Advantages and Disadvantages of Staying in School Hostel

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Staying in School Hostel vs Staying Off Campus

Before we start off to discuss the “Advantages and Disadvantages of Staying in School Hostel vs Staying Off Campus” let us quickly make some terms clear.

In this article, wherever “Freshers” is used, it simply means new university intakes, rather new students.

It’s true that students are often faced with the dilemma of choosing where to stay in the university most especially the freshers or freshmen.

As a fresher, where you stay when you gain admission into the university has an overall effect on how well you will perform academically.

If you want to perform well academically in school, stay where suits you.

There are lots of advantages and disadvantages of staying in school hostel vs staying off campus, it just depends on you.

THOUGHTS OF RETURNING STUDENTS

Returning students have often advised that freshers should stay in the school hostel in their first year.

They have maintained that since most of the freshers are new to university life, it’s best they stay in the school hostel. you can check out while a fresher should stay in the school hostel in her first year.

This isn’t exactly how I think though, moreover, I understand perfectly what the returning students mean.

I know a girl who in her first year came from home to school. She made all A’s in all first-year courses.

But in her second year, she didn’t do so well and even had to carry over some courses. What caused her overall performers to drop I cannot ascertain but she stayed in the school hostel in her second year.

Where ever you choose to stay, it should be for a reason that will foster your academic or career pursuit.

Therefore, if you are currently in the dilemma of choosing where to stay in school, you are just about to learn the advantages and disadvantages of staying in school hostel vs staying off campus.

Now, let’s establish the advantages of staying in the school hostel
  • Staying in school campus give students easy access to school facilities.
  • Students staying in the school hostel have the opportunity to participate in a variety of campus-wide and residence hall programs.
  • Staying the in school hostel have access to quick information and also have the chance to respond swiftly.
  • Students staying in the school hostel do minimal housekeeping and cooking.
  • Easy walking distance from hostel to anywhere around the school.
  • Gives motivation for wanting to learn.
  • Students staying in school hostel have the opportunity to make lifelong friendships and make lasting memories.
  • Gives the opportunity to learn about other cultures and lifestyle.
  • It’s cheaper(In some cases though)
  • Provides safety in school.
  • On campus, you have the opportunity or motivation to join the gym, swimming club, basketball team etc according to your choice.
  • Students have the opportunity to instantly maximize their free time.

Now let us explain the advantages of staying in school hostel listed above:

1) Staying in school campus give students easy access to school facilities.

School has lots of facilities you invariably want to utilize while in the university. One of such facilities is the internet or school Wi-Fi, nothing beats that.

Access to a classroom at odd hours to read probably for night class. This doesn’t mean someone staying off campus can’t make use of the classrooms but it’s more stressful coming from off campus.

Light and water is something you may not have to even bother about depending on your school and country though.

Access to the school library to 8-10PM depending on your school and country. Students staying off campus can still make use of the library at that time but for security reasons and the stress of going off campus must also be considered.

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2) Students staying in school campus have the opportunity to participate in a variety of campus-wide and residence hall programs.

No doubt, students staying off campus rarely even know of some social programs or events going on on campus.

I remember how I love a certain celebrity in my country and when the celebrity was brought to perform in school, I wasn’t even aware.

There are also some social activities and competitions that take place in the school hostel that Off-Campus students may not even know.

Some competitions like miss halls for girls and mister halls for guys, and also halls week for different halls.

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3) Students staying in school hostel have access to quick information and also have the chance to respond swiftly.

This is just one bunch of advantage of staying in the school hostel.

Some of the finest lecturers call for impromptu test always in the university.

Students that stay on campus have the opportunity to respond swiftly more than students that stay off campus.

When you miss an impromptu text, you will feel disconnected from the school system, honestly. It affects you psychologically wrong.

4) Students staying in school campus do minimal housekeeping and cooking.

This also depends largely on the school and country you stay in.

But let me speak from the experience I had in my own country and university.

In my school, in a particular room, it’s supposed to be for just 8 students but circumstances make some rooms to be occupied with 16-19 students.

When such a number of students stay in a room, it’s hard getting students to do housekeeping. Some students don’t even mind messing up the room and won’t even bother to do clean up.

It’s quite funny how I make this an advantage but it is honestly to the students who don’t do housekeeping.

I don’t know if there is any country or university where their College students are fed, but the school I attended and in my country, we are not fed.

