The freedoms to yell at all hours of the night, to party whenever you want and-perhaps most importantly-to have a significant other spend the night all make off-campus living immediately appealing. However, the fact that 80 percent of the student population is fond enough of campus life to remain there for at least three, and more than likely all four years, says much about where student preference lies. Nevertheless, those who choose to live off campus say that the apartment complexes are pretty close to campus and are fairly well kept. Although there may be a higher incidence of crime, and some off-campus houses may be in sketchy areas, such factors do not push these students back into the dorms.
Despite the fact that many students who move off campus are happy with their apartments, the massive amount of students who choose to remain on campus for at least three years indicates that, while it may have some advantages, there is nothing particularly special about off-campus housing. Students enjoy going to off-campus parties, but they also mention how off-campus housing is vulnerable to crime, especially in certain areas of South Bend.