Many students choose to find their own student housing when they are in college, but they often overlook the many advantages one has by living on their college campus when housing is available.
Though most college students strive to avoid early morning classes, sometimes it’s simply not possible. This isn’t such a terrible inconvenience, however, if you live on campus and can easily roll out of bed and run directly to your early morning class. Not only does this save you precious sleeping minutes, but it can be surprisingly fun. Living on campus also makes it easy to walk somewhere to visit a professor when you need help, as well as allows you to take advantage of the school computer labs, library, and other facilities.
Often it can seem expensive to pay for housing in college. However, you may be surprised how affordable it is. Not only will you never get kicked out of your rental, but you will save a bundle on gas money and car maintenance since you’ll never really be in need of having a vehicle. You can always also opt out of the meal plans in the college cafeteria, and instead buy a small refrigerator that will let you control your spending on food. Most dorms also have a kitchen, and though it’s of course nothing like the kitchen in your own home, should provide you with everything you will need to cook your own meals if that is your desire. Living in a dorm also saves you from the last minute roommate scramble many find themselves in when their once consistent rent splitter decides to move, changes schools, or graduates.
When you only see your classmates in class, there isn’t much time to get to know one another. By living on campus, you can develop close friendships with your fellow students and form bonds that will last a lifetime. This can be a serious leg up in life later, because you will have a network of people all over the professional world. Though living in a dorm can often be loud and distracting, there are plenty of facilities usually available where you can get together in study groups or easily borrow a book from a classmate when yours goes missing. It is amazing what can be accomplished with a little encouragement from those around you to keep working or to take a much needed break when you’re feeling burnt out on the books.