College Life – College Housing & Transportation

College Housing & Transportation

One of the really fun things about going to college is the experience of living on your own (or at least away from your parents) for the first time.

  • You can come and go as you please.
  • You can stay out late.
  • You can play video games all night.
  • You can live on junk food.
  • You can listen to your music at whatever level you want.
  • And on-and-on – you get the picture.

Of course, the on-your-own bit has its drawbacks, too.

  • You learn that bad roommates don’t just live in the movies – sometimes they live in the next twin bed.
  • You realize just how much your parents picked up after you.
  • You actually find yourself craving those home-grown vegetables your mom made you eat (Ramen noodles aren’t all they’re cracked up to be).
  • You find yourself not coming and going as you please, staying out late, and doing whatever, because it is all too expensive for a college student.

But if you’ve considered both the pros and cons to moving out on your own for college, here’s some info about housing and transportation.


Some colleges require freshmen to live on campus. Make sure you know your college’s requirements – and don’t miss housing application deadlines! Click here for links to the admission offices.

Some college campuses are commuter campuses only, meaning they don’t have housing at all. In this case, you’ll need to look into an apartment.


Some colleges do not allow cars on campus, or they restrict the use of vehicles by underclassmen (usually freshmen and sophomores). Be sure you know the rules and have a plan for getting around.

Consider buying a bike (and a helmet). You’ll get great exercise. Gas prices won’t matter. You’ll never have trouble finding a parking place. And it is faster than walking, and sometimes faster than driving.