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Living On Campus Vs Living Off Campus: Which Is Best?
Living On Campus Vs Living Off Campus…There has been over the years, series of debates as to which serves better; living on campus or living off campus? It’s almost like a 50-50 win because both sides are strongly trying to prove a point that living on campus and living off campus has nothing to do with who comes out best academically. However, this article is set to solve that puzzle as I dive in further…Stay with me!
- Is a ground traditionally known to occupy buildings of a university, college or school.
- A university, college or school, seen as an academic, spiritual or social entity.
- The school buildings and the surrounding area.
- A land where school properties are built.
- The land where institutional buildings are located or situated.
- A landmass where school buildings such as libraries, lecture halls, residence halls (hostels), student centers or dining halls, and parks are erected.
- A collection of buildings and grounds that belong to a given institution, either academic or non-academic.
It is no news that a majority of students prefer life on campus for a whole lot of reasons, good or bad. But, little wonder why. Living on campus comes with its advantages and disadvantages, which is enumerated below:
- Proximity: One of the major reasons why students choose to live on campus is the proximity; to shrink the distance and give them easy access to all the activities on campus. Distance can affect studies, and it’s usually the “nicest” excuse that students give for their absence in school.
- Access to Vital Information: Living on campus gives one an edge over others living “off-camp”, as one gets to have firsthand information before others even get to know about it. This comes as a great advantage, as students get to stay up to date with information. Vital pieces of information like pasting of semester results, the closing of the school portal, the release of a timetable for lectures scheduled for a semester, registration procedures, date of exams and timetable, departmental/faculty newest developments, school penalty fee, and deadline, Continuous Assessment (CA) announcements, assignment submission deadline, presentation schedules and more!
- Access to Academic Resources/Materials: Living on campus gives students freehands to access academic materials, more often for free than others living off campus. Because when a lecturer releases his or her textbooks to be photocopied by the students, the first set of students that enjoy the first-come-first-serve, are the ones living on campus.
- Development of a Compulsory Study Habit: This is a very important advantage when it comes to living on campus. In fact, it’s even the best of all advantages in my own analysis, because without inculcating this character, coming out with “2.1” will only be a myth. You know, in reality, to sit down and study takes discipline. Because we humans are naturally disposed to being comfortable. If you should carry out research on the students that graduated with 2.1, you will discover that 90 percent of them never loved reading, but they had to develop that character by the virtue of living on campus.
- Enhancement of Value: Each student in the school has the ability to effect positive change or create impact in his or her field of study or the area of purpose and personal strengths. Living on campus helps to create value in a student by allowing him or her explore the latent potentials on the inside, thereby becoming a prodigy in his/her sphere of influence.
- Concentration/Focus is Built: Students living on campus tend to be more focused because they know the sacrifice they have paid to be there. Of course, so many of them come from other states, and that is a long distance to play with. In the course of going through school living on campus experientially, the student is faced with the option of being focused to do well in school.
- Staying on Campus Builds in Students Determination, Courage, and Ruggedness: Students living on campus have the capacity to withstand harsh and unfavorable conditions or situations such as hunger, lack of money, bad weather, insufficient upkeep, and the like. With all these, even if they feel threatened, they don’t give up easily.
- Cultural Interaction: The school is an environment where people from all walks of life gather to achieve one aim; education, especially the higher institutions. So I would say that school is inter and intracultural by default, because of different people from different languages, culture, beliefs, custom and what have you. That is why living on campus give students the opportunity or privilege to interact and learn from other races.
- Interdisciplinary Acquisition of Knowledge: This is cutting across or going beyond the boundaries of your discipline or field of study to learn new things from other courses other than yours, in order to expand your knowledge horizon. Staying around the school environment is very key to what other disciplines entail, even if you don’t study the whole syllabuses, but just to know.
- To Learn the Art of Building Solid/Quality Relationships: You know building relationship in school is very vital, because you may not predict what life has in store for you in the future. So being around campus triggers relationship-building. That has to do with getting to know people (other students) around the campus and developing interaction with them.
- Cases of Theft: When I was in school, I used to hear a lot of reports that students properties were stolen. And this is actually a deterring factor for any student who wishes to stay on campus. So the security of things belonging to students is minimal.
- Indecent Acts: You would agree with me that the report analysis of certain nauseating exhibitions on campus is not worthy of documentation. Bad characters of some students exist as a reason of acts such as cultism, prostitution, clubbing, brutal behavior, robbery and the like.
