The Village Life

Top 10 reasons to live in an on-campus apartment

You’ve lived in a traditional residence hall, but now it’s time for a change. So you should move off campus, right? Not necessarily. Read on to find out the top ten reasons you should live in an on-campus apartment.

The buildings in Odum Village, which contain four one or two-person apartments each, give the community a neighborhood vibe.
  1. Less anxiety about money. If you’re like me, you’ve heard horror stories from your friends living off campus about how they divide expenses up among their roommates. The great thing about living in an on-campus apartment is that charges are billed in the same way that residence hall charges are. When you’re not constantly worried about conflicts with others over money, you have more time to focus on what really matters!
  2. Dedicated staff on call 24/7. You live in an off-campus house and you accidentally lock yourself out one night while your roommate is out of town for the weekend. What do you do? In the on-campus apartments, there is a resident advisor, a community director and a facilities representative on call at all times. Any problems you have can be taken care of right away, day or night!
  3. Public safety nearby. Ram Village and Odum Village are located right down the street from UNC Hospitals. Because the apartments are on campus, the Department of Public Safety patrols the area around the apartments on a regular basis. I hope you won’t have a situation that calls for a hospital or a police officer, but if you do, you are covered!
  4. Furnished apartments. If you’ve ever moved houses before, you know how much of a hassle it can be lugging furniture through doorways and up flights of stairs. Not to mention, purchasing your own furniture for a house can be pricey! Ram Village and Odum Village come furnished and ready to move in. One less thing to worry about on move-in day!
  5. Enhancements. In the mood to watch a movie? Make cupcakes? Vacuum your floor? If you don’t have any of those supplies in your off-campus residence, you’re out of luck! If you live in Ram Village or Odum Village, you can check out these items and other enhancements from the community offices. All you need is your UNC One Card. 
  6. Study abroad with ease. If you live off campus and plan on studying abroad, finding someone to sublet your apartment or house can be a hassle. When you live on-campus, all you have to do is submit a copy of your study abroad acceptance letter to the Housing office and you’re done. You don’t have to find someone to take your space in the room, and there is no charge to cancel your housing contract to study abroad.
  7. Fun events. Who doesn’t like free food and fun? Odum Village and Ram Village have Community Governments and RA staffs that have fun events throughout the year. Ice cream socials, cook outs, movie nights, you name it!
  8. Sense of community. Ram Village and Odum Village house a diverse population of sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, transfer students and international students. Plenty of opportunities to meet cool new people right in your own community!   
  9. Proximity to campus. Even though Ram Village and Odum Village are on South Campus, they are still within walking distance of classes. Many off-campus housing options require a bus ride to get to campus, which can turn into a bad situation if you miss your bus!

    Ram Village apartments provide the opportunity for four friends to live together in the heart of south campus.
  10. Kitchen. If you’re like me, you’ve had your fair share of lugging a huge tub of dirty dishes down the hall to your traditional residence hall kitchen. If you move to Ram Village or Odum Village, those hikes to the kitchen will be a thing of the past. You can cook and wash dishes right in your own apartment. Even though off-campus residences have kitchens, you can bake your cookies with the satisfaction of knowing your on-campus apartment is the better deal all around.

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