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Living On Campus Vs. Living Off Campus

Article by Nicole on 06 Nov 2012
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As you look ahead to life at college, are you considering living on campus? Off campus? Have you made a decision between the two? At College Education 411, we've been doing a bit of looking into the advantages of living on campus versus off campus. Here are some we've come up with.
 

Pros of Living On Campus
 

Active Social Life
Because you'll be living right in the thick of the action your social life at college is likely to be more active if you live on campus. This can help you make friends and get involved in clubs, organizations, and student activities.

 

Less Expensive
Compared with living off campus, living in a dorm or residence hall is likely to cost less overall in terms of monthly rent and transportation costs.

 

Close to Class
Living on campus puts you within walking distance or a short bus ride (in many cases) of most of your classes. This means less travel time, giving you more time to sleep in, study, socialize, and take care of personal business.

 

Pros of Living Off Campus
 

Getting Out of the Bubble
Living off campus can give you a separation between school life and the rest of your life. For some students, having a bit of a separation can be nice, helping them feel like they are not in such a "bubble" on campus.
 

Independence
Living off campus also helps students learn to be more independent and responsible, keeping track of a more detailed schedule (transport time to and from classes) and living expenses.
 

Access to a Larger Community
Living off campus may encourage you to get involved in the larger community outside of your college or university, which may open doors to social opportunities you may not find on campus. That said, living off campus may also make you feel a bit more socially isolated from the events taking place on campus, so this could be a bit of a catch-22, depending on how you look at it.

 

So... will these advantages factor into your decision? What other things are you considering as you think about whether to live on or off campus? Leave a comment below to continue this conversation.

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