As East Carolina University students begin to move back to Greenville, North Carolina, for the start of the fall 2021 semester, students share their experiences in off-campus student apartments.
Jacob Coman, a resident of University Park (UP), located on 1110 East 10th St., and junior physical education major, said the opportunity to live off campus is a great transition for students that want to branch out from the university's campus and live in a new environment. He said places such as UP are always welcoming of new and existing residents and the community around the apartment is always active.
“Living off campus was a big jump for me,” Coman said. “It was weird at first, having my own place, but I adjusted and now I can’t see myself living anywhere else. If you can, definitely try it out.”
Coman said students who want to move off campus should socialize with all of their neighbors and the office of the complex that the students live at. He said it’s a great way to stay in touch and make new friends who live close by.
Living in an apartment complex is a different experience from living at home or in a residence hall, according to Coman. He said once a student moves off campus, they begin to take steps toward responsibility, such as being responsible for what they will eat.
“It definitely took a while for me to get used to it and fully adapt to living on my own,” Coman said. “I’ve been able to make so many friends at UP and while it does get difficult, I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Landon Huffman, a resident of The Boundary, located at 630 Cotanche St., and senior business major, said his experience in an apartment has been positive in many ways, but also stressful. He said it was not easy to adjust to providing for himself and it took a while to get used to it.
Huffman said his stay at The Boundary allowed him to make new friends and get more familiar with the area around ECU's campus. He said The Boundary hosts events that give residents chances to get to know those who live around them.
“The Boundary is a great place to live with so many amenities and things to do,” Huffman said. “The experience has been beneficial because it has allowed me to see what being on my own is like and even if I have roommates, it’s not like how it was in the dorms.”
Huffman said he wouldn’t want to live anywhere else because of all the friends and experiences he has made at The Boundary. He said while it took him a while to get used to apartment life, it has definitely been an eye-opening experience.
Ana Gonzalez, sophomore psychology major, said she lives at The Province, an apartment complex located at 504 Boxelder Way in Greenville. She said The Province’s staff and employees have continued to make sure each resident is safe and comfortable despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I love The Province. They (the staff) are always so nice and understanding, and they always take care of the residents we have. In terms of the pandemic, they have always taken the precautions they needed,” Gonzalez said. “I think my complex will continue to take things seriously in the fall.”
There are several apartment complexes in the City of Greenville available to ECU students and other city residents, Gonzalez said. However, she said The Province is one of the best student-living complexes because of the employees, staff members, residents as well as the amenities and the units themselves.
Gonzalez said she will remain at The Province until her graduation in two years as she has had little to no issues with the apartment complex.
There are several ECU students Gonzalez knows who have complained about other apartment complexes, she said, so she appreciates The Province. She said although The Province does not have a lot of events and things scheduled for the residents, they still care about those who live there.
“With COVID, the staff always made sure the residents were safe. I think they (The Province’s) staff will continue to make sure everyone is happy where they live,” Gonzalez said. “I think we’ll have tons of people moving in soon and they want to be safe and secure, and I think they will be. They will be happy where they are living.”