A few of the advantages of living on campus:

  • Housing when you need it. Academic year = late August-mid May. Housing = late August-mid May.
    • Rates include electricity, heat, water, sewer, waste removal, Internet connection with no data limit, cable-television service and a meal plan.
    • Housing cost billed directly to your student account (a payment plan available)
  • Easy walking distance to campus services, labs, classrooms, library, College buildings and athletic facilities.
  • Minimal cooking during the week means more time to study and play (less dishes to clean!)
  • Countless opportunities to meet new people and develop lasting friendships while learning about other cultures and lifestyles.
  • Quick response from approachable and accessible 24-hour live-in staff.
  • Housing staff are available to help students resolve interpersonal conflicts and in some situations, students may request a transfer to a different room or apartment.
  • Two big-screen TV’s, pool table, foosball table, ping pong table free to use.

Studies show that students who live on campus tend to:

  • Complete more credit hours and have a higher grade point average
  • Persist and graduate with greater frequency and are timelier in their graduation
  • Show greater gains in student development and interpersonal self-esteem
  • Express greater satisfaction with their undergraduate experience!

More Information

  • Cost

    There are certain circumstances where living off-campus seems to be a better financial option. At times this is the case; however, when one adds the actual costs of Internet, commuting, food, and utilities (water, electricity, gas, sewer, heat, garbage, cable, snow removal, lawn care) to the overall cost, that margin is diminished or eliminated. Further, the challenge of renting with other roommates becomes interesting when the dynamics of sharing in the payment of bills become an issue. Lastly, there is no extra rent or utility cost to pay if a roommate leaves when you live on campus.

  • What is the value-added purpose of expecting a traditional undergraduate to live on a college campus?

    Simply put, it asks why a student should live on campus. Further, why does Dawson Community College have a Housing residency requirement that requires all full-time students, who have completed fewer than 30 total credit hours of coursework or receiving scholarship directly from DCC, under the age of 21 to live on campus unless they live within a 50-mile radius with a parent/guardian or are married?

    Residence Life and many others on this campus strongly believe (and research supports) that there are significant benefits for students who live on campus. These benefits easily link to the educational mission of Dawson Community College and our desire to promote student success. The College believes that the entire DCC experience is integral for assisting students in their educational and maturation process. Living within campus housing is a key component to the institution’s philosophy of educating students.