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MARCH 8, 2010




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The off-campus experience Madison Griffin PR Writer

Moving away from home and onto the University of Kentucky’s campus, as 93 percent of freshmen do, comes with a great deal of freedom that can seem overwhelming. Moving off campus results in yet another surge of freedom for students, a freedom that can be exciting or terrifying. Living off campus differs from living on campus, it is a different experience altogether. This is not to say that one living situation is better than the other, but each location offers a different experience. The experience of living off campus consists of more than just house parties, decorating and not sharing a bathroom with 30 of your fellow students.   Students who live off campus in an apartment or house have their own space for them to design and utilize as desired. One of the most popular aspects of off campus living is the privacy that this personal space entails;

an aspect that dorms do not always offer. Students purchase their own furniture for their off campus residence. In some locations, more than just the necessities for the student’s room is needed like furniture for the living room, kitchen and any other rooms have to be furnished as well. Living in your own apartment or house causes students to learn how to do everyday household chores they may not have previously done. There are dishes to wash, floors and rooms to clean, laundry to do and trash to take out. Without the convenience of campus dining, students find themselves buying more groceries and experimenting with cooking their own meals. Indoor chores are not the only ones that have to completed, outdoor tasks also exist for some people. If you live

in a house, the trash has to be taken out as well as the cans be brought to the curb to be picked up on a designated day. Depending on the stipulations of the lease, yard work may have to be completed. Bills, Bills, Bills! Off campus living comes with its share of financial requirements and responsibilities. Students living off campus pay rent every month along with additional bills such as electric, water and cable. In order to keep the cost of these utilities down, students learn to manage the use of the utilities.  When living on campus, there is no need to worry about how you are going to get to class. You’re already on campus, so you walk. When students move off campus the concept of transportation to and from class

There are dishes to wash, floors and rooms to clean, laundry to do and trash to take out.

becomes a concern. If close enough to campus students continue to walk, but others may have to ride the bus or purchase a parking pass.   Students enter a community when renting an apartment or house off campus. These students are expected to be good neighbors, especially if not completely surrounded by residents of the same age group. Their involvement in the city extends past just attending the school located there; students get to experience becoming a part of the Lexington community not just the UK community when living off campus. Starting a life off campus is more than just house parties, decorating and not sharing a bathroom. It is an educational and exciting experience that can benefit students. Living off campus comes with great responsibility and ability to manage time and priorities.

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On- or off-campus housing: Which is right for you? On-campus housing

Kirwan Tower/Blanding Tower $6,139 annually for double room

Smith Hall $7,479 annually for double room

Jewell Hall $5,594 annually for double room

By Taylor Riley

At this point in the semester, students begin scrambling to figure out where they are going to live in the next year. Finding a place to live can be extremely stressful, and when added to the anxiety of exams and homework, the task can be hard to handle. The choice to live on or off campus can be the biggest challenge when deciding of where to live. Financial dues seem to be a deciding factor when students make the decision. Ashli Laeng, a pre-nursing freshman and Blanding Tower resident said, “I pay $6,000 for housing from August to May and have to leave during breaks. I am moving into an apartment (next year) and for twelve months it will cost $3,410. I don’t have to leave during breaks and I have my own bedroom, bathroom and living space.” Average costs of on-campus dorms vary upon area, but along with living arrangements, students also receive dining plans. Double rooms in residence halls such as the Kirwan and Blanding towers are approximately $6,139 annually, while premium residence halls such as Smith, Baldwin and Ingels are approximately $7,479 annually. Living off campus can also be an option for new or returning students. Student apartments and houses are available at affordable costs and in close proximity to campus. There are several options for students wanting to live off campus for the 2010-11 school year. Local apartments such as Newtown Crossing, 5 Twenty Four Angliana, The Lex, Royal Lexington and University Lofts are quite popular with UK students. Rates also vary on off-campus apartments. In a three bedroom/three bathroom apartment in Newtown Crossings, for example, rent is $524 per person. There are also amenities included like a swimming pool and tanning area. Giselle Boulanger, an elementary education freshman and resident of Center Court apartments said, “I think living off campus was really the right decision for me and my family because I have sisters and living together and owning a place was much better than trying to pay off dorm fees for ten years.” Another option for students is to commute from home. This saves paperwork and money. Allie Jarrells, a biology freshman said, “Since I am from Lexington, I decided to live at home in order to save money. By living off campus, I am able to save thousands of dollars by living at home and I do not have to pay rent of any kind. This way I can have more money to spend for future uses.” Regardless of if you choose to live on or off campus, the decision can be a hard one. With information and research, you can find the right choice for you.

