Whether you’re a homebody or not, your college dorm room will serve as your headquarters for your first year on campus. That’s why it’s imperative to pick the type of space that will work best for you. Though most colleges do not allow you to pick your room – or even your residence hall – they do give you a say in the type of environment you’d like to be in. With National College Decision Day just around the corner, those housing forms will be sent to you sooner rather than later.Finally, you may be a student who needs a specific room because of a disability, illness, or extreme food allergy. You will likely work directly with the Residential Life office on campus. Reach out to them before housing forms are sent to determine whether or not you need to fill one out.If you have the choice, there are a few things to keep in mind about off campus housing. The first is that it may be more difficult to make friends if you opt to live in an apartment off campus. Dorms foster a community environment, requiring you to share your bathroom, study space, and lounges with others. In doing so, you’re guaranteed to meet a lot of people. It can also be more expensive to live off campus. Before committing either way, you should look up the average costs for rent, utilities, and groceries for students living off campus. Compare it to the room and board costs of living in the dorms. You’ll also need to keep in mind that there could be repairs and other miscellaneous costs that come with living off campus versus living on. At the same time, you may have the personality to live off campus. It could be that you easily make friends in classes or through extracurriculars, or you may thrive mentally and emotionally by living on your own. You know yourself best – make the decision that’s right for you.
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