What’s so great about owning your own place? Well, that’s a question that everyone would answer differently. Some people would probably prefer to live off campus and others like living in dorms. Radford is a very small town, and most of it pretty much surrounds the campus anyway. You can walk almost anywhere, and for most students, walking is actually easier than going down to get their car it is a really long walk anyway. If you live on campus, however, you’re bound to meet all kinds of new people. Some people find their perfect soulmate living right down the hall from them. If you’re unlucky, you might get landed in a hall where nobody ever talks to anyone else, but usually the people who live together in a hall get to be friends really quickly.
Now, for the most part, Radford is 60 percent women, which gives the guys a slight advantage in meeting girls. Most of the halls on Radford’s campus are comprised of more girls than guys. One thing that women love to do is get together in groups and go party on Friday nights. If you end up friends with the women on your hall, imagine how much fun you’ll probably have traveling out to party with a huge group of women. The thought of this makes living in the dorms quite promising.
When you live off campus, however, it’s probably a great deal more difficult to stay in contact with people. You won’t be making nearly as many friends as you would be if you lived with over a hundred other people in one of the buildings on campus. Also, the only real way you can go out and have a good time at a party on weekends is to hope that you know somebody where you’re going.
However, there are several advantages to living off campus. If you live in your own place (with a couple others of course) you won’t be bound to anyone’s rules. RA’s sometimes complain at people for things that aren’t that big of a deal and can hold hall meetings which can be extremely inconvenient for some people to make. If you live in your own place, you’d have to take decent care of the property and pay your landlord on time, which are about the only rules you’re bound by, as well as pets and parties which some apartment complexes enforce more than others. You wouldn’t have to worry about getting in trouble for reasons that don’t seem all that important.
So the question is, is it worth being under stricter authority to have a chance to meet tons of new people in order to make new friends all the time? Or is it worth being a little more isolated from everyone else to live in your own place? Some people who’d like to have their own place simply live on campus because it’s not as expensive, and everyone’s opinion on this matter probably differs in one way or another. However, the best way to do it if you’re not sure how you prefer things would probably be to try living on campus for your first two years then living off campus during your junior and senior years. Thats the way most people do it and it’s also the way that makes the most sense.