Here, we’ll take a look at some of the top reasons why many University of Arizona students choose off-campus apartments over dorm living.
1. Get everything you need from campus – with the space you want to get away from it all.
You love being on campus, but sometimes, it can be nice to get away from it all. When you have an off-campus apartment, you get a chance to do your own thing and develop your interests. In many cases, you’ll have more space than you would on-campus, giving you the opportunity to stretch out and relax. This can allow you to personalize your room and common areas in a way that makes your apartment feel more like home than a cramped dorm.
2. Choose a neighborhood like Sam Hughes, Rincon Heights, or West University to get the near-campus convenience while still experiencing increased independence.
One of the benefits of living off-campus is getting to know people in your neighborhood who aren’t your classmates. You’ll live among families and professionals who are living post-college life. This can help you get a better sense of what it will feel like to be on your own after wrapping up your college career.
3. One of the significant benefits of living off-campus: forget about sharing your bathroom with a crowd.
If you’ve lived in a dorm before, you know how painful it can be to share a bathroom with an entire dorm floor full of other students. When you live in an apartment, you get to share your bathroom with a handful of roommates — or, if you’re lucky, you get a bathroom all to yourself. Off-campus, you get more privacy than you’d have on-campus.
4. When you live off-campus, you make the rules.
When you live on-campus, you don’t get much say in your living situation. Your roommate is (usually) chosen for you, your building is selected for you, and you don’t get a say about the rules you need to follow in your dorm. When you live off-campus, you make the rules. You can have visitors when you want, come and go as you please.
5. Enjoy perks that you wouldn’t get on-campus.
Living on-campus is like a step up from living at home. When you decide to live off-campus, you get to choose how to create your own home. When choosing an apartment building, you decide what’s important to you. If you want a facility that offers a pool for you and your friends to hang out in your downtime, or if you want a building that’s pet-friendly so you can finally get the dog or cat you’ve always wanted, you’ll be able to find a structure that can accommodate your needs.