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To Be or Not To Be [Living on Campus]

Stacy Kowsz on Wednesday, 19 March 2008. Posted in Residence Life

To begin, I offer a brief summary of housing at RIT.  For more information, please browse around to see all the information that is posted by our RIT Housing Operations Office or call housing with questions at (585) 475-2572; they are pretty helpful (I just called with some questions to be sure to post accurate information).

Housing at RIT:
•    As a first-year student, you are guaranteed housing on-campus, and you are required to live in the dorms. 
•    After your first year, you are not guaranteed hosing on campus. (DO NOT PANIC! Not being guaranteed on-campus housing does NOT mean you will have any trouble finding housing!)
•    After your first year, you have the option to enter the RIT Housing Lottery, which randomly assigns people their desired on-campus housing based on the luck of the draw. 
•    About 50% of RIT undergrads live on campus.
•    This means that about 50% of RIT undergrads live off-campus.

So, this means that after your first year, you are presented with the decision of living on-campus versus off-campus.  Many students do choose to go off-campus after their first year.  Below, I offer my thoughts about the advantages of living on-campus versus the advantages of living off-campus.

On-Campus Advantages:

•    You are close to class.
•    You’re living where you are surrounded by only lots of other RIT students.  While you are probably going to live near other students off-campus (in a house or apartment), you are definitely going to live near only college kids when you are on-campus. 
•    It’s easy to go on co-op; lots of RIT students are required to go on co-op, and the housing office understands this.  You don’t have to pay for housing while away on co-op, and you don’t have to find anyone to cover your lease, like you do off-campus.
•    There’s always lots to do on-campus.  Movies, events, the gym, meetings, clubs, visiting, etc.
•    You are on the RIT internet.  It’s included in your rent.  It’s fast.  You can download things from the RIT Hub.
•    You don’t have to scrape your car in the winter.  Or drive on slippery roads.  Or have your locks freeze. 
•    There’s basically no crime on-campus.  Living off-campus, you can easily make sure you are living in a low crime neighborhood or any apartment complex, but there is plenty of cheap college housing in less crime-free neighborhoods, and RIT campus is just really, really safe.

Off-Campus Advantages:
•    It’s cheaper. 
•    You can live with varying numbers of people more easily.  There are limited housing options on-campus.  There are so many off-campus options that you can live with whatever number of friends you want.  Right now I am living in a house with 5 bedrooms.
•    You can have your own room.  While there are lots of on-campus apartments where you can have your own room, lots of arrangements on-campus require that you share a room.  Again, because there are so many off-camps options, you can easily be sure to have your own room.
•    Setting the fire alarm off while cooking does not automatically call the fire department.  It does on-campus, and it is highly frowned upon to do this.
•    I started to do more things off-campus when I lived off-campus.  I got more familiar with navigating Rochester. 
•    You don’t have to deal with RIT Housing Operations or Public Safety or their rules and regulations.  For example, RIT is a dry campus, and Public Safety does their best to enforce this. 
•    You can have pets!  This is really another example of an on-campus housing rule that you don’t have to follow, but I put it as its own bullet because it’s important to me.  This is probably the biggest reason that I live off campus.  Because I have a most wonderful cat!
cat.jpg(This is Chikwindu.)