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On-Campus vs. Off-Campus: Things to Think About

Where will your student call home next year? It's room selection and apartment-looking season, as students determine whether they will live on- or off-campus.        

To help with these decisions, here are some things to take into consideration:

  • What is your student involved in? Will it still be doable to be that involved if he lives off-campus?
  • What about work? If the job is on-campus, will your student be able to find parking and get to work on time?
  • What about transportation? Will a car be in the equation?
  • Who will your student live with?
  • What about eating options? Will your student get enough nutrition if she is cooking for herself, without a meal plan?
  • What about summer storage? Will that be available?
  • When does a lease run? Will your student be paying for time that he won't be living there? If so, how will that be handled?
  • What costs are involved with housing, transportation, food and more? How do these balance out when comparing the realities of on- and off-campus living?

      Let your student know that there are plenty of people to answer his questions as he weighs the pros and cons. Where to call home is an important decision that impacts his life in many ways.


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