Benefits of Living Off-Campus at UBC

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University life can be tricky, and perhaps nothing is trickier than deciding where to live. Typically, dorms are the first place students look when it comes to a place to stay, but campus life isn’t the ideal option for every student. Whether they loved dorm life or hated every minute of it, many students are making the choice to live off-campus. Moving can be a tough transition, but there are definite upsides to finding your own home. If you are considering making the switch to off-campus life, here are a few benefits to moving away from campus and finding your own UBC home. 


Your Own Space 


Perhaps the most obvious reason to move off-campus is privacy. Dorms can be fun, but at times it can be difficult to find some peace and quiet. If you live off-campus, you might have a few roommates…but not hundreds of hall mates. An off-campus home is the perfect place for studying, inviting friends to visit or decorating as you please. You’ll be able to stay involved with university life while gaining some independence. We like to think it’s the best of both worlds.  



Save Money


University expenses can add up, especially if you choose to live in a dorm several years in a row. As a new homebuyer, the initial cost can be daunting; however, you could actually save money by buying a home. Dorm costs are non-negotiable, and you could possibly end up spending more money on meal plans, parking fees, and storage space. Aside from mortgage and utilities, many aspects of home-buying are a one-time expense. If you are planning to live in the area for an extended period of time, a house can be a wise and affordable investment. As you search for your new home, you will be able to determine what neighbourhoods best fit your budget. 



Housing Options 


With on-campus dorms, you have limited choices when it comes to your living space. Many dorms have the same style of architecture and living quality, but there are countless options when it comes to buying a home. UBC Homes is a thriving community with several neighbourhoods, all of which are great options for students and families alike. Our neighbourhoods are full of houses, townhomes and condos that are close to several recreational and shopping locations (and are part of the most beautiful part of the Lower Mainland). With our help, you will be able to choose the best home in your favourite neighbourhood to suit your needs.  



No matter what you are looking for, our UBC neighbourhoods are the perfect places to find your brand-new home. If you’d like to learn more about our neighbourhoods or off-campus living, feel free to contact us at 778-991-0649 or look on our website. You can also browse our listings and compare prices to get an idea of what UBC can offer—so don’t hesitate to give us a call. We are excited to be a part of your home buying journey. 

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