Should you live in an apartment or a dorm?

Author's Note

I never lived in a dorm, although I did live in an apartment on campus for my first two years of college. I don't think I would've much liked it, but I'm also a very private person who hates the idea of sharing a room with someone I'm not related to (and even then) and has a thing about public bathrooms. Many of my friends lived in dorms and loved a lot about the experience. Some of them are still in contact with their roommates over a decade later or even became close friends with them. Choosing where to live is an important decision, but it's not a permanent one -- you can always move to another dorm or another apartment (in college towns, many of them rent by the semester) until you find the perfect fit.

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