Early start keeps options open
Though this semester is not yet halfway over, it is again time for students to start thinking about where they will call home next fall.
While students living in residence halls will see their contracts end with the semester, most off-campus leases will end at some point in the summer.
Whether on campus or off, deciding where to live can be stressful for many students.
For Sydney Hague, sophomore in commercial arts, the biggest issue in finding housing for next semester is finding a living space with the right number of rooms.
Hague, who has lived both on and off campus, says she chose to live off campus for multiple reasons.
“I moved off of campus because it just seems like that’s what people do, you just live in the dorms for a year,” Hague said. “Plus they’re really small.”
She says though she and her three roommates like their apartment, they have decided to look for a house instead. Hague says one of the biggest factors to consider when looking for a house is location.
“You definitely want something close to campus because it’s convenient,” Hague said.
Stephen Cuff, sophomore in geography, says convenience played a big role in his deciding to live on campus again next fall.
“I’m going to be living in Crimson Commons next year,” Cuff said. “Next year is going to be really busy for me, so I really want to focus on school.”
Cuff says living on campus will help him focus, because he won’t have to worry about cooking or many of the other tasks that come with living off-campus.
Cuff says that although he thinks everyone should experience living in the residence halls, he is ready move out of the regular dorms and into the new Crimson Commons.
“Definitely I think everyone should live on campus the first year,” Cuff said. “The second year, I don”t know, I”m getting tired of it.”
Melissa Beisel, assistant director of University Housing, agrees with Cuff that living on campus can make life more convenient for students.
Beisel says everyday tasks like preparing meals or driving to campus are not issues students living on campus have to worry about.
“There’s a lot that falls into that contract that people don’t realize,” Beisel said.
Beisel says students can sign up to live on campus at anytime now, though the process is already under way.
“You can go online at any point to sign up for a contract,” Beisel said.
The contracts, which range from late August to mid May, vary by cost depending on which residence hall the student lives in and what kind of meal plan the student selects.
The cheapest contract available for the 2011-2012 school year is $4,850. That price would equal approximately $485 a month in rent off campus.
A one bedroom apartment off campus averages out at about $500, which usually does not include utilities.
Many students, such as Rose Glenn, junior in international business, live with roommates, making the off campus costs easier to bear and usually less than the cost of living on campus.
Glenn’s future living arrangements, like many other students’, are in limbo right now.
“We have a roommate moving out,” Glenn said. “It’s up in the air right now.”