Live On or Off Campus?

@gxnfly (1147)
May 16, 2008 9:04pm CST
Living on or off campus can drastically change your college experience.How can you figure out which is best for you? I remember when I was at college I always wanted to live off campus ,although that is totally forbidden in our university.Even now it's unlikely to live off campus in most universities of China.I heard that's the situation is quite different in some other countries.Are you allowed to live off campus in your university?If so,would you live on off campus.I know I would certainly live off campus. cons for off campus are as such, You may feel disconnected from campus life . Costs may be higher . An apartment complex may not be as flexible to student needs. But still,I would like to live off campus if possible, You may be required to have a roommate . You may have more space The set-up may better support your life and work outside of school .
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@limcyjain (3523)
• India
27 May 08
Here in india there is no such restriction which says that you need to live on campus. My husband has studied away from home city and he was living in the university hostel but says that he would have prefered if he found a good accomodation nearby. There are many restrictions in the campus and the facilities are limited but at the same time the freind circle is around and one can have their support in case of need. So there are both pro's and con's of being at the campus.
• United States
27 May 08
Here in the US, I lived on-campus for one semester but then moved off campus. I strongly disliked on-campus life...too many people, too close to classes, small rooms. I found that living off campus was cheaper than living in a dormitory. I got a roommate that I was friends with from classes. Living in the dorm cost me approximately $700 per month. I moved into a 2 bedroom house and I paid only $325 rent, plus $100 for electricity, water, etc. I still lived walking distance from campus so I did not have to worry about gas money.
• United States
24 May 08
I would suggest you live on campus when you first go away to school. There are lots of support services for new students, and you will meet a lot of people by living on campus. After your first year, many universities offer apartments or suites. I would stay on campus just because of the amenities, but some people really want independence. If you do get an apartment, make sure you do your homework and know what you are responsible for and what management takes care of.
@lingli_78 (12841)
• Australia
18 May 08
i prefer to live on campus if possible as it is more convenient and save my travelling time... i can go to the uni anytime i want and go home anytime i like as it only takes me less than 5 minutes to do that... that's what i do when i am doing my master degree... i live just opposite the campus and it is so convenient for me... i have more time to do my assignment and study for my exam as i don't have to spend time on travelling to and from the campus... take care and have a nice day...
@kun2349 (23464)
• Singapore
17 May 08
I have not lived on a campus b4.. But i do know the universities in singapore, they do allow single staying and room mates.. However, the maximun roomates can only be 1.. SO that they wun distyrb each other's studies.. BUt according to the students, they dun really care as much as sometimes they will ask their frenz to stay over.. BUt staying in the campus is actually good, can save transport time and money ^_^ Only thing, there's a curfew.. hehe
@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
17 May 08
Here in the Philippines, most universities don't have a systematized housing for their students but in the University of the Philippines (Diliman), we have our own housing complex - dormitories for us students and flats for employees. I've lived in a dormitory inside the main campus for two years and about a year in a flat that is also located within the vicinity of the university as a bed spacer that is really intended for students so basically, it is not that expensive. Accessibility to the campus is my main concern because traffic is a big problem in the metro. In the dormitories, we are only allowed beyond the curfew if we have seeked permission and we cannot do our laundry, cook our food, room hop after curfew, etc...There are lots of rules to follow but basically they are justified. n the apartment or flat, we are more free, go to the malls or to the library until it closes (some libraries are open until 12 midnight), can do our laundry and food prepartion, etc. Some dormitories now make adjustments for the curfews especially for those who work in call centers and in graveyard shifts so I guess they are more lenient now compared to our time. The dorm fee is a lot cheaper than in apartments of course but since they are limited, apartments within the school is of better option than going home everyday.(Our house is about 2-hours by bus to and from the school).
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
17 May 08
I guess it depends on your age and maturity. I have done it both ways. I liked living on campus the best, because I felt more included and up-to-date on what was going on. All the other girls in the dorm (no coed dorms in my day) were my age, too. I guess if I had been older I might have preferred living off campus. Not so many rules to follow--more independence. I wouldn't trade my dorm memories for anything, though.