Cloud 9 – my home away from home

9 South Congress Street, Athens, Ohio

From the outside, 9 South Congress Street looks just as any other typical student-rented house in Athens. After years of new groups of students consistently moving in and out, the walls of 9 South Congress Street have many stories to be told.  With the numerous memories created and relationships that have blossomed within this house, I am one of the lucky bobcats to have been able to call this place my Athens home. It has quickly become my home away from home.

The girls of 9 S. Congress Street outside of our house for SantaFest

9 South Congress, or Cloud 9 as my roommates and I like to call it, currently has 8 girls, a Siberian Husky, a cat, and a fish residing. Visitors are immediately greeted in our entryway leading to the living room which serves as the main hangout area for all of our r
oommates. With 2 couches and 3 chairs as well as plenty of floor space it is a great place for everyone to gather to play board games, play Mario Kart, watch movies, or simply sit and talk with each other about anything and everything.  The living room is filled with labels in case anyone forgets what the ceiling, floor, lamp, mirror, or other items may be. Our connected dining room hosts are wall of “fine art” consisting of an outdated llama calendar, university posters warning of meningitis, a plastic face, and more unique décor.

Tito the house dog sitting on the porch of Cloud 9

Luckily, all 8 roommates have their own bedrooms that are personalized to everyone’s preferences and lifestyle.  The bedrooms serve as the more personable spaces for smaller and more intimate conversations. Some of our greatest bonding sessions have come from small gatherings of 2-4 roommates and friends in each other’s bedrooms. The bedrooms also host great sleepovers among roommates to make us feel like we are 12 again.

Numerous delivery eateries around Athens know 9 S Congress Street very well. It is a house of 8 girls that eat like 20 men. Food is delivered to our house multiple times a week, and sometimes, even multiple times a night. Embarrassingly, some delivery drivers from the same place come to our house multiple times in the same night, our record being 5 separate Jimmy John’s deliveries in one night (even though we live a brisk walk through an alley away).

Cloud 9 has allowed the relationship my best friends and I have held over the years to flourish into something even greater.  My roommates have become my second family- my home away from home.  After growing up living with just myself and my parents, sometimes the crowd makes things extremely challenging, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I am so thankful for the memories I have from living in 9 South Congress and am so excited for the next groups of lucky bobcats that will be able to call this magical place home in the future.

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