Location, Location, Location

Location is a key factor in the off-campus housing search. Below is a list of pros and cons when considering off-campus housing.

Pros of living close to campus

Cons of living close to campus


-Walking distance to the University. Do not need a form of transportation or parking pass in order to get to classes.


-Easier to become involved around campus.


-Closer to ISU facilities such as the Student Fitness Center or Library.


-Could be more expensive. An apartment that is a five minute driving distance from campus could be less expensive.




-The closer you are to campus, the noisier it can be. Could having a potential nosier apartment impact your current study and sleep habits?



If you choose to live away from campus, make sure you have the appropriate transportation or understand that public bus transportation is free for ALL ISU students. Please check www.connect-transit.com for the complete bus route around Bloomington Normal. Remember, There is also an easy to use app called DoubleMap Bus Tracker, which you can download from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. This app will let you know when buses will be at your location.



Consider Safety


When picking a place to live, safety should be a high priority. Housing could look safe during the daytime, but could be in a poorly lit area during the night. Although the Town of Normal is relatively safe, make sure to follow the tips below.


  1. Ask questions to current tenants
  2. Ask the landlord
  3. Check for lighting during the night
  4. Ensure the door system has locks and a peephole
  5. Check windows/screens
  6. Consider if you want to live in a secure building. A secure building is locked from the outside 24 hours a day.
  7. All apartments are required to have fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors.


Another important resource is the Town Crime Map . Student housing is mainly in section 12


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