Live on campus or live at home?
I go to the University of Minnesota. The campus is about 15 minutes away from my parent’s house. I am trying to figure out what I should arrange for my living situation for next year. I currently have a place reserved in a 4 person/4 bedroom apartment on campus. The price of that is $7,073 for the year not including food. Living on campus would give me the opportunity to be centrally located and possibly meet people. The downsides are, I tend to feel kind of stranded when living in that type of situation because a reserved parking spot would be quite expensive and is basically out of the question. Also, the apartment would be quite a ways from my job and without having my car with me I would constantly have to travel home on the bus to get my car making it impossible to work on the week nights. Another downside is that living on campus makes it hard to see my long time boyfriend and has become a slight strain on our relationship. I could live at home with my parents saving them a lot of money since they are paying for my schooling. To get to school I could drive my car to a nearby park and ride and take the campus bus to the school for free. I would basically be living at home for free other than possibly some of my own money that i may need to spend on food and gas. The downsides are I would basically be cutting all possible avenues for meeting new people and I tend to be very unproductive when at home.
I can’t decide which would be a better choice. Personally, the social aspect almost outways the financial aspect because even this year I have not made too many social ties.
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