Connecticut College is definitely not a commuter school. With guaranteed housing for four years and good odds of getting a single after freshman year, very few even consider hunting through the Classifieds. Social life really revolves around on-campus events, and there are meetings, sporting events, and lectures at all different times of the day. It would be difficult for a student to be very involved in campus life while living off campus. The urge to stay on campus is reinforced by the fact the immediate area of New London offers no great housing options, and can be a dangerous area to live.
On the whole, students are content with living on campus, but there are a few choices for those who decide to opt out. Groups of friends sometimes rent (and get a good deal on) summer houses in vacation areas like Stonington. Another alternative is the River Ridge Apartments, which are apartment style dorms technically on Conn's campus,
but set far enough that they don't feel like they are part of the school. River Ridge strikes a nice balance between on
and off campus living, but for students who really don't want to live on campus-they will feel like a kid: Playskool "My