A thriving, smaller community of just fewer than 40,000 people, Cedar Falls is one of two main cities in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area. Founded over 150 years ago, the town was renamed after the nearby Cedar River. The city is home to the University of Northern Iowa. The University of Northern Iowa is certainly what Cedar Falls is most famous for, and with good reason. The 12,000 students enrolled here enjoy a very high quality of education, with the school consistently topping lists of the best public schools in the Midwest. The Northern Iowa Panthers also provide a competitive athletics program, especially in Basketball and Football. Unquestionably the schools most famous athletic alumnus is the two-time NFL MVP, Kurt Warner.
Cedar Falls has roughly the same amount of available rental housing as the rest of the country on average. This means that it will take a little time to find a place, but it also points to predictable cycles of apartment availability, with the most suites being open in the summer. If you start looking in May, you shouldn't have a very hard time finding a suitable apartment.
Demand is high enough in Cedar Falls that you may often find yourself in competition for a given apartment. Many people want to know how to come out on top in these situations, and a good answer is "references". If you can provide excellent references that will vouch for what a good tenant you are, you can edge out your competitors.
MET offers bus routes that help get people to and from the UNI campus with ease. It also provides service into Friday and Saturday evenings for when students want to access the downtown and other popular areas. However, for anything other than commuting to and from the University, a car is the way to go in Cedar Falls.
A huge homecoming at the University every October is a great way to get introduced to everything that makes Cedar Falls special. The University also has a great theatre, and features special events throughout the years. The Hill on College Street is where most student-friendly bars and restaurants are found. Downtown has some classier options.