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Marisa Thornton, staff writer

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Whether you commute to college or live on campus, there will always be some positive aspects as well as negative aspects of both.

All students have different experiences that allow them to enjoy living on campus more than living off campus and vice versa.

“We have 248 commuter students, which is 38% of the women’s college,” LaNae Briggs Budden, dean of students, said.

“Being a commuter student allows me to have the time off campus that I think each student needs during their time at Columbia College,” Ellie Hayes, senior communication studies major, said. “Commuting also allows me to eat healthier. I am not constantly going to get fast food since I have the opportunity to cook on my own.”

Though there are many positive aspects of living off campus, there are negative aspects as well that students should be aware of.

“Living off campus sometimes means you do not get to see your friends as much as you would if you lived on campus,” Hayes said. “I also find it harder between classes to find things to do, but the time has allowed me to work on homework more.”

The amount of time spent on campus is dependent on class schedules. That could cause challenges in finding time to see friends. Resident students can go back to their rooms and relax before their next class, whereas commuter students do not have the same opportunity.

“I would say that a few positive aspects of living off campus would be having your own personal space that you don’t necessarily have to share, and you can be alone when you need to be,” Katelan Hudson, junior political science major, said.

Being alone can allow students to complete homework assignments or just relax after a long day.

“I rent a house with my boyfriend, so budgeting can be difficult, and I feel like it is more difficult than when I was living on campus because there are bills to take account of and gas to get to school,” Hudson said.

Costs can add up quickly, and commuters need to be aware of that being a negative aspect of living off campus.

“To students considering living off campus, make sure you are ready financially and mentally because it can be stressful at times when you are handling bills, buying groceries, going to class and trying to have a social life. But if you budget correctly, it will be less stressful,” Hudson said.

Being a resident student has some positive and negative aspects as well.

“As an athlete here at Columbia College, one positive aspect of living on campus is that it is easy to make it to my 5 a.m. workouts or to my afternoon practices,” Caitlyn Wolf, junior middle-level education major, said. “I also get to socialize and interact with more students outside of class which allows me to become closer to my peers.”

Wolf has lived on campus since her first year and will continue to live on campus until she graduates. She is also a member of the tennis team at Columbia College.

“Some negative aspects of living on campus are that there is not much going on activity wise. We have certain organizations that meet, resident hall events and a few social events. However, I do not feel like we have a lot to offer outside of classes and organizations,” Wolf said.

“If you plan to live on campus, I recommend either living with someone you know you will work well with or live alone. It is not good to live in an environment that may deter you from your studies or hinder your performance,” Wolf said.

If you or someone you know is considering commuting to college or living on campus, check out more positive and negative aspects of both in an article from My College Options.

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