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Bedroom or Dorm Room: Choosing Between Living At Home Or On Campus

DormRoom Bedroom or Dorm Room: Choosing Between Living At Home Or On CampusThere are so many decisions you have to make when choosing a college: large or small campus, state school or private institution, and so on. Also, you have to make sure that a college has everything that is important to your personal and academic life. Does the college offer all of the right courses for your major? If you play a sport, you need to know if the college has a good team for that sport. Furthermore, you need to know what campus life is like. Before you make a final decision on a school, it is important to have a clear idea of what you want out of campus life.

Many students decide to live on campus during their college years. Others decide, instead, to live at home. There are pros and cons, of course, to both choices. This is of course, a very big decision. Hopefully, the guide below will help you make the right one for you!

Pros to Living on Campus:

– You can easily access libraries and study areas.
– Getting from your dorm room to your class room is generally a pretty quick trip. This is very helpful if you have to pull an all-nighter to finish a paper or project and have a class the next morning.
– You can immerse yourself in campus life, make great friends, and attend fun events

Cons to Living on Campus:

– You have less control over your environment if you live in a dorm . For example, if the guy next door keeps the hours of a vampire and loves to listen to incredibly loud music, you may have a problem.
– The cost of living in campus may be prohibitive.
– You probably won't have access to a kitchen and will probably have to buy a campus meal plan or live on microwave dinners.

Pros to Living at Home:

– You will be able to save money on room and board by living at home during college.
– Unless you have dozens of rowdy brothers and sisters, you are sure to have a quieter environment at home. This is more conducive to quality study time.
– Having access to a kitchen and your own food is quite a luxury in college.

Cons to Living at Home:

– You may feel detached from campus life.
– If your campus is far away, the commute may become a problem, especially with gas prices as they are.
– Unless you live very close by, getting to an early class or staying late to study in the library may be tough.

When deciding whether to live on campus or at home, you must consider what is most important to you. If you really want to be involved on campus, you may want to consider living there. If quiet study hours are the most important, perhaps living at home is best for you. Think about your own needs and you will be sure to make the right decision.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Barry/616925248 Patrick Barry

    When I attended SUNY Alfred State I lived at home with my parents. After a year of active duty in training for the Marines, starting a programming internship and having my reserve duty it just seemed to make more sense for me.

    I did miss living in a dorm room but I felt I had enough of that type living while in the barracks of 29 Palms. I think that choice allowed me to focus more on the academics of school rather than the social aspects. To be honest though…I don’t know what benefits you more in the long run.

    Sometimes I wish I went to a huge state school and was able to experience the dorm life, football games and collegiate pride that a lot of my friends were able to enjoy.

    Anyone else have advice to share those who are yet to make that decision?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=16505767 John Mast

    I attended SUNY Geneseo for four years and lived on campus every year. Barring special circumstances, I would always recommend living on campus. Everyday you are surrounded by students with similar interests: receiving a quality education, meeting new people, getting good grades, and finding the best drink specials for that night.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Barry/616925248 Patrick Barry

      You make a good point there John. There are social aspects and networking on campus that are probably key to the development of a person.

  • Paul

    I attended St Bonaventure Univ. for four years – lived on campus for two of those years and lived off campus (with friends) for two years.

    My advice to prospective students would be to live on campus for at least a year or two, if not longer, if financially feasable. Beyond the whole immersion into college-life aspect, which is undoubtedly significant, I feel this is the time when young adults find themselves, so to speak. You are on your own fending for yourself for potentially the first time, doing your own laundry, making dinner for yourself, allocating time to study (without having a parent peering over your shoulder.) It just breeds responsibility and the maturation process. Unsure if one can achieve similar results living at home.

    In short, I reccommend students leave the nest and throw themselves completely into college life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Benjamin-Barry/43001745 Benjamin Barry

    Live it up– live on campus. Why live at home? You’ve spent your entire senior year of high school getting mentally and emotionally prepared to leave home. Do it. If you can’t afford the campus room and board, get a hole-in-the-wall apartment with five of your smelly friends and eat noodles every dayl. You have to test yourself and you have to experience some freedom while doing it.

    I lived on campus straight out of high school and ended up in the Marine Corps after a year and a half. I’m not sure things would have gone any differently if I was living at home. Later I went back and finished school with a mix of living situations, but all of them away from the comforts of mom and dad.

    Most people only allow a few years to live wild. If you’re one of them, live it well.

  • Katie

    I attended Michigan State University and lived on campus for 5 semesters and in an apartment with friends for a year in the middle.

    For me, the semesters spent living in the dorms were the most memorable and most enjoyable of the entire experience. I was able to come and go with little (but some) accountability, food was readily available and prepared for me, and my friends were all around me but I was still able to escape to privacy by shutting my door. Peer influence helped me to study regularly, encouraged me to stay active and exercise, and provided me with a support system.

    Living with friends off campus was an all around awful situation. Eating Ramen for 3 meals/day, no bustling of other students outside my door to wake me up or keep me focused, the same 3 people around all the time with no escape. We were young and unsupervised — no rules and a very small chance of being caught meant we were breaking the rules way more than we were opening text books. My classes were no longer just outside my door, and the cost of transportation far outweighed the benefits of Economics 101. And if it were raining or snowing — forget about making that 2 mile drive!

    Ultimately, after spending my junior year in that apartment, I was able to see that the lack of accountability was not good for me or my transcript. I went back to the dorms to finish out my degree.

  • Janine

    When I attended Quinnipiac University I lived on campus for 3 years and off campus my senior year – only because we were forced to at the time because the school was growing and couldn’t handle all of the students living on campus. If I didn’t have to live off campus senior year, I wouldn’t have. Living on campus the first three years were some of the best times of my life. Living at home with my parents and then leaving at 17 years old, I felt that there was a whole new world out there. The many different people that I met living on campus was eye opening for me. In addition to the people, having to fend for myself for the first time in my life was an experience. Having to do my own laundry? I never did laundry in my life. Luckily the machines were easy and you only had to press “Whites or Colors”. But still, having that experience made a 17 year old girl at the time, have to be able to do things on my own. I felt mature and that I was growing up. I had to make sure that I made it to all of my classes too as I could hear my dad say in my ear “For every class you skip, that is $1,000 of my money you are throwing away”. That guilt in and of it self, made me hardly miss class and made sure whether in rain or snow I was walking to my next class.

    In addition, nothing beats the social life like living on campus. I always knew where the parties were, where people were going every night of the week, and I always had my roommates to do something with, whether it was eating in the cafe or walking to class or talking about last night’s festivities.

    Of course, there are always the benefits of not dorming such as saving a ton of money, maybe getting more work done because you aren’t partying as much and having your parents still around to cook and clean for you if you are lucky.

    By the way Paul – where is St. Bonaventure – I never heard of it. Must really be upstate.

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    Personally i choose to love in campus. The main reason behind that is if we live independent, at each step life teach us something.. You will come to know how to face problem..

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