Trying to enter a new school year means that there are plenty of decisions to think about before you even get assigned your first term paper. Long before you start attending “welcome back” parties or even listening to the freshman orientation meeting for the first timed, you need to think about whether you’re going to live on campus or off campus. We covered living on campus, but it’s time to look at the highs and lows of living off campus.
One of the top things that you need to consider if you’re going to live off campus is that you’re going to be paying for a lot of different services at the same time. If you’ve never lived on your own, it means that you’re going to have to pay for a flat, and most likely manage that flat with roommates. Dealing with roommates is always a sticky situation, because you’re putting a lot of different personalities in the same house with you. Tensions can get out of control as the school term progresses, because everyone is under the same amount of stress. Also, since you’re in school all day you will not be able to work as much as someone else. This can be quite a problem when you’re trying to get things done. Make sure that you plan accordingly! Having things in writing upfront helps the whole plan run smoothly. If you just assume that everyone is on the same page, you will be very sorry.
Before you even sign on the dotted line for a place, you need to see if your school will even allow you to live off campus. If they require that first and second year students live on campus, then that’s what you’re going to have to do in order to attend classes. By living on campus, you have one payment for all of the services you enjoy. That can be a breath of fresh air, but it can also limit your freedom immensely. You’d have to follow all of the dormitory codes or face being kicked out. [Continue reading]