During freshman year, it is typical to hear from many peers that they will be moving out into their own apartments or homes before sophomore year. But by the time they have been living on campus for three semesters, complacency, enjoyment, and the difficulty of securing and maintaining one’s own home creates an insurmountable slope for most undergraduates. The fraternity houses and the dormitories house more than 80 percent of Millsaps students.
Students living off campus are either from the Jackson area and have support systems, if not homes, already in place. After that, maybe 5 percent of students actually rent and maintain places independently. The exceptions are fifth-year students and part-time students who have their fingers in many pies. The school does not have anyone with the position of arranging off-campus housing or aiding students with their off-campus experience. The SBA Senate maintains a place for off-campus students, but few organizations get input from this disassociated part of the student body. Of course, this is frustrating for the students that do not live on campus—there are strong complaints about their aloofness regarding social events.