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The time is almost here for students to decide on where to live for next year. For many first years, they will lose priority in living in the dorms. For those who are living in houses, they can easily extend their 1-year contract. Choosing a place to live is actually one of the hardest and most stressful parts of being a student. Living, after all, is crucial to having a comfortable life.

Glen Mor

Most parents who want their kids to live in a safe and secure environment should encourage them to live in Glen Mor. Glen Mor is the only campus apartment on UC Riverside. You will get your own room and you have the option to buy a meal plan. The only drawback is that Glen Mor is the most expensive place to live. The housing costs can be at least $1,000 per month. However, you are living near school and you can attend class without worrying about traffic.

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Becoming a Residential Advisor (RA)

Some people join the Residential Life program where they can be Program Coordinators or Residential Advisors. There are other positions. Students will have to go through a series of programs and attend a spring class. The selection committee then selects those who are qualified. Some say there is actually quite a competition. The perks are that they will receive FREE housing and a FREE meal plan. That is a lot of money being saved.

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Off-Campus Apartments

There are also plenty of Off-Campus housing available to students. They are all walking distance to the campus and some even have a shuttle to take students. The most popular and commonly known housing is at the University Village Towers. Some off-campus housing will pay for utilities such as water, electricity, and Wi-Fi. Others will have a limit on how much electricity you use and you have to pay for your own Wi-Fi.

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Living in a House

This is where adulting finally begins. Students will have to pick their own house, buy their own food, and pay their own bills. The benefit of living in a house is the freedom of no regulations from the school. However, there is a major responsibility in return. You have to be on time in paying for a lot of bills such as water, electricity, wifi, and much more. However, living in a room can cost only $500 a month, which is insanely cheap in California.

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At the end of the day, it is just a matter of preference. Some people want to pay less to live and some would rather pay more. There will, of course, be people who wish to have security as they believe safety is always the highest priority. It all comes down to people’s priorities and preferences.


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Andy Xiang


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