Choosing a college entails more than choosing a school, it’s also a choice of where you will spend most of your time for the next four years of your life.
College housing has evolved over the years. A shared bedroom with a common bathroom down the hall is only one of the many options nowadays. Facilities differ with every school, as well as provisions for students who wish to live inside the campus.
The type of college housings offered to students ranges from studio type to private bedrooms with shared common areas. Apartment style housing with several bedrooms is also offered. Some residence halls now have gender-neutral bathrooms as well. The Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) recognize the need to keep up with the standards of housing offered off-campus to gain the interest of students.
Brian Fisher of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) believes that the progressing standards of college students when it comes to housing highly reflect the evolution of modern houses. Students of this generation grew up having their own bedrooms, whereas the generation preceding them shared their bedrooms. As a result, students of the current generation look for college housings with privacy that equates to that of their homes.
On top of housing amenities, students also look for housings in quaint surroundings, so colleges promote their housings with their picturesque environment. For instance, FGCU offers to house students in the lakeside where they can enjoy a view of the lake and even engage in water sports.
College housings also take care of a lot of chores for students. That way, the students can concentrate on their studies and enjoy the experiences that come with it.
Many colleges in the US require their students to live on campus during their freshman year. This condition is prompted by university research that showed how living on campus increases the success rate of students when it comes to their education.
A range of factors can be a cause for safety issues in campus housings. Alvin Sturdivant, president of ACUHO-I, assures that housing staff are trained to deal with situations involving drugs, alcohol, mental health, and relationships that can lead to domestic violence. Stricter safety measures are also being implemented within the campus. Crime and safety records of campuses are also available for viewing online so parents can easily see and evaluate them.
The cost of living in college housings depends on the state where it is located, but a report from US News states that the average cost of living on campus is approximately $11,000 a year.
Experts believe that living on campus can greatly influence students not only to grow in knowledge and experience but also to achieve maturity and independence.