October 29, 2008 : Jennifer Gelar
Living off campus certainly sounds appealing, but it also has some disadvantages. If you’re wondering whether or not off-campus living is for you, here are some helpful tidbits:
Cost. Apartment renting costs are usually cheaper than university housing, but it is off-set with additional spending on groceries, cleaning supplies, furnishings, appliances, furniture and transportation.
Keep in mind that you will most likely be asked for first and last month deposits. You’re also on your own when it comes to television and Internet connection.
Roommates, Privacy and Space. Unlike the dorms on-campus, you are not required to have a roommate, and if you do want a roommate, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a college student.
Having your own place also means that you have more privacy and space with less distraction. You won’t have to worry about too much noise and you will be able to focus more while studying. Most of all, no more shared bathrooms (or not shared with as many people).
The downside is that you may become more isolated and it may cause you not to have as many friends.
Cooking, Cleaning and Commuting. Living off campus means that you need extra time for cooking, cleaning, commuting and finding parking spaces when you arrive on campus.
Commuter meal plans are available if you don’t want to worry about making your own meals.
Since Liberty is in partnership with Lynchburg transit, you don’t necessarily need a car to be able to live off campus. Just make sure that your apartment is on the bus route or that a bus stop is nearby.
For more information about living off campus, Liberty’s Student Housing department provides many resources online. To contact the office of Student Housing, email email@example.com.