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The Freshman Housing Dilemma

Categories: College Life

There are several different options for college freshmen when it comes to living quarters. Most universities require their freshmen students to live on campus their first year, which makes the decision easy for you. However, there are schools that either do not require on-campus living or do not have dorm facilities for all freshman. If you live close enough to your new school, another option is commuting. If where you live during your college years is a big factor in your college decision, check out these lists from US News & World Report to find the best school for you!

Top 10 National Universities for On-Campus Housing

  1. Princeton University – 97% of students live on campus
    • Tuition: $36,640
  2. Columbia University – 95%
    • Tuition: $43,304
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – 93%
    • Tuition: $39,212
  4. California Institute of Technology – 92%
    • Tuition: $36,282
  5. University of California – San Diego – 92%
    • Tuition: $13,284 (In-State)
    • Tuition: $36,112 (Out-of-State)
  6. Stanford University – 91%
    • Tuition: $40,172
  7. Yale University - 88%
    • Tuition: $38,300
  8. Dartmouth College – 86%
    • Tuition: $40,437
  9. Stevens Institute of Technology – 85%
    • Tuition: $39,816
  10. Vanderbilt University – 85%
    • Tuition: $39,930

On-campus housing is often the simplest choice – you don’t have to worry about furniture or utilities. The classrooms and lecture halls will probably be very accessible; laundry facilities are often just down the hall. Depending on the neighborhood surrounding your campus, living in the dorms may also be your safest and cleanest option. It’s also a great way to be social with other students and meet brand new people!

On the other hand, you will have less privacy since most university housing requires you to share a bathroom with other students on your floor. Dorms often do not have kitchens or kitchenettes, so you might be obligated to sign up for a meal plan as well.

If you are looking to spend less on tuition and campus living in general, a commuter school might be the right choice for you.

Top 11 Universities for Freshman Commuters

  1. University of Massachusetts – Boston – 100% of students commute to school
    • Tuition: $10,611 (In-State)
    • Tuition: $23,188 (Out-of-State)
  2. Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi – 85%
    • Tuition: $6,294 (In-State)
    • Tuition: $13,432 (Out-of-State)
  3. Florida International University – 77%
    • Tuition: $5,678 (In-State)
    • Tuition: $18,077 (Out-of-State)
  4. University of Colorado – Denver – 75%
    • Tuition: $7,214 (In-State)
    • Tuition: $20,126 (Out-of-State)
  5. University of New Orleans – 75%
    • Tuition: $4,759 (In-State)
    • Tuition: $14,347 (Out-of-State)
  6. Cleveland State University – 71%
    • Tuition: $8,516 (In-State)
    • Tuition: $11,437 (Out-of-State)
  7. University of Nevada – Las Vegas – 70.6%
    • Tuition: $5,808 (In-State)
    • Tuition: $19,098 (Out-of-State)
  8. Wayne State University - 68%
    • Tuition: $9,026 (In-State)
    • Tuition: $19,226 (Out-of-State)
  9. University of Louisiana – Lafayette – 66%
    • Tuition: $4,426 (In-State)
    • Tuition: $12,998 (Out-of-State)
  10. University of Utah – 66%
    • Tuition: $6,272 (In-State)
    • Tuition: $19,840 (Out-of-State)
  11. Wichita State University – 66%
    • Tuition: $5,890(In-State)
    • Tuition: $13,924 (Out-of-State)

Obviously,  a commuter school will vary for each student depending on where you live. Driving will definitely require money spent on insurance and gas. But, if you are very interested in a school close to your home, weigh the cost of travel with the cost of room and board to find out if you will save in the long run. Commuting is also a great option for students who want more independence. Often there are rules in dormitories that feel constricting for freshmen. While you may feel excluded from activities on campus as a commuter, your studies won’t suffer from the distractions of dorm life.

Check out Cappex for more information on student housing options for your school.

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