Going to college is a matter of handling just about every decision you can think of in the most straightforward manner possible. When you know that you have to get things done, you just have to make sure that they get done — it’s all up to you now. Thankfully, you aren’t completely on your own, as long as you have guides like these, right? Right!
One of the most pressing questions that students and parents have to answer is whether or not you are going to stay on campus, or move into your own place off campus. Moving into your first apartment is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. After all, you will need to basically sign an agreement that says that you will be paying out real money each and every month until the end of your lease. A contract is a contract, and it’s not something that you will want to take lightly at all. It’s better to really stop and make sure that you can handle any type of lease that you get your hands on.
On the other hand, there might be an even more important question that needs to be answered — are you even ready to go off campus? There are some benefits to living on campus, especially the first year that you go to school.
First and foremost, the dorm halls are the center of college social life. It’s where a lot of your late night socializing will take place, because you’ve already paid for them. You won’t have to try to find a late night restaurant — just walk down the hall to where your friends are playing Xbox or otherwise having a good time.
You have to take into consideration that you will already have a lot of changes that you have to get used to. You’re going to be away from home, and you will have to make a lot of decisions that might have otherwise been made by your parents. Having that type of freedom all at once can be sort of overwhelming, not that it really ahs to be that way at all. You just need to think about how you will adapt, and then make a plan to do just that.
There are also people on campus that will be watching your back at virtually all times. You wont’ have to worry about someone getting the best of you, because there will always be someone that you can go to for advice and help at every turn. For people that have never lived on their own or feel more comfortable having a built in support network, you might want to really go for the on-campus lifestyle.
Now, campus life is expensive — room and board isn’t cheap. However, you can subsidize the costs by becoming a resident assistant. It’s a tough job, but the room and board would be covered from there.
Ultimately, the decision to go on campus or move off campus is totally up to you. You don’t want to end up spending all of your time worrying about it — stay on campus the first year, and then see what you want to do for your following years at college.