A suspected heroin dealer, a math professor, a lovely retired couple and an elderly man with the will of two men younger than himself: these are my neighbors, my very interesting and diverse neighbors.
I live off campus in a house owned by one of my roommates and great friend’s parents. It is located in a residential neighborhood. This is a great place to live as an adult but sometimes can be a struggle as a student.
There are many times I have wished I lived on College Hill where a red party cup and a beer can on the front lawn would not spark debate among the neighbors.
My neighborhood in Pullman reminds me of my quiet neighborhood back home in Bellevue. However, in Bellevue there are no ragers, no noise complaints and no drug addicts.
In the first couple weeks of the semester my roommates and I threw a bit of a party to welcome all of our friends back to Pullman after the long summer. It was at this time we met the first of our neighbors. This neighbor goes by many names in our house but for the newspaper’s sake we will call him the suspected heroine dealer.
At about 1 a.m. the suspected heroine dealer knocked on our door. As polite neighbors we overlooked his sketchy appearance and the rancid smell of what we suspected to be multiple types of drugs, far more than the standard marijuana you smell in Pullman. We invited him in and hung out with him for a bit and all seemed fine.
Weeks later we invited him to another party only to kick him out after we discovered from our guests he was supposedly attempting to sell them heroine and bragging about the underage girl he was hooking up with. That was the last time we spoke to this neighbor.
On a contrary note, our other neighbors are the nicest couple you may ever meet. They may have their complaints about us, as the math professor and the elderly man across the street I am sure have, but we have no complaints about them. Even their taste in cars is fantastic; they have the same car as me.
We do get noise complaints quite often as we love our music loud. This is the main advantage and disadvantage of living off campus. Living in a house off-campus you can be as loud as you want because your neighbors do not share a wall with you; the problem comes when you leave a window open. Instead of your Resident Advisor or apartment tenant coming to tell you to quiet down it is your neighbor threatening to call the police if you do not quiet down or, in rare situations, the police actually knocking on your door.
So for those of you thinking about living off-campus in a house, it may already be too late to start looking. The houses fill up fast because it is by far the best place to live in Pullman. You will meet some very interesting people and have a great time with your roommates.
I warn you however, too much fun can get you in trouble with your neighbors and with the law. So, keep the party inside and be respectful to your neighbors and your off-campus experience will be the best it could possibly be.