Students who wish to move off campus must apply to Campus Life during their junior year at Dickinson. It is a completely random selection process, and approximately 150 seniors live off campus each year. Dickinsonians chosen to live off campus are required to attend a seminar about productive neighborhood living in an effort to maintain a positive relationship between students living in the community and Carlisle residents.
Off-campus residences vary, just like the dorms. It’s a matter of personal preference, and the more you are willing to pay and the earlier you begin to look, the better place you will find to live.Most students who live off campus say they like it because they see it as a cheaper option than living in the dorms. Additionally, a lot of students like to live off campus because of the privacy it allows. Since students who live off campus are seniors and legally allowed to drink, they want to be able to have people over to party; living on campus, there is much larger chance of getting caught, and kegs are not permitted in any Dickinson-owned housing. Off-campus housing option also allows seniors to get closer to the real world and prepare for life after college.