The major attraction of living off campus at any college is the chance to have your own room. But at SLC, getting a single is easy after your sophomore year. Students can stay on campus and enjoy all the privacy of an off-campus apartment without the hassle of transportation, bills, landlords, and isolation.
That being said, some students do relocate off campus after their freshman year. This is a popular move amongst transfer students who may not feel well-connected to the SLC community. Renting a room in Mount Vernon is undoubtedly more serene than sharing a kitchen counter with seven sloppy kids in Slonim Woods. In an off-campus apartment, you won’t be subject to SLC’s security guard invasions, but you may have neighbors who are less than tolerant of hearing Wavves blasted at odd hours of the night. If you’re considering living off campus, get in touch with SLC Housing for advice and area listings. Check the Internet and make some cold calls to get rates. Off-campus housing is not always cheaper than living on campus when transportation, food, and entertainment costs are factored in. If you’re going to drive from your apartment to campus, you’re going to need to buy a parking permit; if you’re coming from the city, you’ll need to pre-order bulk train tickets. Finally, ask yourself if you’re willing to sacrifice the tumultuous and often gratifying once-in-a-lifetime experience of living in a college dormitory.