Living away from your college has pros and cons. Whereas it’s nice having your own space, you may find yourself missing being a part of the action. At school, you can be a part of impromptu get-togethers and join in on other activities. Whereas at your apartment, you may miss out on events like these.
The good news is even though you live off-campus doesn’t mean you have to miss out on college life. There are still plenty of ways to be in the know and stay engaged.
Follow these tips to keep yourself engaged with campus life, and you won’t ever have to miss a thing!
1. Room With Another College Student
Living off campus can get expensive, but not if you have a roommate. See if you can find a roommate that’s also attending classes at your school.
Having another student split the rent with you will help you both save money. Plus, together, you’ll be more in tune with campus happenings. You can fill one another in and invite one another to different events.
You’ll have a blast living with another college student. Living in an apartment together will give you more space to have hangouts and live life to the fullest!
2. Attend More Events
Since you’re not living on campus, it’s up to you to keep yourself apprised of all the on-campus events. Attending as many events as possible will make it easier for you to be a part of campus life.
Sometimes events come up last minute so do your best to keep track of upcoming ones. Usually, the student center and school website will have a list of events.
You can also ask your college friends to keep you up to date on upcoming events. If they live on campus, they’ll be able to text you and let you know if there are going to be any last-minute get-togethers.
3. Join Study Groups
Performing well in your classes is vital, and one way you can keep your grades up is by joining study groups. There are likely study groups for each of your courses. Find out if you can join or, better yet, start your own study group.
Being a part of study groups in college also allows you to be more engaged with other students. Besides learning the material, you can teach one another things too.
It could be that you study better with a group anyway. So take advantage of the groups that are on campus and join a few. You’ll become more knowledgeable and make new friends.
Like joining study groups, there could also be a few volunteer groups on campus. Head to the student center and ask around to find out if there are any volunteer groups on campus.
If there are a few groups, think about involving yourself. Find a few activities that fit your interests and personality.
Volunteering allows you to take action for the causes you care about, so keep that in mind. For example, it could be you want to pick up trash at a favorite hiking spot or serve food to the homeless.
Being a part of these activities will result in you being social with people who also want to make a difference. In addition, you’ll likely meet new students during each experience.
Volunteering combined with college life is the best combo ever!
5. Create Your Own Club
If you really want to make sure you don’t miss out on college life, create your own club or organization! Your organization could consist of other students who also live off campus.
Or, you can base your club on a hobby you have, such as reading or bike riding.
Each week you can get together to catch up on college life while mingling with new people. Having a club is an excellent way to keep up your social life while in school!
It may take extra effort to stay involved with college life. But if you actively try, everything will fall into place.
Thinking outside the box and being active while you’re on campus will ensure you don’t miss out on college life. Even though you live off-campus doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some of the most exciting events.
As long as you’re proactive while creating your own memories, you won’t miss out on a thing.