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WHAT’S INSIDE 6: How to fill out a lease

8: How to make an apartment a home 9: Housing tip sheet 10: Abstract thinking: Living in LaFollette 14: Roommate horror stories 15: Comparing residence halls 16: What it costs to replace a dorm key




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tips for leasing



Know what you can afford and compare prices

The price of off-campus living can vary based on where you choose to live and what you choose to rent. Leasing a house and an apartment can be very different experiences. It is important to know how much rent is each month, along with other expenses such as electricity, gas and water. Comparing prices of different locations can also help reveal which living arrangement is best.

Read the lease carefully

Before you move in, your landlord will do a background check and require that you sign a lease. Find out what information your landlord needs from you (such as social security, pay stubs and credit history) and if they charge a fee to conduct the background check. Make sure you know everything you are agreeing to and if any part of your lease is up for negotiation. If there is anything you do not understand, ask your landlord to explain it to you to make sure you do not accidentally violate your lease. If you still aren’t sure, have a lawyer look over your lease.

Do a walkthrough

Make sure you and your landlord are aware of the wear-and-tear on your apartment or house before you move in so that you are not charged for any damages you are not responsible for. Often, landlords have tenants pay security deposits before moving in and will take from that money if damages occur during their lease. You can save money by checking to make sure appliances and other objects work

before moving in.

Know your roommates

Have a clear plan on how much each person is paying so that there is no confusion later on. It is also helpful to know if you need to purchase your own furniture, or if the apartment or house will be furnished for you. If you do have to buy your own furniture, it can also be helpful to divide the cost among your roommates.

Ask plenty of questions and do research

It is important to know as much as possible about your future lease before moving in. Here are some questions that are important to have answered before committing: • Are pets allowed? • Is there a fee to have a pet? • Are utilities included in the cost of rent? • Where are the washer and dryer located? • Does it cost money to use the washer and dryer? • If you are in an apartment, are the washer and dryer used by the entire building? • Where do you park? • Do you need a parking pass? •Is subletting, where the original tenant allows someone else to lease their room or house in their place, allowed? • Are there any additional costs? • Is there air conditioning? - Staff Reports



how to make an apartment a Republished from the Daily News


f you were to take a poll and ask people if they agree that an apartment can feel just as much like a home as a traditional house, most people would likely say “no.” Many would say the lack of privacy, the limited design options, the neighbors and the overall sense of being a part of a community prevent apartments from

feeling like a “home.” The truth is that it is possible an apartment won’t feel like a home if the renter does not actually want to be living there, or if it has not been personalized to their liking. But a house won’t feel like “home” either if you aren’t committed to making it your own.




Pick an apartment you can actually see yourself living in. For example, if you absolutely cannot stand the countertops at one of the communities you visited, then I would advise not to rent there. The apartment will not feel like home if every single morning you wake up, look around you and think … I would have never chosen those countertops, or that light fixture or this carpet. Choose an apartment that reflects your sense of style.




Paint the walls, if you can. Some apartment communities do not allow residents to paint walls, but others will let you do so as long as you return the walls to their original color. Painting the walls a color that you chose helps in making residents feel like they contributed some of their own taste to the design of the apartment, thus making it feel more like their dream home.

Decorating is universally the way to make any place feel like home. First things first, customize the design to fit your style. If you are stuck with furniture that doesn’t fit your style and color preferences, use slip covers and throws to cover them up. Add pillows and accessories that make it your own.


This one may seem a little silly at first, but if you’re not living in a place where you can comfortably be yourself then it is not going to feel like home. Your home should be your sanctuary … a place to go after a bad day at work or a stressful day of classes. It is someplace where you should be able to cater to your own needs and take care of yourself and those you love. Act like yourself when you are there.


TIP SHEET Signing a lease can make or break your school year — which means there’s a lot at stake! Use this tip sheet to help you choose the best residence possible. Information republished from the Daily News.

Know Your Resources Free legal advice is available for all Ball State students. John Connor manages the Student Legal Services office and can answer questions concerning damages and roommate disputes, paying rent or utility bills. He is also available to review potential leases and explain what the leaser is responsible for. John Connor’s office is in L-17 in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center.

