Do you remember what it was like to live in a college dormitory? Prior to starting college, I thought college dormitories would be crowded, crowded, dirty, and just awful for anyone living there. You can imagine how I felt when I learned that the first year of my studies would require me to live in a dormitory.
After staying in a dorm for a year, I found out the hard way how wrong I was about it! If you have the opportunity, I encourage every college student to spend a year or two living in a dormitory. Is there any doubt in your mind? See how worthwhile living in a college dorm can be by looking at these five benefits!
1. You can easily make friends. When you’re new on a college campus, making friends can be overwhelming and challenging. Living in a college dorm will come in handy in those situations! Communication is easier when you’re in close proximity to a group of people. Living in the same building makes it easier to get to know one another because you see one another every morning and every evening. It was a College Dorm Party where I made my closest friends in college, and I know many other students felt the same way.
2. Classes are close to your home. When you live somewhere else, you’d have to get up early to make it to an 8am class on campus. Then there’d be traffic, parking problems, and plenty more to consider. Living on campus will not pose any problems for you. You will be able to walk to your class easily after getting ready. While I lived on and off campus while attending college, dorm life was a lifesaver when it came to early morning classes.
3. Feel free and independent. You will have to take care of yourself when you live in a college dormitory, as no one will look after you. If you lived at home, your parents or family may have handled your meals, laundry, cleaning, and other chores. You may end up living in a dorm with a roommate who defines ‘clean’ differently than you do, but that actually prepares you well for life in the real world, where you’ll be forced to compromise with friends, roommates, partners, and others you may end up living with.
4. Make the most of your college experience. Living in a campus dormitory puts you right in the middle of all the exciting college activities. There are clubs that organise get-togethers, students who throw parties, and academic organisations that organise activities. You are right in the middle of all the action when you live in a college dorm. You won’t have to worry about taking a long route home after a party, and you won’t have to waste an hour on your commute after a networking event. You will be able to get the most out of your college experience by living in a dorm.
5. Live in furnished housing. When you move into your own apartment, it can be hard (and expensive) to deal with the furniture. Bed, desk, couch, and chair are just a few of the things you’ll need, and they’ll add up quickly. Each time you move, including the relocation process, you also have to deal with all those things.
Students living in a dorm can take advantage of this, since they have everything they need in the dorm. Living in student housing as a college student is one of the biggest benefits you will experience.
Living in a dorm isn’t perfect, don’t misunderstand me. Despite all the disadvantages associated with living in a dormitory, you reap many benefits from it. Do you suggest living in a dormitory whenever possible? Let us know what you think in the comments!