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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 rit.edu/housing 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.)

Comments (3)

  • Me brian...you know brian

    Me brian...you know brian

    20 March 2008 at 07:57 |
    god i miss that cat!!!
  • Patricia Lavelle

    Patricia Lavelle

    25 March 2008 at 20:55 |
    aww old man chick! i love living off campus because my roommates have a chiuaua (mocha) and a kitten (ace).
  • Not Untitled

    Not Untitled

    20 May 2008 at 18:53 |
    Screw the on-campus. You won't even know that you have a life until you finally move off-campus and start noticing things. [smiley=shock]

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