One of the most exciting things about college is finally being able to move out of your parents’ house.

For the first time, you’re on your own and completely responsible for taking care of yourself.

However, a lot of college students opt to live at home and commute. As with any decision, pros and cons exist, so if you need a little help deciding, don’t worry.

I’ve got you covered.

Pros

Freedom

This is huge. Think about all of your newfound freedom: staying out all night, not having to tell anyone where you’re going—even when you’re just going to run a quick errand. No more being nagged for…just existing.

By being solely responsible for your actions, you have the opportunity to grow into an adult. No one can mature with their parents cleaning up their messes and telling them what to do all of the time.

So Many Activities

You never have to be bored if you don’t want to be. There is always something to do.

With all the new friends you’ll be making, the opportunities for adventures are limitless.

Consider all the time you could spend exploring your campus or college town. You could even take short road trips on your days off.

You’ll also have access to free movie screenings on campus, a nearby fitness center, a library with tons of cool stuff and plenty of fellow students to get to know.

The Study Environment

I commute—and the study environment on campus is probably what I hate missing out on the most.

Concentrating on studying is hard at home; I don’t really associate my house with school.

Living on campus makes focusing easier. The library, student center, coffee shops and plenty of other study spots are in walking distance. Plus, seeing other students study reminds you that you should probably be doing the same.

As an added bonus, your professors are just around the corner from your dorm, rather than miles away by car. You can pop in during their office hours whenever you have a question about an assignment or a grade.

Cons

It’s Expensive

On top of the thousands of dollars you’ll spend on tuition each semester, room and board on campus will cost you almost as much.

Scholarships and financial aid work well for some, but a lot of people get stuck in that weird “my parents make too much for me to qualify for a scholarship, but not enough to actually pay my tuition,” limbo. Living at home can help you avoid an even bigger amount of debt than what you’re already accruing.

Separation Anxiety

It may not make sense to everyone, but a lot of people can’t imagine living far away from their friends and family. It’s nice to have everyone you’ve known your entire life nearby.

Not everyone wants to spend thousands of dollars to live in a tiny dorm room with a roommate they can’t stand.

The Campus

Yes, some college campuses are amazing and a ton of fun. They have so much to explore and take advantage of.

However, there are also plenty of campuses that might not offer the lifestyle you’re interested in. Maybe they’re in a secluded, small town which offers little to do other than study.

Not all campuses offer exciting events and amenities. There are plenty of campus residents who are frequently bored out of their mind because there is nothing to do unless they travel elsewhere.

In the end…

The decision is completely up to you.

Do thorough research on your college, talk to some students who lived on campus and some who commuted. Then you can make an informed decision about which option works best for you.

You can always try living on campus or in an off-campus apartment for a semester. You should know by the end of the term which living situation you prefer and you can be positive you made the right choice.