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living in a flat off campus for freshmen

ibrahimkiratibrahimkirat Posts: 2 Harvard Champion
edited May 2013 in SUNY at Binghamton
I will be there in Binghamton in August and I don't want to live in dorm because of high rates of housing. Do you suggest living in apartment for freshmen year ?
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Replies to: living in a flat off campus for freshmen

  • keepingitlightkeepingitlight Posts: 27 College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    You might not have the option. I think special "permission" is required......but as of a few years ago, Freshman weren't allowed to live off campus unless they lived about an hour or less from the school.
  • ibrahimkiratibrahimkirat Posts: 2 Harvard Champion
    edited May 2013
    thanks for your respond
    what kind of permission do you mean ? who will give us the permission ?
  • rebeccarrebeccar Posts: 13
    edited May 2013
  • BingUStudentBingUStudent Posts: 6 College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    Hi! My name is Rob and I'm a Binghamton University Student Ambassador.

    All freshmen students are required to live on-campus unless they live in Broome or Tioga counties, in which case they are allowed to commute from home if they wish. Very few (if any) exceptions are made to this. Possible reasons for an exception might include living with family in the Broome county area (even though you don't live there yourself), but simply wishing to live off-campus your first year is very unlikely to be approved as an exception to the general rule.

    Keep in mind that living in the dorms for a year is a huge part of the freshmen experience. It allows you to meet people and make friends much easier than you would be able to living off-campus and commuting to school. I personally think that the extra cost is worth it for at least a year due to the social benefits that you receive by living on-campus. You can always reevaluate your living arrangements for your sophomore year and see where you stand financially. I'm moving off-campus next year to a house in Binghamton for financial reasons, but I still have no regrets about living on-campus the first year.

    Let me know if you have any other questions!

    ~Rob
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