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Live as a local in your Urbana neighborhood

Students sit in the outdoor seating of Espresso Royale in Urbana on May 5.

By Katie Powers, buzz Editor

February 17, 2020

With the construction of new high-rises and bars, it feels like Campustown is moving west. But living east of Lincoln Avenue in Urbana is still an excellent option for plenty of students. It offers a nice break from apartment living, plus it allows you to experience the culture and quirkiness of neig...

Transition from dorm dweller to apartment goer does not have to be painful

Transition from dorm dweller to apartment goer does not have to be painful

By JJ Kim, Managing Editor for Reporting

February 17, 2020

OK, so you’ve gotten to experience the wonders of living in a college dorm. Cramped spacing, stacking microwaves on top of mini-fridges and taking the risky half-naked walk to the communal bathroom for a shower. Now you’ve got that all out of your system, you may be looking to switch things up a ...

Make your library of choice feel like home

The Communications Library is located inside the Gregory Hall near the west entrance. It features a quiet study floor as well as an interactive media basement.

By Noah Davis, Staff Writer

February 17, 2020

Every year, college students must frantically hunt for a new place to live in a race to secure the best leases. Whether you and your closest friends get your dream apartment, students often don’t always spend most of their waking hours at their place. Aside from attending class, the library is w...

I got 99 roommate problems, here’s three of them

I got 99 roommate problems, here's three of them

By Shivali Shukla, Staff Writer

February 17, 2020

In college, it’s well understood that some roommates will consistently test your patience, while others will seem like the best thing since sliced bread in comparison. We’ve all heard the horror stories. Maybe you’re lucky and have had the most amazing roommates throughout your time here, but even then ...

Find your signature drink based off of your dorm

Find your signature drink based off of your dorm

By Ava Traverso, Special Sections Editor

February 17, 2020

Let’s take it back to where it all started: The University dorms. No matter if you loved, hated or were indifferent about your time in the University’s housing, those days truly were a defining point in your college career. Let’s take a trip back in time and talk about what your dorm says abou...

It’s not your roommate, it’s you

By Clare Budin, Assistant Special Sections Editor

February 17, 2020

In a perfect world, upon leaving the cramped communal spaces of the University dorms, every student will have the option to set off on their own and experience the bliss of independent living where you make your own rules, cook your own meals, play your music and stay up as long as you like. Unfortuna...

Stay calm during apartment-hunting chaos

Apartment buildings line the streets of Champaign on Fourth and Chalmers streets on May 26. The rush of searching for a place to live each year can be overwhelming, especially if students don’t know where to begin.

By Bella Keys, Staff Writer

February 17, 2020

If you’re in college and are beginning to search for an apartment for the first time, the process can be a little overwhelming. There’s always a rush to sign a lease and to find roommates almost immediately after the fall semester has started. This can be extremely stressful because you’re mak...

Avoid luxury apartment hype, opt for good deals

The outdoor lounge at Octave Apartments. Assistant Special Sections Editor Clare Budin suggests that students avoid the hype of luxury apartments and stick to budget deals.

By Clare Budin, Assistant Special Sections Editor

February 17, 2020

If you’ve been anywhere on Green Street in the past few months, chances are you’ve been greeted by enthusiastic pleas to sign forms and clipboards by employees of the soon-to-be-finished luxury apartment The Dean. When hearing about it from the shiny new tower’s representatives, your future life a...

Exercise healthy eating strategies in your dorm

Students eat in the Busey-Evans dining hall on Oct. 25. Even though living in a dorm without access to a kitchen can be a challenge, there are multiple ways to stay healthy.

By Sonal Singh, Staff Writer

February 17, 2020

Eating healthy is a struggle to begin with, regardless of where you live. However, living in a dorm without a proper kitchen can make eating nutritious even harder. Some ways you can stay on track are listed below. Invest in a mini-fridge and a microwave Although these may seem like unnecessarily ex...

Make room for room customization in your life

Pictured above is the abstract tapestry hanging on Meghan Lyon’s wall. This is an example of her unique decorating style.

By Meghan Lyons, Staff Writer

February 17, 2020

When you walk into somebody’s college room, what is the first thing you notice? Is it the wall plastered with pictures of friends? Or is it the “Saturdays are for the Boys” poster that hangs from the wall? From seeing somebody’s room, you can tell a lot about a person. In college, people hav...

Here’s why you should sublet instead of sign

The exterior of Gregory Towers at 1107 S. Fourth St. in Champaign. Assistant Photo Editor Brian Bauer says subleasing an apartment is a lower commitment than signing a lease on your own.

By Brian Bauer, Assistant Photo Editor

February 17, 2020

Subletting an apartment is usually a person’s last resort. It is a desperate maneuver typically sought out by students going or returning from studying abroad. But there are benefits to subletting that make it a desirable living situation in its own right. For some, it may be a better fit than signi...

Urbana, the lesser known beauty of CU

Urbana, the lesser known beauty of CU

By Mark Capapas, Photo Editor

February 17, 2020

Urbana is sometimes seen as the estranged half of C-U. From an outside perspective, it can be seen as lonely, far and quiet. This is, of course, from the viewpoint of someone living on the west side of the region. The people who reside in Urbana know the journey is worth the destination. The docile ...

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