Living on Campus

Unless you go to a school that is close to where your family lives and you can commute, living on campus as a freshman in college is one of the best decisions that you could make. Some students are hesitant because to jump right into the luxurious freedom of having their own apartment but the responsibilities that that includes might added some unneeded stress to the already challenging transition to college.
Some schools like to keep all of their freshman together and by at least room, floor, building or even section of campus. This is one of the absolute best ways for a beginning college student to meet people just like them. You all just graduated high school and are moving away from home to begin some of the most exciting, challenging and fun years of your life. Having people in the same boat as you surrounding you constantly makes that first year all that more enjoyable.
Even if you live on campus but aren’t rooming with someone who is the same year as you – you instantly have someone who can show you the ropes. They know which dining halls to avoid and which ones are the best at what times. They can help you out with choosing the right classes, locating certain buildings and introducing you to what college life is like outside of academics.
Living on campus also means that you will most likely have a meal plan. This is one of the glorious benefits of college. Already included in your tuition, usually through room and board, is a set amount of money that you can use through the semester at dining locations on campus. You don’t have to worry about having cash on you and paying for meals on your own – usually it just takes a swipe of your card. A word of caution though: just because you have all those points doesn’t mean you should just eat whatever and whenever you want.
Living on campus also means you are in a close proximity to the best buildings that your campus has: libraries, student unions, athletic facilities and much more. These are gateways to your late night studying, meetings, workouts and attending sporting events in just a quick walk or bus ride across campus. It also means that there are going to be a lot of people around to socialize with, which you might not find when you are put into some high-rise apartment off-campus and you don’t know who your neighbors are.
Definitely consider living on campus – you never know who could be in your building or on your floor that first year experiencing college for the first time, just like you.

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