Dorming or Commuting – What’s the difference?

As we tour different colleges throughout the summer, students are getting a taste for what it could be like to spend their day on a college campus. However, depending on where your student is applying, they may have to decide between commuting or living on campus. There are pros and cons to both decisions, and it’s important to start having these conversations early in the process. Living on campus can be a great opportunity to get fully involved in campus life, clubs, and study groups. It can be an easier way to meet people and build connections, and it’s a great way for your teen to build skills living independently (but with plenty of support from Resident Advisors and other campus staff!). However, living on campus can be expensive, and there is no guarantee that roommates or dormmates will be a good fit. Commuting to campus is a great way to save money and stay involved in life at home. For some commuters, it might be more difficult to get involved in campus activities and campus life. They may need to make an extra effort to join clubs, sports, or other activities to stay connected on campus. It can also be difficult to transition their role and expectations while living at home. They may be staying out later, need dedicated study time, or need to change their responsibilities at home. Starting these conversations now can help ease the transition to college, no matter where your student ends up living. Check out the link below for more information!