Live On Campus Or Rent An Apartment Off-Campus?
This is one of the major decisions we take before moving to university for the first time ever. We are in the dilemma of whether to live on campus or rent a beautiful place in Bandar Puteri Puchong. The university or college itself costs hundreds and thousands of dollars out of our pockets. This is without considering the cost of three or four years of living away from your parents, eating out, budgeting, and finding a place to live. Most of the time universities tend to offer free campus living but this is also dependent on the region you are moving to and the university you are studying at. Most of the living on campus comes with a hefty price, but so does rent.
Many said that living off-campus is always cheaper than getting a tiny hostel dorm room. This might be true considering the number of amenities we also get when we rent. With rent, you have the luxury of enjoying a larger apartment, with many more facilities such as individual bathrooms, a kitchen, and sometimes even better internet. However, when living on campus you get away with paying for any possible additional expenses such as internet, and other utility bills. You do not even have to pay additional for the excessive amount of hot water you used. Not to mention, you hardly have to pay for the food as well. On-campus food is accessible, cheap, and sometimes even free.
Even considering all of these perks of living in a dorm room, living off-campus comes up a little more luxurious than the rest. We would rather choose to have the comfort of our own apartment rather than get three standardized hot meals. Off-campus housing also can be as cheap as you would like it to be. When paying for dorm rooms, it takes up as much as it takes up your tuition fee. But with rental space, you only deal with a quarter of the amount.
Living on campus also brings up the prospect of living with other people. A lot of dorm rooms come with their own stall showers, lines of toilet stalls, two-bedroom, or three-bedroom spaces, with parties happening every night in some of the dorm rooms. On-campus life can be hectic on top of the studying we already have to do. Sometimes we are happier living far away from the campus and commuting to our university. On the other hand, living on campus gets us a lot more involved in the typical uni-life or student life.
Speaking of commuting and driving, this is also something to consider when choosing to live away from the campus. Is there any accessible place to rent where you can commute easily? Or perhaps is it within walking distance? If not, staying on campus may be a lot cheaper in the long run. If you have to take cabs to university every morning and leave in a cab, your expenses begin to pile up. Before you know it, our funding is not sufficient to support even a cheap rental.
Before making your final decision, make sure to think about the amount of funding you have, the level of comfort you want, and how much you are willing to spend on the amenities of living on-campus or off-campus.