Iowa State University Off-Campus Housing When to search
Unpack and settle in to enjoy your new apartment for a few months before you have to begin the hunt for your next Ames apartment. The majority of students search during the late fall, particularly in November for a house or apartment near Iowa State. It's not too uncommon for students to find a place they're interested in and visit home for parental advice over winter break before signing a lease though.
This comes with the obvious risk of losing the place you're interested into someone more ambitious. It's quite common to sign in January after inquiring in November, but don't push it too far.
Rent In Ames
The obvious decision to save money on your rent is highlighted in our average rent, per person, per bedroom chart below.
Four bedroom units are typically houses with not many larger unit apartments. If you are looking to take advantage of the more roommates savings special we would recommend renting early because they are the first to typically be rented.
Life in Ames, Iowa Where to Have Fun
Things to Do
A lot of the student body is very contempt relaxing on campus and enjoying activities hosted in the Memorial Union. The Central Campus lawns are the premiere real estate to relax or enjoy the accompany of friends while keeping an eye out for the albino squirrel. When the night strikes 12 to be an Iowa Stater, you gotta cross camapaniling off your ISU bucket list.
Many organizations on campus including the Student Union Board host great activities around campus. For great concerts, right on campus, the Student Union Board is known for bringing in headline worthy performers for your enjoyment. If you don't clock out the night early taking a stroll over to the Memorial Union for ISU After Dark can be a great way to socialize and blow off some steam.
Attending a Cyclones sporting event can be the best way to unapologetically express your school pride. Some things you should expect while attending a football game is first a victory secondly prepare yourself by memorizing "Sweet Caroline", a Neil Diamond song sung during the 3rd and 4th quarters and after a victory. A victory is also noted by the ringing of the Victory Bell but not before you hear the cannon sound for every Cyclone touchdown. During every basketball game at the Hilton Coliseum, a special thing occurs known as the Hilton Magic. It's unexplainable and only something you can witness.
Some may have an Italian grandmother but for all of those who don't need the dough and sauce remedy in their life. Great Plains Pizza has the dough and sauce you need but minus grandma's cherished hugs. What does 100 menu options with hickory smoked meats taste like with old-fashioned parlor style sundaes? You'll only know the answer to this question after you stop by the Hickory Park Restaurant with 45 years of serving hearty student appetites.
Sometimes a display of sophistication is necessary for a date or special occasions after a long awaited arrival for your FAFSA check. The Della Viti exists for this exact reason with a self-service 48 bottle wine selection. The Main Street District is also a great place to explore for a day or night trying foods and drinks from a wide variety of places. For other bars and restaurants in Ames, we put together a list for starters:
- Fighting Burrito
- Clyde's Sports Club
- Deano's 119 Main
- London Underground
Lake La Verne is a great place on campus to relax and ponder what career you will pursue after a challenging exam. To enjoy the lake more, however, the rec center will have boats and canoes to cruise around on. Tubing and swimming down the skunk river is another great way to enjoy the outdoors in Ames. You can also stop on the South River Valley Park which is near campus but on the Skunk River for an afternoon picnic or a sporting event with friends. Another enjoyable park with wooded trails is the Ames Park and Recreation.
Planning a larger trip into the outdoors can be hard when you do not know the area or have the skills. If you have the lack of proper equipment the Outdoor Recreation has rentals, workshops, and planned trips for you.