The Benefits of Living off Campus


Newcomer university students—and in many cases their parents too—tend to have several mistaken notions about what the best possible living arrangements will be for the student during their time in college. Not only in terms of how best to accommodate personal interests, but more importantly in terms of managing to save some money while furnishing a more amenable living experience. Much to the surprise of parents and students alike, student housing options off campus can often present a more tempting package than on campus deals such as dorms. Here’s a look at some of the most salient reasons for why that is the case:

1) First of all, student housing off campus tends to offer a student and their family a more economically viable option. Colleges can fix their rates for dorm rentals more or less independently of the market values, and they tend to be higher than they should be (with the justification that the student is living closer—supposedly—to the major areas of study). Dorms tend to be paid for in one lump sum per semester, which means having to bring together a lot of money at the very beginning of the semester, which obliges many people to take out loans and take on interest dues.
2) Student housing off campus tends to afford the student a great deal more space and privacy than they would have available to them on campus. As more and more high school grads embark on the college journey and enrollment rates continue to rise, colleges are increasingly hard-pressed to make room for their new admissions on campus, and dorm residences are looking more and more like sardine cans with every passing year. This loss of space and privacy can lead to hygienic concerns, can fuel tensions between hall mates, and can deprive students of the appropriate study environment necessary for them to excel in their classes.
3) With the move to off campus student housing, many of the cumbersome and frequently arbitrary rules imposed on dorm residents simply vanish, much to the joy of the newly-liberated tenant. From not having to put up with unannounced room checks to being able to have certain electronics or other appliances that are prohibited on campus, the possibilities of living arrangements are much vaster for those in student housing off campus.
4) A big bonus of living off campus—both from the perspective of the student and, particularly, their parents—is the fact that it obliges a person to mature and manage certain responsibilities. Living on campus is somewhat akin to living with a nanny on-call 24 hours a day, and that does not reinforce the process of growing up in the least bit. Off campus, students will have to respect the demands of their landlord, will have to keep a regular schedule of rent payments, and will have to regulate various aspects of their life, such as cooking, cleaning, and keeping a reasonable schedule. Though the student may flounder in these endeavors at first, they will have a head start in these areas when compared to those students that chose to remain on campus for the duration of their college years.