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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 price. 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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