Student Village Academy Forums HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY ASPIRANTS Pros and cons of living off-campus.

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      Shekinah Brama

       A campus is a university’s physical space, which includes its surroundings and buildings. It comprises the buildings, structures, spaces, and even the dorms and lecturer’s apartments if they have the necessary facilities.

       The university provides housing for its students who choose to live on campus. Because courses and other administrative buildings are close by and are more difficult for students who live off campus to access, this is typically done to make the students’ lives more comfortable.

      Particularly for private colleges and universities, this is true. The majority of private universities, if not all of them, require their students to live on campus and pay hostel fees in addition to their tuition fees. However, given the competition for government-owned universities, it would be impossible, and possibly even suicide to require students to live on campus.

        However, living off campus essentially means living outside of the campus. It could be close by or far away, depending on the person’s preferences.


      1. Independence: Living off campus provides a sense of independence and freedom. It also means no more curfews or dorm rules; you can do what you want, when you want, and with whom you want, unlike in hostels where your actions and how you conduct yourself are restricted.        
      2. Privacy: It is uncommon for school hostels to provide lodging for students who choose to live alone. Most of the time, two or more individuals would be necessary to dwell in a room. Your privacy is jeopardized in this situation. Staying off campus allows you to choose whether or not to live alone, assuming you can afford it.
      3. Choosing roommates: You do not get to choose your roommates in school hostels; they are chosen for you by the school administrators. Problems may emerge if the roommates are incompatible and do not get along. Living off campus provides you the freedom to choose who will be your roommate and who will not.
      4. Work: Students who study and work would struggle in hostels. This is due to the fact that the job may demand you to work unusual hours and complete work tasks in a quiet and calm environment devoid of disturbance. Living off campus allows you to rest and unwind without having to deal with roommates and noise.
      5. Bathrooms and toilets: Sharing toilets and bathrooms is mandatory in school hostels. Not everyone is comfortable with this because it allows for toilet infections if they are not neat. Living off campus provides you with enough privacy to use bathrooms that are exclusively yours or at least shared by a few people.
      6. Easier for studying: Staying off campus allows you to study in a quiet setting devoid of noise and other distractions.



      1. Lower living expenses: The cost of living for students who live on campus is quite inexpensive. Everything is less expensive than living off campus, from food to internet (free Wi-Fi implies little to no internet fees), water, and housing. You will not have to pay any electricity, security, or water bills.
      2. Availability of resources: Resources such as libraries, computer rooms, Wi-Fi (which can be used to download movies and apps to benefit students), and other centers available to help students study life easier and better are mostly located on campus. Students living on campus have easier access to them than students living off campus, who would most likely find it inconvenient.
      3. Security: The university provides security for the dorms and other nearby structures. Living in a hostel protects you against armed robberies and bloodthirsty crooks hunting for victims. Most dorms have a checklist for students arriving and exiting. Even the security guards who patrol the dormitories are usually armed, especially at night, to keep hoodlums from harming the students.
      4. Missing out on the absolute school experience: Without actually residing on campus, it is impossible to really experience academic life. activities such as electoral campaigning for students (which would require going room by room to campaign, as the politician or the student to who the campaign is being made, the adrenaline rush, the excitement and screams of students to show their approval or disapproval of the particular candidate.) Only a student who lives at the school can participate in activities like bonfires, Suya nights, students week, which aims to let students express themselves and display creativity, late-night plays, gists, and a lot more.
      5. The proximity of the classes: One of the most distinguishing features of university education is the fixed classes at various departments, which are the product of borrowed courses and, of course, faculty courses. Together with the early classes, which might begin as early as seven a.m. Living on campus puts you closer to lecture halls and alleviates the burden of having to get up early in the morning to catch early buses to school in order to catch lectures.


      In conclusion, deciding whether to live off campus or on campus is a critical decision that must be made after weighing the pros and cons.

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