For many students, much of the appeal of the college experience is the ability to live away from home and on campus with their peers. However, not every student chooses to reside in a dormitory. Plenty of undergrads live off-campus, enjoying amenities not available others. For prospective students who are curious, here are a few reasons to live off campus in an apartment or at home.
- More freedom. Though there is a certain degree of freedom that comes from no longer living with one's parents, life on a college campus still has its fair share of rules. For instance, students might be prohibited from having certain items in their room, such as candles, or have to undergo random room inspections, according to Helium. The website adds that dormitory residents may have to attend mandatory building meetings or have restrictions on visitors. If these rules sound unappealing, living in off-campus housing will provide individuals with the freedom to come and go as they please and not have to worry about getting expelled for lighting a candle or two.
- More privacy. In addition, living at home or in an apartment is sure to provide more privacy than can traditionally be found in a freshman dorm – especially if a student has to live with a roommate. According to College Board, residences that are off campus may have less distractions, which in turn can lead to better studying. Students who choose to live in an apartment may also have roommate issues, but they are likely to have a little more privacy than they would have in a small-sized dorm room. For instance, many students may not be excited about sharing a bathroom with everyone else on their floor, according to Helium. Communal showers can be especially trying when somebody wants to freshen up before class but has to wait their turn. Living off campus ensures that when a student wants to shower, they do not have to worry about waiting for five other people to finish.
- More space. Life in a college dorm can be exciting at first, but can quickly grow tiresome when one realizes that they are essentially living in a shoebox. Making matters worse is sharing this limited space with another person. Having one's own place can allow students to spread out a bit and not have to use their bed as their primary sleep, dinner and homework space. Past studies have shown that having designated areas for rest and work can lead to better performance, according to Helium.
- Save more money. College tuition is already high enough as is. On top of that, students who choose on-campus housing will have to pay for their room in addition to possible extras like a meal plan. Helium states that if a student were to break down the amount they are paying for their college housing, by dividing it by the number of months they actually live there, they will come to a total that is rather high. It is possible for individuals to find a cheaper spot off campus, which may cost even less if they split it with a roommate. Meal plans can be a waste of money for students who have dietary restrictions or who happen to miss a breakfast, lunch or dinner. Chances are many individuals end up paying for a lot of food they will never eat.
- Before you decide. Though having one's own apartment may seem pretty appealing, students may want to consider giving campus life a try, at least in their first semester. Living in a dormitory can be a great way to meet friends that one might not meet if located miles away from school.