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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UW Stout chapter.

Do you want to save money and not have to wear shoes in the shower? Living at home is for you. Here are my reasons why you shouldn’t live on campus. 

You Can Have Candles

Staying in the dorms means no open flames. Staying at home means all the lilac candles you want. Is it a fire hazard? Yes. Do I care? No. Excuse me for wanting my room to smell like a meadow of flowers instead of drywall and sweat.

You Can Steal Your Parent’s Money

Staying at home, for most, means living with your parents again—which means borrowing money from them to get takeout. Just because you’re saving money by doing online school doesn’t mean you are rich. 

You Don’t Have to Wear a Mask to Pee

There is nothing more humiliating than going “number two” while breathing heavily through your mask. At home you can escape that, and maskcne. Also, you don’t have to carry a stupid shower bag around.


Apartments and dorms means no furry friends, but at home you can have as many as the law allows. When I was on campus, I missed my pets the most. Now that I’m home, I can easily cuddle with my doggies. Worth it.

You Save LOTS of Money

I will only say one thing; the cost of meal plans and dorm rooms is way too high for what you get. I don’t want to sell my soul to get a cold-in-the-middle pizza. I could do that with my own oven for less.

You Get to See Your Friends and Family

At home, you get to see the people you care about everyday without sitting six feet apart and wearing a mask. Plus, you can see your highschool friends you forgot about while away. It’s time to get the band back together!

2020 has been a tough year, but living at home for college right now is the best decision you can make for yourself.

Hannah Plitzner

UW Stout '23

I'm a college freshman going into Entertainment Design! I like movies, dogs, and drawing. My pronouns are she/her.
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