I am sure that at some point in your college career you will have the urge to move off campus. I bet you cannot wait to get out of the old, gross dorms and start living on your own without any supervision in an adorable house or apartment with all your friends. You will throw the best parties and cook the best food and do whatever you want, whenever you want. Like most ideas, moving off campus has its benefits, but also its problems. I have experienced almost every option and personally, on campus apartments are the way to go.
The best of on campus and off campus housing is truly Union Street Center. These on campus apartments may be a little bit expensive, but it is 100% worth it! It is centrally located, with 1, 2 and 4 bedroom options. You only have to share a bathroom with one other person no matter which size you live in (four bedroom apartments have two bathrooms). Each apartment has a kitchen with a full size fridge, oven and stove, microwave and washer and dryer. And they are still relatively new! I lived here my sophomore year. I didn't know any of my roommates before I moved in but we got along great! I love them all very much and get to visit them in their off campus house on Indiana Ave.
This a picture of their street, Indiana Ave. Their house is so cute! The kitchen is huge and the three of them have their own bedroom. They share one bathroom. It is a little far from campus and not on any bus routes, but that will only be bad in the winter. They really like it here I think. They have a great landlord and everything has gone really smooth. They moved in early in August and had lots of time to settle in.
Finally, here is a picture of my apartment building this year. It may look nice, but do not be fooled! I chose this place after looking at one other apartment complex. That was my first mistake. I am living with two girls from my floor freshman year which is fun but I still really regret leaving Union Street. Bradford Place is off of Third Street, about a mile past the mall. There have been so many problems with everything and the staff is not helpful at all. Our air conditioner was broken on move in day and my room was disgusting!! Nothing had been cleaned or painted and the carpet was really stained. I didn't have high expectations to start with but I definitely didn't expect how bad it would be. We were promised a TV when we signed our lease but still haven't seen it. They fixed our air conditioner and painted my room, but only after several calls and emails. I had to clean up the previous tenants mess in the bathroom myself. It is really hard being so far from campus, especially with all the construction and traffic. I am counting the days until I can move back to Union Street Center next year!!
I know that everyone has different experiences and not all are bad with off campus living. I have many friends who live by the stadium and are really happy there. I think that there is a perfect place for everyone to live in Bloomington and you just have to find what is right for you! If you want a house there are a ton of options! If you want an apartment, don't be afraid to look at the ones on campus too! And if you really want an off campus apartment, make sure to check reviews online, talk to past residents, and visit as many places as possible! Good luck!!