For the commuter who might be driving up to 50 miles per day (the maximum limit most colleges place on commuting), living on campus can seem like a dream. Vice-versa, the campus student might envy the commuter student who gets to eat homemade food and has a personal room and bathroom. However, below these surface-level pros, there are cons on both sides, from paying for gas or dorm residency to spending time driving or sharing spaces with another student. Below are the top three advantages and disadvantages for each side and advice on how to survive as a commuter or on-campus resident!1. You save thousands of dollars each semester by living and eating at home. College costs are steadily rising, and, after tuition, room and board fees are some of the most extensive contributors to that hefty price tag. By electing to live at home and prepare your lunch, you can finally get started on that savings account (maybe?)! However, it's not entirely cost-free. Make sure to calculate the cost of gas, car insurance, and other upkeeping/maintenance costs.Additionally, you may also have to consider the cost of rent if you choose not to live with your parents (although most colleges require that students with 60 or fewer credits reside with a parent or guardian). Some parents might also demand a monthly fee/rent. 2. You get to avoid the dreaded dining hall food and sharing a bathroom with twenty other people. Now, that's not to say there aren't universities out there with fantastic dining halls or modern, clean dorms. However, there are some colleges with…less than stellar food experiences.Additionally, if you’re someone who values privacy, sharing your living space with another person can be unappealing. Commuters can get the best of both worlds at times. They can be on campus for classes and social events, but go home at the end of the day and take a nice long shower without wondering if there’ll be a long line. And there's nothing like some home-cooked food to end an exhausting day with! 3. Greater independence With great independence comes great power, but it’s a nice sense of power… for the most part. With your own car (or stable access to a transportation system), there’s more flexibility with where you want to be and at what time. You don't have to worry about missing an event in the city because of transportation, or if you attend a small school and all the good study spots are taken, then you can just head off-campus to a nearby coffee shop or public library.
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