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Do's and Don'ts for your First Apartment
Jul. 31st 2015 at 9:15 PM   |  Joe Naples

Are you ready to move into your first apartment?! Living in an apartment maybe be intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of living on your own it’s a very exciting experience. Moving in can be stressful and tiring if you are not prepared. Here are some helpful do’s and don’ts on moving into your first apartment.


Do know your move in date.

It is very important to know what day you are allowed to pick up the keys and move into your apartment. Especially if you live far away from school you don’t want to travel on the wrong day and not be able to move in.


Don’t procrastinate unpacking.

No one likes to unpack. If you procrastinate and leave everything in a box, you are going to create added stress on yourself. It is very beneficial to unpack and organize right away so you can be settled in sooner. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help from family members and friends. The more people helping you the faster you will be unpacked.


Do fill out the move-in inspection sheet.

The move-in inspection sheet is one of the most important things to do while you move-in. This move-in inspection sheet is where you will go through your entire apartment and look for any damages. Note holes/scuffs on the walls, furniture issues, broken appliances, stained/ripped carpet, etc. If there are any damages to your apartment, go to to access the move-in inspection sheet and record those damages. This sheet gets forwarded back to management and are kept in a file so you are not liable for those damages upon move out.


Do know how to reach maintenance.

It is key to know how to reach our maintenance department. You can log on to your resident portal and create a maintenance service request. A member of our maintenance team will be out to help you. We do have an emergency maintenance line, (309) 823-0179, that is twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Only use this line for emergency maintenance situations such as water leaking from the roof, the heat stops working in the winter, no water, etc.


Do know what you need to bring.

One of the most common questions is, “What do I need to bring?” Things that you will need to bring are:

  • Kitchen utensils (pots, pans, plates, bowls, silverware, cooking utensils, etc.)
  • Shower curtain
  • Bedding
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Bathroom supplies
  • Clothing hangers
  • Wifi router/Ethernet cord (depending on what kind of internet set up your building offers)

Don’t forget to talk with your roommates before moving in.

It is important to discuss living with your roommates and working out many different things. Some of those things are:

  • Who gets what parking space or if you need to buy an extra parking space (depending on how many parking spot come with your lease)
  • Who gets what bedroom
  • Guidelines on cleaning the apartment
  • Discussing what you are comfortable with and uncomfortable with
  • Making sure everyone is comfortable when having guests (don’t have friends over when your roommate has a test the next morning)


Moving into an apartment is very exciting but can be stressful. Just be prepared and have fun with it! 

2023 Student Move Out Information

Unless your lease states otherwise, move out is May 13th, 2023!

All keys must be returned to our office no later than 12:00 PM.


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Student Move Out Information

Early Move In Information

Early Move In Day will occur on Monday, May 15th 2023 at the Circus Room in the Bone Student Center!


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Early Move In Information

24 Hours Left to Apply!

All Early Move In applications must be submitted by Friday, May 5th at 12:00 PM!


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Student Move In Occurs 6/7!

Student Move In will occur on Wednesday, June 7th, 2023!

(12 payment leases only)


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Renewal Period Is Here!

From September 1st to September 21st, Young America residents have the exclusive opportunity to renew their apartment for the 2024-25 school year!


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Open Leasing Coming Soon!

Leasing for the 2024-25 school year will open to the general public on Wednesday, October 4th!


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Offices Closed 11/23-11/25

Our Student and Residential offices will be closed Thursday, November 23rd through Saturday, November 25th for the holiday. We will re-open on Monday, November 29th at 8:30am!

Security Deposit Special!

$300 off your security deposit!*


*offer valid for approved applicants with no conditions. Must move in by 2/23/24.

Emergency Maintenance

With extreme cold expected today and throughout the week, please call 309-823-0179 if you are in need of emergency maintenance.


For all non-emergency maintenance, please login to your resident portal and submit a maintenance request.

Welcome Transfer Students!

Young America wishes you the best of luck as you start your new journey at ISU!


Please call 309-454-2338, or email [email protected], if you are still in need of housing for the 2024-25 school year!

Move Out is This Saturday!



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Early Move In Key Pickup

Early Move In key pickup begins today at the Bone Student Center!

Keys will be available to pick up from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM!


For Current YA Residents, keys can be picked up starting at 8:30 AM. For NEW YA Residents, keys can be picked up starting at 10:30 AM.

Move In Information

If you took an Early Move In, please be sure that you have submitted your Move In Inspection.


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June 4th Move In

June Move-In will occur on Tuesday, June 4th at our student office located at 311 S. Main Street, Normal, IL.

Please refer to your 24-25 lease to verfiy your move in date.