In weighing the costs and benefits of on-campus versus off-campus life, it does not seem as though one is better than the other is. However, clearly, there can be factors in individual cases that will change this conclusion, but there is no one best option. Clearly, some students make this choice quite easily. This is because, considering many factors in their lives, one option is clearly better than the other is. Therefore, the following comparison and contrast works on the assumption that everything is equal.
Off-campus life will prepare the student for a life of being responsible and dependable; on-campus life will help students make lifelong connections with other people and network with their peers. Like most everything in college, choosing a living situation is an instrumental piece in achieving what one wants to achieve from a higher-level education.The question of whether a college student will be best served living on- or off-campus really depends upon that student’s goals for and expectations about college life. Certainly, both alternatives have their advantages and disadvantages, but these pros and cons are altered dramatically when considered together with the individual in question. There are freedoms and responsibilities with both approaches and neither approach is an easy choice. Clearly, some students make this choice quite easily. Living on-campus presents its relative advantages and disadvantages....
This kind of on-campus environment might also help with grades, such
that there are always other students around to help. Thirdly, the simplicity of on-campus life is apparent. Expenses are rolled into one rate, including meals, utilities, and rent. Unless the student is living with his or her parents, doing these things for an off-campus living arrangement can be confusing and time-consuming for the student. In addition, at some schools, students living on-campus have significantly better grades than other students do (UNI, 2011). The special drawbacks of on-campus housing include limited space and privacy. In a dorm, the rooms are usually constant in size. Students typically have to share a room with one or two other people, and conflicts arise because the rooms are small. Quiet time in the rooms is hard to come by and neighbors usually occupy the bathrooms. The limited space in dorm rooms means that students cannot bring everything they possibly might need and risk leaving something they might need later behind at home. Another risk of on-campus living in a dorm is academic underperformance. Obviously, life in the dorms is very active and grades might respond negatively to the time left not studying. If a person makes the unfortunate choice of playing video games or chatting with friends all of the time, then grades will suffer as a result. However, this result can be avoided with careful planning and a little will power (Kowsz, 2008). Off-campus living presents itself with its own special advantages and disadvantages as well. Certainly, the opportunity to live off-campus gives the college student a degree of independence. The person is not obligated to follow the rules and