Living on campus especially your first year is highly recommended. It helps to integrate you into college life and keeps you close to all the campus has to offer in support of you being successful at school. From where to eat to security, from after hours tutoring to finding groups that share your interests, it is all available on campus. You can take part in all these even if you live off campus, but the proximity while living on campus cannot be beat.
This professional recommends the following next steps:
- visit a college/university near you and talk to current students. Ask them what they like best about their living accomodations (on or off campus).