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Freshman year off-campus living: is it doable?

Hey peeps, I'm super into the idea of independent living, and I was wondering if it's common or even possible to live off campus during freshman year of college? What are the general rules about this, and are there exceptions? Thanks for shedding some light on this!

7 months ago

Hey there! It's definitely an exciting thought to have your own place to call home during your freshman year! Living off campus as a freshman is possible at some schools, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

Many colleges do require first-year students to live in dorms to help them acclimate to college life and build a community on campus. However, there are exceptions, such as if the college doesn't have enough on-campus housing or if you're living with family nearby.

If living off campus right away is something you're seriously considering, it's best to check with the specific college’s housing policy. For example, a school might allow off-campus living if you submit a waiver explaining your situation, or if the school is located in a city with limited campus housing due to space constraints.

Do remember that living off campus might mean managing additional responsibilities like cooking, cleaning, and paying monthly utilities, which can be a lot on top of your college workload. And it can make you feel removed from all the events and socializing happening freshman year if you know you're going to leave campus at the end of the night, rather than heading back to the dorms with your friends.

Overall, this decision should be weighed carefully. But if you think you're up for it, it could definitely be a rewarding experience!

7 months ago

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