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10 Reasons Why Apartments are Better than Dorms

Student Doing Schoolwork in His Oak Park ApartmentAre you a student in Oak Park looking for a spot to live? If that is the reason, you might ask whether you should rent an apartment or stay in a dorm. Both options have pros and cons; in our opinion, apartments are the better choice for most students. It Will not only be an apartment offer more amenities, but other excellent benefits come with renting an apartment that you can’t get living in a dorm room. Here are ten reasons you should consider renting an apartment

Apartments are usually more spacious than dorms, so you’ll have more room to study and relax.

Dorm rooms are notoriously cramped, leaving little room for you to do fundamental daily tasks. While not all apartments are spacious, most are bigger than a dorm room and may extend both a bedroom and a living room area you can appreciate.

Apartments typically offer more privacy than dorms.

The conventional dorm room is a shared room, so you and your roommate (or several, depending on the setup) will be in very close quarters all semester. An apartment, even a shared apartment, usually offers more privacy throughout the day and more control over your schedule. You can also choose your roommate(s) in an apartment, even though many dorms don’t allow it.

You can cook your own meals in an apartment, which is often healthier and cheaper than eating at the campus dining hall.

While college meal plans could be convenient, they aren’t always on the healthiest possibility. This is especially true if you have specific dietary needs. By renting an apartment with a kitchen, you can cook your meals to meet your needs better. In addition, it’s typically not more expensive to cook at home than buy your meals at other locations.

Some apartments allow students to have pets, whereas dorms usually do not.

If you wish to bring your beloved pet with you, that probably won’t be possible in a dorm room. But there are Oak Park property managers that will allow pets in apartments so that you can keep your furry friend close by. Just keep in mind that they may charge additional pet fees and pet rent, and some restrictions may apply (such as dog breeds and sizes), so do some research first.

You won’t have to share a bathroom with dozens of other people in an apartment.

This is perhaps one of students’ biggest complaints about living in a dorm. Your apartment may have multiple bathrooms, or you may even have your own private bathroom. Either way, you won’t have to share with nearly as many people, which means fewer wait time and fewer messes to clean up.

Apartments are typically quieter than dorms, so you’ll be able to get a better night’s sleep.

If you’re someone who enjoys peace and quiet, a dorm room is probably the best place for you. With people coming and going at all hours of the night and continuous noise from your neighbors, it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep. But then an apartment typically offers more peace and quiet, so you can get the rest you need.

If you have a car, you can usually park it for free in an apartment complex.

Several dorms charge for parking, and if you can’t find a spot on campus, you may have to park far away and walk. But in an apartment, you generally have your own designated parking spot (or multiple spots, depending on the complex) which you can use for free. This is a huge perk if you need a car to get around campus.

Apartment communities usually have great amenities like pools, gyms, and laundry facilities.

Although some dorms may offer a few of these amenities, they are largely not as nice or well-preserved as those in an apartment complex. And, of course, you’ll have to pay to use them. But in an apartment complex, these amenities are usually included in your rent so that you can use them at no additional cost.

Most apartments are located close to campus, so you won’t have to waste time commuting.

This is especially important if you have early classes or need to get to campus for activities and events. Dorms are usually located at or near campus, which makes them very convenient. But most college towns usually have nearby apartments, perhaps just a few minutes’ walk away. Those extra few minutes may be worth it if you’d rather ditch the dorm room for better living arrangements!

Renting an apartment is often cheaper than paying for a dorm room.

This is especially true when you’re renting an apartment with roommates. Many colleges charge high fees for dorm rooms, even shared rooms without a connected bathroom. Property owners near campus know this and often price their rentals competitively to bring together students. Apartments may also include things like utilities and internet service in the rent, which may be higher quality than what you’ll find on campus. This makes renting an apartment a much better deal in the long run.


If you’re looking for a place to live as a student, an apartment is probably your best bet. Whether your ideal off-campus housing is in a large complex or a shared house, chances are, with a little effort, you’ll find something that will fit your ideal lifestyle.

To begin your search for housing, contact Real Property Management Advantage! We have quality listings in your area and can help you find the perfect place to live. You can browse our listings online.

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