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Decisions, decisions: Should students live on or off campus?

Staff Writer

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013

Updated: Thursday, April 25, 2013 14:04

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MEGHAN RANKIN/Northern Iowan

When deciding where to live for the upcoming school year, students are faced with a decision: Do I want to live on or off campus?
There are benefits and drawbacks to both choices  for those attending the University of Northern Iowa.

“When I started at UNI, I lived on campus, but now I live off campus. When I lived on campus it was good for me at the time. I was younger and needed structure, but now that I’m older, I enjoy living off campus because I don’t really need to be on campus all the time,” said Ryan Lange, senior anthropology major.

Abby Swank, junior elementary education major said she likes living off campus.

“I feel like there is a lot more privacy and freedom off campus,” Swank said. “You’re able to buy and cook your own groceries, park your car close by, only have to share a bathroom with a couple other people and have a lot more living space.”

Pat Beck, assistant director of residence marketing, said their are a variety of benefits to living on campus, however.

“Students are much more likely to get connected with other students living on campus, and (are) more likely to get involved with an academic support system that surrounds their major,” Beck said.

“I like living on campus because I can stay close to my friends and see them often. It’s also nice to be close to the facilities that UNI offers,” said Dakota Woodley, freshman psychology major.

Beck said their is a network of opportunities for students who choose to stay on campus.

“There’s just an unparalleled level of support on campus. Students can get involved with on-campus support systems, academic advising programs, not have to drive to classes and can enjoy the facilities UNI has to offer,” Beck said.

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