If you’re fortunate enough to live close to your college of choice, you may want to consider commuting to college rather living in the dorm.
While some may say you don’t get the full “college experience” by commuting to college and not living on campus, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars per semester or at least per year by commuting. Of course, you have expenses from your car upkeep and gas but you can eat whatever you want and do not have to pay a meal ticket or dorm expenses.
Housing expenses tend to run in the three figures at least. The only downside is that students may get tired of driving the road every day and it does increase the risk of accidents. If you have a fender-bender, your insurance will go up.
Simply traveling more often can raise your insurance rates. You can carpool with others to save money on gas and car wear and tear, so consider this option if you do decide to commute.
Also, remember that while research shows it’s fine to listen to soothing music while driving, more upbeat or off-the-wall music such as rap and hard rock have been shown to distract people and cause more accidents.
Additionally, wear your seatbelt at all times and do not under any circumstances text while driving. Avoid drinking while driving and any other behavior that can detract from your concentration. These kinds of things are what cause accidents.
Whether you decide to stay on campus or commute, choose a college that is relatively close to where you plan to live. This will simplify your life while you are training for your future career.
Another consideration regarding whether you may want to commute or stay on campus in a dorm is dependent upon your work situation. Do you plan to work on campus? If so, you may want to stay in the dorm due to the fact that work schedules can change. You might be required to come into work at odd hours of the day or night. Plan and consider different options that will fit your situation.
Remaining flexible when planning and arranging how things will work in college will keep you from being too stressed or disappointed when things don’t go as you have planned. Remember, life throws you a curve sometimes, so you have to be ready to adapt.
Keep a positive attitude and always do what you think is best. It will usually work out fine if you do this.