As fall rolls around, college freshmen are faced with many decisions. One of those decisions is whether they want to live on campus or commute. For some students, they don’t have a choice but to live on campus. They live to far away to be able to commute every day and some colleges require you live on campus if you live 30 miles away from campus. However, some students do have a choice and they have to figure out what is best for them. When faced with decisions, you should know the pro’s and the con’s of each choice. Living on campus gives you the benefits of not having to worry if traffic is going to make you late for class. Living at home gives you the options of having more home cooked meals.
The pros of living on campus:
Accessibility to the school: Living on campus gives you the benefit to get to classes on time or even early. You have 24/7 access to any features you college offers, like gyms, game rooms, computer labs, library.
Stronger sense of community: While living on campus, you can meet new people and make new friends. You will be more aware of any campus activities and even know where the parties might be!
No worries about rent or bills ( if you don’t live at home): Living on campus gives you freedom from worrying how rent is going to get paid next month. No more worries about the water bill and buying groceries if you get the meal plan. Living on campus will even save you gas money.
The pro’s of living at home: Assuming you still live with you parents.
Free home cooked meals: You can go home to a warm home cooked meal if your parents like cooking.
Privacy: You don’t have to share a room or a bathroom with anyone. You can turn up your music if you wish. You also don’t have to ask a roommate if it’s okay to have guests.
Family: Living at home also means you can be around your family more often. You are better connected to what is going on with your family members and you are not the last to know.
The cons of Living on Campus:
Little privacy: Living on a dorm usually means sharing a room and a bathroom with another person. You can’t blast your music and you have to respect your roommate, which means friends can come and go as they please.
Limited space: Dorms are tiny and you have to be thoughtful to what to bring. You may not be able to bring everything you want to.
Grades: If you are not used to living on your own and making sure you do your work, your grades could be affected. There is a huge social scene at most colleges that could distract you from studying.
The con’s of living at home
Parents: Your parents may nag at you about going out and you may not as much freedom at home as you would living on campus. They may ask you questions constantly about college which may get on your nerves. Though realize they are just trying to help.
Social Scene: Living at home makes you more disconnected with what is going on at the campus. Colleges hold many events that you may miss because you went home without knowing about them. If most of your new friends live on campus, you may not be able to hang out with them as often. They may not want to leave the campus to go to hang out with you at your house. Between gas and their studies, it’s easier for them to stay on campus.
Commuting: Between gas and traffic, commuting to your campus may make things difficult. You have to make sure there is enough gas in your car and that you leave early in order to not be late to class.
Living on campus or to live at home is up to you. Maybe you prefer your privacy a lot more than being worried about gas. Perhaps being involved with your college is more important than living at home. Whatever you decide, just make sure it’s for the right reasons and the pros outweigh the cons.