It was almost a year ago to the day that I began my housing search. I’m sure everyone knows how stressful it is finding housing, especially when you’re moving off-campus for the first time. Finding Twin made all of that stress worth it, though.
My roommates and I were quite ambitious when scheduling tours for different apartment buildings. I remember we did them all back to back. We were scrambling around Downtown to make it to our next appointment, which only made us more anxious. However, we did stop to take an obligatory picture to send to our parents (See: My roommate Grace pictured below, 9/2/2019).
With three tours scheduled for that day, my roommates and I buzzed into the visitor entrance of Twin River Commons. I was immediately struck by the welcoming atmosphere and, to be blunt, the ~vibes~. I remember that the Community Assistant that greeted us was so friendly and helpful. He even had us tour his personal apartment, so we could get a better idea of the room style.
I was awestruck by the sense of community in the whole building, especially after living on campus for the last two years. It seemed like everyone was friends or friendly with each other, and I knew I wanted to be a part of that. And, the staff didn’t feel like staff; they felt like friends--like they were there to do anything I needed to make the process easier. The CAs called us frequently and even remembered me enough to ask about my exams coming up.
It was clear from the beginning that Twin was the best option. I remember going to two other apartment complexes after our tour at Twin and they both paled in comparison. There was nothing they could say that would measure up to our experience with the staff at TRC, despite their multiple attempts of enticing us with a virtual golf simulator…
My friends and I knew the moment we stepped onto the Binghamton Blue Bus, taking us back to campus, that we wanted to live at Twin. We knew that the staff would help us however we needed. We knew that the price difference between here and others was worth it if we were going to have a home here. And that’s what Twin is to us now; our home.
It has been about a month and a half since I moved-in, and I can’t imagine life differently. Going to the lobby to get my morning Starbucks, seeing Stella and all of the other resident dogs, playing cards in the courtyard… These moments make me confident that I made the right decision. I remember how anxious I was that I wouldn’t find “my home,” when looking for an apartment, but I’m telling you now that I have. And I hope you have too.