Even though UNCG has built nicer dorms in the past, like Tower Village and the Spring Garden Apartments to make older students feel more comfortable, a large number still flock to off-campus housing opportunities. It's not hard to see why; the outskirts of campus are full of student-friendly apartments and rental houses. With such close proximity, all students—not just upperclassmen—can still get the full "college experience" while living in the more comfortable accommodations of off-campus housing. An added bonus: If you live close enough to campus to walk to class every day, you don't have to fork over the $200-plus for a parking pass.
Of course, there are drawbacks in choosing private digs over dorm life. For starters, you have to supply all of your own furniture, whereas if you lived in a dorm, all of the basics are provided for you. You also don't have the option of a meal plan. While it may be beneficial to not visit the Caf, it also means you have to buy and prepare all of your own meals, which can be overwhelming to students who have never had to do that before. In addition to paying rent and making sure you don't starve, you will also be responsible for paying your electricity and water bills on time, if those aren't included in the price of your rent (and they're probably not). Living off campus definitely has its benefits, but you have to make sure you are responsible and financially stable enough to make it work before you sign the lease.