Well, the student year has already started, I’m all settled in but I still remember the painful process of researching housing options. Isn’t that crazy that you have to fight for the apartment you have never seen 5-6 months in advance?! Well, I got lucky to find my apartment and that was the best decision I could have made. I live in Neil Building; it’s student residential hall, located in South Campus. I absolutely love my place for the following reasons.
Firstly, my apartment is fully furnished!!! Yes!! Can you imagine a tiny girl moving or assembling the furniture alone?! I wouldn’t be able to do that, that’s why my main search criteria was to find a furnished place. The studio has everything that person may need: desk, drawers, closet, shelves, bed and fully equipped kitchen. The only thing you need for move-in process is to move in with your luggage, that’s it!
Secondly, there is a huge cafeteria Marketplace on the first floor of the building. They have numerous eating options, starting from salads and sandwiches and ending with pasta and soups! Btw, their broccoli and cheese soup is amazing! You may want to check it out! What I like the most is that residents of Neil Building have separate entrance to the café; you have to swipe your BuckID and you are already there. When it rains on weekend and I don’t feel like going out, I can just go down and use the magic door to access the food paradise.
Thirdly, the staff at Neil Building is very helpful and friendly. For example, when I moved in, I had the problem with air-conditioning system. I filled in the report online and my issue was solved the next day. So they are very quick to react on residents’ needs. I also like the fact that I don’t have to worry about being at home when my package arrives, because reception receives all the packages and then you get an email saying that your package is ready for pick-up! It makes my life much easier because I shop online a lot!
Finally, it’s great in terms of location. I’m 10 minute walk to Thompson Library and RPAC and about 15-20 minute walk to Fisher! That’s a good point, as you can’t be late to classes, and my experience of using bus wasn’t good. I took the bus once, but because of the traffic I was late to the class! So if you plan to use public transport, especially in the rainy weather, plan additional 10 minutes for the trip or, as in my case, rely on yourself and walk to the campus!
Neil Building is good choice for those who want to avoid headache of buying/ selling furniture, mostly for international students who are moving to Columbus for the first time. It’s a bit more expensive than off-campus housing but, remember, there is no free lunch in this world!