Though this was cited as an advantage because you can eat food from your roommates when you are too tired to cook. This is actually by choice.

That’s actually an advantage because when you stay off campus, your options are minimal.

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5) Easy walking distance from hostel to anywhere around the school.

This advantages cannot be overemphasized.

Moving from one faculty or lecture theatre to the other from the hostel is stressful on its own talkless of coming from off campus.

In the university, every distance or time spend on anything is very important.

Staying in school hostel saves you lots of time to rest or engage in other productive activities.

In cases where you finish having a class and the next class should hold in an hour, you can just walk to your hostel, relax or do other things before the next class.

This isn’t really the case for students that stay of campus, they will have to hang around till the next lecture.

6) Gives motivation for wanting to learn.

Motivation to learn that is derived from staying in school hostel is something to talk about.

When you stay in the school hostel, you got to meet people who are books themselves. They read every now and then.

So this could serve as a motivation to you

There are days when you will want to be nonchalant or just sit down doing nothing. But when you see students read, you will be motivated to do the same.

No matter your training, in the school hostel, you will meet a different kind of character and attitudes.

You have to pick the ones that will help you and also helps to motivate you and dump the ones that don’t.

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7) Students staying in school hostels have the opportunity to make lifelong friendships and make lasting memories.

The importance of the kind of people you will meet in the school hostel cannot be treated lightly.

There is just the kind of people you meet in school hostel that will really have a great impact on your stay in school and even after school.

You could meet people in school hostel with great connections that may probably come handy when you are in school and out of school.

Don’t just take the people you meet in school hostel lightly, it’s one of the very importance of coming to school.

8) Gives the opportunity to learn about other cultures and lifestyle from other people.

This is very true and everyone you meet in your hostel probably has a different culture and training.

So learning to tolerate or adapt with them helps you learn from their culture and training.

Many a time, when you leave the university system to work in an establishment with a team of others, you may even meet some with the same attitude as those in school hostel and coping with them won’t be difficult.

9) It’s cheaper (subjective though)

Not in all cases or school though. But most times, staying in school hostel is cheaper.

It also makes you spend less. Imagine having to pay light bills and other bills off campus, but you don’t have to care about such bills staying in the school hostel.

10) Students have the opportunity to instantly maximize their free time.

When classes end for the day or when there is a free period, students who stay in the school hostel, can easily go to their hostel and relax or do some other productive things.

On the hand, students who stay off campus can’t just go back when it’s free period and also it takes more time to get to the off campuses.

11) Provides safety in school

The schools’ management provides maximum security for students staying in the school hostel.

There are laid down rules that students in school hostel have to follow for their own protection.

Unlike off campus where every student tries to protect his/herself, but in school, security is always on ground to protect you from different kind of threats.

10) On campus, you have the opportunity to join the gym, swimming club, basketball team etc according to your choice

It’s always good to exercise the body just the same way you exercise your brain.

Staying in school hostel helps you achieve this normally.

disadvantages of staying in the school hostel.
1) RULES

There are rules laid down by the school that you must keep while staying in the school hostel.

Some of these rules prevent you from bringing a gas cooker to the school hostel, bringing television or sound systems etc

These are things you can get for your own satisfaction off campus.

If you want to have full control of your space, you don’t have to stay in the school hostel.

In school hostels, there are ways you are not permitted to dress out, but when you stay off campus, you can dress out whatever way that pleases you.

As a boy, there are times you can’t visit girls hostel and as a girl, there are also times you can’t visit guys hostels. There are just restrictions.

Depends on your hostel, there is closing time for some hostels, most especially girls hostel.

If you want to school by your own rules, you won’t enjoy staying in the school hostel.

2) Privacy Issues

This point alone cannot be overemphasized.

Privacy can make anyone stay off campus. You can’t get your own privacy in the school hostel. Don’t even think about it.

You can even arrange your bed so fine only for you to come back and see it turned upside down because the person that slept on it didn’t make it as he/she met it.

If you are the person that gets offended when people share your stuff, don’t think of school hostel unless you are ready to tolerate or accommodate.

Also, if you are so meticulous, don’t even think of staying in the school hostel.

You can’t have your privacy. If you are too neat, you will have a problem with dirt in the school hostel. Also, if you are too dirty, you will have a problem with the neat ones.

There are diverse characters you will encounter in the school hostel, just be ready to tolerate because fighting is not allowed in school or the school hostel.

