What It's Really Like Living On Campus

It's that time of year where high school seniors are applying to colleges and learning about their acceptances. I remember, this time last year, I was accepted to Cabrini University. I was faced with the decision of commuting or living on campus. Originally, I was going to commute. However, after months of debating, I decided to take on the challenge of living on campus.

Here's what it's really like living on campus:

1. You and your roommate might not click.

I've heard stories from other freshman. It stinks, but it happens. Be respectful and move on. It's okay if you guys aren't apart of the same friend group.

2. People usually run the halls around 2 AM and scream. For. No. Good. Reason.

Yes, people can be inconsiderate. They scream at the top of their lungs and crank up the music-- just because they can. They don't care that you have a class tomorrow at 8:00 AM. Buy earplugs.

3. You will get homesick.

I FaceTime my parents every night before I go to bed. I also FaceTime my boyfriend. It's definitely a difficult transition. However, talking to my family and checking in makes it easier. Also, make friends! Having friends and making plans makes the transition a heck of a lot easier. 

4. Eating grilled cheese sandwiches three days in a row is a bad idea.

I know... they're delicious. Don't do it. Been there, done that.

5. The cafeteria food really isn't that bad.

The food in my cafeteria is pretty darn good, to be honest. My cafeteria has an action bar where they make the food right in front of you. Pretty cool, huh? 

6. It's a lot easier to make friends.

I can't imagine if I was a commuter student during my first year. I'm a super shy person, making friends would have been extremely difficult. Living on campus makes it a lot easier to jump out of your comfort zone and go for it!

7. Seniors don't let freshmen into parties.

Here's some advice to all of you rebels out there: don't go. There are better ways to spend your Friday nights. Go to a event hosted by the campus. Go to a movie. There are a ton of safer alternatives.

8. Communal showers are gross.

Yes, there's hair. No, there's no place to put your leg up to get a clean shave. Yes, there's toothpaste in the sinks. No, there's nothing you can do about it. Just remember to bring your shower shoes.

9. You'll definitely get out of your comfort zone.

I've done things I've never thought I'd do. But hey, here I am. That's definitely a positive thing, by the way!

10. It's a heck of a lot easier to get sick.

As I am typing up this blog post, my nose is running and my throat couldn't be sorer. Three words: Colds. Spread. Fast. I'm sucking on cough drops and hoping for the best. Remember to drink lots of water and stock up on the hand sanitizer. 

11. You learn responsibility.

When you live on campus, you are responsible for yourself. You have to do your own laundry. Take out your own trash. Manage your own time. It's definitely a little overwhelming at first, but you get used to it. (Keep an agenda and color code it. It will help a lot!)

Overall, I like living on campus. It's nice to roll out of bed and do whatever you want. However, I miss my family like crazy. I also miss taking baths. And doing face masks in the privacy of my own bathroom. But hey, it's been an eyeopening experience for me.

Question of The Day: Which do you prefer, commuting or living on campus?


  1. Wow, these are such fascinating points you delivered! Especially for someone like me who's starting uni very soon. 1, 2, and 8 are one of the main reasons I didn't choose to live in the dorms or on campus, but I imagine it must be great to be able to make friends through there. :)
    You have such wonderful content, I adore your blog! I'd love if we can follow each other on Bloglovin maybe? Do let me know <3 have a good weekend!

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

    1. Thank you so much, Joanne! It's definitely an experience living on campus. I wish you the best of luck with college! Thanks for reading & commenting! I really appreciate it. Would love if we followed each other! xo

  2. Wow! This is so amazing. Thank you for sharing these tips!

    Mihaailo / mihaailo.blogspot.com

  3. Preach! We didn't have to share rooms in my halls which I was quite grateful for as I love my own space, but a friend of mine did and her roommate despised her for no evident reason and she ended up leaving the university because it was making her so unhappy! We didn't have a cafeteria either, but cooking every night was a lot of effort and we definitely ate some lazy meals more often than not.

    My hall was shared with 30 people so there were two showers evenly split with the boys and girls and they were honestly rancid. My boyfriend at the time had a 4 person flat across campus so I stayed there quite a lot as the shower was just too much to bear sometimes! The kitchen was also shared between 30 of us, with 3 ovens and five fridge/freezers!

    I did absolutely love living on campus, and it was such a good opportunity to socialise!

    Great post :)

    Issy | MissIsGoode

    1. Definitely a little different! But a great learning experience! Thanks for reading & commenting. I really appreciate it.

  4. Enjoy it while you still can. Student life is so much fun!

  5. Thank you for this wonderful tips. Loved reading it.

  6. Useful post for those who are still in college. It brought up so many memories for me when I was still a student. Keep writing. I'm so excited for your next post. Love Dr Christian Farthing

  7. This is all so true! Reading this brought back so many memories. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Wow. This is such a great read. I love it. Good luck to you, Guilianna!

  9. I love this post so much. Good luck with the semester. Great share, dear.

  10. I definitely agree with number 1 - "Be respectful and move on". Nice post dear, very well written. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Such a great share. I enjoyed reading it. Good luck!

  12. Great share, atleast your giving others ideas how is it living on a campus. Thanks!