Moving Off Campus
Trying to decide whether to live on or off-campus next year?
Choices for off-campus living are varied and can be intoxicating. Keep the following in mind as you weigh the pros and cons for living on and off campus. We invite and hope that you choose to STAY on campus, but – whatever you decide – do your research!
BEFORE YOU GO ANY FURTHER . . .
Please note: rates contained within the document above reflect the current 2018 rates. 2019 estimated rates are expected to be available during Winter Term.
- FIRST AND LAST MONTH'S RENT
- MONTHLY UTILITIES
- HIGH SPEED INTERNET
- FOOD COSTS
- WHAT IF?
- LIVING ALONE
BTW: The academic year is only 9 months – and that is how much “rent” you will be paying if you live ON campus. For many off campus residents a YEARLY lease is required – which means that you WILL be paying rent for a full 12 months even if you will ONLY be living there for the 9 months of the academic school year – NOT a great value.
GOT A VIRUS ON YOUR COMPUTER? PRINTER WON’T PRINT? NO PROBLEM FOR RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS – HELP – with both hard and software is ALWAYS available from Residential Computing – but ONLY when you live on campus.
Finally DISHES. They need to be washed, dried and put away – every day. It all takes TIME, ENERGY AND MONEY – and the ability to work with roommates. Ask yourself this: Are you willing to be THE ONE who does the dishes all the time because your roommate could care less if the dishes are done or not and YOU CAN’T HANDLE THAT?
Campus residents with meal plans pay no additional charge for their meals and have virtually NO DISHES TO DO. Students opting to live in the Arbor Park complex have the added benefit of having a full-sized kitchen in each unit so they have the OPTION of preparing their own meals. They can carry a meal plan if the wish as a “back-up” plan. It serves as a great learning experience and a transition between living in first-year halls and living off-campus.
Is your personality one that will allow you to be comfortable with constantly confronting your roommate about the dirty dishes in the sink – or their clothes and shoes scattered throughout the apartment? Are you willing to – CAN YOU AFFORD TO – lose that cleaning deposit as a result of your roommate’s slovenly habits?
With the exception of damage/cleaning charges placed on student accounts as the result of behavior beyond “normal wear and tear”, students living in Barnum, Landers, Heritage and Ackerman pay no additional charge to have their bathrooms cleaned for them on a regular basis. Arbor Park, again serves as a transition from first-year halls to living off-campus.
- A contract to protect you.
- The ability to request and MAKE a room change.
- Staff to help you with roommate conflict resolution and . . .
- A petition process is available to you in the event you are unhappy with any decision regarding your campus living situation.
- Are you comfortable eating meals by yourself?
- What about evenings and weekends – do you have a group of supportive friends or relatives that you can rely on as you transition from one living experience to another?
- Can you AFFORD it?
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