My nephew was getting ready to leave for college and asked me what I thought about living in a dorm versus living off-campus in an apartment or house with other students. Simply because it was cheaper and I wasn’t sure I could handle living in a place with so many people close by when I left home to go to school. So there are some things to consider in order to help you decide in case a dorm is right for you. The one thing I regretted when I lived off-campus in a house with other students was the need to buy groceries and do my own cooking. It does take time away from studying. In a dorm, you can usually opt-into a food program so you are sure to get your three-square meals a day without having to grocery shop, cook or even clean-up while I like to cook. he downside is, your food choices might be limited or might get tired of having pork chops on Thursdays (or whatever the menu schedule turns out to be). While I liked the fact that I wasn’t limited by cafeteria hours, friends who lived in residences with meal plans, loved knowing that dinner would be waiting for them after a long day in the library.

 

Is a dorm right for me

Think about how you want to spend your time and what your school workload looks like at the end.  Might be best to spend more time studying than thinking about what to eat for dinner. Cost is definitely a consideration when choosing one form of living over another. Dorm living can be more expensive than off-campus housing, depending on the city where you’ll be living. It might be cheaper to be in residence, whereas smaller towns might offer cheaper apartment rentals that are still close to campus in case you are moving to New York. It’s worth it to compare your options in case you are on tight budget. Remember, you will probably need to think about furniture, stocking the kitchen and paying for extras such as cable, internet, telephone, heat and hydro in case you are considering apartment rental or sharing a house with other students. These costs might be built-into your dorm fees. To find out exactly what you’ll be charged for your dorm stay, make sure you ask the residence administrators to ensure your cost listing is complete. Another time consideration is location. Living in a dorm, on campus, means that everything is convenient, from your classrooms to the library to the school store. Commuting won’t be an issue, which can save you time and money. You should factor this into your decision, particularly if you have early morning or night classes or if you plan on studying at the library until late in case living off-campus means that you’ll have a long commute. Check out the cost of commuting, both time and financially and factor this into your decision. Try it for a while in case you just can't decide what is right for you.