Purdue University is a large public university in West Lafayette, Indiana, famous for its Big Ten Conference athletics and outstanding program in aerospace studies. In fact, 22 astronauts graduated from Purdue! PU is the flagship university of the Purdue University system with campuses throughout Indiana. There are over 200 areas of study, so don’t freak out if you don’t know yet what your major will be; you’re sure to find many other Boilers in the same boat.
At PU, there is a strong campus community, but 60% of students still choose to live off campus. There’s a whole range of rental options available around the school, from townhomes to single family houses to apartment communities. Typically, these places are roomy enough for 1-4 roommates. Fortunately for you, property managers have been buying and renovating houses throughout the city, so chances are that your rental home will be fully remodeled. Given Purdue’s large size, you should plan to start your rental search as early as possible. Check out our blog to read more on apartment life.
The great thing about living off campus at Purdue is the reliable bus system. Students have raved about the convenience of the buses around campus—they’re everywhere and come every few minutes. To top it off, you get a free bus pass just for being a registered PU student. Always remember to bring your PUID’s when you’re leaving the apartment.
Outside of Purdue is the quiet city of West-Lafayette, which is pretty much a college town. Students who choose to live in off-campus rental homes and apartments really blend well with the local community. Take a walking break through town or a stroll in the park; it’s safe enough to do at night when you can’t fall asleep. As far as nighttime activities go, there’s a large selection of fine restaurants and bars to hang out in with your friends. One of the most popular ones is Harry’s Chocolate Club, which is right on the edge of campus.
Notable Alumnus: Neil Armstrong