Illinois State Off-Campus Housing: 5 Top Rated Normal Landlords
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Illinois State University, located in Normal, Illinois. (Flickr)

When looking for ISU off-campus housing, naturally, you’ll want to get some feedback from people who have lived there before. But it’s not always easy to know which recommendations you can trust.

Your friend will tell you that his sketchy landlord withheld his entire security deposit, but he’ll fail to mention that he shattered a window and punched a hole in the wall during a party that got out of control. Or you’ll see a 5-star rave review in which the reviewer seems suspiciously happy with their $200 studio (probably written by the landlord’s best friend).

Luckily, we’ve scoured all of the Google reviews for you and compiled a credible list of the top rated landlords near Illinois State. Although they rent out properties in Normal, we assure you that these five landlords are truly exceptional. We combed through hundreds of Google reviews for apartments and property management companies near the Illinois State campus.

According to the reviewers, here are the top Illinois State off-campus housing providers in Normal.

1. Young America Realty

Average rating on Google: 4.5

Young America’s impressive 4.5 rating is especially notable as it is the average of over 200 Google Reviews. Since they have so many tenants to take care of, it often seems larger student rental companies have a tougher time with customer service.

However, that’s not the case with Young America. Despite managing such a huge portfolio of Illinois State off-campus housing properties in BloNo, they have been able to maintain a high level of quality.

Our favorite review:

“Young America is a top notch real estate company! They go above and beyond to provide the best customer service. And they do all this with respect, kindness and professionalism. Great company and great people! Recommend highly!”

2. The Flats at ISU

Average rating on Google: 4.2

Coming in at #2, The Flats at ISU, is a large, luxury apartment complex. ISU students love their wide array of amenities which include an outdoor fire pit, lounge area, and free tanning among other things. Perhaps the most talked about aspect of The Flats is its convenient location just off campus.

Our favorite review:

“I really want everyone to know how good of a company The Flats is. After a long search for the place we live in, we found great living space close to our classes and virtually right on the campus. The place was very nice and clean when the management staff showed it to us. The company manager was very nice and helpful. When we moved in, we found everything the same and were very excited for our next year at ISU. I am now living in this apartment and I could not be happier.”

3. Walk 2 Class

Average rating on Google: 4.1

Evident by the company name, Walk 2 Class specializes in quality rental properties with close proximity to ISU. Google Reviewers highlighted the extremely quick responses to maintenance requests, trustworthy and friendly management staff, and a genuine effort to take care of all tenant needs.

Our favorite review:

“Walk 2 Class is always keeping up with maintenance around my apartment complex. They are always willing to answer any questions or make any accommodations possible to make your living arrangements comfortable and it is always nice to stop by the office to see their friendly faces!”

4. The Edge on Hovey

Average rating on Google: 4.0

The Edge’s quality furnishings, spacious floor plans and reasonable rents have earned it a 4.0 average rating from over 70 Google reviews. Many reviewers loved the free covered parking for all tenants and guests, something that is rare in most student housing. The Edge is also very close to campus, especially the College of Business.

Our favorite review:

“Fantastic floor plans and awesome if you plan on biking to campus. Takes about 3 min to bike to the quad. The free parking is great and they have bike racks to store your bike. The 4 bedroom 4 bath is very well laid out and each room has its own bathroom. This is by far one of the best options for students who are looking for something nice and close to campus!”

5. First Site

Average rating on Google: 3.9

Rounding out the top five is First Site. It should be noted that First Site’s 3.9 average rating comes from over 290 Google reviews, the most of any rental company in the area.

Students repeatedly mentioned the management staff’s patience and attentiveness. The staff takes the time to figure out exactly what prospective tenants are looking for, and then provides them with an array of options selected from their large property portfolio.

Our favorite review:

First Site has been great to live with! They have been so easy to work with that I’m glad I am living with them again next year! All staff members that I have been in contact with, from the employees at the front desk who answer my phone calls with little questions to the maintenance workers who are quick to jump on any issues we have had, have been so kind and helpful. My experience with First Site has only been positive!

See anything you like? Head over to the number one resource for Illinois State off-campus housing for more information, and browse a list of rentals in Bloomington and Normal.

Callie Kollenbroich has been the Operations Coordinator and Content Writer/Editor at Rent College Pads since 2015. When she's not working, you can find her at home, eating peanut butter out of the jar and bingeing an unhealthy amount of Forensic Files. She's not as lame as she sounds.

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