On-Campus vs. Off-Campus Living
When my sophomore year of college ended, I was not only a junior, I was planning to move into an apartment, my first.
When I first came to college, I was excited to move into the residence halls on campus. This was all part of the college experience. I was going to have a roommate (someone I had never met) and I was going to be able to meet tons of new people. I was completely excited and ready to start this part of my college journey.
As a freshman, I lived at Mary Massie Hall. I shared my room with a girl who was from Fort Worth and I was from Dallas. I was living in a new city, about five hours away from home.
It was nice to live on campus and be close to my classes since I was new to the area and didn’t know the city. As more time passed, I got to know my roommate better. I began to make more friends. The residence hall lobby always had people in it and, with that, the opportunity to go in and meet new people.
After my freshman year, I decided to move out of Mary Massie. Mary Massie was a smaller and somewhat older dorm, in my opinion. Now that I was a year older, I decided it was a time for change.
My roommate, Brittni, and I were best friends and already made the choice to live together again. That year we lived in Texan Hall. Moving from Mary Massie to Texan Hall was a nice upgrade. Instead of sharing one large bedroom, we each had our own room. It was quiet at night, and I felt as though there was more space.
After my sophomore year, I was finally ready to break free of the residence halls. Brittni and I already knew we were going to live together again. We had enjoyed it so much and we got along great.
We started apartment hunting before the spring semester ended. We had our minds pretty set on a place already but we wanted to give all of our options a look. In the end, we signed a year lease at Angelo Place Apartments. Several people I knew while I was still living on campus were living at Angelo Place, a student-living community. Each unit houses four roommates and includes a complete kitchen and washer/dryer setup. I think the units are the perfect size, and I have loved living there.
While living in an apartment has been great and so much fun, there are some major differences between on-campus and off-campus living. When it’s time for you to choose between on- and off-campus housing, keep these two points in mind:
Time and Distance
No longer is everything (food, clinic, library, etc.) a five-minute walk away. When living on campus, you don’t have to leave campus to go get lunch or dinner because the cafeteria is close by. When living in an apartment, you either buy groceries or go out to eat.
I have learned from living in an apartment and being on my own that there are also more responsibilities. I have to make sure I keep up with my rent and other bills. I also have to make sure I get my laundry done along with all of my homework.
There is a time where everyone should experience living off campus. Before making the move, make sure you are ready and enjoy it to the fullest!