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Dorm, on campus living; vs apartment,off campus living...

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I have orientation for transfer students coming up and will most likely be commuting for at least my first semester. The reason being, I don't want too much debt when I get out of college, and also, I would like to meet someone I am compatible with to be room mates! When I decide to be a resident student, I am wondering if I would benefit more from living on campus vs off campus, especially since I will be a Junior and not a Freshman. Are most Dorm students Freshman?

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Courtney’s Answer

Hi Emily!

Good question. To be short, it depends on the school you're going to and what the city around your school is like.

So really, your best bet would be to make as many friends as possible this coming semester and get a look into their residential lifestyle. That way you'll see for yourself whether on-campus or off-campus living is more suited for you. Along the way, you'll discover if there's someone you may want to room with, and they'll have opinions about their living situation as well!

To answer the last part of your question, I believe most schools have a balanced ratio of freshman dorms vs (rest-of) undergrad dorms, if not also grad dorms. Thus, you should have an easy and comfortable time living on-campus or off-campus as you decide. Hope this helps!

Courtney recommends the following next steps:

Make friends that live in different situations
Explore their dorms, apartments, rentals, etc
Find a roommate that you like
Decide together what the pros and cons are of each living accommodation styles
Live contently with your roommate and in a residential that you prefer!

Thank you for answering my question. I did wind up moving in with 2 room mates in an apartment directly across from campus. One I had known the other we met when looking for a 3rd room mate. Everything is working out well, and I am able to be more connected to my school and it's activities because I live here. Emily S.

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Richard’s Answer

You may miss out on many events at college, which occur at night. However, you will still be able to have many wonderful experiences if you seek them out. Make friends and invite them to do fun things. Living on campus makes this process much easier, but if you take the initiative, you will still be able to get the same results. Keep an open mind and keep exploring the different opportunities.
It is smart to save money by living at home. Your life will be more difficult if you have debt after graduation.

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Rachel’s Answer

I would recommend living on campus for at least one year. Living amidst your peers allows you to take advantage of opportunities that may arise during the day and act spontaneously.