Living On- or Off-Campus: A College Student’s Guide

College Living in StratfordThere are different choices when it’s time to move out of your parents’ house and into your own place. Many college students face these choices when they start out as young adults. To make your selection a little easier, here are some ideas.

Boarding house or dormitory

To save money on rent and to save time looking for a place to stay in college, many students choose a boarding house. It’s one of the most popular options because ‘boarding house’ is synonymous with ‘fun’ and ‘friends’ for many young people. It’s also a convenient option because boarding houses are typically located within or very close to campus. You may not even need a car to get to class.


Sometimes an in-campus boarding house is less affordable than an apartment outside the campus. You may need to walk a little further, take the bus or drive a car or at least a bicycle to get to your school. But often the commuting and living expenses are a lot lower. Another advantage is you are not subject to the school’s rules on room and board.


You can also look for a house to rent. There are houses for rent in Stratford, Taranaki, for example, that are perfect for students. You have all the space you need and the comfort of a real house. If your family cannot move in with you, you can share the house with friends and split the rent. It’s safer to live with friends than strangers — and also easier to set house rules — so you may have to recruit roommates early, even before you go house-hunting.

These are some of the most popular options for college students as far as living arrangements are concerned. Make sure to do some research on the location and rates, plus the facilities in-house and around the area, before making a reservation or putting in a deposit.