For some, living on campus may seem like a necessity. That's great for those who have already made their decision or are required to live on campus. For the people on the fence about whether to live in a dorm or off campus, however, this article will explain some of the benefits of living off campus. That's not to take away from on-campus living options. It's to simply point out that living on campus is not the only option.
One of the biggest benefits of living off campus is the price. It's usually cheaper to live off campus. That does depend on the living establishment chosen, but most apartments and trailers are cheaper because of their location. That is also a drawback because students have to use a form of transportation to get to class. Despite that fact, most consider the cheaper price worth it.
Living off campus also allows students to put a minimum of $300 on their TigerCards as opposed to $995. This allows off-campus students to choose where they want to eat more often rather than being limited to on-campus foods for a majority of the time. This also makes it easier for off-campus students to avoid losing money or spending it on excess groceries since the TigerCard money disappears at the end of each semester.
Off-campus living also gives students more control of their surroundings. Off-campus students are allowed to choose whether they have a roommate, who their roommates are, the area of town they live and more. This allows students to do sleep, study or do whatever they need to do on their own schedule. That freedom typically sets up students for more success than those dealing with inconsiderate roommates. Recent graduate John Schlemmer based his decision to live off campus on that aspect.
"To be honest, I didn't want to live in a dorm room. I didn't want to be that close to someone else. I still enjoyed having roommates because I chose to live with my friends, but I wanted more privacy. You also have more space to yourself. All of the rooms are much bigger. I had a pretty good experience living with three other roommates. It was fun being in an apartment with them. I enjoyed it."
In the end, the best decision really depends on the student's preference. Some students want to be fully immersed on campus, and living on campus can be a part of that. Other students may be more concerned with a controlled environment and cheaper options. As long as students weigh out their options and make their own decision, there really isn't a wrong choice.
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