Collect Objective Evidence

Know Your Rights

• Deposits must be returned within 45 days after a tenant moves • Tenants can sue landlords up to $6,000 • At least 30 days of notice (unless the rental agreement states otherwise) must be given to tenants to raise the rent • A tenant has 10 days to pay rent or move before a landlord can file for eviction. • You have the right to break your lease under certain circumstances • Beginning active military duty • Being a victim of domestic violence • Living in a unit that is unsafe and violates health or safety codes

Having dated photographs and documented conversations are one way to prevent landlord abuse or conflicts with roommates. Connor also recommends having a roommate agreement and keeping in writing how much rent roommates are responsible for.



Abby LeClercq in front of LaFollette Complex. KAITI SULLIVAN, DN FILE


Living in


Abby LeClerq Daily News Columnist Close your eyes and imagine that you are standing in an allwhite room with orange doors and one window, approximately 150 square feet in size. There are two beds (each pushed horizontally up against their respective walls), two desks in the center and a big dresser against the wall of the closet beside the mini fridge. This is my living quarters for the next eight months. When everything you own is crammed into your little dorm along with all of your roommate’s possessions, each individual space begins to fade together. The TV sits on top of the dresser, surrounded by makeup and water filters. The desks are filled with coffee cups and every book that your syllabus swore you would need, but that you have yet to crack open. It turns into organized chaos. You may know where everything is, but that doesn’t stop the room from feeling like it’s overflowing. Every morning, I inevitably trip over twenty things and leave for class with an even worse mood and sore toes. I want to scream every time I have to do laundry, use the bathroom or wash dishes because it requires a one-mile trip down the hallway and back with the unavoidable trip in between because you know you’re going to forget your towel or detergent every time. Going to your room only leaves two real options: lay down and study or sit at your desk and study. There is little

LaFollette Complex, which opened in 1967, is the largest residence hall complex on the campus. SAMANTHA BRAMMER, DN FILE to no room for much else, so your dorm essentially becomes a place to eat and sleep. Even the study lounges on each floor are decidedly not useful. The only times I have ever found myself in there were for floor meetings or various floor activities. It is not true to its name in the sense that it is impossible to focus on anything aside from the flickering, old lights while you are in there. It’s such a frustrating feeling when you know there is nowhere in your building you can actually sit and study successfully, so you have to make a game plan in your head and attempt to find a sufficient place. While I do overwhelmingly dislike living in my shoebox of a


room, it does still have its perks. Not being able to study in my room or the lounges enables me to get out more onto campus and discover my own little place to work. Everything has its place in

here and it is very easy to clean up, and for that I am thankful. You may not always love the situation that you are in, but you do need to find the silver lining and make the best out of it.


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Living with other people can be, well, difficult Max Lewis Daily News Reporter For some, roommates can become lifelong friends, but not everyone is so lucky. Here are some people who didn’t exactly have the best roommate situations.

Naked and Afraid “My first roommate was a party girl and hardcore alcoholic ... it wasn’t out of the ordinary if I went to bed late and she still wasn’t back yet. One morning when I got up a little earlier in the day, I noticed that she was laying naked on her bed. (This was also normal.) I put on my glasses and realized that she was under the blankets and there were three other girls in her bed. All of which were naked. 14 | ROOST HOUSING GUIDE

There was also a dress stuck to the ceiling. I never found out how that dress was stuck to the ceiling, and never found out who the other three girls were.” -Mary McGrath, Sophomore, Special Education Major

What’s that smell? “We lived in LaFollette so there was no AC and it was too cold to open the window. This semester, [my roommate] had a fallout with their friend and was now almost always in our room. This is when I realized that they had THE WORST body odor I have ever encountered. Putrid, vile and Frito-esque. After a bit it got really bad and, as politely as I could, I told them they had some BO and the room was smelling funky because of it. They seemed to take it well,

so I thought, ‘Problem solved.’ Wrong. The next day the RA wants to talk to the both of us. Apparently, I had ‘triggered’ them by asking them to politely shower.” -Sydney Shrock, Junior, History and Social Studies Education Major

