Since I transferred to W&M I have lived in on-campus housing. I think W&M is unlike many other schools when it comes to housing. I know of many other places where typically the students live on campus for the first year and then make a mad dash to get off campus apartments or houses. Here however, the students normally vie to get the ideal spot on campus. 1 out of 5 students in the undergraduate population live off campus. This adds to the sense of a unified community that is shared by the W&M population. Some of the perks to living on campus would of course be started with the proximity. Living on campus means that one is only minutes away from their classes. Since almost everyone else lives on campus, the opportunities to interact with classmates is also maximized. Virtually everything I need is immediately at my disposal on campus, and I can pretty much secure transportation should I need anything else. On that note, parking is one thing that gets on my nerves…. but I’ll save that for another day.