Battle of the nests: off campus vs. on campus housing

Staff Writer
Presently, there seems to be no shortage of housing options available
to Salisbury University students.
There is Seagull Square, University Park, New Zoo, Chesapeake
Hall, University Orchard, houses on Onley Road or off of Camden
Avenue and so many others.
But no matter where upperclassmen at SU choose to nest, it’s like a
silent battle between two groups of students – those who live off campus
and those who live on campus.
Just about everyone is biased to where they actually live, which
makes perfect sense seeing as how students have a lot of say in where
they choose to live (except for freshmen).
Despite the various living options and accommodations, the debate
stands: is it better to live on campus or off campus?
Salisbury University has a residency requirement for freshmen and
sophomores, meaning that underclassmen must live on campus for
their first two years as an SU student.
For some students, however, the appeal of living on campus as an
upperclassman keeps them cuffed.
Some students say the attraction to living on campus has a lot to do
with everything your typical college student would need being within
walking distance. Another on campus advantage for some students is
not dealing with finding a parking spot.
Sophomore Emily Rowan currently lives on campus and has decided
to live on campus through her junior year, as well.
“I decided to live on campus mainly because it’s easier and makes
life less stressful,” Rowan said. “I don’t have to worry about driving,
being late to class and having a meal plan is a lot easier than cooking
every night.”
Students also feel it is much easier to have a sense of community
while living in such close quarters with classmates.
“Living in a dorm with 100 other people, you always have someone
to hang out with or help you,” senior Ryan Biewer said.
The two-year resident requirement did not apply to Biewer when he
was a freshman. He has been living off campus for the last three years
and hasn’t looked back since.
“There’s a lot of freedom of having your own house and more independence,”
Biewer said. “Not having an RA means you’re not being
watched all the time and you can do what you want.”
For many students, the biggest perk of living on campus is the
Battle of the nests: off campus vs. on campus housing
Like several students, sophomore Shannon Barry chose
to live on campus because it was less expensive for her.
“SU kind of kicks you off campus when you’re a junior,
unless you’re willing to pay for Sea Gull Square,”
Barry said. “Moving off campus is the next step for juniors
and it’ll be fun to have that new experience.”
However, the location of both on and off campus
housing plays a large factor in price.
Chesapeake Hall and Dogwood Village are cheaper to
live in than Sea Gull Square just like it’s usually cheaper
to live in a New Zoo than in University Orchard.
Autumn Moore, a senior, transferred from a community
college her junior year and has always lived off campus.
Despite feeling like she may have missed out on
living in such a close-knit community, she loves her off
campus apartment.
“You make friends so fast when you’re squished into a
small space,” Moore said. “But I feel like I wouldn’t have
such nice amenities if I lived on campus.”

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