5 Benefits to Living on Campus the First Year of College
Easier transition– Living on campus the first year of college bridges the gap between living at home in the comfortable nest parents have built and living completely independent in the big world. It’s a weaning process instead of throwing you directly to the trenches. You learn to live on your own without all the responsibilities that await full adult life. These responsibilities are around the next corner. They will be easier to process in this order.
Not isolated– You are more exposed to college life and involved in the action while living on campus. It is easier to meet people and make lots of friends. By living on campus you are able to walk to the library, recreational center, your classes, food courts etc. Transportation is not needed.
Security– Residence halls require key card access and have front door monitors. The RA’s look after their assigned residents. Most campuses have video surveillance, a blue light security system and campus police looking out for the residents. Overall it is a safer environment.
Less to move and have to consider– Most dorms are furnished with the basic necessities. The small space allows for less to pack and have to consider for the move. Thus keeping it simple. Also, facility staff does the cleaning and taking out the trash. You will have more time for studies and fun without this obligation. They restock the toilet paper, soap and other products too!
No Monthly Bills– Your residence fee is an all inclusive one time fee paid at the beginning of the semester. No monthly utility bills or rent payments. No surprise increases in bills. There is no commute so your transportation costs are minimal. An added bonus is that many scholarships cover on campus living, but exclude off campus.
What do you think? Is it beneficial living on campus the first year of college? I’d like to hear your comments, please post below.