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West Quad and HERE Champaign townhomes to take root in campustown

West Quad and HERE Champaign townhomes to take root in campustown

By Bridget Hynes

February 24, 2015

Starting in Fall 2015, two new apartment complexes will open for student living on campus: West Quad and HERE Champaign. West Quad is currently under construction at 30 E. John St. in Champaign, while HERE Champaign is being built at 308 E. Green St. in Champaign. CA Student Living, formerly Campus Ac...

The girls with ‘The Yellow House’

The girls with ‘The Yellow House’

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...

When dining hall days are done: Quick, easy recipes to cook on your own

February 24, 2015

Without mom and dad’s cooking or the comfort of the dining halls, getting fed every day can be a stressful thing to tackle. To relieve some anxiety, here are some quick and easy recipes from a few of my favorite food bloggers. Individual Mac and Cheese Ingredients: 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divi...

Time to choose: Public, or private?

Time to choose: Public, or private?

By Claire Hettinger

February 24, 2015

So you’re trying to decide whether to live in public versus private housing. Here’s what you need to know. The differences between private and public housing are contested around campus. Incoming freshmen are faced with the choice before they’re familiar with campus — they have to decide before ...

Maximize apartment space with these DIY hacks

Maximize apartment space with these DIY hacks

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...

Climbing the housing ladder: Why I’ll never be alone with good friends

Climbing the housing ladder: Why I’ll never be alone with good friends

February 24, 2015

Two years ago, when I moved into Illini Tower as a freshman, I had enough nervous butterflies for the entire student population. I had only been away from home a few times — a weeklong journalism camp in high school, and a school trip to Australia for 12 days. To put it simply, the concept of living...

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...

Groceries: From corporate to co-op

Groceries: From corporate to co-op

By Christina Oehler

February 24, 2015

Whether it is academics, finances or gossip, students have a variety of factors that are constantly influencing their daily decisions. Healthy living choices are no exception, and with the media constantly reminding students that “clean eating” and “buying local” are crucial to a well-rounded diet, ...

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...

Make the apartment hunt easy: Red flags and must-haves to watch for while on a tour

Make the apartment hunt easy: Red flags and must-haves to watch for while on a tour

By Jaini Shah

February 24, 2015

Whether a freshman, sophomore or junior, apartment hunting comes with its fair share of challenges, like finding a leasing company, budgeting for rent, finding roommates and paying utilities (all of which are just skimming the surface of this painstaking process). But according to Brittany Glenn, pr...

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...

A final year worth spending with friends

A final year worth spending with friends

February 24, 2015

A year ago, the prospect of beginning my senior year sent cold chills up my spine. The daunting questions about my future and where I would end up after college haunted my spirit and clouded my vision. Yet, at the same time, I knew that senior year would be special — it would be one of the last tim...

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