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How can I maintain academic support throughout college if I decide to live off-campus?

I am going to be a freshman in college this year and I have decided to live off-campus to save money on housing expenses. I'm worried that my grades will suffer from not being around peers and educators. What can I do find and maintain academic support? goingtocollege moneyproblems

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Adam’s Answer

Hi Ana,

When I went to college I also lived off-campus for a few years. I think the answer somewhat depends on how far off-campus you'll be living and what other obligations - like work, family, etc. - that you have. In general, what I found most helpful was to ensure that my study space still felt like college: for example, studying at the library on campus and staying on campus after class to study and complete homework. I also think it became more important for me to try and create/attend group study sessions with my classmates and to try and get to some of the professor office hours, and I would encourage you to do the same, especially for some of your more difficult classes. If you live far away from campus, it might be harder to join study groups, but I do think it's one of the best ways you can still maintain academic support while living off-campus. If this is your situation, I would try to arrange your class schedule to block off a few hours during the day where you could have a mid-day study group with some classmates instead of trying for something in the evening after classes.

Adam recommends the following next steps:

Join/create a study group with classmates for your more difficult classes.
Stay on campus to do studying and homework for some period after class each day.
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Anea’s Answer


After my freshman year I moved off campus. I think the first place to look is your schools resource center. More than likely they will have class support groups, one on one tutoring, or opportunities for additional learning. After trying that, I would go straight to my professor. They are your guides for learning. If you have questions during the lecture and aren't understanding, don't be afraid to raise you hand and ask questions or even hang back after class to get clarification. If that doesn't work then try to visit you professors office hours or create a group me with other students from the class where you can collaborate.