When it comes to living in college, students have the option of residence halls or off-campus housing. While I loved my dorm experience and met a lot of my friends there, the freedom that comes with having your own apartment is something I truly enjoy. It’s such an important part of becoming independent and growing as an adult. That being said, a first apartment comes with a lot of responsibility and stress. Just in case you’re debating what kind of housing you want for the upcoming year, here are the pros and cons of living in an apartment.
When it comes down to it, you have more privacy in an apartment than you would in a dorm room. You have the ability to choose the size of your room, how big you want it and how much money you can afford to spend on housing. If done correctly, living in an apartment could save you a good amount of money because you can decide how you want to budget instead of committing to a big payment up front. There’s also the bonus of groceries living without a meal plan. I learned how to cook and how to make meals that I loved with my roommates. We have dinner together every weeknight and I feel like it’s been a good bonding experience as well as a learning opportunity.
Being an adult can be a wonderful experience, but as I mentioned before, it comes with more responsibilities than you may expect. My relationship with money has been pretty rocky for as long as I can remember. After moving into a place that I could call my own, I had to quickly learn how to budget and how to manage my spending. Paying rent and bills can be a bit stressful at times, but in the long run, I feel like I’m learning and growing as an individual and that in itself is worth it to me.
Song of the Week: South London Forever- Florence + The Machine
The thought of starting college can be exciting and simultaneously stressful. One of the biggest worries incoming students face is the housing process and roommate situation. When I made the decision to move to Chicago and attend DePaul, I decided against finding someone to live with off of Facebook and opted for the random roommate option. A month or so after completing my housing agreement, I got a letter in the mail saying that I was going to live in Munroe Hall along with my roommate’s contact information.
And just in case you’re still packing, here’s a list of things you may not think to bring to college:
- A REALLY long charging cord. DePaul doesn’t allow extension cords in the dorms and there aren’t a lot of outlets in the dorms, so a long cord is incredibly helpful.
- A Stapler. I can’t even tell you how many papers I had to write this first year and organization is key! The cute little stapler on my desk and I quickly became really good friends.
- A Photo Album - As a graduation gift, my best friend gave me a photo album of all of the pictures she had of us. Looking through it is an easy solution for the inevitable homesickness.
- Rain Gear! A quality pair of rain boots can double as rain and snow gear. Chicago is located in the Midwest, need I say more?
Song of the Week: West- Sleeping at Last