Housing can be very expensive on campus, so talking to the off campus support services department can be very helpful for figuring out living situations. They can help you find affordable housing off campus or roommates to split the cost of the housing and utilities, as housing off campus tends to be more affordable. They can also guide you to a neighborhood resource center and youth shelters available nearby.
As youth homelessness continues to expand, cities have began to create neighborhood resource centers. These programs are temporary housing options for homeless youth. They function on a first-come, first-served basis. Many provide kitchens and dining areas, showers, laundry, and computer labs with printers to accommodate the special needs of the college life. Use the following link to find a shelter near you: Link. Select the state you live in, and then the city, and it will give you a list of shelters.
An alternative way to get housing is by working as a Resident Assistant on campus. Most schools have eligibility requirements such as grade level, but every school has different requirements. Being a Resident Assistant, just like any other job, has its benefits and its drawbacks. A Resident Assistant is usually provided with free housing, food, parking and discounted tuition and some get paid about $600 a semester. On the other hand, this position requires a lot of time and commitment. An RA is responsible for dealing with any issues among the residents and is expected to be in their room most of the time. They have to go through extensive training and have many responsibilities. This position is also selective and competitive. Talk to your guidance counselor to see if this would be a good fit for you.
If on and off campus housing does not work out, temporarily staying with a friend or rotating between different friends’ houses can be an option. This gives you an opportunity to get to know people better and while also having a place to stay.
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