Living in a Dorm vs. Apartment
Often, many people live at a dorm on campus their first couple of years at University, but sometimes it can be cheaper and more effective to live off campus at an apartment or town home. Today we will talk about the pros and cons of each as well as some tips for making sure you get the room you want for either situation.
Pro: You'll be with people your own age.
Con: You'll most likely be randomly paired with a roommate you may or may not get along with.
Pro: Close to campus.
Con: You may be forced to contend with loud parties, even louder music, trains/transit going by at odd hours.
Pro: You'll be able to get up later for class.
Con: Depends on where your class is and you may end up sleeping through a class.
Pro: You can pay for it all at once and it comes furnished.
Con: It's small. So small, you may have issues opening drawers at the same time as your roommate.
Pro: Cheaper than a dorm room.
Con: Often farther away.
Pro: Can come furnished and are bigger than a dorm room.
Con: Parking may end up being overbooked, and there may not be a bus to campus.
Pro: You have a kitchen!
Con: You have to share it.
Pro: You can generally pick your own roommates, or have them chosen for you.
Con: If they are picked for you, you may not have a roommate you can get along with.
Overall, it's important that you make the best decision for you when it comes to choosing where you want to live for next year. When it comes to apartments, looking sooner is better, because they do start to fill up very fast they closer you get to the summer and fall semesters. Remember that many Universities starting housing applications during the Spring semester, so submit yours early when you decide so you have the best chance of getting the room you want!