“People talk about the Malone bubble, to some degree we believe in the Malone bubble and the on campus living environment,” director of resident life Josh Perkins said.
Perkins said living on campus is beneficial to students.
“We believe in the on campus experience, and a holistic education,” Perkins said.
The student handbook states that students who are “full-time, unmarried, undergraduate students with 89 or fewer credit hours earned, under 22 years of age, not commuting from the current, full-time residence of their parents/legal guardians, living outside a fifty-mile radius of the University, are required to live in University housing.”
The residence life policy is in place to benefit students.
“Our goal is to graduate students. There is a higher graduation as well as retention rate for those that are on campus. This is because you are connected to a community,” Perkins said.
Finding a sense of community and home is a reason many students wish to live on campus and gain the full college experience.
“Some commuters may say they feel really disconnected from campus, whereas here on campus you are connected to a community. The resources are easier to get connected to and you are more likely to be connected to classmates and groups,” Perkins said.
Sam Bish, a freshman youth ministry major, was a commuter last year at the University of Akron. He transferred and now lives on campus.
“Living on campus has made it easier to make friends and get to know people a lot better. If you’re living at home, coming to class, then going straight home, you don’t get to meet as many people and get to know them as well as if you were living with them,” Bish said.
While commuting has its advantages, part of college life is taken away when a student chooses not to live in a dorm with other students.
Ashley Holt, a sophomore art education major, is a resident assistant in Fox Hall. Holt believes in bringing students together to form a sense of fellowship.
“I think living on campus creates a sense of community and also helps build relationships that you wouldn’t get living off campus,” Holt said.
As a resident assistant on campus, Holt knows how important it is to bring students together and create something special within the residence hall.
While the residence life policy keeps students on campus, an opportunity is given to seniors to live off campus.
Senior year is seen as a time of transition where students can begin to experience what life after college is like.
Senior community health education major Sam Erchick currently lives off campus with a few of his friends.
“Living in a house is a lot different than living in a dorm because you have to do a lot more in terms of cleaning, cooking and maintenance,” Erchick said. “I believe living off campus has forced me to deal with time management differently because I have to prepare when I have to be at certain places such as the library or classes.”
The option for students to live off campus their senior year is something to consider for many, while others prefer to stay on campus their entire college career.
John Yannie is a contributing writer for The Aviso AVW.