Living on Campus versus Commuting from Home

Written by Rakel Crockett

My first two years of college, I lived on campus. My freshmen year living in Middlebrook Hall and my sophomore year living in an apartment debatably on campus. My family always questioned why I did not stay at home, but I justified that living on campus kept me more engaged in campus life and allowed me to focus on my academics.

After a year of dealing with metro transit, paying close to $600 a month on rent, buying carts full of groceries every week, and arguing with passive aggressive roommates I decided that living on campus would be the best option.

Luckily I was able to move in with my grandmother who lives in North Minneapolis, meaning I only had a 5-10 minute commute to campus every morning. After almost a semester into being a commuter, I have decided to show the pros and cons to living at home versus living on campus (from my experiences).

Being able to study with friends on campus in dorm/apartment study spaces

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Studying at home where you can easily get distracted (by your bed)

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Sharing a space/apartment with a roommate(s)

Sharing a space with your grandma

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Dorm food/Having to make your own food/Having to eat food from the marketplace

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Having your grandma’s home cooked food

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Trying to find a seat on the connector to class

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Driving to campus in your car to class

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Going out on the weekends when you live on campus

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Going out on the weekends when you live at home

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All the money I have after paying rent

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All the money I have after NOT paying rent

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