One of the biggest decisions students make when attending college, university, or graduate school is whether to live off-campus in an apartment or whether to live in a dorm room.

For those who have the option, though, there are many considerations that can help determine whether apartment living or dorm living is the better option. As with many of life’s decisions, there are pros and cons to each option, and only the individual student can decide which is right for him or her.

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Dorm life: The pros

Living in a dormitory certainly has its benefits. For starters, it is one of the hallmarks of the higher education experience. There are many other things to recommend dorm life, as well. Living in close quarters with one another can be a good way for students to get to know each other and make lasting friendships.

Spontaneous activities, invitations to events and parties, and people to socialize with are some of the best parts of living in dorms. Many schools even have theme dorms, where students who share a particular interest or activity can live together in the same hall or building. Continue reading >