The luxuries afforded to students who live on-campus are not often available to their counterparts who live off-campus. All-inclusive meal plans, no concerns about utility bills, and little to no commuting are some of the perks of on-campus living.
While on-campus life does sound more cozy than off-campus housing, living outside of dorms can help prepare students for their transition into the real world.
1. Cooking and Grocery Shopping:
Life on-campus is pretty easy when it comes to deciding what to eat. Off-campus, on the other hand, teaches students a valuable life lesson – you can't live solely off of ramen noodles. Life off-campus will encourage you to learn to cook for yourself and to provide a healthy and balanced diet (hopefully).
2. Managing and Paying Bills:
Learning to be finacially responsible is perhaps one of the most important life lessons gained when living off-campus – unless your parents are footing the bill of course! You'll learn all about the complexities of setting up accounts, paying deposits, and making online payments.
Sadly, there will be no more rolling out of bed in your dorm-room five minutes before class. Living off-campus means you'll have to improve your time management skills and get used to commuting.
It's pretty simple to keep a 250 square foot dorm-room clean, but an entire household is a whole different story. No matter how many times you call your mom, she probably won't be coming to clean it for you! It will become apparent real fast how time-consuming it is to keep a household well-maintained.
Say so long to your Resident Advisors and the Residence Life Rulebook. However, as they say, with freedom comes great responsibility. You'll now deal with a landlord and have certain rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
6. Fixing Things:
Your landlord will be responsible for maintaining a lot of things; but in many instances, you'll need to learn some basic handyman skills for small things that may not warrant a phone call to the landlord. You'll be a modern-day Bob Vila in no time.
7. Decision Making:
When it comes to on-campus housing, a lot of decisions are made for you. In most cases, you won't decide who your roommate will be – you are assigned housing. You don't choose utility providers – and the list goes on. When you live off-campus, expect to be making a lot of important life decisions, such as how you and your roommates will share the Netflix account.
SEE ALSO: Tips for Moving Into Your Off-Campus Space
The Places4Students.com Team