Summary. In choosing a home or apartment, characteristics such as the size, available natural light, appliances, and other amenities may be largely determined by the quality and richness of the local community.
Eating and Grocery Shopping. When restaurants and grocery stores are within walking or biking distance from home, it makes it easier to live with a smaller kitchen. The Bread Garden Market and Bakery in Iowa City is an example of how mixed urban spaces can promote more effective living.
Socializing and Entertaining. In a college town, there are typically many venues for socializing. Depending on personal preference, most people would typically meet with friends at a centrally located restaurant or coffee shop, such as Fair Grounds in Iowa City, rather than at home (which may be a distance away).
Fitness. Intentional community living complexes, such as The Lodge in Iowa City, are an example of how many people can share facilities such as a fitness center.