April 20, 2024

Pros and cons of living on campus

There are many questions students must ask themselves when going to college including their major, classes, scholarships, financial aid, etc. Another big question they must worry about is where they are going to live. Some students attend a college that is close enough to home, while some choose to live on campus while others choose to live off campus. When trying to make this decision, students should look at the pros and cons of living on or off campus. At USU-Eastern there are many pros, but there are also cons.
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This archived article was written by: Shadayah Jones

There are many questions students must ask themselves when going to college including their major, classes, scholarships, financial aid, etc. Another big question they must worry about is where they are going to live. Some students attend a college that is close enough to home, while some choose to live on campus while others choose to live off campus. When trying to make this decision, students should look at the pros and cons of living on or off campus. At USU-Eastern there are many pros, but there are also cons.
Pros:
You don’t have to find a place to park because you can just walk to your classes.
There are many activities that you are aware of and can participate in.
There are a lot of resources such as the library and writing lab that are located on campus.
There is free Wi-Fi.
The social life is really great because you are surrounded by people your own age.
Doing you laundry is cheaper. On campus it is $1 for a wash and $.75 for a dry.
There is less competition to get a room on campus than there is off campus.
No monthly rent.
No utility: electric, garbage, gas and water bills.
You are more aware of things that are taking place on campus because there are always flyers posted in the halls.
When you are living on campus and if you get sick, you are guaranteed two free visits to the Health and Wellness center located on campus.
You get to experience diversity and different people from other cultures.
Don’t need to pay for gas to travel to and from campus.
The maintenance staff is always willing to fix anything in you room free of charge.
There is more safety considering that all the front doors lock and there are the RAs and campus police always looking out for the residents.
You save gas because you don’t have to drive back and forth from classes because they are usually all within walking distance.
All of the rooms on campus are furnished.
It is generally cheaper than living off campus overall.
With every pro there is a con and there is no exception when living on campus.
Cons:
There are many rules that are upheld and you are charged if you break these rules.
There is a mandatory meal plan.
Not all of the halls have kitchens.
Shared laundry stations in the halls.
For any damage or failure to clean the area, students are charged at the end of the year.
Monthly health and safety checks.
Visitation hours are limited.
You must pay $300 extra to stay over the Christmas break.
Maintenance personnel coming in the rooms to check appliances throughout the year.
When living on campus, there are always the good and bad things that come with it. Although this list in not complete and there are more pros and cons that can be added to this list the pros seem to out weight the cons. Living on campus is a great experience. You are surrounded by fun people and people who are there to support you. It is also nice to be out on your own, but as college students we need all the help we can get and living on campus lets us have freedom and not letting students become overstressed.
Everyone wants to be free and responsible, but sometimes too much responsibility at a young age when you are just getting used to a transition is too much. Wherever you go, you will always have rules and regulations, but take one step at a time and don’t overload yourself.