On campus vs. off-campus housing

Off-campus:

My name is Angelina and I am a sophomore at Fredonia. I’ve spent over five years growing up in Pomfret, and when I had to decide which college was right for me, I immediately chose my local college.

Although there were a few drawbacks I had to deal with, commuting was ultimately a decision I never regretted making. Here are five reasons why you should consider commuting if you can:

  1. It’s less expensive: A lot of my friends that live on campus often complain about meal plans, loans, and the crazy amount of debt they have to deal with. I try to seem sympathetic but deep down I am relieved that I don’t have to deal with that. Not once during my college journey have I had to worry about tuition costs or finally taking out a dreadful loan.

  2. Having some privacy is awesome: Don’t get me wrong, I love chilling on campus when I can. There are a lot of events to attend and that’s where I spend the most time hanging out with my friends. Yet being able to come home to some privacy and alone time is great, too. It’s nice to not have to worry about having to wake up from fire alarms at three in the morning.

  3. You already know the lay of the land: You’re like the navigator of your friend group. You know all the local hot spots and places to stay away from. You’ve got local connections that can help you inside the classroom, and it’s easy to catch up with some old high school friends.

  4. Professors are more understanding when you’re late: I can’t tell you how many times I was able to barge into class ten minutes late without so much as a glance from my professors. As long as they know you commute, I never panic when I know I’m going to be a few minutes late. Especially with the terrible snowy weather Fredonia currently has, you can rest assured that being late isn’t an issue for commuters, as long as you aren’t late every time.

  5. It’s a simpler life: Commuting is definitely not for everyone. I was very hesitant before I finally made the decision to live at home. However, I know that if I would have chosen to live on campus, my life would be a lot more complicated than it already is. For example, because I live on my own, I don’t have to worry about conflicts with a roommate. Basically, when it comes down to it, commuting means that school is just that… school.

On-campus:

My name is Avril and I am a sophomore at Fredonia. I have lived on-campus for my entire academic career here and, honestly, I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Between not having to worry about weather conditions prohibiting my commute and being within walking distance of any campus event, I am glad to have decided to stay on campus these last two years. However, I know the decision can be a difficult one to make. So, I’m going to share with you my top five favorite reasons for staying on-campus.

  1. Worry about travel is non-existent: Never have I ever looked at the weather while living here and started panicking about how early I’m going to have to leave in order to make it to campus on time. Fredonia is known for its lake effect snow and, believe me, it can really pile up out here. But, when I look out my window and see the snow start falling late at night, my biggest concern is if my old snow boots will have enough traction left to get me through the five minute walk across campus, not whether it will be safe enough to drive to class.

  2. Proximity to events, classes, etc: If I accidentally hit snooze on my alarm too many times and I am waking up ten minutes before my first class, I know I can still make it (I may not look my best, but that’s another issue). If there is a hockey game at 7:00pm and my friends text me at 6:57pm saying, “where are you??” I know I can make it over to the rink before faceoff. If I have some time to kill in between my class that ends at 12:30pm and my class that starts at 1:00pm, I know I can run back to my room to get a snack, hang out for a bit and still make it to my next class on time.

  3. Friends: Now, obviously you can make friends even if you don’t live on campus. Fredonia is an extremely friendly place where it’s almost impossible not to make friends. However, over the past few years I have gotten to know RAs and people living just down the hall really well. Living in a residence hall is like living in a small community. Connections are everywhere and you never know how introducing yourself to that one person you always see in the recreation room will change your life.

  4. Activities with RAs: One thing that RAs do several times each semester is hold events in the residence hall for people to get to know each other and have a good time. I have been to events where we painted, watched movies, ate Oreos and even just sat around and complained about how much work we had. Oh, and sometimes there is free food (need I go on?)

  5. Free laundry (or at least included in room and board): This is one that I often take for granted. But, after hearing from my friends who live in apartments off-campus complain about having to search high and low for a few quarters, I’m glad that all I have to worry about is whether or not I left the dryer sheets back in my room.