yconic - Is it better to...
Hide Menu

My Feed Money for School Student Help Brands Winners Support Center



Explore yconic
Explore Student Life Topics
Scotiabank
STUDENT CHAMPION
yconic proudly recognizes Student Champion Partners who are providing our community with superior support for their student journeys. Learn More
Student Help Brands

Is it better to...

A photo of j1026 j1026
live on res or off?
Was this helpful? Yes 0
8 replies
 
A photo of beaubeau beaubeau

@j1026 wrote
live on res or off?


Depends where you are, and what you consider your top priorities. For example, I know of people (the majority, haha) staying to attend Ottawa U and Carleton, some stay at home, and some will live in Res. The main reasons for them to live in Res are for socialising and to take away the pain of a long commute (we live in the suburbs and have to ride the city bus for a while).

Living on or off of Res has many pros and cons for both things. It really depends on what you want for yourself--and where you are of course!
Was this helpful? Yes 0

 
A photo of poeticallydemented poeticallydemented
It really depends on a number of factors.

The most obvious one is cost. If it's going to bankrupt you to the point of graduating in thousands of dollars in debt, its probably not the best idea if you have different options. The experts say that the average cost of living on campus for one year is about $20,000. Look at it this way: at Western, the cheapest residence is about $10,000. Add in approximately $6,000 for your tuition. Next, just things that you need for living. Shampoo, toothpaste, razors, deodorant, tylenol... etc. Then look at your social life. People in university like to go out at night and drink or go to the movies or whatever. That will bring you to about $20,000 for one year. Consider living at home (if it's an option) and you automatically save the $10,000 from living on campus.

Another consideration is where you live right now. Obviously, it's unrealistic to expect a U of T student to commute from Ottawa every day. If you live in a rural area where no university is available to you then residence might be your only option.

One of the huge things I personally considered when making a decision about residence was the loss of privacy that goes along with it. I value my privacy and at my house I'm given the luxury of my own washroom, my own bedroom, etc. Students living in residence are forced to give up a lot of their privacy.

The other thing I had to look at was my self discipline... Am I seriously going to do any work if I'm in residence? I'm a lazy bum, so I'd probably just sleep through all of my classes.

Anyways, there are a lot of things to consider. Hopefully you make the right one for you!
Was this helpful? Yes 0

 
A photo of j1026 j1026

@poeticallydemented wrote
It really depends on a number of factors.

The most obvious one is cost. If it's going to bankrupt you to the point of graduating in thousands of dollars in debt, its probably not the best idea if you have different options. The experts say that the average cost of living on campus for one year is about $20,000. Look at it this way: at Western, the cheapest residence is about $10,000. Add in approximately $6,000 for your tuition. Next, just things that you need for living. Shampoo, toothpaste, razors, deodorant, tylenol... etc. Then look at your social life. People in university like to go out at night and drink or go to the movies or whatever. That will bring you to about $20,000 for one year. Consider living at home (if it's an option) and you automatically save the $10,000 from living on campus.

Another consideration is where you live right now. Obviously, it's unrealistic to expect a U of T student to commute from Ottawa every day. If you live in a rural area where no university is available to you then residence might be your only option.

One of the huge things I personally considered when making a decision about residence was the loss of privacy that goes along with it. I value my privacy and at my house I'm given the luxury of my own washroom, my own bedroom, etc. Students living in residence are forced to give up a lot of their privacy.

The other thing I had to look at was my self discipline... Am I seriously going to do any work if I'm in residence? I'm a lazy bum, so I'd probably just sleep through all of my classes.

Anyways, there are a lot of things to consider. Hopefully you make the right one for you!



Thanks for the advice :D
I live about 30km from UofT, but I do find commuting to be a hassle.
Was this helpful? Yes 0

 
A photo of poeticallydemented poeticallydemented

@j1026 wrote


Thanks for the advice :D
I live about 30km from UofT, but I do find commuting to be a hassle.



Oh, 30km isn't that bad. My advice would be to try and group your classes so you have all either morning or afternoon classes, get Fridays off and live at home! The hassle is not worth it... one of my friends lived in the city and went on rez and found herself coming home every weekend and at least three times a week in the evening to study and get 'good food' and just regretted the whole thing. She's moving back home for her second year. Live and learn I guess!
Was this helpful? Yes 0

 
A photo of Quiz Quiz

@j1026 wrote
live on res or off?


Please direct this question to Mr. 101. He is the official StudentAwards residence advisor.
Was this helpful? Yes 0

 
A photo of SUMmer123456 SUMmer123456

@Quiz wrote

@j1026 wrote
live on res or off?


Please direct this question to Mr. 101. He is the official StudentAwards residence advisor.



He also provides excellent legal counsel.
Was this helpful? Yes 0

 
A photo of LRooke LRooke
He also provides excellent moral support when you might have done something extra-legal.
Was this helpful? Yes 0

 
A photo of 04matt04 04matt04
In my opinion, you should live on res for first year (no matter where you live/how close you are - unless you are very dependant on finances). If you think about it, you will only be in residence for 8 months out of your entire life. The residence experience is second to none, and 99% of people have a blast in residence and i've yet to hear one person say that they regret it.

I constantly hear parents/graduates telling me that they regret staying in residence for first year. Who cares if you would have gotten a 92% living at home instead of a 90% in residence - university isn't only about the academics; it's about the experience too.

Thats just my opinion.
Was this helpful? Yes 0