3) NOISE

This was something that was so unbearable to me. I couldn’t just get used to the noise some students make. Though, some people say, that’s the fun and the beauty of the school hostel anyway.

For instance, you can come to the hostel very tired and only want to take a nap but just why you are about doing that, one of your roommates can just start shouting for no reason. 

It’s so funny how these things happen in school hostels.

I remember returning back from a night class at about 4:00 AM and met two of my roommates singing out loud disturbing the peace of the hostel.

All I needed was to take a little nap before I prepare for class but I couldn’t get it.

Staying in the school hostel is fun but you have to be strong and highly rational and subjective in your thinking.

4) hygienes 

This is one of the things you will have issues with. Your personal hygienes should be in your hands.

From your foodstuffs to the toilets and bathrooms, you must be careful. The hygienes in school hostel is a terrible one.

Hygiene is one of the big problems of staying in the school hostel. The hygiene off campus is superb as compared to the school hostel.

5) Security

Security can also be a challenge.

The security often times crash down parties where students may be having fun all in the name of protecting students.

This is all about the advantages and disadvantages of staying in school hostel vs staying off campus. It’s quite a dilemma for many persons to choose where to stay most especially the freshers. Going through the points in this article should give you a glimpse of what to expect in the school hostel.

 ADVANTAGES OF STAYING OFF-CAMPUS 

What’s listed as advantages and disadvantages of staying in the school hostel, are probably the same as the disadvantages and advantages of staying off-campus respectively.

But lets quickly dwell on the most important factors of staying off campus.

1) PRIVACY

Any time and any day you ask any student staying off campus while they love it, they will always dwell on privacy.

Privacy may not be the only reason why a student stays off-campus but it’s the most important.

You have privacy to the extent that when you leave your room kept or unkempt, you come back to meet it like it was before you left, unlike the school hostel.

In off-campus, friends don’t come to your room unannounced unless the ones you give such privilege. 

They have to be sure you are in your hostel because they don’t want to walk such a distance without you being around.

You don’t have to put up with the annoying characters of roommates.

In off campus, you are basically just free to do anything and have anyone visit as you.

You can also sleep with the lights or fan on if you want to. But you can’t try that in the school hostel.

2) Hygiene

Your hygiene is sure when you stay off campus as compared to the school hostel where you practically have a problem with hygiene.

Staying off campus gives you the opportunity to have your hygiene in your hands.

If you want to be dirty or clean, it’s just your business.

3) No Unnecessary In Your Room

Unlike school hostel where the noise is so unbearable in your room most times, you don’t have much noise in your room off campus.

You sleep and wake up when you want to, not when one of your roommates starts disturbing the peace of your room.

If you don’t like the lights on when you sleep, you turn it off and no one will turn it on for you. When you feel cold at night, you turn off the fans.

Depends on where you stay, you can have AC off-campus but can’t in the school hostel.

4) RULES

The rules you live by are the ones you set for yourself.

You don’t have to worry about anyone telling you what to and what not to do.

This is where discipline set in and your maturity is tested.

The disadvantage of staying off campus is just the numerous advantages of staying in the school hostel.

Lets quickly discuss on while too much privacy may not be good.

1) Privacy

Privacy which most students seek has been the doom of so many students.

It takes maturity to be able to control or cope with excessive privacy or freedom.

Most guys get influence and start to do hard drugs just because they stay in off-campus and had too much privacy that they couldn’t control.

Some girls became wide too.

Privacy is good but when privacy becomes excessive for someone who isn’t matured, it becomes something bad.

In conclusion

When it comes to your accommodation in school, the advantages and disadvantages of staying in the school hostel vs staying off campus must be fairly considered.

But this whole factors highlighted in this article depends on you. The advantages and disadvantages of staying in the school hostel may not be seen as such to you.

The experienced gained in your transition into university life is what will guide you in your life after school.

One reason this has to be a personal issue is because of several factors. Imagine someone sick asthma, staying in a room where the roommates always love to fry things, it is suicide.

Check yourself and make a decision that suits you.

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5 Responses

  1. Anthony says:

    This is so educating.
    I will have to show this to my cousin who was planning on staying off campus for her first year, maybe after reading this, she will have to reconsider.
    Thanks very much for this piece.
    God bless you.

  2. sommy says:

    wow, this post is rich… keep up the good work

  3. Rebekah says:

    Wow.. I can totally relate to your points. Nice one.

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