Considerations for Commuting
For a lot of students, living off campus is something they can’t wait to do. Whether it’s living at home or moving out after two years of living in residence halls, living on your own is a new taste of freedom.
But as with everything, there are several factors to consider when you decide to become a commuter student.
A benefit of living on campus is how close you are to everything. Commuting means factoring your travel time into your everyday schedule. Sleeping through your alarm has a completely different meaning.
When you decide to commute to school you have to decide if you have the necessary time management skills to make it to class on time. It’s not a life-altering decision, but it is about taking a lot of things into consideration.
Gas and Car Maintenance
Obviously living on your own place implies having a vehicle to go from home to campus, but having a car requires keeping up with your car maintenance. Oil checkups, tire pressure, coolant levels and brakes are just some of the items you need to be aware of and have a general idea about how to resolve.
Getting to and from campus requires investing in a lot of gas money. When you live on campus you have the option of walking everywhere or carpooling. Living off campus means driving yourself to a lot of things, especially if you are commuting from a nearby community.
From now to the end of eternity, parking will be a problem on college campuses — it’s one of the facts of life.
A benefit of living in the residence halls is you have a guaranteed parking spot. So yes, you may have to walk to the buildings across campus, but you won’t have to fight the masses for a parking spot right next to the building you need.
As a commuter student, you need to realize getting to campus early enough is crucial to securing the spot you need, especially if you live farther away. Everyone goes for the close spots, so get there early or you may need to park farther away.
Joining different clubs and meeting new people in college will help make this experience great. As a commuter student, it can be harder to make time to get involved. Things like late club meetings or midnight events can take a little consideration.
As a student who commutes 25 minutes every morning and afternoon, it has been a challenge to manage my time. After getting off work, coming back to campus, getting involved, driving home and keeping up with my schoolwork, it seems I don’t have enough hours in the day. It’s definitely not impossible, but it can make you prioritize your activities and time.
These are just a few things to take into consideration when you decide to become a commuter student. I honestly don’t think it impacts your college experience in a negative way, it just changes the approach you need to take with certain things.