- Development of Dirty Habit: Most students living on campus inculcate filthy habits, especially the male folks. Just take a tour around the boys’ hostel, you will know what I’m talking about.
- They Do Suffer Insufficient Funds For Upkeeps: This has been an integral part of the campus life and “wahala.” Students run out of money, which is a vital factor or resource to get the necessary and compulsory-to-have things. With this in mind, it can cause students to misbehave and do what they ordinarily would not have done.
- Lack of Privacy and Serenity: Some students who are naturally calm and quiet don’t enjoy living on campus. Even the “nasty ones” do require moments of solitude around the hostel. But the rowdiness of students in the hostel can put any person off totally!
Like I mentioned earlier, living off campus has been the decision of 90 percent school population. And as such, there are pros and cons attached to living off campus. Let’s check them out below:
- Privacy and Serenity: Not everybody loves being around an environment where people are much, and maybe wild. I personally I never like the idea of staying on campus, because I like my privacy.
- Freedom, Time Factor, and Flexibility: You’ll have the freedom to go anywhere and return anytime you desire. That is not to say that staying on campus restricts your movement, but it decides the time you spend outside. What I mean is if you stay outside longer than necessary, the gates of the school will be closed.
- To Develop The Discipline of Managing Expenses and Build Up Credits: This is an important factor of living off campus. Because for those living in a rented apartment, it will build in them the art of being prudent when it comes to managing personal properties.
- Massive Selection of Social Amenities: You will have the opportunities to select from properties with a wider range of amenities. You decide where to stay, where to sleep, moments of rest and so on.
- It’s More of a Real Life Experience Living off Campus: To learn and grow is the aim of any higher institution. So one of the major advantages of living off campus is that it’s more like a real life, where you are taking full responsibility for things. Living off campus makes you more responsible for greater aspects of your life.
- Distraction: This is a major disadvantage living off campus. You will agree with me that most of the distraction from reading, writing a term paper or carrying out any research work come from staying off campus. I stayed off campus till I completed my study. So I know the level of distractions I encountered; watching movies, eating when not necessary, gisting, playing games, “chilling” out with friends, interaction with neighbors and so on. So most times I’d go to the school to read.
- Laziness In Study: Staying off campus can cause laziness in studying academic materials and lecture notes. Because you will feel too much comfort and the temptation to sleep often because nobody is there to challenge you to study.
- Distance and Delay to School: This is another factor often pushed to the back seat. Proximity with the school is vital because lateness to class and exams will be avoided.
- Unnecessary Expenditures: Some students live very far from school, and this incurs a lot of transportation fare to and fro the campus.
- Minimal or No Access to Academic Materials: You and I know that this is very key when it comes to getting materials to study in school. Students living off campus may not be lucky enough to get these materials, although not all. Because I can’t remember missing out on any material on campus. But some of these materials I had access to, would happen when the semester examination is like two weeks away.
- Poorly Informed: You know staying off campus at times can be demanding, as to the responsibilities you’ll have to execute. In the course to being submerged in this, certain vital pieces of information can elude you. And if you don’t have a reliable friend on campus, you won’t get informed at all.
- Higher Chances of Staying Back From School: I had my own share of this challenge, though it was not frequent. There is always a procrastinating attitude that is developed when staying off campus. “If I don’t go today I’ll probably go tomorrow.” This mindset would actually make you feel that there is sufficient time. So there is no big deal staying at home for the day. You can miss lectures that you needed to be there live to really understand and jot down points the way you understand instead of waiting to copy later when you are in school.
In conclusion, living on campus or living off campus is a personal decision. In all of the above discussion, what I’ve been trying to illustrate in a layman’s understanding is living in the hostel and living at home, simple! However, I posed a question asking “which is best?” If you give a rundown of this article, you will discover that the advantages of living on campus are more pronounced, looks preferable and more appealing as compared to others. The truth is every student wants to be outstanding when it comes to academic pursuit. Nobody wants to go to school to end up as a failure. So it demands to be in an environment where every opportunity as regards success academically, be explored! And as such, living on campus fits into the best choice to make. But notwithstanding, I’ve seen students living off campus graduate with the best result. Which, if asked, would say they had to practice the principle of thorough discipline, but it’s not easy. In my own judgment, I believe living on campus is best. However, you are not permitted or tied to following this formula, because I’m writing from experience. But you are subjected to your own opinion as to which works best for you.
This article is not meant to appear 100 perfect or accurate. So if you have any contribution or observation, you are free to comment below. Meanwhile, in your own opinion, which one do you think is best?
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