College Housing Options Part 1: On-Campus

By: Katie Wornek, UHEAA

As a college student, you have a number of housing options to choose from. Before you make your decision, you should do your research to find which housing arrangement best suits your lifestyle and budget. In this blog, we’ll discuss living on your college campus. In part 2, we’ll explore the benefits and responsibilities of living off-campus.

 

Many schools offer a range of on-campus living options

Colleges understand that housing is not a one-size-fits-all experience, so some schools offer a variety of options such as dormitories, student apartments, honor’s housing, language- and subject-of-study housing, and more. Visit your school’s housing office or website to learn more about the features and eligibility requirements of each housing option.

 

The benefits of living on campus are hard to measure, but easy to observe.

Here is how Dr. Daniel Kilcrease, Director of Housing at Weber State University in Utah, describes how living on campus can shape a student’s time in college:

“Going into higher education, most students recognize the academic portion of their experience. However, many students do not recognize until further into their years of study the tremendous impact of the other experiences and life lessons they learn. A residential environment helps them through many life lessons…”

Dr. Kilcrease is correct! In addition to simply putting a roof over your head, on-campus housing can provide a unique, well-rounded college experience by:

  • Immersing students in campus culture and school events
  • Fostering diversity by introducing students to peers from different cultures, countries, and backgrounds
  • Offering easier access to classrooms and school resources such as libraries, fitness centers, or computer labs

As we can see, living on-campus can be a fun and beneficial experience, but you may want to consider the following before making your choice:

  • Lifestyle: Many schools require students in first-year housing to live with a roommate or multiple roommates. If living alone or with people you already know is more your style, on-campus life may not be the right fit for you. Additionally, some schools require students to bundle a meal plan into their living arrangement. You may want to research the meal plans to see if they appeal to you or align with your personal dietary needs.
  • Cost: The price of one year of room and board can vary greatly, and each school provides information on their website to help you calculate those costs. While it is important to be informed about the cost of on-campus living, the price tag doesn’t have to prevent you from enjoying residential life. If you plan accordingly, you can manage your college costs by creating a budget, searching for scholarships, and applying for financial aid.