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Sep 21, 2008
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Dear Current Students,

I need advice on where to live at IU. What are the cons of not living within walking distance? For example, living near the stadium or Tulip Tree. I heard that students who live far from the school park at Bryan Park and walk to school. Is that a hassle or not big of a deal? I went to a small undergrad, so I never used my car lol.

What would you recommend? Any help is appreciated!



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Sep 29, 2005
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I lived about 10 minutes from school and did the Bryan Park thing. It's not a big deal. It's a long walk, especially if it's cold or raining, but never really bothered me. That being said, if you can find a couple roomates and get into a house right by the school, I'd do that. Then it's easy to just go home if you've got an hour or two between classes.


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Oct 20, 2006
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I would rethink Tulip Tree...I don't know anyone who has been happy with on campus housing at IU as a grad student. But there is no problem not living within walking distance of the optometry school, many places are on the bus routes in town. Or there's always the Bryan Park walk, which isn't terrible except in rain or snow.
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