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Some of the Best Reasons to Live On-Campus

Posted on 7/12/2019 9:15:03 PM by Abigail Scardelletti

As someone who has lived on a college campus for almost four years now, I can tell you there are a lot of ups and downs with living on one, but all-in-all it is a great experience and well worth it in many ways. 

In the beginning, living on campus may be one of the scariest experiences, but typically winds up being one of the best experiences you can have as a college student. Your friends are next door, down the hall, or in the next building. Your commute to class is short - AKA five minutes or less - and you can find something to do at all hours of the day with on-campus activities or late night shenanigans with roommates. 

As I said, your friends are right next door or maybe even in the same room as you (many students become best friends with their roommate)! So you can constantly hang out, help each other with homework, get to truly know each other, and more. When you want to make a Wawa run or need someone to eat dinner with you just walk 20 or so steps and you have your dinner partner. Having all your friends so close is not a frequent occurrence, so take advantage of it while you can; because once you graduate everyone will be all over the map. Literally. 

Living on campus takes out a lot of commuting time for classes and potentially a job you may hold in college. If you go to a small school like Cabrini, you can sleep in and still make it to your class on time. It takes about 5 minutes or less to walk to any of Cabrini‚Äôs academic buildings so if you value sleep or want to grab food and/or coffee before class, go for it! 

Having a job in college is made easier, especially if the job is on campus. Going to your shifts for an on-campus job is also a short commute on foot. Or if the job is off-campus but close, it can be easy to get to as well. A lot of students at Cabrini work at Wawa or the King of Prussia Mall and the Cabrini Shuttle does a good job helping those students get to and from work on time (for free). If the shuttle does not line up or cannot help with your commute, ride-sharing via apps like Uber or Lyft are also fairly convenient. 

Living on-campus also allows you to be a part of a community that you do not usually get to be around. It allows you to connect with people from around the country. You can find people who are from New York, Texas, Colorado, New Jersey, or close-by from Philadelphia. Mixing the different life experiences into one residence hall allows you to grow outside the classroom and find perspectives you may not have been able to learn from if you continued to live at home. 

Being on campus also allows you to be able to attend on-campus events more easily. Instead of having to time when to leave, search around for parking, or figuring out how to get there if you do not have a car, you can walk to the event right before it starts and leave after it finishes without worrying about the commute home. 

Overall, living on campus can seem daunting, given how expensive it can be or it being the first time you are living away from home with a roommate, but it is worth it, as it allows you to grow into the adult and person you want to be.