Off-campus housing

Newtown Crossing $524 per month, three bedroom

5 Twenty Four Angliana $544 per month, four bedroom

The Lex Starting at $599 per month

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Choosing a compatible roommate Sarah Geegan PR Writer

Spring semester is full of serious decisions. Among midterms, spring break plans and summer job searches, students must make the paramount decision of who to live with the following year. Everyone has heard the age-old horror story of the two best friends that live together and end up despising each other afterwards, so the decision is frightening. However, there are legitimate ways to evaluate which friends would make good roommates. The key to compatibility is very simple. Before you even begin evaluating any lifestyle characteristics of your friends, you must ask yourself if your potential roommate is trustworthy, respectful and approachable. You don’t want to sign a contract with someone unless you undoubtedly know that they

issues disrupt the group. Also, some people always want their roommates to go to the same parties or social events with them, while other people like to go out with different groups of friends. Decide whether or not you want to live with someone that you typically run with every weekend. Also, at some point during the year, you will inevitably encounter the situation in which one roommate has a test and the other wants to go party. This issue truly boils down to respect. You both need to establish your expectations beforehand in regard to courtesy. Non-mutual friends: If you suspect that your potential roommate would have people visit the apartment often, you should evaluate whether you would enjoy seeing these people a lot. This is especially true for roommates in relationships. If you do not like the person’s significant other, you should realize that signing a lease with him/her means you will see

Before you even begin evaluating any lifestyle characteristics of your friends, you must ask yourself if your potential roommate is trustworthy, respectful and approachable. will pay rent and follow your landlord’s rules. Also, because you and your roommate will inevitably disagree at some point during the year, you should choose someone with respect and approachability. If you don’t feel comfortable confronting someone about the day-to-day issues that all roommates face, you may want to reconsider living with them. There are multiple lifestyle components to consider when choosing a roommate; however, perfectly matching is unnecessary. The key to compatibility is simply discussing each of the following considerations and mutually deciding if any lifestyle differences would create a problem. Sleeping habits: This obviously presents more of a problem to roommates that share a room; however it can create some hostility for night owls and early birds in apartments as well. Students that typically stay up later may dislike being the only one awake in a quiet apartment. Those that go to bed early may feel guilty asking their late-nighter roommates to be quiet. However, this issue does not resonate with everyone. Students like Abby Gradel, a sophomore, put less emphasis on the matter. “My roommate and I go to bed at different times a lot during the week. It doesn’t bother me at all because we both just try to be as courteous as possible.” Decide if this would be an issue for you or not before signing a lease. Cleanliness: Again, don’t fall for the claim that neat-freaks and slobs cannot cohabit. This consideration is more important for roommates that share a room, but in an apartment it can still create controversy. When talking with potential roommates, specify your expectations regarding cleanliness in common areas such as the kitchen and living room, and establish plans for shared cleaning responsibilities. If you each trust each other to keep up with dishes, trash and tidying up the common areas, different lifestyles can still be compatible.  Social and academic agendas: If you live with someone in your core social group, this opens the door for fights if any outside

his/her counterpart very regularly. In the end, communication is truly the most important factor in finding a compatible roommate. While there are many different values and lifestyle features to consider, a mutual understanding can alleviate and prevent any real issues.

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Campus living walk and talk By Courtney Thomas

“Definitely 524 Angliana! It’s new and has everything I’m looking for.” Amanda Carney, art studio freshman

“I prefer to live near campus. I have lived on State Street for the past t wo years and found that it’s pretty convienent, yet pricey at times. I still wouldn’t change living there though.” Jordan Lafferty, pharmacy senior

If you could live anywhere on campus, without the limitations of money, parking, etc., where would you live?

“President Lee Todd’s house would be nice.” Tyler Shipe, finance junior

“I want to live in University Lofts. I love the modern feel.” Kristen Cooper, journalism sophomore

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An apartment complex fiasco: Case of the neglectful staff As a senior, I was so excited to move into my very first apartment with my best friend. Living off campus seemed to solidify the move into adulthood and the freeLESLIE dom that NEELEY comes with it. We took a lot of time to find an apartment that looked great and fit our needs. We wanted our own bathroom and rooms with big closets. We finally decided on an apartment that seemed perfect for us…or so we thought. Our apartment was spacious and had a lot of amenities, but things constantly broke. We would report them to maintenance, like we were told to do, but it would take weeks or even months before the items got fixed. One day in January, during the first week back to classes, my roommate and I happened to come home at the same time. Much to our surprise, there was gushing water that greeted us at the door. When we frantically opened our front door, there was five to six inches of still water in the

apartment. This disaster led to shop vacs, ripping up thehardwood floor, purchasing ten huge fans and humidifiers and a promise from maintenence to fix our floor in four days. One week later, we were still without a floor and still sleeping in other places because we couldn’t use anything in our apartment. The fans were loud, so that didn't help either. We eventually noticed another problem. My roommate had a spot on her ceiling that looked like a water spot. She called and told the front office, just to check and make sure it wasn’t part of the original leak. She followed up the next day and my mother even called about the spot. The front desk repeatedly said they would check it, but they never did. That Saturday night, my roommate came home to find her ceiling split open and water coming out of it. Her mattress, clothes, textbooks, and other items were all ruined. Had the maintenance and front desk staff pursued this problem like they said they would, the ceiling would not have a huge hole in it and a lot of personal items would

have been saved. A week later, we moved out of that apartment and broke our lease so we could move to a different complex. Morale of the story: when living off campus, choose an apartment complex that has a helpful front desk staff or landlord that will be respectful of your needs and requests. They need to be efficient and timely in fixing things both for your sake and theirs as well. This will keep problems at bay and save you a lot of headaches. Also, be persistent. If you already live in an off campus spot where the staff isn’t so great, stay on them. Call daily, visit the office and seek higher authority. You pay to live there and you deserve a nice living space.

Leasing Web sites for student housing The Web is a great place to find your new home. Here is a list of some top Web sites that might be helpful in your search.




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