Many students are choosing to move off campus or already have and do not plan on moving back anytime soon. So why do students choose to live off campus?
“It’s not really a choice so much as a necessity. I’m in too much debt to be able to live on campus any more so I have to move back in with my parents,” said Deanna Taube, ‘18, Biology Education major.
Everyone on campus knows that this is not a cheap school. Housing can be expensive; even freshmen who live in the cheapest dorms end up paying a great deal of money due to their mandatory meal plans that cost over a thousand dollars. Other dorms, like Rauenhorst and Morrison, can cost an incredible amount of money as well.
Not only is it cheaper by not having to pay for room and board, but being a commuter student allows students to have the lowest meal plan available: the copper plan, which only charges the student $100 per semester.
St. Kate’s really tries to stress that it may be more expensive to live in an apartment off campus than it would be to live in the dorms. They argue heavily that the cost for laundry, among other expenses, is rather high in apartments compared to the free laundry on-campus residents receive. They also emphasize that the hefty one time payment for room and board is equivalent or lower to some apartments’ rent for a year.
While this is all true, some students prefer monthly rent payments over one time large payments for room and board; what other possible reasons might students be lingering from campus? Some restrictive campus rules may be a possible reason for students departing from campus.
“I’m moving off campus because I feel like I’m at a summer camp with all [of] the rules,” said Jade Rundquist, ‘18, ASL Interpreting major.
The rule enforcing that males guests cannot be on campus after two in the morning is one reason why some choose to move off campus. You can learn more about the male curfew here. Some students might be choosing to live with a significant other off campus. Other reasons could include the need to commute to work frequently. Some students have on campus jobs, but many have off-campus jobs that may be closer to an apartment in the cities than the St. Kate’s campus.
Many students truly value the on-campus experience and would prefer to stay living on campus. In some instances, the one time fee for room and board is less than how much one might pay for rent at an apartment for the same amount of time.
“I probably will live off campus my senior year, but for now it is nice to be on campus, close to class, in a res hall where you meet more people. I love the community of a res hall, I like meeting new people,” says Shelby Batterson, ‘18, Political Science major.
Many students, like Batterson, prefer the conveniences of living on campus. Some students tried living off campus and struggled with issues like parking, coming in late to class because of traffic, and having long commutes and have chosen to move back on campus for the conveniences.
For many students, living off campus is their best financial option and has many appealing qualities. On the other hand, many enjoy the perks of living on campus, such as not having to worry about a commute. Whether you choose to live on campus or not, be sure you are completely informed on the benefits and deficits of living both on and off campus before making your decision.