Pace University NYC Campus has 4 dorms: Marias tower(Freshman), 182 Broadway (Freshman), Johns street (upperclassmen) and 33 Beekman (upperclassmen). Every dorm is unique in its way but here are general benefits you get by living on campus no matter which building you choose to live.
There are areas of on-campus housing designated for a specific purpose; it’s a similar idea to clubs, but taken to a whole new level. From communities formed around specific majors to various extracurricular interests to honors programs, there are opportunities to radically change your environment to be centered around something you love. These communities can define your college experience and give you a great sense of family. Themed floor and lounges in dorms are a plus to those who are really into developing huge communities.
When you’re surrounded by your peers with a similar mindset, you have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other, no matter how informally. Many of the people you dorm with may be in the same classes you’re in which will highly benefit you throughout the semester.
Friends can be a tremendous academic resource and be able to pop into the room next door to ask a question is unrivaled. When people come to you, explaining something you’ve mastered is rewarding as well as helpful to those who need it (and teaching things actually helps you understand them better).
3. RA AND RHA STAFF
The residence hall staff’s primary responsibilities are to provide residents with valuable information, create a positive community through educational programming, promote safety and security and a high-quality living environment, and serve as a resource whenever a student has a question or concern. All halls are staffed with a resident coordinator and several student resident assistants. Many students find their RA to be the most helpful and immediate help whenever they are stuck with a problem. At Pace, RA staff is extremely helpful and is pool of extremely selective students.
As any sophomore can tell you that the people you’ll have the opportunity to become closest with are often the people in your dorm! Many form their best friends that they stick with through the rest of college in their freshmen dorm. For everyone else, living on campus provides a tight-knit community of people and can always help you expand your social circle.
Living with a diverse group of people also expands your social knowledge outside of the classroom. You have a chance to get to know students from all over the world and people with incredible and varied life experiences. It sounds cliché, but hanging out in a dorm can definitely broaden your horizons.
Between school work and getting enough sleep, the last thing anyone wants to worry about is spending time commuting to get to class on time. This is even more important to underclassmen, who are adapting to an independent lifestyle–so living right where you take your classes can be a huge help. Proximity also makes it easier to be involved with clubs, sports and everything else that goes on campus. Like for freshman, all you have to do is just take an elevator to your classes while other dorms are just a block away. You don’t need to waste plenty of time waiting for subways.
Whether you’re setting foot in the college or a returning senior, one of the big decisions we usually have to make at some point in our college career is whether to live on or off campus. While it seems that underclassmen tend to stay on campus and upperclassmen may be more inclined to get off, it’s undoubtedly an important decision.