Students at universities often have a choice of places to live. They may choose to live in university dormitories, or they may choose to live in apartments in the community. Compare the advantages of living in university housing with the advantages of living in an apartment in the community. Where would you prefer to live? Give reasons for your preference.
A lot of students go to universities which are far away from their homes, especially when study abroad and thus living can really be a problem. The decision as to whether to live on campus or off campus always bothers a lot of students. Though living off campus can offer you more freedom, on-campus life will benefit you not only in keeping to the time schedule, but also socially.
Living in an apartment does bring you some freedom. You do not need to go back to your apartment before the deadline, while living in school can sometimes prevent you entering the dormitory buildings in you are late returning. For example, some building regulation says: doors will be closed AT eleven o’clock every night.
Though not as free as living off campus, on campus life is much more interesting.
When you stay in a dormitory, you may have room-mates from all over the world, exchanging your cultures, food and even traditional clothes, which can be amazing. Also, at the same time, you are making friends with them, and chances are that you may be asked to their country for a free holiday.
Another obvious advantage that the dormitory offers is it brings you closer to your school.
Since you live on campus, you may not need to get up as early as those who live further away from the school. Besides, it can save you money, like the cost of petrol and oil. Also since the supervisor is usually positioned on the first floor of the dormitory, your safety is assured.
The most significant merit is that when you choose to live in the school, all you have to do is to go to the students’ office, make an application and fill in some forms, which usually ask you some questions, like which type of apartment would you prefer, how many room-mates do you want to share the room with you, etc. But when you have to lease a flat outside, a contract is something you have to consider.
Since you are usually not very familiar with, or you know very little about that, you may hire a room at a much higher price than normal or may even be cheated by others. The risk of hiring a room outside is definitely higher than that of applying for a dorm in the school.
Despite not being as free as living off campus, on- campus life really benefits a lot from making friends to avoiding the legal issues. From what on-campus life has shown you, choosing to live in a university dormitory can be the wiser choice.
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