The 2018-2019 housing application opened in March, and though it seems easier to stay in the comfort of your own home, there are benefits to living on campus.
California State University San Bernardino is known as a commuter school. However, the housing department have found ways to expand the number of students living on campus. Students who drive have to constantly worry about freeway conditions and the amount of parking spaces available when they reach school. Living in a dorm can help because there are many parking spaces reserved for on–campus residents. Also, if you do not have a car, classrooms are just a walk away.
The housing department has a sense of community inclusiveness. The CSUSB housing website’s mission statement is, “We inspire students to achieve their highest personal potential by providing collaborative residential programs that encourage community, wellness, inclusion and learning.” They hold multiple events that allow students to communicate and network with people in the same career track. These events aid students in developing leadership skills.
The residential halls are filled with students of different cultures and backgrounds in which students can interact with each other. Previous residents have said how they have benefited from living on campus through interacting with students of different backgrounds. “I believe being around a variety of people with different backgrounds makes you realize everyone goes through a personal struggle in life,” second-year previous resident Victoria Perez said.
Living on campus can also help academically. Each village contains study rooms in which students can study alone or in groups.Being surrounded by people who are constantly invested in school work or in organizations can create a positive vibe, which can lead to improved academic success.
Another advantage is that students who dorm on campus receive priority registration. That means no more waiting for the class that always fills up or being waitlisted. Often there are classes that are offered only in a specific quarter and consequently fill up quickly. This causes some students to take filler-classes, not intended for their major, in order to not lose financial-aid. Priority registration can alleviate these worries.
Housing also offers meal plans. The new housing complex, The Coyote Village, will open in fall 2018, accompanied by a dining area that will offer a variety of food. They will also include vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions. Each meal plan will vary depending on area of residence. If you do not like eating the dining food, apartment-like villages have a kitchen, with a stove and refrigerator, so you can cook.
The final advantage is that students living in the dorms, have more freedom and independence, albeit that comes with responsibility. Being away from home teaches a student to become more organized and responsible for their actions. “This initial taste away from home, is a first step into reality,” second-year resident assistant Lonnie Duran said. If you are ever feeling unsure and overwhelmed, you can always talk to your resident assistants. They are there to help you in your journey away from home. Plus, if ever homesick, a parent is always a call away.
For more information on the housing application visit the CSUSB housing website or visit University Village. Priority deadline is May 15, 2018.