As April approached during my sophomore year of college, my roommate and I didn’t have a place to live for the upcoming school year. Our original plans fell through and we didn’t apply for on campus housing, but we were largely unconcerned.
I remember sitting in Open Eye and joking about living at home and commuting, or just sleeping on a friend’s couch.
You don’t want to be in that situation. It’s stressful and requires a lot of luck to get out of it.
Housing is incredibly important to being a student. It can alter your budget, make it more difficult to attend class and affect your GPA/overall happiness. We’re in college, no housing is going to luxurious — unless you’re able to shell out the cash for one of the fancy places on Rosemary or Franklin. That said, being proactive will ensure you don’t end up sitting in a coffee shop using humor to distract from the fact you don’t have a place to stay next semester.
I prefer off-campus housing, even though it does have some complications. The good part is that it creates a separation between school and home. You’re surrounded by more of your stuff, you have more privacy, it can be cheaper (not always though, so do your research) and you’re well removed from the hustle and bustle of school. I live in a house too, so as an introvert, it’s nice not having to interact with people in the hall.