With approximately 80 percent of the student body living on campus, Gustavus prides itself in being a close-knit and residential community. The majority of upperclassmen chooses to live on campus in apartment-style housing because they enjoy the idea of not having to mow the lawn, shovel the snow, or pay for all their own utilities. The biggest hassles from the Residential Life office come from noise violations, small rooms, and the ban on candles and smoking. Applying to live off campus is tricky since your randomly-generated priority number can either make or break your chances of getting off campus. In addition, not having a car means that you have to walk up Old Main Hill each day—a good workout, but certainly something to be dreaded in the middle of winter.
Students who do live off campus sing both its praises and annoyances. While there are many perks to not having to deal with Residential Life and having your own space, downfalls of living off campus in St. Peter include overpriced rent based on demand and few options outside of living in large houses with a number of friends—apartments in St. Peter are sparse and not the closest to campus. With the majority of your classmates living on campus and having the benefit of living in apartments while still being able to walk next door and knock on your friend’s door, you are better off just living on campus.