Commuting Versus Living On-Campus

Elena Sorrentino   Editor-in-Chief

There isn’t any doubt that compared to many schools, Eastern’s residence halls are exponentially better. They are well maintained and conveniently located. Many of the upperclassmen dorms have singles, so that students can share rooms with their friends while  still having their own bedrooms for privacy. Additionally, due to the fact that many of these dorms are apartment-style, they typically have kitchens. This saves students a trip to Hurley Hall. One of my friends, who goes to college elsewhere, was in a triple room as a third-year student. This shocked me since triple rooms are rare at Eastern, especially for upperclassmen. Outside of the setup of the rooms, the environment that housing creates also strives to be community driven and dynamic. There are events for residents almost every night of the week, and resident assistants are always available for any problems that arise.

That being said, although I thoroughly enjoyed my time on campus at Eastern, my roommate and I decided to move off campus for our senior year. This decision was impacted by a variety of motivations, but mostly because we wanted to experience the freedom of living on our own without quiet hours or mandatory housing meetings. The process was stressful, but not as hard as I had imagined it might be. Personally, I feel as though having moved off campus will help me once we graduate as it has given us many real life experiences that we wouldn’t have obtained living on campus.

“I’m glad to be gaining insight on the real world before I am thrust into it.”

Firstly, we had to go through the process of looking at apartments. Starting in almost December, we were going online and looking for places that matched our needs. We would get excited about one, only to never hear back from the landlord. Once we had an apartment, we had to set up electricity, Wi-Fi, and gas. Scheduling appointments and paying bills on a monthly basis is much different than when everything is just available through housing. However, once it was all set up, it wasn’t difficult at all. It’s given me an idea of what is going to happen in my future, and to be honest that just gives me one less thing to dread in light of upcoming graduation. So, while I miss the structure of Eastern’s housing, I’m glad to be gaining insight into the real world before I am thrust into it.

I will say it’s a weird feeling that driving by one of the coveted five spots between High Rise and Nutmeg doesn’t even matter because you can’t park there anyways. Other than that, moving off campus isn’t all that different. Although, it is helpful if you want pizza delivered right to your door, but don’t want to live in Low Rise.

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