The Graduate School Information Channel, Sponsored by:
How to Create the Best Living Situation in Graduate School
(full story below)
Many students fret over their classes and professors, but forget one very important variable: if youíre unhappy at home, youíll be unhappy in the classroom.

This part of the higher education equation was easier during undergrad because the school did much of the thinking for you: they chose your tiny room and roommate in the campus dormitory. In graduate school, you are encouraged to think about which living situation would be best for you: a house or apartment with roommates, living alone, or living with family.

Calculate your budget early so you know what your living expenses will be. This number may dictate whether you have roommates and where you can live.

If the cost is too great and your family is located near your college or university, you may opt to live with them during your graduate schools studies (especially if you cannot work while going to school). This is a good option for those who have a solid relationship with their family, where there is mutual respect of space and time. You will need a place to complete assignments without distractions, so if your younger brother drops down from the top bunk onto your bed while youíre working, you may want to find an alternative.

Itís important to really understand yourself and your preferred lifestyle. At this point in your life, you have likely lived alone or with others. Which did you find more fulfilling? Some students crave the interaction with other students, so they choose to find roommates within their program. Others prefer to live with someone who isnít even a student, so when they return home from classes they will not hear any school talk. Others know that they will not be tolerant of roommates, so they choose to live alone.

Consider living solo. Graduate students keep erratic schedules, sometimes working before sunrise or long after a reasonable bedtime. Teaching assistantships require patience and flexible schedules for students who need extra instruction. You may be called on to complete some kind of research in a short amount of time, meaning youíll be working non-stop until it is finished. When you live alone, you donít have to worry about inconveniencing others with your schedule.

If youíre choosing to live in an apartment while you study, start the hunt for your place early. Be diligent about checking online for new listings and reply immediately when you find a possible fit. Ask your campus housing office about the on-campus possibilities, whether the school lists available off-campus apartments, and if thereís a roommate finder service.

In the end, your housing should work well with your lifestyle and complement your studies. Create a situation that will help you ace your classes.


- Photo: medicine.tufts.edu
- Source: http://www.graduateprograms.com/how-to-create-the-best-living-situation-in-graduate-school/#sthash.4sRjHpsr.dpuf
Check Out More Graduate School Articles & Content
The Gentle Guide for Applying to Graduate Schools
People Judge Your Intelligence Based on the Tone of Your Voice and How Fast You Speak
Finding a Place to Live at Harvard University
Grad Student Advice Series: 10 Ways To Be A Successful PhD Student
Quick Content Search
Search Grad School Content:
Enter keywords below to see a list of Graduate School related articles on our site!  
Florida Coastal Law's Practitioner Clinics
Florida Coastal Law's Practitioner Clinic is an innovative course offering students a chance to work closely on pro bono cases with a practicing lawyer. Students are often invited to work on these cases in the practitioner's office off campus, and the Clinics are offered as two credits with an evening classroom component.
Visit Site >
Florida Coastal Law Offers LLM & Certificate in Logistics & Transportation
Florida Coastal Law is the first law school in the U.S. to offer an online LL.M. Degree or Certificate in Logistics & Transportation. Students in the 24-credit LL.M. or 12-credit Certificate program gain expertise in global logistics and transportation law through cutting-edge courses taught by attorneys and industry professionals online.
Visit Site >
Share Graduate School Content!
Got info to share with the community? Post Graduate School content here!
Post Content>
Interested In Grad School? Questions?
Graduate School Interest:
Enter your name and email address to have a representative contact you with graduate school information!
First Name:
Last Name:
Email:
Sponsored Content Create an Ad
Follow Us!
Link To Us!
Do you have a website? Link to HBCU Connect!