There 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.