What It's Like Commuting vs. Living On Campus

For my first two years of college, I lived on campus. And, now that I only have one semester left, I'm commuting. (Super excited about that, by the way!) I actually commuted to my university over the summer to take a chemistry course and now I'm back at it. I thought it would be fun to share with you what it's like commuting versus living on campus. Maybe this blog post can help you out if you're deciding on whether to commute or live on campus!


Food. Food. Food.

Commuting to campus allows you to have a variety of food options beyond the dining hall. The dining hall offers the same meals every week. I was that girl that had a grilled cheese three days in a row. #BadIdea 


Your car is your ride to freedom (literally!). With my car, I’m able to venture out and intern where I want to intern-- not where my college limits me to.

Luxury baths.

I know I’m not the only one that missed taking baths when I moved into my dorm. Commuting to campus means I can take a bath whenever I want. Bring on the bubbles!

Your bank account is happier.

Like $10,000+ happier. 


You get to see your family everyday. This is definitely my favorite thing about commuting. #HiMom


When you forget something…

You can’t run back to your dorm. As Scar would say, “be prepared.” Check out my backpack and car essentials for the commuter here.

Driving in traffic sucks.

Actually, if you’re anything like me, driving anywhere sucks. I have about a 30 minute commute to campus. Sometimes, it can be over an hour with traffic.



You can sleep as long as you like. You can roll out of bed 10 minutes before class starts if you want.

You make friends fast.

Like, really fast. 

I’m an independent woman.

You make your own bed, do your own laundry, manage your own time-- you’re practically an adult! My mom still makes my doctor appointments though. #MakingProgress

Office hours.

Need to see your psychology professor about a research paper? You can go whenever you want!


Peer pressure is a bit harder to avoid.

One of my old friends and I went to a party. She must have told me 6 times that she needed a drink and that I had to get one with her. I refused to drink at that party-- it was kinda sketchy. She got mad that I didn’t want to drink. Crazy, right?

Long distance relationship? You put it to the test.

During my freshman year of college, I dated the same boy I dated in high school. Over time, we built an incredibly toxic relationship. Our relationship lacked the factors needed for a strong foundation, such as communication and trust. We agreed to end the relationship. Balancing college and the relationship was too challenging. #ThingsHappenForAReason


Roommates can be good and bad; don’t get me wrong. However, sometimes, roommates can violate the Roommate Contract and do things they shouldn’t. I'd rather stay away from that drama all together.

There are definitely pros and cons to both situations. However, I've found that I am much happier commuting to campus. During the day, I didn't spend much time in my dorm anyway. I preferred to study in the library or cafeteria. It's pretty much the same thing!

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