Recent Research of college students across the nation indicates that students who live on campus are more satisfied with their college experience, earn higher grade point averages, and are more likely to graduate. (According to the American Council on Education)
Why drive when you can walk! In less than five minutes, you can be anywhere on campus—classes, chapel, cafeteria, gym, library, computer labs, bookstore, friends and campus offices like the Registrars office, Financial Aid and Student Services. Time is money.
There is a real disconnection for students who live off campus. Easy access to friends, faculty and staff is hindered. Participation in ministries, groups, activities, games and events is less likely for off campus students. There are many opportunities to serve in leadership and earn scholarships for students who live on campus.
At first glance, living off-campus often seems like a good option. But all the costs have to be considered—like rent, deposits, water, electric, cable, internet, phone service, furniture, food, etc. This does not take into account the time involved in driving, gas, purchasing food, etc. Is it really worth all the hassle and disconnection just to save a few dollars?
Campus security is on call and patrolling our campus 24/7, every day of the year. They protect our students and their vehicles. The residence halls are staffed with a Residence Director and Residence Assistants who monitor the dormitories for strangers.
Living on campus offers each student the emotional, spiritual, social and academic support to succeed as a student. Faculty, staff, and administration are available as well, along with free counseling services. Study groups, devotions, fellowships and prayer meetings are a regular part of the support program.
Living on campus allows the student to know what is going on and be part of it. Learning about different types of people with various backgrounds is an opportunity to develop a more balanced world view. There is a feeling of family that cannot be duplicated off campus. Community communicates a sense of care and acceptance.
Live with others who hold a similar faith and who will challenge your own spiritual formation. Enjoy prayer meetings, devotions and spiritual discussions. Battling bad life habits and temptations isn’t as difficult with roommates and hall mates who offer support and accountability.
Let’s face it. Isolation, on a regular bases, is not a healthy practice. We need each other and we need the resources that are offered in the campus environment.
Experience the whole package of college life by living on campus. Enjoy your college experience. Make memories, friendships and maybe find a mate in the process. Why the rush? You have the rest of your life to live off campus.