Living on campus is great when you first go to college. It is a great way to meet a lot of new people, get really familiar with your surroundings, and getting to and from class is a breeze. However, as you enter into your sophomore and junior years, you may start to want to get away from the cramped-up dorm life and experience what really living like an adult is like. Moving from a campus dorm into your own apartment is a big change in many great ways! Here are just a few of those reasons:
Many apartments offer a variety of cool amenities that you would have to travel to or pay for otherwise if you were living in a dorm. Many apartments have a pool, tanning beds, basketball and tennis courts, recreation rooms and so much more that are all just a few feet away from your apartment and available to you at almost all times.
Come and Go as You Please on Holidays
For many residence halls, it is mandatory for you to leave your dorm room during the holidays to go home (with only some dorms having exceptions if you are a foreign exchange student). This can be a hassle for out-of-state students who are getting kicked out of their dorms for shorter holidays or breaks and don’t want to spend the money on expensive plane tickets for a short 4 or 5 day weekend. In your own apartment, you can choose when you want to go home, no RA to tell you when you have to leave.
Freedom from RA’s
Speaking of RA’s (resident assistants for those of you who may have never lived on campus) living in your own place allows you freedom from their rules. Many RA’s can be strict and can write you up for being just a bit too loud. They often go door to door to invite you to social events that would be great if you were a freshman who was seeking to meet new people in a new environment, but not for you, a junior who just wants to get their 15 page paper done.
More Space, More Privacy
Now for the obvious. The biggest benefit of living off campus is the fact that you have a lot of space and your privacy. No roommates going through your stuff, no awkward shuffles with your floor mates coming to and from the kitchen, and the very best… your own bathroom.
Go ahead and start looking for your apartment now and remember, The Gainesville Apartment and Condominium Guide is just the tool you will need to find the apartment that will be just right for you in Gainesville, Florida. They have a printed edition as well as an online version to help you research all of the options and make the perfection fit just for you. They have the largest database of Gainesville Apartments and have listed all of the available amenities, polices, lease terms, and rental rates to make your search as easy as possible.