Commuting vs Residence

Posted by Kira on February 11, 2014

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After being accepted to university one of the first decisions you will have to make is deciding where you are going to live during your first year. For some it’s a no brainer, and for others it takes a bit of critical thinking. I’m here to outline some options and hopefully make this process a bit easier!

Living in Residence

If you live far away from campus, residence is an obvious choice! It’s a great way to make new friends and experience living away from home for the first time. There are a ton of services to help you make the transition, like meal plan, event planning, and the support of upper year students who are Dons who live in residence as well. You are right on campus so getting to class is easy!

Home sweet Residence
Home sweet Residence


If you live close to campus, commuting is very viable option! First and foremost, it will save you a ton of money. School isn’t cheap, and paying for living accommodations is a lot of money on top of that. Commuting means that you don’t have to move out of your house which can make the transition a bit easier. And it is easy to make friends here at school within your classes, extracurriculars and by participating in Frosh Week!

Another option if you live close to campus but still want the residence experience is to live in residence for your first year or even for one semester! This can be a great way make friends and experience what it is like to live in residence, but still save a ton of money during your later university years.

Personally, I lived too far away to commute to York every day, so it was an easy choice to live in residence. I had a great experience, a great roommate and a great time in first year. I was definitely happy to move into a house near campus and become a bit more independent though!

Ultimately you have to make the choice that best fits your budget and personal needs…either way, university is going to be an amazing time.

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    Places4Students (@Places4Students)

    If you plan on living off-campus and commuting be sure to use the off-campus housing service that’s available through York Federation of Students –