Whether students are first setting foot on college or a returning student, one of the big decisions students usually have to make at some point in their college career is whether to live on or off-campus. While it seems that underclassmen tend to stay on campus and upperclassmen may be more inclined to get off, it’s undoubtedly an important decision for everyone.
This is especially important to underclassmen, who are adapting to an independent lifestyle, so living right where classes are taken can be a huge help. Proximity also makes it easier to be involved with clubs, sports and everything else that goes on campus.
“I like that everything is close and information and events are known faster,” said student Aja Bauer. “Possibility of long-lasting relationships or life long lesson.”
Living with a diverse group of people also expands students’ social knowledge outside of the classroom. Students have a chance to get to know students from all over the world and people with incredible and varied life experiences. It sounds cliche, but hanging out in a dorm can definitely broaden horizons.
Living on campus there is no need to worry about all the maintenance, bills and worry that often comes with living off-campus. On-campus, it’s all taken care of for students. On top of that, people sometimes forget to factor in the cost of utilities, internet access, etc. to their off-campus costs.
When students are surrounded by each other they have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other, no matter how informally. Many of the people students dorm may be in the same class or have taken them before. Friends can be a tremendous academic resource and being able to pop into the room next door to ask a question is unrivaled. When people come to fellow students, explaining something they have mastered is rewarding as well as helpful to those who need it (and teaching things actually helps fellow students understand them better).
Dormitories are set up with safety as a priority. There are typically security phones on campus and surveillance is provided with video cameras and campus security. There may also be night shuttles to dorms or escorts upon request. Dormitory access also requires special key-card access in addition to the door key. The Resident Assistant monitors the dormitory as well. Campus security is on call and patrolling our campus 24/7, every day of the year.
“Campus security is way better on campus,” said student Cherith Moore.
Studies have shown that students that live on campus tend to complete more credit hours and have higher grade point averages. They have expressed how they have had a greater undergraduate experience. Lastly, show greater gains in student development and interpersonal self-esteem.