Everything You Need to Know About On-Campus Housing
Living on-campus is a great way for students to get to know the area, as well as their fellow classmates! Dorm life places you in a building with students from all over the country that are starting their college careers, just like you. Here are some tips to make the best of on-campus:
- Think about what really matters when you pick a dorm – If you’ve decided on a major, living closer to that department might help you be on time for your classes. If your goal is to stay fit throughout the year, living near the gym or track can encourage you to work out. If you have other friends living on campus that you plan on visiting often, consider picking a room within their dorm or close so that you don’t have far to walk if you stay late into the night.
- Rooming with your bff might not be the best – While there are potential benefits to living with your best friend, it is likely you’ll run into problems that aren’t easy to work out. Boundaries could be harder to set because your friendship will take precedence over your roommate status. You’re friends because he or she is super fun, but what happens when they’ve invited people to hang out in your room every day of finals week? If you’re considering rooming with a friend, make sure you’re aware of their living habits and how comfortable you’d be if they won’t compromise on something.
- Get to know your floormates – Keep your door open when you’re there, especially the first few weeks of the year, to encourage people to drop in and start a conversation. And when other floormates leaves theirs open or hang out in the common room, invite them to a meal! Going to the dining hall or exploring outside of campus can be the perfect icebreaker.
- Loft your bed – Consider lofting your bed when you move in so that you can add extra storage underneath or even set up a futon to make your room more social. When you have the extra space, it’ll make it that much easier to find what you need in the morning or invite extra people over for Monday movie night.
- Get to know your RA – Knowing your RA can make your dorm living experience exponentially better. They will be able to help you with any concern and can even give you better check in and out times if they’ve been interacting with you throughout the year.
- Take note of people’s schedules – It may seem silly at first, but noticing when the bathrooms are busy or when everyone comes back before lunch could save you from having to wait for a shower or a sink to brush your teeth.
- Go to floor events – Showing up for floor events will give you facetime with your RA and the other residents on your floor, and when people recognize you, they are much more likely to start a conversation or help when you run out of laundry detergent!
When you live on-campus, there are a variety of opportunities you have to make new friends and make your living situation that much easier and comfortable. Follow these steps to be sure you’re making the most of the experience!