Privacy or a more social atmosphere? A private bathroom or one shared with suitemates or even an entire hall? A monthly utility bill or cold showers? A meal plan or microwavable dinners?
The list is endless.
Certainly, the pros and cons are evenly matched for on-campus and off-campus living. Like fitting a piece into a puzzle, a student's personality must fit his or her living arrangements. And for some students, the social atmosphere that comes with living in a residence hall is a perfect fit.
A freshman in Morrison Residence Hall, Sarah Dougherty enjoys the noisy atmosphere of the South Campus residence hall, where she is able to hang out with friends, or make new ones.
"A dorm is also a good place to stay if you're not ready to be totally on your own," she said.
Rob Manuel has lived the residence hall life for four years. Now on North Campus, he fondly looks back on his days as a freshman in Hinton James Residence Hall. He became close friends with all of his suitemates. On weekends, or even weekdays, he never had to walk far to find a party.
As a senior and a regular at Student Television headquarters in the Student Union, Manuel enjoys life in a North Campus residence hall, where he can walk a short distance to STV and return to a quiet hall late at night.
Will Arey, a freshman living in Craige Residence Hall, appreciates the community atmosphere of residence hall life but recalls a night when the idea of "community" got a little out of hand.
He woke up at 4 a.m. to find the lights on and a girl he had never seen before dripping with mud and standing at the foot of his bed. She told him to go back to sleep, that she only needed to use the phone. Then she lay down in the middle of his room and went to sleep. He asked her to leave and found out later that she had made visits to many other residence hall rooms all over South Campus.