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Thu, Apr. 1st, 2010, 11:42 am
unsilenceddream: Apartment Recommendations - on-campus and off

Hi all,

I am an incoming graduate student as of this coming fall semester. In figuring out housing options, I'm wondering what is out there as far as apartments go. (I'm not too keen on doing dorm life again). What do people recommend as far as on campus and off? Any and all advice is welcome. Feel free to comment here or contact me via my userinfo page.
Thanks in advance!

Fri, Apr. 2nd, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)

I don't rent, but I live in town. I went through NIU about 7 years ago.

From what I can recollect, you do NOT want to rent from Mason Properties if you can help it.

Other than that, it depends what you might be looking for-- if you just want a room in a house and you don't care if you know your 6 or 7 other housemates, then you can usually find a room. Dan McClure is a good resource-- although he is not a perfect landlord, he isn't half bad either.

There are some nice apartments on College Avenue, and then some others over on

The university also does run graduate student housing, which I am largely unaware of, but do know that it is "apartment-style" living.

Stadium View Apartments used to be nice, but is right outside the football stadium, so things can get crowded and noisy on football days. Not much of an issue if you are a football person.

Suburban Apartments and Estates is also fairly well run, although I believe they have a strict no-pets policy if that is an issue for you. There are a good mix of "townies" and students there.

I hope that helps! I am a bit out of touch, but I saw no one had responded to you, so I thought I throw in what I know.

Fri, Apr. 2nd, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)

Whoops-- I meant to look up the name of that other street-- it's Fisk Avenue. I had some friends who lived there a couple years back-- a nice, quiet building.

Fri, Apr. 2nd, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)

Thank you - I appreciate your input!

Fri, Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)

I second that re: MASON.

Wed, Apr. 7th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)

Graduate apartments via the university cost an arm and a leg, I'd avoid them if you are at all concerned about money.

As far as housing, are you looking for "close enough to walk" or further out? (I'm assuming walking, as that's what I did)

The east side of campus is significantly quieter than others (nearer to the art building)... is there any place you are looking in particular at present? What's your major? (so I can figure out where you will be going, walking-wise)

I'm finishing my last semester of a history MA here before leaving for UW-Madison, and I did my undergrad here, so I've got a good lay of the land... (just been here too long, is all!)

Thu, Apr. 8th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)

Hey - thanks for the information! I'm a rehab teaching major in the visual disabilities program, so will be based in Graham Hall. I looked at some places today, and I think I'm going to go with a townhouse; it's pretty cheap for three people to live there.
Take care, and thanks again.

Wed, May. 5th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)

Ahhh. I need to read lj more often.

If you are still looking, I love my landlord. I rent a large bedroom in a house right next to campus.


Sun, May. 9th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)

Thanks for your response. I actually found a three-bedroom townhouse for next year that's super close to campus and should be awesome.

Fri, Jun. 4th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)

I lived in Varsity Square for 2 years, i found it to be quiet and well kept. However whatever you do, i would not rent out from the lot behind varsity... (i do not know its name)... there were constant parties, fights, general mayhem and the place seemed stocked with party hearty freshmen. Now if you are looking for a party, not a bad place, but i wouldn't wanna live there..