Living in Ames as a Townie
Not a bad place to settle at all, I finished school at ISU two years ago and have found my groove here. There's definitely a transitionary state where you evolve from student to adult, but that's going to happen no matter where you live. Ames has drawn an impressive line between student housing and the genuinely residential areas, if you're able to find the right neighborhood (I prefer the older homes North of Main Street downtown and South of 13th) I think you'll find yourself to be a very comfortable human being. McFarland Park, Peterson Pits, as well as the whole Skunk River Greenbelt are true gems, not to mention all of the lovely people!