HOusing: Dorm vs. Apartment

Most colleges require you to live on campus for the first year or two, but if given a choice, consider your personality and what is important to you. Weigh the pros and cons. Take into consideration your financial options and personal preferences. Consider what may help make studying better for you or provide you with a place that feels like a great fit for your personal needs.


  • Short commute to class.

  • It’s an easy way to meet other students.

  • All of your bills are included in the cost (utilities, water, internet, etc.).

  • Dorms usually come supplied with furniture


  • Sometimes, you are required to purchase a meal plan.

  • You are less likely to have a private room.

  • It can be more expensive.

  • Sometimes dorms are loud and distracting.


  • It may be cheaper than on-campus housing.

  • More options for the type of housing.

  • You have the option to live alone or have your own room in an apartment or house.

  • You may have more private space.


  • Your commute to campus will be longer than on-campus housing.

  • You are responsible for purchasing all your food/utilities/furniture etc.

  • You may have a large deposit (first and last month rent plus deposit), and your application needs to be approved by the landlord.

  • You will need to determine the safety of the area.

Suggestion: Pay your housing deposit as soon as it opens! The good spots go fast; you don't need to be in the very best but you also don't want to be in the worst. If you change your mind after you pay your deposit, most schools will refund the majority of your deposit if done by a certain date.