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dorming vs. renting an apartment

wendybirrrdwendybirrrd Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
what are the pros/cons to these two options involving social life, walking distance to classes, cost, etc?
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Replies to: dorming vs. renting an apartment

  • calimamicalimami Registered User Posts: 877 Member
    definitely call the housing office to confirm, but i think they're offering guaranteed on-campus housing for the first two years to incoming 2012 freshmen. you guys are lucky!
  • JeSuisJeSuis Registered User Posts: 1,930 Senior Member
    On Campus
    Pros (of Segundo and Tercero specifically):
    Easy to meet other freshmen
    Close to classes
    Easy access to meals and don't have to cook for yourself
    A gentle transition to living on your own
    Bathroom and living area are cleaned and repaired for you
    You have an RA you can go to for any reason

    Cons:
    Ridiculously overpriced
    Can be loud at times
    Living with other people (can be a pro if you're lucky)
    Sharing a bathroom
    Quiet hours (enforced at 11:01 when no one is trying to sleep; not enforced at 3 AM when your neighbor is blasting music)
    DC food is overpriced and gets old
    Can't have a car

    Off Campus
    Pros:
    Cheaper
    You choose exactly where you're living
    You choose who you're living with and how many people
    You can make your own food (nice if you want to save money, choose your own food, or have dietary restriction)
    Can have pets
    More room for yourself
    Can have a car
    Can keep your bike inside for whatever reason (fixing it, worried it will be stolen, weather, etc.)

    Cons:
    More stuff to bring/purchase
    Harder to meet new people
    Farther from classes
    No easy access to the DC (if you're lazy about making your own meals)

    Overall, I think it's a good idea to do your first year in the dorms, but having your own apartment will be nice after that.
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