Due to the huge expenses involved in getting a college education, many students choose to live at home while attending school. Even if you don’t live on campus, you can still join in all the activities going on at your college or university. Here are some tips to help you get a life on campus and get the most out of your college experience.

During your first few weeks at college, spend as much time as you can at school. Schedule your classes with some breaks during the day. This will give you the chance to spend some time on campus studying or allow time for other activities. From the student union, to the library, most schools offer a variety of places for students to hang out during the day. Find out where you'll be able to charge your laptop or phone and print papers when you're not in class.

Enjoy your time at college.
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Use Your Spare Time On Campus Doing Activities You Like

Most clubs and groups begin meeting during the first month of school. Colleges and universities offer lots of activities to welcome students back for the new school year. By spending lots of time at school, you’ll find your way around campus faster and learn the best places to hang out and study. 

Find out about activities that interest you. Colleges and universities offer a variety of events to entertain and inform students. Attend sporting events for your school teams or join a team for a sport you enjoy. Most campuses offer intramural sports. Going to practices and games will help you have more fun and let you get to know people. Learn about clubs too. Most universities have clubs for almost any interest. Joining a club will help you make friends and you’ll spend more time on campus participating in club activities.

Meet friends who live in the dorms.
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On Campus Students Love Having Friends Who Don't Live On Campus

Find a job or volunteer opportunity on campus. Working at the college offers a great way to meet lots of new people. Most colleges and universities begin posting on-campus job opportunities as soon as school starts, but you might even be able to apply for jobs in the summer before most students arrive on-campus. If you live close to school, you have a chance to find out about jobs before many students get on campus. Consider volunteer opportunities too. Many college departments and clubs need student volunteers. Check information boards around campus or contact departments to find out.

Make friends with people who live on campus. Having a friend in the dorms really helps when you live off-campus. If you’re on campus all day, you can hang out in the dorms between classes. You’ll also have a chance to change clothes for evening events or other activities. Your friend will probably appreciate being able to go home with you once in awhile to enjoy a home-cooked meal or just have a chance to get away from the dorms sometimes. Just because you don't live on campus doesn't mean you can't have a great college experience.