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Reasons to Live on Campus

Image of a residence hall interior.Let’s face it, you only get one opportunity to be a traditional college student during your life, so you should probably immerse yourself in the full college experience. The best way to do that is to live on campus, where meeting (and then visiting) new friends means taking just a few steps down the hall.

There are so many reasons why living on campus is a great choice, but here is our top 10:

No commuting hassles! Stop wasting time fighting traffic and searching for parking spots before class. You can avoid having to travel through winter conditions for the sake of safety, and, hey, you can sleep in longer!

Safety and security are a priority on campus. Card access and cameras in the residence halls - along with Campus Safety and Residence Life staff available 24 hours each day, seven days a week - help you feel comfortable in your surroundings.

Not only are meals included if you live in the residence halls but so is laundry, Internet, cable, local telephone, common area cleaning (hallways, bathrooms), and 24-hour onsite security and residence staff.

You are just a short walk away from everything: classes, professors, study groups, the library, computer labs, activities, sporting events, recreational centers, the list goes on and on...

College is a transitional time and, while it will be incredibly enriching, there will be times when you feel challenged. Live with people who are going through the same experiences as you, and know that the Residence Life staff (who live in community with you) are always available for assistance, advice or just to talk.

There are so many ways to get involved and stay connected. From clubs and organizations, to intramurals and club sports, to student leadership positions and service/volunteer opportunities, we have something for everyone!

Living on your own and making key decisions for yourself is an important step in the maturing process. Learning to balance freedom and responsibility in a protected environment like a residence hall makes the post-college transition easier.

Meet new people! Live new experiences! An endless array of social activities with your floormates, in your hall and all over campus make it easy. Just show up and enjoy! These are the things that lifelong friendships are made of!

Research of college and university students across the nation shows that students who live on campus are more satisfied with their collegiate experience, earn better grades and are more likely to graduate than their commuting peers.

Don’t just go to NU — be NU! This is a unique time in your life, where else can you experience new cultures, new friendships and live in a supportive community rich with new and diverse ways of viewing the world? Residence hall living - it’s an experience unlike any other!