But it can have a big impact on how much you enjoy college, so it’s important to weigh all of the factors carefully!

When it comes to living arrangements in college, you have a lot of options. Should you live in on-campus housing, or get a place of your own? Should you live at home and commute to school? Get roommates, or live on your own? The choices can be overwhelming, especially when you have a thousand other college decisions to make!

First things first: take a deep breath, and let us help. The most typical college housing options include:

  • Living in a college dorm: Sometimes called residence halls. Dorms can be co-ed, single gender, or divided by year or major. You may also have a choice of single, double, triple, etc. rooms.
  • Living in a sorority or fraternity house. If you decide to go Greek, your college may offer sorority or fraternities houses that members can live in.
  • Living in college housing. Some colleges offer university housing that can be off-campus, but is still owned by your school. These are typically more spacious apartments than dorms.
  • Living in off-campus housing. Some students choose to live off-campus entirely and find somewhere to live themselves, such as renting an apartment or getting a house with roommates. Keep in mind that some schools require underclassmen to live on campus until junior or senior year, if not for your entire undergraduate career.
  • Living at home. Finally, an option some students consider is living at home with family and commuting to college. If your school is close enough, this can be a great way to save money on college housing costs.

In the articles below, we’ll help you dive in and weigh the pros and cons of each, plus learn more about your college housing options. Let’s get started!

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