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


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


Sharing a space/apartment with a roommate(s)

Sharing a space with your grandma


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


Having your grandma’s home cooked food


Trying to find a seat on the connector to class


Driving to campus in your car to class


Going out on the weekends when you live on campus


Going out on the weekends when you live at home


All the money I have after paying rent


All the money I have after NOT paying rent