After the time of entrance exams has passed and you have already received an invitation to study, another equally important question arises: where to live? As always, there are more than one option:
- Apartment for rent,
- Rent a room or bed in a dormitory,
- A place on campus.
For parents, this remains a difficult dilemma, they are lost in conjecture as to which option will be more comfortable and, in principle, the best.
In general, the American campus is not similar to the European one, and clearly deserves a separate substantive and long conversation. It does not matter at all whether we are talking about a public or private educational institution - a specific atmosphere and comfort will be available from the very first days of your stay here.
Some campuses, in addition to the convenience and comfort of accommodation, offer excellent opportunities for recreation and creativity. Others are monuments of history and architecture.
Many foreign students choose this method and, most often, do not lose. Statistics and recent studies of the American Educational Council agree that students living on campus are more successful (performance is higher by 15-20%) both in studies and in scientific activities.
What does a campus dormitory look like?
The hostel resembles our domestic one – in the sense that it is a building with countless rooms designed for one or more people. In the case of co-location, we are talking about people of the same sex. The facilities are located on the floor, but there are often cases when each room is equipped with a separate bathroom or even a bath. All this forms the initial cost of living on campus.
Information about available accommodation options is usually sent by email or paper letter after the invitation. If the letter did not come, but there was an invitation, you should independently contact the educational institution and do it as soon as possible: there are always more people who want to get a room than there are free beds.
Benefits of Campus Life
Living on campus is convenient both in terms of study and science, and in terms of socialization. There are a few pros, including:
Residents on campus can wake up half an hour before the couple, look into the shower and slowly walk to the classroom, drinking coffee from a cardboard cup. And this is not to mention the fact that there will be libraries and clubs nearby, a variety of joys of a student's life, as well as other infrastructure such as sports halls, a stadium, a laundry room and the like. It is easy to guess that in this case it will not be difficult to concentrate on the educational process and avoid long and exhausting trips, as well as extraordinary expenses.
- Active student life
The campus at the institute serves as the epicenter of most events in the life of the university. There are holidays and master classes, thematic classes and all kinds of events that will help the neophyte to immerse himself in his new life, find friends and bring friendly relations with teachers.
In addition, living in the residence, most often you are the first to learn about current events and get up-to-date information first-hand.
- Real-time support
A student living on campus, who is faced with the difficulties of everyday life or the need for support, will receive it much faster here. And in general: the chances of support from the university and its services or even older students, many of whom faced the same problems and difficulties in the course of their studies, are much greater than those of a person living in a rented apartment or in a room.
- Comfortable existence
At first, it seems that life in rented housing is cheaper, but this is not so, because you will have to pay for rent, make a deposit, payments for communal services, insurance, buy furniture and household appliances. And all this on your own, fiddling with delivery and calculating taxes and loan payments.
In the residence, everything is simpler: know to pay yourself, because your comfort is in the area of responsibility of the administration of the educational campus.
It is not a fact that it will be, but living on campus as such is usually accompanied by a neighborhood with a variety of restaurants and cafeterias, and for the most part - inexpensive (although in recent years author's coffee shops and eateries with synthetic beef on the menu have become increasingly common, in general - all sorts of options for vegans and activists). But many educational institutions also offer programs with prepaid breakfasts and other meals, both individually and comprehensively. Many university campuses offer to replenish the account in advance, after which all write-offs will be from there. This option is especially popular for freshmen and their concerned parents.
Of course, all campuses are perfectly guarded, and the entrance to the territory is possible only with a pass, student or guest card.
Disadvantages of Life on Campus
There are, however, disadvantages, some of which may not be to the taste of the applicant and determine his negative decision on the issue of living on the student campus. If this is relevant for you, try to consult with friends who are already undergoing studying.
- Limited personal space
People sometimes need a modicum of loneliness and personal space. A place that belongs only to them, where you can bury yourself in the foliage at the roots of the tree and look from there with longing and pain at the futility of the world. But there is no such place on campus, and students share their personal space with a few other comrades. There are always crowds of people around, and for an introvert who avoids noisy parties and mass gatherings, this can be very difficult.
- Dependency on rules
Despite the fact that life on campus is quite comfortable and convenient, there is a place for rules in it. There is a curfew, when you can no longer get inside, and a special schedule, which to independent people may seem like an excessive payment for convenience and comfort.
People who live on their own, without the help of the administration of the educational institution, face an endless number of additional payments related to utility issues and other problems. But they are responsible for themselves.
- Higher cost
The cost of living on campus is determined by the administration of the higher education institution and is not negotiable, while outside the student can find something more economical, talk to the landlord and transfer the payment.
- Student Vacuum
Many students argue that the density and richness of life inside the campus makes a person completely forget about the reality outside of it - in an ordinary city, which completely deprives prospects and serves as an obstacle to socialization.