Everyone excitedly anticipates and begrudgingly loathes the point in their lives where they have to bunk up in a college dorm. Depicted in just about every TV show and movie out there today, students have a lot of preconceived notions before they make the big move. The reality is that these rumors are all too true: sharing a small space with a total stranger is most times, not the best experience for you. Hundreds of thousands of students every year will be staring down dorm life.
Moving past dorm life, as you advance through your college career, you’ll have a few other housing options. There are the Fraternity and Sorority housing options, as well as renting a home with your friends. Carrying their own shortcomings in unique ways, there doesn’t really seem to be a totally efficient housing solution for students on U.S. campuses today.
Before we look at a new alternative for you to consider during your college experience, here are some of the pros and cons of the traditional housing options available to you right now:
College dorms epitomize the college experience. You’re crammed into a small space, forced to share everything, and must make a schedule that is compatible with the other roommates. It’s inconvenient, inconsiderate, and overwhelming for a lot of people. Here is a look at some Pros and Cons for College Dorms:
- You’re forced to meet people.
- It’s an easy way to kick-start your social career at college.
- It forces you to adjust your way of life to try and accommodate the person you’re living with.
- Impossible to sleep.
- Risk having your personal belongings stolen.
- Impossible to study with the incessant noise.
- Absolutely no privacy or freedom at all hours of the day.
Essentially, the only PROs that come with dorm life are its facilitation to meeting people. But, you have classes, parties, clubs, and other ways to go about meeting people at college. Not to mention, you can meet people who share a larger space with you. They don’t necessarily have to be right in your dorm room with you at all hours of the day.
Fraternity & Sorority Housing
Let’s say you decide to go out and join Greek life during your second year of college. It can be really fun to be part of a massive party network that will also provide you with business leads and clients once you are out of college. Plus, it’s an enormous group of people for you to meet and befriend, growing your friendship circle without much effort.
However, living within the Sorority or Fraternity house might make you go crazy by the end. Here are some of the Pros and Cons:
- Easy party access
- Constant communication and socializing with your sisters/brothers.
- Nonstop noise from parties and social gatherings
- Filth from the parties the night before
- Tough studying conditions
- Constant party clean-up duty
Like dorm life, with this kind of housing, you’re constantly in contact with other people, expected to socialize at parties, clean up the messes, and have a smile on your face every day for the gatherings and meetings held at the homes. Though you may have your own room with a lock, in this case, your shared space is shared with the dozens of girls or boys in your Greek club. Forget leaving anything nice of yours in the common spaces, and definitely forget about trying to study with some peace and quiet.
For those who don’t join Greek life, or who don’t want to live with their brothers/sisters, the last option is renting a home in town with your closest friends. This kind of move is an “adult option,” relying on everyone to be responsible for paying rent and utilities on time. Since you’re only 21-years-old, that may not be the kind of dependency you want to rely on from other college students.
- Personal freedom in your room
- Possible quietness if your roommates are considerate
- Location options
- Financial dependency on roommates
- Shared spaces that need to be cleaned, or else no security deposit return
- Inconvenient noise at all hours of the day depending your roommates
- Personal responsibility to keep the home tidy and clean
College is hard enough as it is – counting on your roommates to do the right thing and meet you halfway financially is not something else you want on your plate.
Independent Student Housing
We’ve considered all of these student college living situations and developed a solution that is better than these alternatives, while still preserving the PROs that come with college living. Yes, you can have your own room, peace and quiet, and financial independence from your friends while accessing the same common rooms for socializing.
At Kramers House Downtown, situated in Reno, Nevada, we offer newly renovated 2-story homes with modern upgrades, located just minutes from the UNR campus, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, shopping, dining, and more. Students don’t need to worry about furnishing the home. Our house has common areas that are fully furnished with style and turn-key kitchens that have plenty of space to cook. Each student has a built-in desk in their room for peaceful study time, as well as a vanity so they can get ready in private for once.
Our leases provide students with an easy way to maintain their payments, with maintenance and utilities all included in the singular rent payment. Plus, students don’t need to coordinate the other rooms financially for their own space with us – everything is totally independent.
College living doesn’t have to be a painful, inconvenient process. Kramers House provides a unique and affordable housing option for students in Reno, NV. Call our leasing office at (775) 964-5119 if you have any questions or would like to setup a showing appointment at one of our locations!