A Guide for Transitioning from High School to College or University

Monday, April 22, 2019

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The transition from high school to college or university is an experience that requires students to grow personally. Learning to manage new responsibilities and lots of changes in lifestyle can seem daunting at first; but with the proper preparation, can lead to success.

 

Places4Students.com has some suggestions below that will help students transition to a home away from home!

 

College & University Requirements

 

Many colleges and universities have requirements that dictate certain students must live on-campus. Before deciding between on or off-campus housing, make sure to research the school’s specific requirements first. Typical off-campus necessities may be:

 

  • The rental must be within a certain vicinity to campus.

  • The student must reach a specified age first.

  • The student must reach a certain course credit limit or academic year.

  • There is a health or disability requirement that cannot be met living on-campus.

 

Off-Campus Options

 

After deciding to live off-campus, the next step is to search what options are available. Things to do and keep in mind when looking for off-campus housing accommodations are:

 

  • Create a monthly budget.

  • Research the areas surrounding the campus.

  • Decide on having or not having a roommate(s).

  • Locate rental properties according to your preferences, such as within walking distance to campus, on a bus route, etc.

  • Determine the distances to local amenities required, such as grocery stores, shopping malls, etc.

 

Deadlines & Important Dates

 

If on-campus housing is offered and the chosen option, first-year students are usually guaranteed a place in residence; but only when deadlines are met. Living off-campus also incurs deadlines and dates that need to be followed. In order to ensure a smooth transition, make sure due dates are recorded with clear notes. Typical deadlines include:

 

  • Deadline to submit a residence application.

  • Deadline for apartment or security deposits.

  • Deadlines for immunization record submission.

  • Specified move-in/out dates.

 

Note: International students and those moving from out-of-town should ask if the school offers early move-in/out dates or extended hours during holidays.

 

Laundry

 

Students will need to find out where a Laundromat is located, if not on-site at the housing accommodation. Things to consider are:

 

  • Are laundry appliances available within the unit or in the rental building?

  • If not, where is the closest Laundromat located?

  • Are the appliances coin operated?

  • Can detergent, fabric softener, etc. be purchased in the laundry room?

 

Parking

 

Whether commuting or living on-campus, parking will be an important factor to consider when deciding whether to bring a car to school or not. Colleges and universities will require students to purchase a pass to park on-campus, which will include several rules to follow. Items to help decide whether a car is needed at college or university are:

 

  • The type of parking passes and associated fees per semester/year?

  • The availability and location of parking lots for the student’s program?

  • The rules for parking on-campus during holidays and breaks?

 

Meals

 

Colleges and universities offer various meal plan options for both on-campus students and commuters. Students should decide if a meal plan is the best option before starting school, by considering the following:

 

  • How much time will be available to cook?

  • Will it be possible or a hassle to get to the local grocery store?

  • What appliances, utensils, dishes, pots/pans, etc. are available in your kitchen?

  • Compare the cost-effectiveness of each option relative to your lifestyle.

 

SEE ALSO: A Guide for Students Living Off-Campus



The Places4Students.com Team