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Freshman housing for 2014... Already?

1214mom1214mom Registered User Posts: 3,787 Senior Member
My son is getting information about picking housing already. He may not decide where he wants to go until late March. Are there strategies or whatever that we need to know to get good housing? He is a Kelley direct admit and invited to honors college. I'm guessing many people probably want to participate in housing related to those programs. I tried searching but didn't find out anything concrete, other than the housing prices is stressful. Experienced CCers please enlighten me. Thanks
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Replies to: Freshman housing for 2014... Already?

  • soccergurl7988soccergurl7988 Registered User Posts: 896 Member
    He should sign up for housing even though he doesn't necessarily know if he's going to attend. You may lose the small deposit, but it's worth it if you think IU is one of his top schools. Housing is assigned in the order you signed up, so if he wants his first choice dorm (which duh, who doesn't?), he needs to sign up on the day it opens.

    In terms of other things, he may want to look into the Kelley Living Learning Community (LLC) Kelley Living Learning Center: Undergraduate Program : Kelley School of Business: Indiana University

    Here's the site that describes the other LLCs, in case he is interested in one of them: IU:RPS - Housing Guide
  • 1214mom1214mom Registered User Posts: 3,787 Senior Member
    Thanks. It looks like you can't submit until January 1st. I'll have him take a look before then. Like just doing the regular applications and picking a college isn't enough :)
  • bigbookloverbigbooklover Registered User Posts: 550 Member
    1214mom..IU does housing very early compared to other schools but soccergurl is correct if he thinks he might attend IU have him pick housing.
  • 1214mom1214mom Registered User Posts: 3,787 Senior Member
    I'm guessing you lose the 300 deposit if you decide to go elsewhere?
  • racquetdadracquetdad Registered User Posts: 192 Junior Member
    1214 mom- how did your S get the housing info? e-mail, mail? My D hasn't received anything yet, although I am aware of the "early" housing signup for admitted students.
  • 1214mom1214mom Registered User Posts: 3,787 Senior Member
    Can anyone speak to the honors vs Kelley living learning thing?
  • stbemtpyneststbemtpynest Registered User Posts: 371 Member
    Agree with soccergurl that if IU is a strong contender, DO apply for housing as soon as the housing app comes out. Have your son do research ahead of time so he knows what housing he's interested in and can quickly submit the housing app. If he is interested in the Kelley LLC (which I highly recommend!) know that you do NOT have to submit the KLLC application when you submit the housing app, the KLLC app can be submitted later. This was a big source of confusion for us. The KLLC app will take some time, as there are several short essay questions. I know, like just doing the regular apps and picking a college isn't enough :) But it's worth the extra effort. Also know that you can't pick a specific dorm, you just put your preference for neighborhood, room type, standard or enhanced, roommate and/or LLCs. After checking out the housing info on the IU website, search old postings here on CC and check out the IU Residence Halls category on the WeAreIU.com website for student blogs about various housing options. My daughter found all of those very helpful in choosing her housing preferences. She's a freshman in the Kelley LLC, and it's pretty incredible how many opportunities and programs are available to students living in the KLLC!
  • bigbookloverbigbooklover Registered User Posts: 550 Member
    racquetdad. I got an email today about housing and housing website has some info. IU:RPS - Admitted Students

    1214mom....The housing application fee is $300, $200 of which is refundable if you notify RPS at housing@indiana.edu by July 1 that you will not be attending IU. But think you also have to pay $100 non-refundable enrollment deposit before you can sign up for housing
  • stbemtpyneststbemtpynest Registered User Posts: 371 Member
    Can only speak to the Kelley LLC, not honors floors, and only second-hand as a parent. I'm extremely impressed with the opportunities my daughter has while living in the KLLC. She was afraid everyone would be too "business-y", as she really didn't do anything related to business in high school, but that's not the case. KLLC students are required to take a 1 credit hour class each semester and attend a certain number of KLLC programs, so there is a commitment. But the programs have been really good and my daughter has already made several contacts with major accounting and consulting firms. In fact, reps from major companies were at a meet-and-greet on MOVE IN DAY! There are supposedly extended quiet hours in the KLLC, but at least on my daughters floor they are very loosely enforced. My guess is they may be more enforced on an honors floor, but that is not based on any first-hand knowledge. And the KLLC is in McNutt, which does seem to live up to its reputation as a rowdier dorm. It is a good location for classes in the business school, and several popular freshman business classes are actually taught in the McNutt Center building.
  • 1214mom1214mom Registered User Posts: 3,787 Senior Member
    This is complicated. Sounds like you actually have to agree to enroll at IU? What does that do to other applications?
    Raquetdad, looks like bigbooklover answered your question.
    It sounds like you can do the KLLC and live on an honors floor. Is that true?
    Thanks
  • bigbookloverbigbooklover Registered User Posts: 550 Member
    1214mom..As you know my brother goes to IU. He lives in honors dorm (Teter) in central neighborhood. Dorm is OK but he really likes the location to food, gym, library, classes. Floor is quieter than Mcnutt but still social enough that he has made a lot of friends.
  • racquetdadracquetdad Registered User Posts: 192 Junior Member
    I don't remember where I saw it but I don't think you are required to pay the $100 deposit for admission/enrollment to IU before you sign up for housing and pay the housing deposit. Not 100% sure though. Can someone confirm that please.
  • nstraubnstraub Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    You should make housing deposit ASAP. Last year waited until April & now stuck in Southeast. Not convenient to Kelley where business classes are held
  • soccergurl7988soccergurl7988 Registered User Posts: 896 Member
    I don't believe you have to pay the $100 admission/enrollment fee prior to signing up to housing, but I can't seem to find that information on the RPS website. Give them a call and they should be able to tell you easily
  • nstraubnstraub Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    Agree with socceer girl
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