Party Pads: The perks of living off-campus

By Lisa Henderson

Every spring the premium housing lottery rolls around, and not all Rider students walk away with the keys to the new place they’d hoped for. An option often resorted to: off-campus housing.

Whether looking to have more personal space, escape campus rules and regulations or to simply feel more independent, hundreds of Rider students move into local houses and apartments each year. Still, everything has its drawbacks. We interviewed some local Rider students to see how they truly feel about living off-campus.

Senior volleyball player Amanda Piccolini has plenty of space to kick back and relax in her colorfully decorated bedroom.

Kelly Crist, Steve Kleiman, Judith Molla, Amanda Piccolini, Katelyn Thompson

What made you decide to move off-campus as opposed to staying on campus?

Amanda: It’s cheaper to live off campus, and we can stay here year round, which really helps since we’re from out of state.

What are some of the perks of living off-campus?

Katelyn: No public safety, lots more room. Bigger beds, and you’re guaranteed your own room. You have lots of space.

What are some of the drawbacks?

Amanda: In our case, the parking is really bad here. Sometimes the drive can be annoying if there’s traffic…sometimes we’re late. Facilities are a pain too…since our house is so big, they’re kind of expensive. Sometimes housemates can be a pain too. There are also way more chores as opposed to living on campus…there’s not someone to clean your bathroom and mow the lawn for you.

Martin Li, Christina Olsen, Jillian Rubbico, Jennifer Seniszyn

The comfortable, home-like feel of senior Christina Olsen’s bedroom is created with her use of simple accessories.
Seniors Martin Li, Christina Olsen, Jillian Rubbico and Jennifer Seniszyn share this quaint home in Ewing.

What made you decide to move off-campus as opposed to staying on-campus?

Martin: My friends were doing it and they asked me to. And I like having my own private bathroom. I don’t like walking a mile down the hallway every morning.

What are some of the perks of living off-campus?

Martin: Getting to decide your own menu. Much more privacy. Having your own bedroom is great. Having the freedom to come in an out and do whatever you want is nice.
What are some of the drawbacks?

Martin: Having to cook can be a pain. Less access to Dalys.

Alex Chapla, Elyse Grassmuck, Meghan Johnston, Robin Rubinstein

Elyse Grassmuck decorated her bedroom with cool colors so that she has a calming environment to come home to after volleyball practices.
Seniors Alex Chapla and Elyse Grassmuck share many meals here with Rider alumna Meg Johnston and TCNJ senior Robin Rubinstein.

What made you decide to move off-campus as opposed to staying on-campus?

Elyse: No supervision like RA’s, you have your own bathroom, you actually feel like a real adult.

What are some of the perks of living off-campus?

Elyse: Cheaper. It’s all about money! I saved like thousands of dollars from moving off campus.

What are some of the drawbacks?

Elyse: Not being able to walk to class. If you’re an athlete like I am, and you have early morning practice, waking up earlier can be annoying. Having to buy food instead of just walking into the cafeteria, minor stuff like that.

What are some of your favorite things to do with your roommates at your house?

Elyse: There are some random, awesome moments like yesterday, when me and my housemates just stood in the kitchen for an hour and talked.

Anthony Dellefave, Andrew Gray, Ethan Grossman, Mike Gynn, Greg Watts, Mark Williams

This kitchen is pretty well-kept for a house full of guys.
With both a futon and a bed, junior Andrew Gray has plenty of space to hang out with friends.

What made you decide to move off-campus as opposed to staying on-campus?

Andrew: Big kitchen, living room, it’s just so much better and we don’t have to go to Daly’s. It’s nice to know that if you want to just have a drink, you can, and not have to worry about it.

What are some of the drawbacks?

Andrew: Having to drive to school every day 10 minutes sucks. It’s also awful when it snows, because you actually have to clean your driveway. It’s just a hassle if you have to get to campus to do only one thing. That’s why I try to make all my classes run together in my schedule.

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  1. RA’s are not supervisors! If you don’t break the rules, you won’t get in trouble!

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