Editorial — The ups and downs of living on campus

Living on campus offers more of a support system through RAs, fun events and a sense of community. There is greater access to campus, and there is no need for a car.

It is safer compared to other living options off-campus, and the rent is paid once per semester instead of a month at a time. You do not have to have an empty occupancy that you are paying rent for in the summer.

However, living on campus can be extremely disorganized.

For example, one of our editors was given a warning of eventual eviction notice when they had already paid all fees at the start of the semester.

Housing also said they would withhold his or her place during the summer because they had not paid their fees to the university the semester before when he or she had.

They also used to change the gate code every few weeks during the summer without notifying residents, causing one of our editors to get locked out of the dorm.

Both times our editor had to contact each and send screenshots of their account.

Another con is maintenance. Now we cannot speak for the other students, but for University Columns there is only one man who we very much appreciate.

Maintenance is understaffed, so clogged toilets and broken gates can be left for a while before getting to fix them.

On Sept. 30, a post in the student concerns page showed a dorm room having mold on the walls yet passed a health inspection. Students should not face a health risk from living in expensive, university-provided housing, especially if this is their only option.

Living on campus has its pros and cons, but the best part about living on campus is that its easier to get involved.


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