Living on campus offers a lot of convenience and good opportunities to make
friends. You will be nearer the university facilities, libraries, activity
centers, computer equipment, sports and
recreation facilities, cafeterias, and your classes. On-campus housing also is often
expensive than off-campus options. Another advantage is that you will not need a car to commute
down side of living on campus is that you lose privacy. At some schools they may
even house men and women together, though usually on separate floors. Be sure you
understand the arrangements before you commit yourself to any living
The typical dorm is more than just a place to
sleep. Your dorm may offer quiet
areas for study or even a computer lab. It may also offer recreation areas and
rooms for social activities. Your room can be anything from a single room, too a
double room that you share with a roommate, to a large room that holds 24 students who may share a bathroom and living room.
Another option is on-campus apartments. While these apartments are usually
reserved for graduate or married students you can sometimes secure one as an
undergraduate. These apartments are great options because they allow you to
share the rent with a roommate and cook your own food.
Once you're enrolled in an institution, their
admissions department or international student office will usually send you a "pre-departure orientation"
packet. The packet will include information on accommodations options.
Some schools also offer special arrangements such as: foreign-language
houses, international living centers, or quarters for people sharing a
particular interest such as engineering or agriculture.
On-campus accommodations also offer close proximity to the cafeteria and other
eating establishments. You will usually have several meal plans to choose
from which will allow you to eat the school's dining halls, cafeterias, and snack
bars. Contact the school's housing department for information on their meal
On most campuses, you may also deposit a certain amount of money at
the beginning of the semester for food. When you buy an item it's cost is deducted from the balance in your account throughout the