Living In School Campus vs. Renting an Apartment In the City
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Each student, while entering a college or university has a choice if he would like to live on campus or rent an apartment in the city. And as usual, this choice is very complex and both options have their own advantages and disadvantages. So I decided to review the pros and cons of living at school campus and renting apartments and compare them.
The first advantage of living on campus is that you have a higher accessibility to school; you can access libraries and classes, cafeterias, computer labs and other things you may need to learn without wasting time on driving to school when you live off-campus. I think this important because while your studying you need to complete a lot of tasks and write numerous papers and access to the materials and equipment is important. Nevertheless, right now it is possible to access a lot of things through the internet, and if you have a laptop or PC you can work on, it doesn’t matter where to live. You can scan or download books and work with them staying at home.
The next advantage of living on campus, I think, will be social life. When you live on-campus you can meet more people and establish friendly relationships, you also will know about all activities on campus and how to take part in them. The disadvantage of such living will be of course a lack of privacy, you won’t have quiet time and will need to share a bathroom and bedrooms with others. So if you like to be alone, living on-campus probably is not the best option for you.
The other advantage of living on campus is the simplicity of your life you don’t need to worry about meals, rent payments and other things which needed when you are living alone. On-campus students have their own meal plan and this makes their life easier. While renting an apartment, besides worrying about your meals and rent, you also have more tasks to do, like shopping at grocery, cleaning, and transportation, sometimes buying furniture and other things needed for home required.
Of course living on campus has other disadvantages, than that I have mentioned before. First is a limited space, you are living with one or two people and need to share space with them. Second is the influence of on-campus social life on your grades and study. If you’re not organized enough to follow the schedule and complete all your tasks no matter if there are a party of cheat-chat in your room, it is better to live off-campus.
It is evident, that living on-campus is a great experience, however, if it has a negative influence on your learning, it is better to rent an apartment outside the campus. But there are also disadvantages of such a living, and the main is a price. In rare cases, renting an apartment is cheaper than living on-campus, however, this one to million situations. So renting an apartment in the majority of cases is expensive, this not only price, but also things you will need to purchase for a comfortable living, because not all apartments are supplied with them, so you may also need to purchase furniture, crockery, household appliances and others.
Another thing you should consider is that living off-campus will require time spending on transportation, you will be doing it by car, bike, bicycle or even a bus or train depending on where you are living and where the university is located. This will take time and also money (not in the case when you are riding a bicycle). As a result, you need to think of how much you will spend on such activity. Also, when you are living off-campus you are less involved in different university/college activities which are aimed to build team spirit, friendship and in some cases educate you. The isolation you may feel living off-campus can be harmful for your education, and may prevent you from establishing friendly relationships with your classmates. Moreover, you will be responsible for paying your bills and buying many other things which are available for on-campus guys.
I think that it depends on the personality of the person who makes a decision if he would like to live on- or off- campus. If the person loves to rest in a quiet place, needs to be alone to concentrate on studying, needs a lot of space for living and organized enough to live alone renting an apartment will be the best choice. But if you are a communicative person and organized enough to study no matter what surrounds you and you are ready for the challenges you can face with your roommates and their activities and personalities the campus is the best place for you. The third thing I have not considered is the case when your parents’ home is in the same town as your university. In this case, it is easier to choose, whether you want a social life with your classmates or living in a quiet comfortable atmosphere of your home.