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The Roomie Talk
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How to do Laundry
Apt/Dorm Shop

On- vs. Off-campus: Part 2

Well let's just jump into it.
The PROS of apartment life:

  • Privacy. You can often have your own bedroom and share common rooms with only a few roommates - who you in many cases chose.
  • You can eat and sleep on your own schedule (no timings to keep except your classes).
  • Apartment buildings are usually quieter than dorms.
  • At the end of the day, you are away from campus and there's a sense of separation.
  • Freedom.
  • There are no adults around (aside from landlord) to supervise or oversee your activities.
  • You will often have more space in an apartment than in a dormitory.

The CONS of apartment life:

  • Social life may be harder to come by - unless you have a big house.
  • You will be responsible for cooking and cleaning and determining who handles what with roomies.
  • Utilities are am added monthly expense.
  • You will have to pay for your own high-speed Internet access or deal with lower speed dial-up access if your school provides it.
  • Surrounding people/neighbors are likely to be of many different ages and lifestyles -- not all of them understanding/liking college activities.
  • Transportation to and from campus can be a concern/hassle.
  • You will need to provide your own furniture, kitchen essentials, and bath necessities, which is/could be a huge start-up cost.
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