The Benefits of Campus Living in Fayette for First-Year Students

Are you excited about your first year of college? The freshman year is a time of great changes, much growth and a lot of adjustment. Living on campus can be a wonderful way to make the transition from childhood into adulthood, delaying some responsibilities for a little while and offering many new opportunities.

Why should you choose to live on campus your first year? Here are seven very good reasons.

  1. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Living in a dorm gives you the opportunity to really immerse yourself in campus life, becoming part of your university’s community as you figure out where you fit in. Sharing space with other people creates camaraderie, the support of an R.A. helps you adjust to college life, and living in the thick of things can help you make new friends because you’ll meet people outside of your normal social circle.
  2. The proximity makes college success a breeze. You can walk to class, grab something to eat in the cafeteria, study in the library, and go to on-campus parties and sporting events without ever getting into a car. You don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot on your way to an exam and you’ll live in close proximity to plenty of friends.
  3. Dorm life doesn’t have the same responsibilities as living on your own. There are no bills to pay, you don’t have to be fully responsible for the cleaning, and the utilities, cable and Wi-Fi stay on with no help from you. Of course, there’s a big chunk to pay at the beginning of the school year. If you pay for housing and a dining plan, college becomes a kind of all-inclusive resort dedicated to helping you earn your degree.
  4. Campus is a safe place to live. Dorms typically provide much better security than apartment complexes and college campuses tend to have security phones and surveillance around campus. Many schools provide night shuttles and escorts to dorms if students request these services. What’s more, when you live with other people they are aware of your comings and goings and will notice if something is wrong.
  5. No need to move furniture. An apartment requires furniture for your bedroom, dining room, living room, and so on. A dorm already has the furniture you need, so you don’t have to lug all of it back and forth every year. All you have to do is bring your personal items. Better still, at the end of the year, you don’t have to figure out how to dispose of furniture you no longer need.
  6. You’re not likely to be bored in a dorm. Most dorms have some form of recreation, whether that’s a large television, a ping-pong or pool table, a basketball or volleyball court, or some other entertaining feature. Living with other people, you can easily find someone who wants to shoot hoops, binge watch the same shows or play a rousing game of foosball or ping-pong.
  7. You can still express yourself, even if you live in a dorm. There are many different varieties of on-campus housing and it’s easy to customize your living space. If you like to cook, choose the housing with a kitchen. If you don’t want a roommate, choose a single-occupancy room. Some on-campus housing is like barracks, while other kinds of housing are like apartments. It’s up to you to decide which property meets your needs and choose accordingly.

To make the most of your experience when you’re living in on-campus housing, get involved. A five-decade survey called the CIRP Freshman Survey, analyzed by Alexander Astin, founding director of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, has shown that living in a residence hall positively affects degree attainment. Involvement with the campus experience supports learning. This research is backed up by similar findings from Ernest Pascarella at the University of Iowa and Patrick Terenzini of Pennsylvania State University. Their conclusions indicate that on-campus students are more likely to stay in school and graduate and report more high-quality interactions with other students than their classmates who commute. What’s more, seniors who live on campus tend to be more engaged with advisors and faculty. All of these factors create better learning engagement and lead to academic success.

Students who live on campus should make the most of this opportunity, finding ways to really get involved in the university’s community. Many colleges offer programs and activities in the residence hall community, including well-known speakers or artists. There are study sessions, in-residence lectures and other opportunities to connect with faculty members who participate in residential programs. It’s also a good idea for students to connect with others who are in their field of study, forming study groups to help each other succeed.

At Upper Iowa University, we provide a variety of options for housing.

  • At Garbee Hall, we provide traditional housing, with two-student rooms and communal living and bathroom space on each floor. Amenities include free laundry, cable television, Wi-Fi and a computer lab. Additionally, Garbee Hall is centrally located to classes as well as the recreation center.
  • There are two apartment buildings on campus: Hofmaster and Lee. These apartments are for upperclassmen, both men and women, and there are resident assistants on each floor. The buildings hold six apartments apiece and offer free laundry, cable television, WI-FI, furnished appliances and furnished living rooms and bedrooms.
  • South Village I, II, and III offer suite-style housing for upperclassmen. Each of these three buildings is three stories high and hosts about 30 students on each floor in four-person suites. The buildings are shared by men and women and there are resident assistants on each floor

The best way to learn about Upper Iowa University is to come and see it for yourself. Schedule a tour. We’ll happily show you our beautiful Campus and state-of-the-art facilities while providing you with information about admissions, academics, financial aid, student life, athletics and our school’s rich history. You can tour the Campus and residence halls and speak with staff and faculty about your interest in the University. We’ll also treat you to lunch in the Student Center and an athletic event.

Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit comprehensive university. Our traditional, residential Campus is beautifully situated in the charming town of Fayette, Iowa, where friendly people and natural beauty make it easy to feel at home. Fayette is home to Klock’s Island Camping Park, Rainbow Land Park, Cardinal Sports Complex, Big Rock Golf Course and the Volga River State Recreation Area. There are plenty of recreational opportunities for UIU students, including fishing, canoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, boating, camping, hunting, hiking and more. Living on Campus makes it easy to enjoy the entire community, while also reaping the benefits of the numerous cultural and sporting events on Campus.

Established in 1857, UIU has a rich history and a student-centered mission that has made it a recognized innovator in higher education. Offering accredited, quality programs through flexible systems, UIU is invested in helping students succeed. To learn more, call 800.553.4150, email or visit