Added April 1
Living on campus is by far one of the best decisions I have made besides the decision to come to UNI in the first place! Immediately beginning move in day that hot August day, I had met so many new people and all of them so friendly and ready to help move me in! The environment was so welcoming by Residence Hall staff, custodial staff, other residents and anyone else you ran into! It made the process much more comfortable knowing that my school could get my full attention. I knew my food, sleeping, water and power were all taken care of! No frantic shopping lists while trying to figure out campus. One of the nicest advantages was being right in the middle of everything as well! My business classes are literally a one-minute walk across the street and I can reach the far ends of campus in about ten minutes. Thus it is very easy to become very familiar with the campus and find your classes while those off campus are lost looking for a parking spot! Living on campus has improved my health, study habits, social life and more! I have many friends just down the hall and a beautiful fitness center a short walk away. Frankly its hard to motivate yourself to come to campus and park and go study in the library or meet with a staff member and on campus its no problem! I have loved being here so much I am actually going to be a Resident Assistant in Shull Hall in the transfer living community next year!
I could list hundreds of reasons to live on campus but if I was to tell a prospective transfer student why they ought to live on campus, I would sum it up as follows:
Living on campus is a hands down, no contest decision. Let's face it, even though UNI is relatively small, this is different than a community college and the classes are structured differently as well. The professional support and resources offered on campus are unbeatable and unmatched to anything anyone off campus could utilize. In fact, you don't even have to leave you residence hall to use most of these resources! And believe me, that is so nice on the cold winter days when you don't have to bundle up, scrape the car and freeze on your way to class or just to meet with a friend! Let the university take care of you, and let you focus on YOU! No worrying about collecting rent, snow removal, broken things, food, etc. etc. Its all good here! The people you meet here will provide a solid foundation for you to grow quickly at UNI, and how else are you really going to meet this many cool people. I know you don't talk to them all in class time! Live on campus, at least your first year to establish that base of connections. Once you do, you won't want to leave!
Added March 26
Living on campus at UNI has been a worthwhile experience that really helped me transfer from living at home and going to a community college, to the rigor of a university. On campus there's so many opportunities to get involved on your floor or hear about things you may be interested in from people who have already spent a significant amount of time on campus. My favorite part about living on campus is the community I feel with having other students living all around me who are experiencing the same things I am in the classroom and around campus. I know other transfer students who started their UNI career by immediately living off campus and have really regretted it. I would highly suggest living on campus for at least one year to any transfer student because of the benefits it gives you regarding forming a social life and truly making the University of Northern Iowa your home.
Phillip C. transferred from DMACC - Ankeny Campus
Living on campus has helped improve my grades, helped me with my majors and what I should do when I graduate, helped me with finding a job close to my dorm, and met new people because I decided to live on campus.
I would recommend living on campus if you're a transfer student. It's an easier way to meet new people, get more involved and it may provide you with ample amounts if opportunities for improving your grades and becoming more familiar with student resources.
What I liked the best is how close of a walk I am to my classes and meetings. Since I don't have to get up too early nor have to drive in order to get to my classes, so I find it useful for saving time.
For those who are thinking about living on campus, I would do so. Living on campus had provided me with new friends and organizations I could never get involved in if I didn't live here.
Jacob B. transferred from Hawkeye Community College
I would love to answer the questions! Living on campus definitely helped me transition to UNI. Living in the Shull Hall Transfer Learning Community was a big help. I was surrounded with peers going through the same experiences as me and we relate to each other really well. I would recommend living in the Transfer Learning Community or on campus in general, because it gives transfers the opportunity to build positive relationships, get involved, and stay accountable for your education by utilizing UNI's resources and multiple study areas. If I had to give advice to an incoming transfer, I would highly recommend that you live on campus. If you are worried about having a young roommate, just get a single room. I have a single and I have had no problems meeting new people or staying involved around the hall. Please let me know if you need anything else! Have a great day.
Added March 20
Living on campus has helped me grow as an individual finding the clubs I like it and having a floor of girls who I now call my best friends. I would recommend living on campus: One -- it is convenient and, two -- you meet so many new great people. As a transfer student try to find the best fit for you. I love Rider:)
Thanks, Tara S
Living on campus is great because it takes away the burdens of transportation and food preparation, allowing me more time to focus on networking, studying, and student organization activity. Living on campus has helped my transition to UNI by immersing me in the local culture, making me stay connected with my peers. If you're figuring out where to live on campus, I can tell you that the quads are good if you're looking for community, Campbell is good if you want to be in the honors program, Panther Village is good if you want to be more independent, and the towers are good if you want to party.
Timoteo Garcia, Transferred from San Antonio College
Added March 13