Dorm or Apartment?
September 22, 2017
If you’re about to head off to college for the very first time, you may be wondering if you’ll have a better experience living in the dorm versus living in apartments near UC Davis. Some students will absolutely thrive in a dorm setting and feel their college experience is much better living with other like-minded peers in a community setting such as this. Others will thrive better if they are capable of living off campus because they are more independent, more ready to live on their own, and other reasons that we’ll share below.
At the end of the day, answering the question of whether or not it’s better to live in a dorm or an apartment is very personal to everyone. We’ll do our best to share reasons why you may prefer to live in a dorm as opposed to an apartment and vice versa, but ultimately you have to decide which is best to meet your needs.
With that said, we’ll now take a look at both sides of the coin and tell you why it’s good to live in a dorm or why it might be better to live in an apartment. Then you can ultimately decide which choice seems best based on your specific needs.
Living the Dorm Life: Is It Worth It?
Living life in a dormitory with other students can be very exciting. For many young people, this is their first real chance at freedom from their parents and they are excited about the prospect of living somewhere other than under their roof. So many youngsters are ready to make this change and they are ready to do so as quickly as possible. And living in a dorm certainly has its perks because many of the responsibilities of being an adult still do not fall on the young person’s shoulders yet they get to taste freedom for the very first time.
The benefits of dorm life are certainly numerous. For starters, when you live in a dorm you do not have to pay for utilities. All of this is included when you are given a dorm room as you begin each new semester. So you do not have to worry about paying for electricity, water, cable, telephone, or Internet. All of this is already free – or technically paid for with your tuition – when you live in a dorm, so these additional expenses that many living in an apartment have to pay for are never going to fall on your shoulders while living in the dormitory.
In some cases, you may have to pay a small connection fee to get Internet or cable installed in your dorm room, but it’s a drop in the bucket and definitely better than having to pay a monthly expense for cable or Internet.
Second, many people appreciate living in the dorms because it helps them enhance their social life almost immediately. You’re going to meet college students as you live with them and go to class with them, so it becomes a lot easier to make friends and meet new people. Plus there’s plenty of great campus activities going on right near the dorm that you can get involved in. So meeting new people and establishing a social life while living in dorm rooms is definitely a lot simpler.
Third, when you live in a dorm you are responsible for fewer chores. As an example, you can get a meal plan and have every one of your meals cooked for you at school. So you do not have to spend time preparing and cooking meals every day since it’s already taken care of for you. And since you’re eating at the school cafeteria, you also get to avoid doing dishes. So these are some of the perks that every person living in a dorm gets to experience.
In conclusion, living in a dorm is great because the utilities are included, it’s easy to establish a new social life and make friends, there’s less chores, and free amenities.
Living the Apartment Life: Is It Worth It?
If you’re ready to live the apartment life, you’re ready to take the bull by the horns and start your life as an adult a lot faster than those who are willing to stay in a dorm. The obvious reasons to avoid this is the added responsibility, but there are definitely many perks to living on your own or with roommates in an apartment.
To kick things off, we first have to mention the privacy that comes with living in your own apartment. You do not have to worry about your dorm roommate barging in while you’re studying or possibly experiencing an intimate moment with someone else. In your private bedroom, you can get dressed when you want without worrying about people walking in at any time. Having privacy is definitely a huge perk to apartment living.
There’s fewer rules as well when you live in an apartment. Living in a dorm may mean you have a curfew and strict codes of conduct that you need to adhere to. When you live in your apartment, you make the rules, you develop the codes of conduct or not, and you ultimately take responsibility for your life.
Third, you can entertain guests at your leisure. In the dorm, if you want somebody to visit you have to ask permission from your RA. In your apartment, you may need to notify your housemates but ultimately you can have anyone you want visit at any time.
Finally, this may come as a shock but food is cheaper when living in an apartment. If you grocery shop and prepare your own meals, you’ll save more money than eating fast food or cafeteria food at school.
Now that we’ve laid it all out for you, you have to decide whether dorm living is the best choice or if you feel you’re ready to take on the responsibility of having your own apartment. Both options definitely have their perks, so you have to figure out the level of responsibility you’re willing to handle and choose wisely from there.