Living across from the ARC definitely has its benefits. As a freshman, you may live in University Housing and will have to make a decision about which residence hall that you want to live in. Of course, there are great places to live in other parts of campus that are close to the other recreational facility, CRCE, but there is something so special about the Ikenberry Commons and the immediacy of having a gym nearby.
If you were to live in Snyder Hall, Scott Hall, or even Bousfield Hall, you will find that going to the ARC is just a street-crossing away. This is especially nice in the winter when you want to exercise but don’t particularly care to get hypothermia. Likewise, in the warmer weather, the journey to the gym is not a time for sweating or overheating.
The ARC facility is pretty amazing, to say the least. It has three levels of varying equipment and machines that are sure to help anyone reach their respective fitness goals. One of the coolest things about the ARC is the snack bar that is right outside the entrance to the gym area. Here, you can buy drinks and protein shakes with your Illini credits. The cool factor of the ARC does not stop there either. There are ping-pong and foosball tables inside the ARC, as well.
Overall, I know exactly why many of my friends chose to live in my residence hall, Snyder Hall, their first year; they wanted personal access to one of the greatest fitness facilities that a college student can ask for. As I can see during my time thus far, they have not let this access go to waste. Besides, having a place like the ARC is pretty amazing once you find out what the freshman 15 truly is. 🙂