Housing for College Students

Ellen Thompson, Staff Writer

College students’ housing can vary depending on the school and the type of housing you are looking for. Some students can choose to live wherever they please to, on or off campus depending on how far they are commuting from the school. One choice for students would be living in dormitories, which are typically shared rooms with other students. Dormitories have communal bathrooms and common areas which are shared between the students. Another option for students would be living in off-campus housing, such as apartments or rental houses. But with that you would be paying extra then just your tuition or college fees. Researching your living choices before you decide is super important. Consider available options with your school, they can give you extra resources for living situations. Some common factors to consider should be location, cost, and amenities. Many people have encouraged students to room with roommates as it can be a valuable living learning experience and opportunity for personal growth. 

With that being said, there are plenty of pros and cons that come with living on-campus and off-campus. On-campus living can offer convenience, as you’ll be closer to your classes and other reachable resources. This choice can also provide a greater sense of community and social opportunities for you as a student. This can also allow for you to want to be more involved around campus because you are already there. However, on-campus living can also be expensive with already paying for your schooling and you may not obtain as much privacy as you’d like to have. Considering you would also have certain rules you will be having to follow and if rules are broken you have to deal with the consequences. 

Also, with off campus living situations, pros and cons are to be looked over before making a decision on whether or not to live on or off campus. Living off-campus can offer more space and privacy. Along with that, you can have more independence as you’re growing to become an adult. Off-campus housing may also require a longer commute to and from school. This type of housing can include extra expenses for utilities, furniture, and any other necessities needed for everyday living. The average monthly rent for an apartment is $1,200. You’ll likely have to pass a credit check or have a co-signer to vouch for your ability to pay. You will also have to sign a lease and pay a security deposit. These costs can really add up. You aren’t subject to the same rules and curfews set by most dorms when you live off-campus. You’ll have a greater sense of freedom and control over your daily life. Some students have mentioned, most may struggle to feel like part of the campus community because you aren’t surrounded by fellow students, faculty, and support staff 24/7 if you are living off-campus.