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Deciding Where to Live

UNC students reading book and working on assignments from their residence hall.

May 16, 2018

Are you deciding where you are going to live while attending college? We have listed the benefits of living on campus and at home below: 

Living on Campus Living at Home 

Student activities galore: If you are a social butterfly, you’ll love all the student activities available to participate in easily. You’ll be notified in various ways of how to get involved.

Mine, all mine: You’ll have your own room, one that you are already comfortable living in. No roommate conflicts, quiet study time when needed, and the support of your family environment.

You’re on your own: Experiencing living on your own is a big learning experience. You’ll learn to budget your own money, manage your time, and gain independence. You will meet new people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Home-cooked meals: This can be a big bonus for living at home, home-cooked meals. Although if you still want to experience the energy and dining hall meals prepared by our award-winning chefs, then you can still do that by purchasing an Off-Campus Bear Plan.

Convenience: Go ahead and hit the snooze button at least one more time. You live right on campus which means you are minutes away from class, dining halls, and campus activities.

Big savings: Living at home can save you a lot of money! This is probably the biggest benefit, especially when discussing your college financial situation.

If you decide that you are going to live at home for college instead of on-campus, here are some tips:

  • Set ground rules with your parents. It’s important to discuss what you and your parents expect while you are living at home while attending college. Is there a curfew? What should be communicated, so your parents are providing you the space you need while easing their minds of being a parent.
  • Understand that you attending college is a big mental shift for your parents. Sometimes it takes parents a little longer to understand that their student is an adult.
  • Get involved on campus. If you choose to live off campus, be sure to stay involved on campus as much as possible. Check out the University Calendar for Events, social outings, join a club, study group, etc.
  • Introduce yourself to others in your class and form study groups. This is a great way to stay connected and meet new people from different backgrounds and experiences.