On vs. Off-Campus: The Fight Between Having Fun and Spending Time Alone

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By Ola Elshaar | oelshaar@radford.edu

As a student who lives off-campus, I’m not going to lie and claim that I’m living my best life and pretend that I’m better off this way. In fact, sometimes I feel quite often isolated from living the fun-campus-life.

I come to school, attend all my classes, and then drive back home either to work or home to study. I’m telling you, if it weren’t for all those emails from the Student Government Association (SGA) and other organizations on campus about events and activities, I wouldn’t survive in Radford.

Living Off-Campus

David Smith, a sophomore at Radford University who lives off campus, said, “Living off-campus can be very hard, like when I come in the morning and accidentally listen to everybody talking about what happened last time on campus.” Smith continued, “Especially if it was a party, and everyone is like, oh it was lit and all the funny stuff they did, I feel so left [out].”

I can relate to that feeling to some extent.

If you did not strive to be involved on campus and exerted no effort to fit in, your college years might not be the best four years of your life.

Living off-campus can be an advantage in terms of having an apartment, you don’t have to deal with all the drama of doing the dishes, cleaning up, or fighting over the bathroom. It’s also good for a quiet place to study in peace without being distracted by your roommates or other students in the hallway. However, living on-campus still can be the best choice for some people.

Living On-Campus

Stephanie Russel, a junior at Radford University who lives on campus, said, “Well, being away from home and leaving your family for that long time, is already rough, I think living on-campus makes it kind of easier, making friends and going to your 8 a.m. class in sweat pants has never been so easy,”

I understand why most students prefer living on-campus.

For one, students who are not from this area didn’t make it to Radford, VA to segregate themselves from their peers. At the end of the day, they don’t want to miss the chance of making friends, enjoying college life, and being involved. It’s also one of the many ways to ease up homesickness.

The Cons

On the contrary, living off-campus can be somewhat annoying, getting up a couple of hours early for your 8 a.m. class could be real torture, I’ve done it before, mainly staying up late to catch up on assignments or to study for an exam. Not to mention the struggle to find a parking spot in the only three commuter parking lots.

Ashley Weisman, a junior at Radford University who lives off-campus, said,” I’m a private person, and sometimes I just need my space. I don’t think I would be very comfortable to live in a dormitory with a roommate who is a stranger to me; I just didn’t want to overthink it.”

Eventually, it’s your choice.

You are the one who decides which way you would like to live your college life, the fun life or the quiet, peaceful one. Remember, there is never the best choice. Whatever you go with, there are always advantages and disadvantages.

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