Choosing to Live on Campus or at Home

Choosing to Live on Campus or at Home

Choosing to live on campus or at home is a big decision. Consider the pros and cons before you decide.

When considering what college to attend you will need to decide whether you live on campus or at home. It's a big decision that depends on many factors, including the location of your school, your finances and your personal preferences. Here are some points to keep in mind as you weigh each option:

Living on campus

  • May make it easier to meet people and feel part of the college community
  • Living with a roommate in a dorm can either enhance a college experience or be challenging for some students
  • Living in a dorm can be confining and lacking in privacy for some students
  • Residential living can add to the overall cost of your education

Living at home

  • May help students stay focused on their studies
  • Can be more economical
  • Students may find it difficult to be socially active on campus
  • Some students may feel a lack of independence when living at home
  • Students living at home and commuting to campus will need to be mindful of their schedules and account for the time to commute back and forth