College is often called a bubble by its students — and rightly so. Often, most students live on campus in some form of dorm housing. Other times, few students bring a car to campus and the typical student can go days without leaving the perimeter of campus. There are those, however, who live off campus and can have entirely different experiences as matriculated students.
There are a variety of reasons why a student may choose to live off campus. Some may live in their family homes in reasonable proximity to campus, while others have chosen to rent apartments in Blacksburg, VA and the surrounding towns. Other students choose to live in larger cities and commute back and forth.
Those living in town often take all of their classes at one of the nearby colleges and easily travel on and off campus. Often students live in an apartment when they feel they have outgrown the dorms.
Living off campus does not mean you have to adjust any obligations at college and students can just commute, usually driving to campus in the mornings and staying for the day, studying between classes and heading back home after dinner.
Some students find that living off-campus actually find it easier to manage their classes.
“I’m more focused since I have to manage my time better with the transit from campus to home … I study both at school and off campus — at my apartment.”
Many find their social life more active when moving off campus. Living off campus certainly does remove one from the bubble, for better or for worse. While it can be refreshing to have the freedom to move to and from college campus, some students who live off campus can miss some aspects of the experience.
Some miss the student life on campus, but like the freedom to just be able to walk out of their apartment and be in a city.