Some students prefer to live off-campus once they have settled in the area and become more familiar with the surrounding communities. The following are pros and cons of off-campus housing:
- Independence: There are lots less rules to follow if you live off-campus. Residence halls have several rules that students must abide by when living on campus. (These rules are usually designed for the overall protection and safety of the residents).
- Privacy: Living off campus may provide you with that extra bit of privacy in case you do not want to share your living space with roommates
- Sense of responsibility: Living off-campus will help you be more responsible. If you live off-campus, you will be in charge of paying bills, cleaning house, grocery shopping, and cooking. Although some students may consider this as con
- Choice of roommates: In most cases, you will be able to choose whom you would like to share your apartment with.
- More expensive: Often, off-campus housing is more expensive than on-campus housing. Utilities and cable can be an added monthly expense, and you may have to pay for your own Internet access
- Transportation: When living off-campus, it may not be convenient for you to walk to campus so you would have to find transportation. Whether you drive your car or use a form of public transportation, it is still going to cost you money
- Isolation: If you live off-campus, you may not be as involved with campus activities as you would if you lived on-campus. This could cause you to feel a sense of detachment with your college and cause you to not make as many friends
Below is a list of local apartment options that are popular among international students at PUC:
|Tanglewood Apartments||2217 Tanglewood Dr Hammond, IN 46323||219-844-2100|
|Port De L’eau||2033 E 45th Ave, Highland IN||219-289-3052|
|McLaughlin Apartments||1550 169th Hammond, IN 46323||219-951-4849|
|University View Apartments||2205 169th St, Hammond IN||219-844-8641|
Student’s living off-campus are very strongly encouraged to purchase renter’s insurance. Renter’s Insurance provides coverage in the unfortunate event of fire, theft, or other types of damage. All major insurance companies provide renter’s insurance.
Tip: In case you have already have auto insurance, your renter’s insurance can be combined with that and can save you money