As amazing as dorm life can be, many students will start to look for a place to live off-campus by their junior or senior year. Living off-campus is great for those who wish to become more independent.
If you are unsure if you want to move off-campus or live in a dorm, here's what you should consider before living off-campus.
Saving Money. Renting an apartment can be cheaper than staying in a dorm room on-campus. Instead of paying a flat price for an entire semester or school year, you pay monthly only for the rent and utilities that you use.
Additionally, living off-campus means you won’t have to buy a meal plan anymore; instead, you can buy the food you need and not worry about leftover swipes going to waste!
Learning to Budget. Renting an apartment is great for learning how to make a budget and pay bills on time, two things you can’t learn while living in a dorm. Knowing how to create and stick to a budget is also an essintial skill to be successful for the rest of your life.
Paying bills on time also builds up your credit score, which can help you in the future when you want to buy a new car or buy a home one day.
More space. Another major perk of moving out of the dorms is that, for the most part, off-campus apartments have a lot more space. That includes more storage, actual kitchens, a real living room and your own bedroom – unless, of course, you decide to share a room for cheaper rent. Either way, you'll find yourself with more room to spread out, and that's no small thing.
Social Life. Once you are living off campus, you may find it harder to connect with people daily. Dorm and dining hall life allow for a lot of daily interaction on a casual basis with other students. For some, living off campus is the right choice precisely to get away from those distractions or unwanted social interactions, but for others losing that daily activity can be lonely and difficult.
Local Involvement. Instead of staying on-campus, you’ll feel more inclined to go to local restaurants, retail stores, and events, which is an easy way to learn more about the city’s culture and network!
If you think you are ready to rent an apartment off-campus, then begin your search with our campus area map. The earlier you look at apartments, the more you will know about availability and prices in your area!