Staying on-campus can help you eat healthier. Find out how!

Making a decision to stay on campus, live at home or maintain an off-campus apartment can be very difficult. For students who attend school outside of commuting distance of home have to choose between staying on-campus or off-campus. There are definitely benefits attached to staying on campus that you might want to consider before committing to any decision.

No Need to Drive to Classes

When you stay on campus you don't have to worry about how you are going to get to class if you don't have a car. Even if you have a car you can use it for doing things off campus and save the gas money. On many college campuses students invest in bicycles to travel among multiple campuses or they take advantage of bus services the college provides for students. No matter which one works best for you, make sure you take everything into consideration before choosing to live off campus solely to have a car.

Reduction of Travel Time

Students who stay on campus do not have to do as much going back and forth to classes. This provides more time to study during class time and provides more time for leisure later—at least for those students who are planning to just relax in their dormitories after class. Add the time savings to the fact you don't have to pay for gas and you have more money to use for fun when you are not in class.

Making New Friends

Students who stay on campus have a better opportunity to make friends with those in their dormitories as well as those in their classes. Many students who live off campus tend to remain friends with just those who are staying in the same area where they live and don't try to make new friends with others on campus. Keeping such a tight knit circle of friends is fine for some, but broadening your horizons will serve you better in the long-run. Having friends all over the grid will enable you to choose study partners accordingly instead of being stuck with only a few choices.

Better Eating Habits

Most college campuses offer meals for students either through a voucher system or meal card. Since most college students have limited budgets for food, those who live off campus are more likely to invest in high calorie junk food instead of full meals they can purchase in the college cafeteria. That doesn't mean they don't have snacks in their rooms for later on, but they at least have the option of three good meals every day. This might not be on the top of the students’ priority lists, but eating a healthy diet plays a large role in your college success as your body needs to stay well to perform well.

Quicker Access to the Library and Computer Labs

Living on campus gives students quicker access to the library and computer labs for those who don't have their own computers. This gives them more time to work on research papers without having to take the time to commute from an off campus apartment or rooming house to the college after class.

Increased Motivation to Study

While this may not be true of all students who live on campus, those who do not have access to transportation are more likely to spend time studying than trying to catch a ride into town to hang out with friends. Also, some dormitories impose curfews, so if you want to get back in you have to be there by that time. Other dormitories also have rules about parties and visitors in order for the students to have an opportunity to study and get to bed in time for the next day's classes.

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