Did You Know?: 50% of admitted students are required to live on campus for their first year in college?
For First-Year Students attending traditional, four-year schools, college represents the first real opportunity to live away from home. And as you spread your wings and slowly ease into adulthood, you’ll definitely need a place to stay. While most universities provide dormitories for their students, many schools also allow first-year students to live off-campus and it can be difficult determining which option is best for you.
Before we go any further, we do want to stress that this is a topic to consider more as an upperclassman than incoming freshman. In fact, a lot of schools mandate that freshmen reside on-campus for their first year. And even if your particular college has no set housing requirements, we strongly urge you to live in a dorm or campus house if possible.
Above is an estimated cost of living on campus vs. off campus. As you can see, living on campus might cost a little more than living off campus. But do keep in mind with living off campus means you will have more bills to pay (i.e., Utilities).
Things to consider when choosing:
- Financial Stability
- Which one will cost less
- Space Capacity
- Commuting to and from classes
- Other misc. expenses involved