Benefits of Living in the Residence Halls
My name is Matthew Lavery, and I am the Director of Residence Life & Community Standards at Centenary University. A decision every college student needs to make is whether to live on- or off-campus. I believe there is something to be said sharing the college experience of living with your peers; something students do not get when they live at home or off-campus. By living on-campus, students learn and develop essential life skills for the duration of their college years. These skills will help them succeed in life well after graduation. Let’s look at some of the advantages:
Location, Location, Location
If you live on-campus, there is no commute when you need to get to class quickly. You can wake up before class and arrive on time without worrying about traffic. All of Centenary University’s residence halls are located close to the academic buildings and the café. You’re always within a five-minute walk to on-campus resources. And best of all, you don’t have to worry about digging your car out in the snow, not to mention where to park when you arrive to campus.
The Residential Community
Residents of Centenary University’s campus are part of a diverse and thriving community. Resident assistants are on hand to assist you, either when you need help or just someone to talk to. Additionally, resident assistants provide fun programs where you get the opportunity to meet others in a safe and relaxing atmosphere. You might even find your best friend for life or the love of your life while relaxing in the common area. Our informal dormitory setting allows for an exchange of ideas you might not find in the classroom.
Learn Essential Life Skills
Whether you’re a first-year student or a returning student, you’ll learn a lot about yourself by living on your own in Centenary University’s safe and encouraging setting. Some things you’ll learn while living on campus include:
- Advocating for yourself.
- Healthy conflict management.
- Making connections with new people.
- Taking responsibility for your work.
- Developing and practicing good time management.
You’ll have the freedom to discover whether you’re an early riser or a night owl and you may realize you are more of a neat freak or that you prefer to live in organized chaos. Either way, by getting to know yourself, you’ll be better prepared for stepping out into the world after graduation.
We Care About You. Welcome Home.
Each one of the staff members of the Residence Life Department thinks of you as more than just a student. We care about you as a person, and your well-being is important to us. We make it our priority to be there for you should you experience challenges with homesickness, physical health, mental health, academic concerns, or even conflicts between friends and roommates. We want to make sure you never feel alone. There are a wide variety of resources available on-campus during the day and night which provides support to you and every student. We’re here to guide you as you look to make this your home away from home.
There are many advantages to living in the residence halls that you might not experience if you live off-campus. Whether you stay with us for one semester, one year, or your entire academic career – we will always be happy to welcome you home.