You Get To Pick Your Own Roommates
Freshman year dorming can be a little risky since most schools pair roommates randomly. I’ve said it time and time again that I was extremely lucky with my roommate situation, but there are many others who aren’t! Some schools have the option to dorm with people you know after freshman year, but from my understanding it isn’t that common. By choosing to live off campus you get to pick who you live with, letting you live (hopefully!) peacefully with your friends instead of the crazy girl who sleeps odd hours and steals your stuff! (Source: classicblonde.com).
We all know that the dorms are a huge pool of germs and colds being spread around. Last year my campus was hit was the norovirus, and before that we had mono, strep throat, and bronchitis going around. When you move off campus, you suddenly become a lot less susceptible to those diseases and flus! And even if you do get sick off campus, your campus health center is still open to you!
More Living Space
More likely than not your dorm was a tiny shoe boxes that could barely squeeze in two twin XL beds and whatever else your school provides. After moving into my house now I wonder how I ever lived in that small of a space! I’m getting to live in a four bedroom home for a little more than half of what I paid to live in my dorm. I’d say that’s a huge pro!
Lack Of Convenience
Similar to the lack of social activities that happen outside of campus, there’s a lack of convenience for a few other things as well. When living in the dorms you are most likely a short walk from main campus, which is most likely not the case if you’ve moved out. You also give up the convenience of using your meal plan at the dining hall, but this could also be a good thing! Overall things that were once very close or easy to access will be farther from your home.
When you live in the dorms, practically everything is taken care of for you. If the internet goes out, someone is already working on fixing it. If your toilet is impossibly plugged, you can call campus maintenance and they’ll deal with it for you. When you’re living off campus, you have to deal with everything yourself. The house/apartment is your home, and you have to deal with the cleaning, the plumbing, the internet, etc. If something goes wrong, no one is automatically working on it for you.
Bills and Finances
Depending on where you are, you could be paying more or less by living off campus. In many cases you’re going to be spending less, but you’ll also be paying your own bills. Keeping track of the bills is a little bit of an inconvenience, but if it’s keeping you from spending extra money, it’s worth it.