Living Off Campus

Finally getting a chance to live off campus when you had previously lived on campus as a freshman or sophomore is a fantastic sense of freedom. What students don’t realize sometimes is exactly what the responsibilities that living in your own apartment for the very first time includes.
Some schools require students to live on campus for the first year that they attend a college but permit students to move wherever they please the next year. Some students involved in Greek life move into their respective houses, other students choose to get a group of friends to rent an apartment or house close by to campus.
Although the freedom of living in your own place with no one to answer to except the landlord collecting your rent, some students forget about other financial responsibilities such as energy and utilities, cable, laundry services and grocery bills. There are positives and negatives to living on campus just as much as there are positives and negatives to living off campus.
Moving off campus also means that you will most likely no longer have a meal plan or the access to the dining halls packed with meals already cooked for you. If you are student that loves to cook, then having your own kitchen is a great benefit to living off campus. However, if your gourmet recipes of cooking abilities include something like grilled cheese or cereal, you might be in for a rude nutritional awakening.
Living off campus might mean that you are not as close to campus buildings anymore such as libraries, student unions, athletic facilities and much more. It might be a long walk or bus ride away from where you live off campus depending on how far you move. Definitely consider an apartment that is close by to campus just for the convenience.
Moving off campus is a really exciting experience in college that almost every student should do. Choose your roommates wisely and get ready for some great times.

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