Let’s play free association. I say something, and you respond with the first thing that comes to mind. Me: Indiana University of Pennsylvania. You: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Me: Renting an off-campus apartment. You: An absolute dream. Me: Indiana. You: A cool town with a nice vibe.
Why did you respond with such long, ambiguous word? Because Indiana University cannot be summed up in one normal word. It has so much to offer and caters to so many different kinds of people that it has a culture all its own and deserves a word all its own too. The school provides students with so many choices that everyone is bound to find their niche. When it comes to choosing classes, students can always take a peak at RateMyProfessor.com to see what others think. Besides settling into their area of study, students find that the number of extracurricular activities offered make finding a niche community easy too! There are tons of student organizations, clubs, IM sports, the Greek scene, and athletics to get involved in. Speaking of Athletics, IUP’s football and basketball teams attract all kinds of people and really bring the various communities together! So while IUP may seem like it’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious because it is all over the map, it does have many unifying things that instill school pride in everyone!
Why is renting an off-campus apartment an absolute dream? A few reasons: #1 No RAs. #2 You get to choose your roommates. #3 Independence and freedom. #4 Responsibility. #5 Privacy. Now you know why 67% of undergrads here choose to make their dreams come true and get their own place. Plenty of areas like Grant Street, Oakland Avenue, Philadelphia Street, and Wayne Avenue have off-campus housing, but for more help searching for your new dream place, take a look at our apartment search guides. Though many places are within walking distance of campus, and the Indygo Buses will get you to an from any point in the city!
So you know renting an off-campus apartment is cool, but why is it cool to rent one in Indiana? Because, dear friends, Indiana is a cool town with a nice vibe. Don’t forget that the people in the school make up about half the population of the city, so you will be running in to fellow classmates everywhere. Perhaps you will run in to them at the Jimmy Stuart Museum. I’m feeling my vertigo kicking in just thinking about how cool that museum is! Look out the rear window in your off-campus apartment and see your friends walking in to one of the many restaurants on Philly Street. Over the weekend, hang out on Frat Row, go to bars, or invite people over for some hardcore chilling in your apartment!