classes, checked your Facebook, met your lab partner to catch up on your project, checked your Twitter, went to soccer practice, and now you are starving!

We know the last thing you want to do after a busy day is cook your own meal. Luckily for you, we came up with five places that will cook a meal for you near IUP off-campus housing , so you don’t have to—and we’re fairly confident it’ll taste better than easy mac and ramen.

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