Chris in VA Posted May 18, 2018 Share Posted May 18, 2018 Dd isn't even on campus yet, so this is purely hypothetical. Freshman year, she will def be on campus, in a really nice dorm specifically set up for freshman who are majoring in the Arts. It has a performance space, practice rooms, a classroom where some freshman classes (theory, for one) are offered, and it's super close to the music school, which is a great benefit since the majority of her time will be spent there (she'll have classes AND 2 hours every day of practice, if not more). So...next year is taken care of. But what about the following year? She may not be able to come home, except at Christmas and Spring Break, and may not want to spend the entire summer with us (for several reasons--just trust me on this). Dorms are great, with proximity and support and all, but they do close all holidays, and they don't stay open in the summer. So, essentially, she will be homeless for part of the year, if she chooses not to come home. Apartments are stable, not terribly expensive (although we think it'll cost about the same as the dorm), but farther out, and require more independence. I think it makes sense to get one after her Freshman year, although I, personally, LOVED the dorms and found the support tremendously helpful, esp since I was in a situation where I couldn't go home except for the two breaks, either. I do know many HATE the dorms, but I don't think this will be her experience, although it's hard to say. What do you think? What are your kids doing, or planning to do? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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