If you’ve left enough time you can start the day with a 15-minute cycle to Iowa State University. If not, jump on the CyRide bus route or drive to campus in less than 10 minutes, ready to drop into the library or catch a game at the stadium. You’ll be close to shops, cafés and restaurants with downtown Ames just a 10-minute drive from your door. The city’s bike paths make it easy to get around, and you can always take a trip to Des Moines (45 minutes away) if you feel like a change of scenery.
Come home to The Madison, drop your shopping bags on the breakfast bar in your apartment and make yourself a drink. You’ll find everything you need in your apartment with appliances and little extras like a dishwasher, central air conditioning and heating and cable and internet. Study in the quiet of your bedroom or work on shared assignments using the Wi-Fi in the study center that’s open 24 hours.
In your downtime, chat with your folks back home as you sit on your private balcony or patio. Stretch out on a sofa in the clubhouse or play foosball in the games room. Keep up with your fitness routine by using the fitness center, taking swims in the pool, playing volleyball or basketball. Soothe your tired legs in the hot tub then see which of your housemates are about and use the barbecue by the pool to make yourselves dinner. Be sure to put any social events organised by the friendly management team in your diary as they’re a great way to make new friends.