Housing Options for College Students

College students spend many hours away from their living quarters between attending classes, studying in the library, and engaging in the wide array of social opportunities. But when it’s time to wrap up full days (and nights), there is no place like retreating to the sanctuary of comfortable living quarters.  Some students are spending even more time in their personal space thanks a new breed of online college degrees. In most campus settings, there are quite a few options for housing. Carefully consider your options to pick the best housing choice to fit with your needs both in the classroom and out.

Dorms: This communal living choice is popular for students new to college. Living right on campus, near your daily obligations, can save you time and keep you on schedule. Plus, sleeping, eating and hanging out around other students gives you the opportunity to quickly fit in, make friends and seamlessly assimilate to school life. Most dorms today are outfitted with everything you need to be comfortable. While the actual rooms may not be that large, there are shared living spaces that far out-size other housing options. Plus, you’ll probably have access to free internet, a dining room, study rooms and recreational facilities.

Student Apartments: Some universities offer apartments available just to students, often upper-classmen or married couples. Often a step-up in size from a standard dorm, these student apartments offer all of the conveniences of being on-campus with a little more independence. For example, you’ll be cooking in your own kitchen and private bathrooms at your disposal.

Fraternity / Sorority Housing: If you are a member of a Greek organization or other social society, you may be able to live in the organization’s complex with your fellow brothers and sisters. Usually, Greek housing is either on-campus or very close and offer amenities that vary based on the needs of its members.

Off-Campus Housing: Most college towns have plenty of housing options available to students who are willing to live off campus as they pursue a college degree. From traditional apartments, condos and rental housing, some students even find garage apartments and mobile home parks as low-cost alternatives. If choosing to live off-campus, you’ll want to consider how transportation, cooking your own food and the extra bills will fit into your lifestyle.

Parent’s Home: If you are heading to school in your hometown, staying in your childhood house is always a viable option if the commute to school isn’t too far. If considering this option, it is important to weigh the cost-savings of staying at home with the independence and new experiences of being on your own.