So you are thinking about your living arrangements for the next school year and you can’t decide if you want to live on campus or off. Well, take a look at the pros and cons of both worlds and then decide for yourself. Living on campus can have many advantages such as living close to the classroom buildings, and being close to friends.
“I like the convince of living on campus,” said communications major Kaylea Todd. “For example, I forgot a paper in my apartment and did not realize it until I got to class. I still had time to run back to my apartment, grab my paper, and make it back to class.”
Another student agrees.
“My favorite thing about living on campus is being so very centralized,” said music education major Gwendolyn Hernandez. “The long I have to walk to get to classes or anywhere else is ten to fifteen minutes. It’s easy to get things done, because it isn’t a tedious hassle to get from place to place.”
Here’s the drawback: Next year, housing rent will be going up.
“Well, we’re going up by about six percent.” said Daniel J. Motherway, who is the business manager of The University of west Florida housing and residence life. “It’s not six percent straight across the board, over all it’s about six percent. We do a market study every year where we go back and look at the apartment complexes and the immediate area. We go back and look at all of the housing complexes for all the major universities in Florida and some in Southern Alabama because we consider them our competitors and competitors for students.”
After housing looks at how the rates for the competitors are doing they look at other factors such as what new buildings are being built and other bills that need to be paid, such as utility bills and then they look at how the future is looking as far as what building need to be built and what mortgagees need to be paid.
“We used to set our rates and then we come up with a rate schedule and we have Argo, Martin, and Pace is one rate and the Heritage hall and Presidents hall is going to be another rate and the apartments are a different rate and then we compare the market, compare what we want to do, with what is happening out in town and the other universities and normally we try to go up about around six percent, even though, university as a whole is usually going up about like fifteen percent, something like that. But we try to keep it a little bit less than that because we need to stay competitive with the surrounding community. If we go up to high then we kind of price ourselves out of the market where students don’t want to stay with us anymore so we kinda are doing a balancing act.” said Motherway.
But all in all, it’s up to the board of trusties to make sure the rates are balanced, and that the university will be able to meet the university’s needs.
What about living off campus? There are many different types of options available. UWF has a website that is on hand to help students find affordable housing nearby.
Living off campus does have advantages and disadvantages.
One student explains why he likes the advantages of living off campus.
“Well, being off campus, you know I get to have an apartment I get to choose my own roommates,” said master program student Carlos Fabre Estrada “There’s more freedom as far as, I am of drinking age for example; so I can have alcohol if I so decide I can actually do my thing.” said Estrada.