Those that live off campus have large benefits and certain drawbacks that must be considered. Many of those who live off campus enjoy the freedom they have and their own private, quiet space, but dislike having to commute to school. While there are many options within a few blocks of campus, most students still find themselves at least 15 minutes away from school. The advantages include not having to buy a meal plan, cheaper rent, and having the freedom to party and be loud without worrying about being written up, or having Campus Safety break up the party.
Living off campus also brings about several other responsibilities, which is probably commonly overlooked when students decide that they want to live off campus. You have to be concerned with a lease and monthly rent. There are also bills such as gas and electric. Students that live off campus most likely are not on a meal plan, so supplying and cooking your own food becomes a concern. With all of these new responsibilities, you have to make sure that you are budgeting properly. If there were more options within a few blocks of campus, living off campus would be equal in benefits and disadvantages to living on campus.