For many students attending St. Olaf, living on campus is a big part of enjoying the college experience. The social activities, the proximity to fellow students, and the general campus hustle and bustle can provide numerous opportunities for fun and comfortable living. However, if you sometimes find yourself wondering if you would prefer living off-campus and experiencing more independence, you are not alone! Many students annually elect to live in off-campus housing, both in honor houses and individually arranged rental units. It can be a wonderful experience, allowing you an increased sense of self-sufficiency and an opportunity to direct your own lifestyle. It can also be a very difficult experience, involving many responsibilities and burdens students may or may not take into account.
Before you get started, it’s important to consider all the factors involved in living off campus. There are many resources available to you, and with enough research you should be able to make a good decision on whether living off campus is right for you. Listed below are some questions you may want to consider before making the leap into leaving the hill.