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Maximize apartment space with these DIY hacks

Eliminating shoe clutter is easy with a simple laundry basket to hold the shoes. 

By Bridget Hynes

February 24, 2015

My three roommates and I moved into our first apartment at 101 E. Green St. in August, which was a big milestone for all four of us. Collectively, it was our first time paying rent, cooking all of our meals on our own and keeping a four-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment clean and orderly. As simple as thi...

Q&A with PAR BSW employee, Carrie Darsham

Q&A with PAR BSW employee, Carrie Darsham

By Hanadi Abunaim

February 24, 2015

Residents at Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall may recognize this friendly face walking in the halls of Blaisdell and Saunders. But, make no mistake, she is not a resident. The Daily Illini got a chance to speak with Building Service Worker Carrie Darsham, to get a sense of what it is like to work in ...

Hometown roommates make campus comfortable

Hometown roommates make campus comfortable

February 24, 2015

Coming out of high school, my biggest fear was that I would be unable to make new friends in college. I knew that a roommate would be a key way to make a new friend – or a disastrous way to help ruin my freshman year. I had heard the roommate horror stories – bullies, people who don’t shower, part...

Dorm life turns strangers to family

Dorm life turns strangers to family

February 24, 2015

Stepping into the doors of Allen Hall on Aug. 19, I had no idea what to expect. For the first time in my life I would be living alone. With no one to tell me to do my work or to come home, it was just me, myself and I. This of course is 10 times more exciting than it is scary. Freedom is liberating, an...

Apartments not the only option for University’s upperclassman

Apartments not the only option for University’s upperclassman

By Victoria Snell

February 24, 2015

Spring semester is beginning, and it’s nearing the time to decide where to live next year. While the possibility of independence in an apartment may seem attractive, on-campus residence halls provide an entirely different experience for upperclassmen. Although some students make the transition to an apart...

Away from home but close to family

Away from home but close to family

By Lillian Barkley

February 24, 2015

Technically, I’m not a townie. I didn’t live here or go to school here, but weeks of my summers and winter vacations were spent walking around campus and eating Papa Del’s. My dad was born and raised in Urbana, eventually attending the University in the 1970s. Most of his family still liv...

Why I’m glad I never had the “dorm experience”

Why I’m glad I never had the “dorm experience”

By Victoria Snell

February 24, 2015

I transferred from community college to the University as a sophomore. After I learned of my acceptance (much later than most) in the spring of my freshman year, I had to deal with declaring a major (I came in undeclared), tuition and, of course, housing. As if making a transition wasn’t scary enough, I was ...

Energy-saving tips for apartment tenants

By Becky Nguyen

February 24, 2015

Cursed with a relentless combination of bitter, arctic winters and sweltering summers, University students who live in apartments have had their fair share of paying for hefty utility bills. Add to that dozens of electronics and appliances that constantly consume energy, and some students may find th...

A FAR-out time

A FAR-out time

February 24, 2015

One of the most anticipated moments of my summer before college was receiving my housing assignment from the University. I was hoping to get somewhere in Ikenberry Commons because of its social aspect, and my second choice was Allen Hall, because it seemed artsy and cool. At the time, I felt pretty co...

Extra space can be nice, but not the most important thing

Extra space can be nice, but not the most important thing

February 24, 2015

Last year, I lived at Presby Hall, a private dorm on campus, and to say I had a lot of space would be an understatement. Presby is a suite-style dorm with the best amenities on campus. I shared a suite with five girls that included a living room, balcony, kitchen, a washer and dryer, two bathrooms an...

Leave judgment at the doormat

Leave judgment at the doormat

February 24, 2015

Let’s be honest. There seems to be a certain kind of taboo surrounding college couples that decide to live together. Not only could your relationship spontaneously combust the moment you sign the lease, but many students would also agree that your time would have been better spent getting to know ...

The girls with ‘The Yellow House’

“The Yellow House” lies in senior land, and currently houses seven Delta Zeta sorority sisters. The residence was formerly occupied by Illini football players.

By Mikayla Ostendorf

February 24, 2015

Greeting passersby with its bright, unusual color, “The Yellow House” sits on the corner of First and Chalmers streets on the outskirts of “senior land” — a place where many students choose to reside during their final year at the University. When inviting guests over, Riley Dunne, senior in Nursing...

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