HAMMOND, La. – According to the U.S. Department of Education, approximately 86 percent of college and university students are defined as commuter students.
Making a decision to live on campus or commute depends on each student’s personal situation.
Ivana Ellis, a former residential life student said two advantages of living in a dorm room would be having a meal plan and being able to wake up later than if she were commuting.
One of the main reasons students choose to commute from their home is to save money. Although it is a lot cheaper to live at home and commute to school, waking up at 6 a.m. in order to make it to class on time is never a favorite of college students. Commuter students can also study in the quiet of their own rooms, which is sometimes difficult to achieve while living with other roommates.
“Being involved in the campus life is sometimes difficult when you are commuting,” said Brittany Thompson from Baton Rouge. “There were many times when I wanted to attend events on campus, but I either had to work or take care of other things in Baton Rouge.”
Most commuters take on a variety of roles such as student, employee, parent, spouse and volunteer. “Life as a commuter student isn’t for everyone,” said Latronda Gibson from Slidell. “Sometimes I find it hard to stay focused academically because I live with three younger siblings.”
“I would encourage everyone to try and spend at least their first year in a dorm room or in a campus apartment. Living on campus helped me to socialize more and meet new people,” said Jonathan Webb, a graduating senior. Webb lived in Hammond Hall residential housing on campus until he became a junior at Southeastern.”