Students experience life off-campus

Several Norwich University undergraduates have ventured into adulthood, dealing with utility bills, rent, landlords, everything that comes with living off campus. This is a major transition from having everything prepared and ready when living on campus. Many students have found that this independence has saved them a little bit of cash, which is something every college student needs.

Quinn Duffy, a 20- year-old junior civil engineering major from Colchester, Conn., moved into a duplex about a mile away from campus, and couldn’t be happier.

“Living off campus let’s you experience a whole new level of responsibility.” Duffy said.  “You are in charge of your own bills, groceries, laundry, getting yourself to campus, it’s a step closer to the real world.”

Having to buy and cook their own food, never mind eating right, is the biggest challenge for most students. Going from having food hot and ready at chow, to having to fill their own cupboards at an apartment off campus, can be an adjustment. They also have to find the motivation to cook a whole meal.

“I do miss being able to walk into the dining hall, socializing, and having my food ready,” said Shane Gorman, a 21-year-old junior communications major from Trumbull, Conn., “ but I do like eating when I want and what I want rather than being confined to the options and hours of the dining hall.”

While meal plans are available for commuter students, they run fairly expensive. The cheapest plan available is 20 meals and $175 in Mill cash for $290 per semester which will not feed a student for the entire semester, therefore he or she would have to grocery shop on top of that. Students who live off campus say they find themselves spending approximately $400 in the four months of a semester.

Choosing compatible roommates is also important. “You want to make sure you really think about who you are going to live with,” said 20-year-old Briana Day, a junior psychology major with an art minor from Yelm, Wash. “You want to make sure they will be reliable and trustworthy and that you can have fun.”

Making sure students can trust their housemates to help take care of the home and to make their payment on time is a major part of moving off campus.

“Living on campus my freshman year was a once -in-a-lifetime experience,” said Karina Brown, a 20-year-old sophomore architecture major from North Branford, Conn. “But I love my roommates and the sense of accomplishment I get from handling a household.”

While living on campus can be fun and easy, the responsibility students take on by living off campus can pay off.

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