Thursday, January 2, 2014
As you prepare to go to college, there are undoubtedly countless decisions on your mind. Which college should you go to? Which classes should you take? What should you major in? How can you get the least expensive price on books? The list goes on and on. Figuring out your housing situation can be one of the most difficult decisions of all. The first place to start is to determine if you want on- or off-campus housing. There are pros to both. Some prefer WVU off-campus housing for many reasons while some prefer on. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference.
If you were to choose to go off campus, one pro is that the rules will be much fewer than those that would be found with on-campus housing. Of course, it depends upon which college you end up choosing as well as which type of off-campus housing you end up going with. If you are staying with relatives, those relatives set forth the only rules that apply. Typically that will not get you kicked out of school if you do not follow those rules, either.
There is much to be said for those few extra priceless minutes to get sleep or finish an assignment prior to heading off to class. Living on campus will save you time and help you to be on time as well. You won’t have to worry about bus schedules, filling up gas tanks, fighting off traffic, freezing as you walk, carrying heavy books for long distances, etc. Those who opt to go off campus will indeed be facing a bigger commute and therefore all that comes with it.
The social aspect of it is different depending upon the student themselves and what they prefer. So it could be considered either a pro or a con depending upon your personal preference. Most would assume that you would have a more active social life if you live on campus merely because it is filled with other students at about your same age and interest level. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more mature place to socialize in, you may have much better luck with WVU off-campus housing.