Dorm Vs Apartment: Which One Do You Choose?

Your child is moving away for college and you’re faced with the decision of choosing between a dorm and an apartment. Although most colleges and universities require freshmen students to stay in university hosted dormitories and residence halls, higher level college students or those who are aged 21 and above may actually choose between living in a dormitory or an apartment.

Here are some advantages and disadvantages between the two:

Advantages of Living in the Dorm

  • Proximity to school. Dormitories or residence halls are often located within the campus, or at least very near the campus. Access to classes and school facilities is faster and more convenient.
  • Parents and guardians will be able to easily monitor their kids’ schedule and activities.
  • Since dormitories are located inside campus, the academic feel will always be there which may lead students to become more inspired with their studies.
  • No need to worry about monthly bills for utilities, dorm fees and charges, including meals are charged to university tuition fees. Student loans may even be applicable in some instances.
  • Less transportation expenses, less travel time which gives students more time to study.

Disadvantages of Living in the Dorm

  • Dormitory or residence hall fees can be more expensive.
  • Privacy is hard to get by as you will always be around fellow dorm mates.
  • Routine checks are implemented with corresponding rules and regulations that must be followed at all times.
  • Schedule will not be as flexible as that of having your own place.
  • You will have to share rooms and bathroom facilities with other dorm mates.
  • Dorm activities may distract some students making it a bit harder for them to focus on studies.

Advantages of Living in an Apartment

  • There’s more freedom to choose which apartment space will be most suitable.
  • Living an apartment also entitles you to choose the people that you want to share your space with.
  • Flexibility in schedule. You get to decide for your own daily schedule, when to take meals, when to leave or return home.
  • You get to plan and choose your meals.
  • Renting an apartment would often cost less.
  • You can avail of various utility services such as internet connection, cable, and landline.
  • Apartment living can be quieter. There will be lesser things happening around that can distract which leaves you more time to focus on your studies.

Disadvantages of Living in an Apartment

  • Parents and guardian may find it more difficult to monitor activities of their kids.
  • Students will be the ones responsible to clean their own living spaces, shop for groceries and supplies, and cook their meals.
  • There will be several monthly recurring bills to deal with, which includes not only the rent but also bills for utilities like power, water, cable, internet, and phone.
  • Since apartments will not be located within campus, issues on safety and security will also be a concern. It is best to choose an apartment unit that is located inside a nice, quiet, and safe neighborhood.

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3 Comments

  1. Comment by Frankie on September 7, 2012 8:44 pm

    During my college years, I chose to stay at a dorm simply for the fact that I’d be around people of my own age… whereas in an apartment, I could be surrounded by people of all ages… that’s all good and everything, but I wanted to party a lot and makes tons of friends my own age with my interests :).

  2. Comment by Brittany Waters on September 16, 2012 9:42 am

    Yeah, I definitely prefer my privacy and the fact that I get my own bathroom instead of sharing bathrooms. Plus apartments in my area are a lot cheaper than dorms.

  3. Comment by Iona Smith on September 26, 2012 6:19 pm

    My grand daughter lives in a dorm since it’s located right on campus. Otherwise she would have to pay for a car and gas to travel to school, or public transportation which adds up over the months.

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