Students speak: choose your ideal living area

This period of the semester can be stressful, as the time to start thinking about housing situations for the next school year quickly approaches. Between five different living areas on campus and the option of living off campus, students have a lot to consider.

In light of students drawing housing tickets this past week, some are offering advice for deciding where to live. Students start picking housing units April 7 after all have pulled their housing numbers.

Bowles

Bowles

Jake Tastad stands outside of his apartment in Bowles East Court. Photo credit: Kimberly Smith

For junior youth ministry major Jake Tastad, Bowles has “an amazing community.”

“We meet up and once a week for a Bible study,” Tastad said. “Sometimes we go and do activities together and we also get along pretty well.”

The downside to Bowles, according to Tastad, is the distance. But the people who live in Bowles outweigh the walk, Tastad said.

For sophomore psychology major Kurt Foster, the location itself is a pro and a con.

“It is kind of cool to be out and a little bit away from the university because you are closer to other things, but that can be a con too because you always have to walk farther than everybody else,” Foster said. “Also, people living in other places don’t really want to come out here.”

University Park

UP

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For sophomore political science major Jazmine Hand, UP has several pros and cons prospective residents need to note.

“A [pro] to living in UP is the short distance to campus. I can get to class in five minutes if I speed walk, which is great when I roll out of bed before my 8 a.m. [class],” Hand said. “The pool also comes in handy since summer began in January.”

According to Hand, the downside to living in UP is the limited parking, especially during evening times, as well as the temptation to walk over to McDonald’s to get an Oreo McFlurry, which you may give into.

The Shire Mods

Shire Mods

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For sophomore political science major Ciara Totton, the Shire has innate features that can attract some while push away others from wanting to live in the mobile homes.

“The pros are that you live really close to other people, and so it is a really tight-knit community where you can just walk and see your friends because of the close distance between one another,” Totton said. “The cons of the mods are that the structures themselves are of very low quality. They are not made well.”

University Village

UV

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For junior applied exercise science major Michael Kochka, University Village’s amenities make it all worth it.

“[The] pros are that you have your own washer and dryer, which is pretty awesome,” Kochka said. “I would say the rooms are probably the nicest of any of the living areas. For cons, not all the rooms are remodeled equally because some rooms don’t have the same appliances that other rooms do.”

According to junior music major Jacob Munguia, living in UV is ideal because it is fairly close to both East and West campus. He also said UV is quieter and offers more privacy than other living areas. For Munguia, having a laundry machine in the apartment is also a plus, and he enjoys having a balcony as well.

According to Munguia, parking in UV is also difficult (particularly at night), as there is not ample storage space.

Alosta Place

Alosta

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Junior applied health major Kelsey Ham said on the bright side, Alosta Place apartments are bigger, offer themed housing (which she believes has more community than the Village) and give students a feeling of living off campus.

But for her, the two big downsides to living in Alosta are its distance from campus and the presence of underclassmen living in Alosta.

“Alosta is, I think, APU’s most underrated living area. It is really beautiful, the apartments are fairly spacious, and you get to run into non-college residents occasionally, which is very refreshing,” senior social work major Lauren Jennings said. “The only downsides really are the same as with every other living space and that is the little rules like no opposite-gender friends past curfew or no candles. I love candles.”

An anonymous resident of Alosta Place expressed concern of the use of illicit drugs by other residents who do not attend APU.

Off campus

For senior sociology major Kevin Schick, parking on campus as a commuter and finding community off campus can be difficult.

“In order to get a parking spot for class on East, [you have] to get there two hours early,” Schick said. “Lack of community prevents me from venturing out and meeting new people besides the ones I meet in class. I tend to find myself showing up to school and racing home between classes.”

According to Schick, the positive about about living off campus is that students quickly learn how to become independent.

Senior nursing major Emily Bhanukitsiri said living off campus makes it inconvenient to get to class because “parking is a nightmare,” but a definite pro is the lack of a curfew.

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