Category Archives: College Life

Best College Towns To Live In After Graduation – Top 20

The college lifestyle of meeting new friends and trying different things might be the best part of the college experience for some. But you know what’s even better? Graduating college and getting your life started right out of the gate, which isn’t as simple as it seems. The hassles of college are certainly challenging, but they pale in comparison to the hassles of adult life. Getting a job? Finding insurance? Scheduling regular appointments at the doctor or dentist or wherever else appointments are required? That stuff is brutal and its always going to be brutal.

But we did find a few towns where maybe the tribulations of adulthood can be offset by some good things, like like-minded folks and a good paying job. We analyzed some data and found the twenty best college towns for grads to settle down in once they’re done getting degrees.

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Best Apartments for Students at Middle Tennessee University

Middle Tennessee State Commons

Property or landlord? Which is more important when looking for searching for a place to rent? Trick question, they’re both equally as important. Finding housing can be quite the task, but when it comes to finding the right landlord, you shouldn’t have to settle. So, how do you know if you’re signing a lease with a good landlord? After the initial walk-through of the property, you normally find yourself having to make the decision of whether or not you’ll be signing a lease with them. One meeting isn’t enough to help you define whether or not they’re the right fit for you, so it’s important to get online and do your research and read the fine print in your leasing contract. Like they say, it’s all in the details, so if something catches your eye, ask about it. To aid you in your search, we’ve included a list below of the top rated landlords in the Murfreesboro area to help you find the right landlord for you.

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Philadelphia Street Is The Best Place To Party At IUP
Philadelphia Street in Indiana, PA

Philadelphia Street in Indiana, PA (Flickr)

For a lot of students, parties are a flagship of the college experience. At the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, no street embodies the college experience as well as Philadelphia Street. It’s not just a hot spot for students looking to live in apartments in Indiana off-campus. On any given night, students at IUP line the sidewalks and pack the bars as they prepare for a night out on the town.

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Broadway Street Is The Best Place To Party At CMU
The intersection of Main and Broadway, Downtown Mt Pleasant.

The intersection of Main and Broadway, Downtown Mt Pleasant. (Flickr)

The age-old adage that your years in college should be some of the best of your life has long been propagated through pop culture references, and you know what? It’s one hundred percent true. Only in college will you be surrounded by thousands of people your own age, who are dealing with the same things and going through many of the same experiences as you are. One of those important experiences? Treating yourself to a weekend night out on the most bustling street near campus. At Central Michigan University, this street is none other than Broadway.

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Kirkwood Ave Is The Best Place To Party At IU-Bloominton
Kirkwood Avenue in Bloomington, IN.

Kirkwood Avenue in Bloomington, IN. (Flickr)

Bloomington, Indiana is known for a handful things. The city has been named a designated Tree City for its many forestry programs, which is great if you like trees. For all the cinephiles out there, the Academy Award-winning film Breaking Away was filmed in Bloomington and features the annual IU bike race. Lastly—and arguably most importantly—Bloomington is the birthplace of Indiana University and a thriving B1G Ten party scene; a party scene that revolves around one street in particular.

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Iowa State Off-Campus Housing: Top Rated Ames Landlords
Fall at Iowa State University

Fall at Iowa State University (Flickr)

High school was rough. And the expectation that your post-secondary years will be so incredible they’ll wash away any awkwardness you felt as that angsty teen can put a lot of pressure on the shoulders of a newly enrolled college student. If you want to make the most out of your college experience—and you also wouldn’t mind proving all the cronies back home that you have your ducks in a row— you’re going to want to start with the perfect apartment near Iowa State.

To relieve some of the pressure, we skimmed through hundreds of reviews on Facebook and Google and settled on a list of the ten highest rated landlords near Iowa State University. Continue reading

State College Apartments: Five Top Rated Penn State Landlords
Old Main at Penn State

Old Main at Penn State (Flickr)

As past and current students, we understand the challenges associated with finding the right off-campus housing at Penn State. However, it’s critical to remember that finding the right place is just as important as finding the right landlord. Whether it’s a friend-of-a-friend or property management team, all landlords should abide by a similar set of standards to offer their tenant’s the best living experience possible.

With this in mind, we combed through hundreds of apartments and property management companies near the Penn State campus and created a list of the five highest rated landlords in State College. Continue reading

25 Safest College Campuses in 2016

There is a pretty extensive list of things you have to worry about when you decide to leave home and head for college grounds, and in a perfect world, staying safe on campus wouldn’t be one of them. Unfortunately, campus safety is not created equally, and some schools tend to outperform the rest.

We took a look at the data and settled on a list of the 25 safest post-secondary schools across the nation, exhibiting the least amount of on-campus crime per capita than their fellow campuses. Rest assured you can walk to class, take a seat on the quad or catch all the Pokémon you desire at the following safest college campuses with at least some peace of mind. Continue reading

The 10 Most Tortured College Sports Campuses

Everyone has a different idea about what makes a sports city tortured. Do their teams need to reach the championship and fall just short every year? Or is it a more torturous experience to start every year without those new season title hopes and dreams?

52 years came and went without a team in Cleveland bringing home a championship. Much was made about the Cavaliers finally winning a title behind LeBron James’s virtuoso performance as June wound down. The prodigal son had returned and taken the team where no one had in generations. Finally, the curse was lifted. Cleveland exorcised its spirits. The Land would come off the lists of most tortured sports cities.

ESPN published a Sports Misery Index not long after Cleveland’s big win. Now that Cleveland was off the list, which town is currently battling the most demons? The current, uh, champion? San Diego.

It’s hard to argue with author Bill Barnwell’s logic, but it’s also hard to lament the struggles of a town greeted with sunshine and seventy-degree weather every day. The runner up is Buffalo. We can get on board with Buffalo. Continue reading

The Moscow Mule is the most commonly searched drink in America

Election years can be divisive in America. Arguing with strangers on Twitter or your neighbors about who’s the right fit to lead our country can make even the most optimistic person feel like we’re a nation divided. But sometimes, it’s fun to take a look at some things that we’re in universal agreement on as a country. Like the Moscow Mule. A delicious, ginger beer, vodka and lime mixed drink served up in a copper mug. Everyone loves it. Maybe it’s the copper mug. Maybe it’s the alliteration in the name. Maybe it’s the ginger. Whatever the reason, the Moscow Mule is becoming America’s most popular drink. Continue reading