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Why You Should Live on Campus as a Freshman

Moving to college as a freshman, leaving behind friends and family, is full of difficult changes. Meeting new people, navigating new social scenes, and adjusting to exhausting schedules can sometimes seem like jumping off a cliff without knowing what lies at the bottom.

One of the best ways to adjust to these dramatic changes as a freshman is by living on campus your first year at school. Although Auburn University does not have a mandatory requirement of living on campus as a freshman as many other schools do, here are several reasons why living on campus is the best decision.

Smoother Transition

The first few days arriving to a new school can turn into a blur of new faces, getting lost going from building to building, and no longer having home cooked meals to come home to after a long day.

Moving into a dorm on campus ensures a much smoother transition from high school to college. On every dorm hall the resident assistants (or RA's) are there to help with this transition by offering opportunities for new students to get to know each other and get to know more about what goes on around campus.

Making New Friends 

Living in a dorm with so many other students that are in the exact same shoes you are in is one of the best ways to meet other people but also create friendships that will last beyond your freshman year.

Living in a dorm means always having someone that you can grab dinner, walk to campus, or go to the gym with. Being surrounded by your peers all the time is one of the best experiences of college, and the friends that you make during your freshman year will likely be some of the same ones that will stand beside you all the way through your senior year.


As you will come to realize in college, waking up for an 8 a.m. class seems to be much more difficult than it was in high school. The bonus of living on campus as a freshman is having the ability to roll out of bed and make it to your first class in only a few minutes.

Living on campus makes it fairly convenient to get anywhere and everywhere you need to go. Whether you are heading home from the library late at night, or getting to an early morning class, the ease of not having to worry about getting transportation on or off campus is definitely a perk.

Getting the Full Auburn Experience 

There is nothing quite like a game weekend in Auburn. On Wednesday or Thursday before home games, the white tents go up on the green space to begin setting up for the tailgates. Waking up on a Saturday morning before the game and strolling out of your dorm into the crowds of tailgating Auburn fans gives you the true feeling of being in the middle of the Auburn family.

Living on campus gives you more opportunities to know what is going on around campus. Auburn offers many activities, especially for freshman, that allow students the chance to get to know each other and to get plugged in with organizations around campus. These activities are usually advertised in dorm lobbies or from RA's, so being on  campus definitely creates an advantage to knowing about all these events.

Campus Dining

When coming to college, one of the best things as a freshman is getting your Tiger Card, loaded with money for on campus dining options. With restaurants such as Papa John's, Chick-fil-A, Salsaritas, Starbucks, Panda Express and so many others, being able to walk from your dorm room to grab a bite to eat is a luxury that students living off campus do not have.


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