If you are thinking about the next academic year, you may be weighing the benefits of living in a dorm versus living in an apartment. Take a look at our comparison guide below that can help you decide on the best fit for you:

More Freedom

Dorms often have more restrictions than apartments, restrictions that include but are not limited to no visitors after certain hours, no candles or hot plates, regular room inspections and floor meetings, strict curfews, and more. Many schools also require you to purchase a meal plan if you live in a dormitory. This can be tricky and unfavorable if you don’t like the food your campus offers or if your campus cafeteria has awkward hours.

With apartment living, as long as you abide by the agreements of your lease, don’t engage in illegal activities, and pay your rent on time, you have a lot more freedom to do as you please. And you can actually benefit from not being tied to a meal plan. You can learn to make your own meals, which allows you to learn the important life skill of being able to cook for yourself. It can also be much cheaper and much healthier than being tempted by the ready-to-go pizzas, hoagies, and snacks available at the cafeteria.

More Space

With apartment living, young students craving independence will have their own spaces in which to grow and express themselves. While some students may balk at this idea, more will thrive from their new found independence.

More Privacy

Privacy may be the greatest advantage to apartment living. In a dorm room setting, many students have to face with living with a stranger with incompatible interests and habits. With your own apartment, you don’t have to worry about sacrificing your privacy, and you will have more freedom to express yourself in your own personal space. If you are looking to live with a roommate, you will have more freedom to choose a roommate with more compatible interests, not to mention you will get more space for the money.

More Bang for Your Buck

When weighing the benefits of dormitory versus apartment living, consider all the costs. In some cities, depending on the housing market, it may be cheaper to live in an apartment than in a dorm. Even with the cost of utilities and renters’ insurance, it could be significantly more inexpensive to live in an apartment than in a dorm. Another added bonus for renters? You could start establishing your rental history from a younger age which can help you rent more easily after graduation.

To take a peek at where you could be living next year, visit University Place Apartments today.