Hello, officer “I had come home from a long day, I finished three chapters of business homework and was ready to just take a shower and go to bed. [My roommate] was about to sleep and was laying on her bed near the door. I opened my closet and she goes, “Could you stop making f------ noise?!” At that point I HAD HAD IT. I close my eyes, drop my things and talked to her in the same tone. ‘Oh, like when you slam our

door every time I’m in bed trying to fall asleep?’ After that she went off on me and I didn’t hold myself back either. I was by the door (because I was about to take a shower) and she all of a sudden tries to leach onto my arm to push me away. When she grabbed me I pulled away immediately and said, ‘You need to get your hands off me!’ She said, ‘I’m going to call the cops and say you’re not letting me out!’ With that she called the cops and I went to go tell my RAs what happened. They tried to find her and a few minutes later the cops show up at my door. I take a deep breath, calm myself down and open the door. After weeks of this they said, ‘OK, you guys can’t live together anymore. And she needs to move out.’” - Laura, Freshman, Theatre Major


looking for your new on-campus

home? Consider the amenities each has to offer first.

Phil Belpasso Daily News Reporter Ball State’s campus is home to various residence halls for the convenience of students. Each residence hall differs in some ways from the others. Here are the differences between each facility.

DeHority Complex (Honors College dorm): • Entire hall is coed • Bathrooms are semi-private • Stackable furniture • Air conditioning • No dining facility

Elliott Hall: • Coed but divided by floor • Community bathrooms • Does not have stackable furniture • No air conditioning • Dining facilities available: Elliot Dining

Johnson Complex: • Entire hall is coed • Bathrooms are semi-private • Stackable furniture • Air conditioning • No dining facility

Kinghorn Hall: • Entire hall is coed • Bathrooms are semi-private • Stackable furniture • Air conditioning • Dining facilities available: Tom John Food Shop

LaFollette Complex: • Coed but divided by floor • Community bathrooms (Floors in Shively above 3 are

semi-private) • Does not have stackable furniture (Shively does provide stackable furniture) • No air conditioning • Dining facilities available: LaFollette Square

Noyer Complex: • Entire hall is coed • Bathrooms are semi-private • Stackable furniture • Air conditioning • Dining facilities available: Noyer Centre

Park Hall: • Entire hall is coed • Bathrooms are semi-private • Stackable furniture • Air conditioning • No dining facility

Studebaker Complex East:

• Entire hall is coed • Bathrooms are semi-private • Stackable furniture • Air conditioning • No dining facility

Studebaker Complex West:

• Entire hall is coed • Bathrooms are semi-private • Stackable furniture • Air conditioning • Dining facilities available: Micro Café

Woodworth Complex:

• Entire hall is exclusively women • Community bathrooms • Stackable furniture • No air conditioning • Dining facilities available: Woodworth Commons

The Daily News is reinventing itself this year! Instead of the big, clunky broadsheet we published three times a week, we are switching to a once a week tabloid format that will be published every Thursday. This switch allows for a higher quality publication with content made for you. We’re excited for our new publication and want to celebrate with you! In exchange for picking up our tab, we want to pick up yours. Each week through December 7th, we will be giving away a gift certificate for free pizza from HotBox. On December 8th we will be drawing a winner for our Grand Prize – we will pick up one student’s tab at the Ball State Bookstore for Spring semester textbooks (up to $500). How to enter: Find the Pick Up Our Tab Contest ad and entry form each week in the Daily News. Fill out an entry form and bring it to AJ 246 or take a picture and email it to



What does it cost? Dorm room key replacement Editor’s Note: “What does it cost” is a monthly series that highlights prices of certain things on campus.

What do you use your room key for? Students use room keys to lock and unlock their doors. The key is unique to each dorm room, and each room has three copies of the key — two for the dorm tenants and one for the front desk.

What does it cost to replace?

How do I get a new key? Students are not able to purchase a new key. If a room key is gone, the door will need to be recored and three new keys will be issued at the expense of the student.

What should I do if I lose my key? If you lose your key, you must notify your RA and hall director immediately.

Can I have more than one? Students are permitted to have one key at a time. - Staff Reports


If you lose your room key, you can ask your resident assistant to do a “lock out” using the front desk loaner key. The first lock out is free. However, if you can’t find your key, you have to pay $5 each time

the loaner key is used. If the original key is not found, the resident must pay for the door to be recored.


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