Is commuting to college worth it? Financially speaking, I think so, yes.
But does it come with a few drawbacks? Oh, you bet.
And if you’re planning on commuting the upcoming semester, you should be aware of what’s in store for you. The following pros and cons about commuting to college might help you make an informed decision.
Cons of Commuting to College To Know
1) It’s Hard to Stay Involved When You’re Home
There’s more to college than going to class. This is the opportunity to join clubs or organizations and make wonderful connections with peers and mentors.
But that can be difficult when you’re driving or taking public transportation to school. Depending on how far you have to commute, you might be spending a large amount of time going back and forth. This leaves you less time for all the activities held at your college campus.
Not only does this make you look bad in the eyes of future employers, it also makes you feel bad. Your lack of social interaction might make you feel alienated and lonely.
2) Working on Group Projects is Tough For the Commuter
No matter what you’re studying, you’re going to have your fair share of group projects. Projects and assignments that should be done as a group can be tough for students that commute to school.
You’ll have to spend time on-campus meeting with your group members and working together. That means leaving campus later and getting back home at a later time as well.
If you plan to commute, you’ll have to really take the time to communicate with your classmates and map out the amount of work.
3) You Have to Pack A Lot of Stuff When You Commute
If you’re commuting, you’ll to need to pack all your class materials that you’ll use for the entire day. And that’s not all.
You’ll also probably need to pack a lunch and a change of clothes for work or the gym. And depending on the weather, you’re going to want to carry a lot of layers.
This is a lot of stuff to lug around. Doesn’t make for an easy commute or make you particularly excited to start your day.
4) Living at Home Can Get Boring
College is really the time to test out your independence and that’s hard to do when you’re still living at home. You might still have to answer to your parents on where you’re going and what you’re doing. Not the most ideal college experience.
It can also be distracting living at home. Your family knows just where to find you if they need you to wash dishes, pick up your sibling from school or take out the trash. Concentrating on your studies can be more difficult if you’re being constantly interrupted.
Pros of Commuting to College To Know
1) You Save Money Staying at Home
Let’s face it, college isn’t cheap. On top of tuition, dorms and meal plans are pretty expensive. If you’re putting yourself through school and are working part-time, you’re going to want to cut costs anywhere you can.
Living at home or off-campus will save you a good chunk of change. And opting out of your college’s meal plan so you can cook for yourself is just another way to save some extra cash. It will be healthier too.
Trust me, no matter how bad of a cook you think you are, whatever you make will still be 10x better than the garbage they serve in your school’s cafeteria.
2) No Obnoxious Roommate To Worry About
I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of college roommate horror stories. Now we’re not saying all college roommates are bad. In fact, some roommates can turn into life-long friends.
But there is the possibility that you may have to adjust to living with someone else, especially if he or she is a complete stranger. And dorm rooms are famous for being pretty tiny so it doesn’t offer a whole lot of privacy.
Chances are you and your roommate will keep different schedules and have to work around each other. Not to mention dealing with any overnight guests.
By commuting to college you’ll have more control over who you live with. You’ll also have more privacy and can make your own rules and keep to your own schedule.
3) Less Distractions Will Allow You to Focus on School
If you live on campus, it’ll be easier for you to get side tracked by those around you. After all, it’s super convenient to hang out with friends when you all live on the same floor. This makes studying or doing homework particularly hard, especially when you hear everyone around laughing and having a good time. When you live at home, however, you’re less likely to be distracted by social events.
Also, if you commute to college you’re more likely to actually go to your classes than those who live on campus. Because why else would you make the hour long trip to campus, if not to go to class?
Sure, those that live on campus don’t have to worry as much when it comes to getting to class on time. Most of the time they can just roll out of bed and go to class. However, this leisurely pace also makes it just as easy to skip class.
So…Is Commuting to College Worth It?
Yep. Sure, it takes more discipline to get everywhere you need to be on time, but it’s great practice for when you start commuting to work;)