Choosing Housing Options at Clemson U: On or Off Campus?
Deciding whether to live on or off the Clemson University campus is a big decision, and a highly personal one. There’s no real right or wrong answer (except financially). Either living arrangement can be great; both have their pros and cons. You just want to make the best decision for you, your Clemson lifestyle and your budget.
Here’s a look at the pros and cons of on-campus housing at Clemson or living in an off-campus apartment.
Living on the Clemson University campus
Living on the campus at Clemson has its pluses. You wouldn’t have to drive to school, and you could definitely walk to class, or any special events you want to attend. It would also be easier to be spontaneous, when it comes to inviting someone home.
You will also be far less tempted to eat out in budget-busting restaurants, with the cafeteria and affordable student union dining options so close at hand.
You might also feel more a part of the Clemson community if you’re staying on campus, where everyone is a student. When you’re in the dorms or an on-campus apartment, you’re surrounded by other Clemson fans, and people you have a lot in common with, due to being in school together. This isn’t the case at an off-campus apartment (although the town of Clemson is really centered around the university, and it would be surprising to meet a non-student resident who wasn’t at least a little bit of a fan).
Living in off-campus apartments near Clemson U
One of the big perks to living in apartments near Clemson University is that you’ll be able to set your own rules. Even if you’re not a wild one, on occasion, campus rules for dorms or apartments might feel restrictive.
Another plus is just feeling more mature by being able to say you “have your own place off-campus.” It just feels good.
Depending on the apartment community you choose, you’ll also get to enjoy amenities, like a nice fitness center, a swimming pool, outdoor grills, a common lounge area, walking trails and parties with other residents. This is especially nice when you’re entertaining, or you want to meet other people.
If you’re a dog person, it may be easier for you to have a dog at an off-campus apartment. Do a little research about campus options, then compare. Most apartments allow a small pet, and think of all the new dog friends you’ll make.
The bottom line
The bottom line is usually about budget. Which option fits your budget? If both do, THEN you can make the choice based on your lifestyle and preferences.
Do you prefer to be surrounded by students who share your challenges? Or do you want a little distance now and then, from campus and campus activities?
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