While applying to a college or university, students are often faced with the decision of either living on or off campus. Each option has both its pros and its cons.
One of the biggest issues with students living on campus are dorm rules. Some institutions enforce rules such as no overnight guests, and implement a curfew.
Living off campus allows you the freedom to be an adult and learn about cooking and budgeting during your college years.
Another benefit to living off campus is the ability to choose your own roommates. You are able to hop apartment to apartment and choose the home you want. With dorms, you are assigned a roommate and a designated living space.
Another disadvantage to living on campus is the fact that you rarely leave and explore outside of campus. You never get a break from school. However, when you live off campus, you are forced to leave school grounds and familiarize yourself with your surroundings.
At an age where you are mature enough to travel while still enjoying your youth, living off campus allows you that.
In addition, rather than spending thousands of dollars for a dorm room you can instead gain independence and responsibility while going to school.
In fact, most students go apartment hunting because, typically, renting a room off campus is actually cheaper than applying for campus housing. Considering the fact that they can search for a home within their budget and split living costs with several roommates.
Aside from splitting the costs, it could potentially be cheaper to have your own place, because you are not paying for a specific meal plan on campus, which can be pricey.
Instead, you create your own budget and use it as a guide to help save money.
All in all, if you are spending some years away from home to embark on a new journey, you might as well get the full experience of being independent.