Commuting to College From Home

Commuting to College From Home

So you’re going to a school that’s a 15-20 minute drive from your house. That’s nice. But now you are faced with a decision: to commute or not to commute?

Here are some reasons why students may choose to commute to college from home:

The convenience/luxury of living at home. And the fact that some students just aren’t ready to live at college. It might feel overwhelming to live with hundreds (or thousands) of people your age in addition to the transition to the college workload. Parties, showering in flip-flops, and the meal plan may be overwhelming when you also have to adjust to a new academic atmosphere. Also, not having to move the majority of your possessions into a disgusting dorm room that who knows how many former students have puked and had sex in.

Save money. Especially in addition to the price of a good education, living at school can get pricey. Room and board can cost anywhere from $4,500 to $15,000 per year. The amount you save depends on factors such as how far you live, what kind of car you have, parking costs, and whether or not you have class every day. Typically, commuting can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars per year. You can get a good estimate by using a commute cost calculator such as this one. (Note: unless you plan on commuting to school during breaks, ignore the yearly cost and just use the cost per month.) That said, it can be a financially beneficial decision to commute if money is an issue for you/your family.

Guaranteed housing. Not all schools guarantee housing for students. I feel like that’s pretty self explanatory.

So why do students choose not to commute?

They don’t live close enough. Commuting option terminated.

Enjoying dorm life. Believe it or not, dorm life is a big part of the whole college experience. A lot of schools’ orientation/orientation groups are based on where you live on campus. Also, having an RA (residential advisor) is helpful. Oh and living in a dorm is a classic way to make friends.

You don’t have to drive/commute every day. Duh. Commuting to class by foot is enough.

Getting out of the house and being your own person. As much as I love my mom and dad, I do not know if I could be doing this whole college thing and come home to sleep under their roof every night. Also, if you plan on engaging in any debauchery–coming home intoxicated? Really? Hopefully your friends living on campus have room..

The choice is yours. Now you just have to make it.


Why did you choose to either commute or live on campus? Share with us in the comment box below!