Deciding to live on or off campus is one of the biggest decisions that students have to make when they are first starting out at college. Unfortunately, all of the misinformation and hearsay can cloud your decision-making process, especially if it isn’t based on truth. There is a reason why, year after year, more students choose university housing over any other type of living arrangements when it is time to go back to school. It isn’t anything at all like the myths you may have heard.
It’s Too Expensive To Live On Campus
This is simply not true. The truth of the matter is that the cost of university housing is very affordable, particularly when compared to living arrangements off campus. In addition, and unlike off-campus living arrangements, students have numerous options available to help them afford the cost of living on campus, similar to the options available to aid in the cost of tuition and fees. Students can use virtually all forms of financial aid- including grants, loans, and scholarships- to help pay for on campus living.
It’s Not Safe To Live On Campus
This is also false. The truth is living in university housing is just as safe, if not safer, than walking the campus during the day. In light of the inherent dangers that are likely to occur with students living on campus, schools take extra precautions to make sure that students living on campus are kept safe from inside as well as outside threats, including having on-campus security available. In addition, students are typically given instructions and recommendations on best safety practices and given information on the appropriate steps to take and who to contact if they are concerned. This community mentality is what makes living on campus a safe option.
There Are Too Many Distractions On Campus
Again, this is simply not true. In fact, students who live in university housing are found to be more focused on their studies than students who commute to school. According to the American Council on Education (ACE), students who live on campus earn a higher grade point average than their off-campus counterparts. They are also said to have higher self confidence, retention rates, graduation rates, and satisfaction with the college/university that they are attending.
On-Campus Housing Has Too Many Rules
Perhaps one of the biggest myths about university housing is that students believe there are too many rules, which will then hamper their college experience. While there are some rules in place, primarily to ensure the safety of everyone on campus, students who live on campus are able to enjoy their freedom without ever feeling stifled. The point of the experience is to learn and explore, and the universities work hard to ensure that both are accomplished.
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