You shouldn’t have to live on campus

Opinion

House Bill 2098 has the potential to lift the on-campus housing requirement for freshmen – an absolute no-brainer in my opinion.

While I went to school in Germany, I lived off-campus for two years. Here, I have lived in Griffon Hall and now live in Scanlon Hall. But I’m not planning on staying there for any more semesters after this.

While I understand the reasoning behind the requirement and agree that it helps with campus community involvement and bonding, the approach taken seems completely wrong to me. Yes, living on campus can be the right thing for some students. Should they be forced to? Absolutely not.

If Western does not want to lose revenue, it’ll have to work on the services it provides. All dorms on campus are too expensive for what they have to offer; the freshmen hall Scanlon is notorious for heating and warm water problems, thin walls, terrible internet connections, a constant smell of weed and an outrageously long time for maintenance to fix anything.

The fact that universities in America charge their students money for attending makes them service providers and not education institutions. And if your service is not worth the money you’re charging, you’ll have to live with the consequences. That’s capitalism for you. And we don’t want to go down the slippery slope of socialism, do we?

Living on-campus can be a great experience and should be encouraged. However, if students do not want to, the solution should be to make living on-campus more attractive and not forcing it.

Nobody should have to share their room with someone else unless the people in question are siblings and young enough to get free pancakes at iHOP. Going to college means venturing into the world of adulthood and taking responsibility for yourself. Making your own decisions. Even when it comes to the place you sleep at night.