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Is living on campus better than living off campus?

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I want to go to NYU but I'm not sure where to stay. I'd like to live off campus in an apartment with a roommate but, considering how expensive it is to live in NYC, I'm not sure that would be a good idea. Would it better to live on campus in a dorm or off campus in an apartment? #college #college-advice #college-bound

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Sandra’s Answer

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Living on campus can be a very rewarding experience. It will allow you to become independent, learn how to be responsible and care for yourself without daily supervision from your parents. I lived on campus for 5 years and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

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Ken’s Answer

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Living on campus has many advantages:

Campus security is there for your protection

Eating is easy in a dining hall

Maintenance is provided for your living area

Room and board are only charged for the period during which you have classes

Transportation is not a concern as you are near your classes

Advice and support are available as your Residence Adviser (RA) is just down the hall

Roommates are provided by the college and you do not have to be concerned about them paying their rent


I agree and if you have a friend who's attending the same school you can room together if you submit your room applications at the same time. Sherita Stokes-Floyd Translate
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Tina’s Answer

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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.

Tina 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).
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Richard’s Answer

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Some people prefer to live on campus for social reasons. 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.

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Rachel’s Answer

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I am not sure what the on-campus opportunities are at a school like NYU. I attended the University of Texas at Austin, and living on-campus had great benefits for college freshmen. Everything was close, you did not have to wait for a bus, you were available to participate in events that seemed to pop up out of no where, and the opportunity to make a friend presented itself constantly.
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Carly’s Answer

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As someone who lived on campus for 2 years and off campus for 3, I would say that both options have pros and cons. I personally lived on campus the first 2 years, and as Tina mentions, your initial year in college is the most critical for on-campus living. It is the best way to become immersed in all the opportunities your school has to offer.
Additionally, if you're attending college in a new city, living on campus is especially important for your safety. The university will keep you safe and allow you to slowly explore the city in safe ways, letting you gradually get to know which areas of the city are more dangerous than others. Once you are ready to move off-campus, you'll know which areas are safest for you to live, as well as which areas are closest to the stores, coffee shops, and restaurants that you may like best.

When I moved off-campus, I did so because at my university, it was cheaper to live off-campus. I also was going into my junior year, had established quality friends and roommates, and had a good understanding of the available opportunities at the school; which I know would have been a lot more difficult to gather while living off-campus. Once you move off-campus, you can sometimes feel less connected to school events, as it will be more difficult for you to attend and/or be notified about them.
But I must say, living off campus, especially in your later years, is an amazing opportunity if affordable for you. It exposes you to the adult responsibilities you'll have after graduation like: paying bills, grocery shopping, cooking your own meals, planning an appropriate commute time to school/work, signing a lease, getting and caring for a pet, etc.

Carly recommends the following next steps:

  • Join facebook groups or online message boards for the university you're interested in, to find potential dorm roommates and get to know your peers before your first day.
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Erik’s Answer

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I would recommend living on campus for at minimum the first year. Both on campus and off campus have it's perks but living on campus does provide more benefits.

1) You're closer to your classes and don't have to commute as far.
2) Maintenance of your hall is provided for you. You still have to clean after yourself in your room but common places are well taken care of.
3) Prepared food is easier to obtain. Instead of cooking for yourself, you can just grab and go.
4) You meet students who have the same background and interests as you.
5) Activities. From pool, to bowling, to arcades, there's plenty of entertainment that is free or little cost.
6) Getting close to your professors and the Dean.
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