At the beginning of September 2017, I moved from the dorms into a tiny apartment at the edge of campus. Although I had already lived in an apartment for the summer, this was and is going to be my first experience with renting long-term. I thought I had all the knacks down, but boy, was I in for a surprise.
First off, there was a lot more moving to be done because half my stuff was in campus storage for the summer and I had to move that in addition to everything that I had already moved to the temporary place. Then, I ordered all new furniture because the apartment was literally bare. I assembled all the furniture myself and changed a broken lightbulb in the bathroom. If that’s not learning how to adult, then I don’t know what is. Another knack that I had to figure out with the new place was calling to set up an electricity account as well as wifi, which took about a week to complete. I also remember rushing to Target every day for a week to buy essentials for the place before it was ready to be lived in. However, although the process took much longer than I thought it would, I was thoroughly relieved when I finally spent my first night in my very own furnished apartment.
Even though moving in was stressful, I quickly learned to enjoy the perks of living off-campus. There’s no RA to check my room at any given moment, the room (and bed) is bigger, and if I (hopefully!) have an understanding roommate, overnight guests are tolerated to a certain degree because we each have our own bedroom, hence more privacy. One giant perk is that I don’t have to share a bathroom with five other people, so getting ready in the morning isn’t a huge game of bathroom wars. I also spend my money more wisely now that I have to pay for my own groceries and other living expenses on top of rent.
In conclusion, I think that living off-campus is definitely something that every college student should experience (if it’s affordable). There’s something about living by yourself (and with roommates in separate bedrooms) that helps you realize sooner who you really are and what you hope to accomplish later in life. For those of you wanting to get a taste of adult life before you’re forced to be an adult after graduation, living off-campus is the way to go!