Going off to college can be intimidating at first. It’s a new environment, new faces, and you’re on your own for the first time in your life. Living in a dorm is one of the many ways to make your transition to college easier. Although it is highly recommended by fellow Auburn students to live in a dorm, it is not required for freshman to live in a residence hall. Here are the top reasons as to why freshman should live in a dorm for their first year:
Meet New People:
Living in a place surrounded by other freshmen who are in the same boat as you can make your transition easier. This is true especially if you are out of state and do not know anyone. Living in a dorm is the best way for you to meet people. You will be amazed how many friends you make by living in a dorm!
Convenient to Campus:
Not a morning person? Don’t worry! Dorm residents are so close to campus, so they can wake up 15 minutes before class and still make it on time. Also, If you forgot something while on campus, you can make it back to your room before class starts.
Close to the Dining Halls:
While the dorm rooms do not have their own kitchens, dorm residents have full advantage of the dining halls around campus. You never have to worry about having to drive to pick up dinner because the dining halls are right next door.
Living in a dorm room is the safest place for freshmen. Residents have access to the security shuttle that runs from 6 p.m. -7 a.m. and can give you a free ride to anywhere on campus. Also, you can only get into the dorms with card access to ensure that college students are safe in their rooms.
You will not have to worry about getting your own furniture if you live in a dorm. Getting ready for college is already stressful enough, so not having to get furniture is a big item you can take off your checklist. The dorm residence halls provide a bed, desk, and dresser with lots of storage for your school supplies, personal items etc.
Once in a Lifetime Experience:
Never again in your life will you have the opportunity to have the college dorm experience, so take advantage while you can. By living in a dorm, you will make memories and friends that will last a lifetime.
These are only a few of the benefits you receive from living a dorm. The majority of students have positive experiences of living in a dorm. Senior Hannah Sessoms said, “I am so glad I lived in a residence hall my freshman year, I am from out of state and it was a great way to meet people.”