Living on campus is one of the best memories you can have while in a university. In the school hostels, you will meet different people who have entirely different lifestyles from yours. You meet people who do not belong to your ethnic group nor speak the same native language as yours.
Besides the above, you will meet people with different backgrounds. Though at first, you will have to take time out to get along with your roommates, and this can be done by knowing their habits and behaviours. Rest assured that there will be one or two of them whose behaviours will be unacceptable. You need not pick up a fight. Once you know that you are from different homes, and your behaviours can never be the same, then you will know how to exercise some restraint when anyone of them pisses you off with their behaviour.
One of the important benefits of living on campus is its proximity to lecture rooms. If you live in the school hostels, you don’t have to always run to catch bus or taxi to avoid missing classes or lectures. On the part of those who live outside the school, sometimes, they may have to run helter-skelter for classes, fight at the bus stop, argue with other students over whom should board the bus or cycles first, etc. However, this does not usually happen when you live on campus.
Also, there is good supply of electricity and water in the school hostels. The school management always ensure that there is constant supply of electricity in the school’s Halls of residence. However, outside the school, there is no 100 percent assurance that there will be constant supply of electricity.
Another beautiful moment that accompanies living in the school hostels is the the social and lively activities that are always held every session. For example, at the University of Ibadan’s Independence Hall where I stayed in my 100 level days, many social and lively activities are always held geared towards creating lively environment in the hostels. Can we find these activities outside the school? Definitely not!
All in all, we should not shut eyes at the disadvantages of living on campus. If you are someone who loves privacy, school hostels may not avail you private lifestyle. Also, school hostels can be noisy at times, even in your room. Your roommates can argue noisily about many things which range from football, love, relationship to politics.