Why I Love Commuting

What most of you probably don't know is that I commute to school. When telling people where I go to school and the fact that I live at home, most of them had the same reaction: "Why would you want to commute? You don't get the full college experience." But I can happily say that I love commuting to school and I do fulfill my idea of the "college experience."

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Living at home, I still get to have the "little luxuries" that most of us take for granted -- using a clean shower, having home-cooked meals, sleeping in your own bed, having central air, and more. My twin sister attends school in Connecticut and came home last weekend to celebrate my mom's birthday; she loves her school and living away, but she was beyond happy to have all of those things for a weekend that she once took for granted. After a long day at school, I so look forward to being able to shower, throw on comfy clothes, and lay in bed.

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I get to work at my job still! As much as I complain about my job, it's actually a great feeling to not be the stereotypical "broke college student." I can still afford my daily coffee at Dunks and more. I do want to get better about budgeting my money, but at least I don't have to be so strict with how I budget.

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I can be extremely flexible with my time since I have my car. If I want to get at the library at 7:30 AM, I can. If I want to stay at school to use the library, I can do that too. Or if I'm having a bad day and just want to skip class and binge watch Netflix (may or may not have done that last Friday...), I can do that too.

I think people think that commuters don't get the "full college experience." If I want to go to a party during the weekend, I can still do that while being a commuter. I can still join clubs. I can still make friends -- and I do have friends who live on campus. I still do everything that every other college student does, but I just do it on my own time and in my own way.

What do you love the most about college?


  1. I commute too, but not really by choice. At the end of last school, after I had already committed to a university 45 minutes away, I received a scholarship that paid all of my tuition for our community college. The school i had originally committed to was not a first choice school of mine and going to community college helps guarantee I can go to a school I truly like and its wayyy cheaper. I do feel left out sometimes while my friends are at school. I think the best part of being home has to be my own shower!


  2. Sounds like so much fun! Having a roof over your head and a steady job sounds great! Glad you having fun in college.
    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  3. It definitely is nice!

  4. My junior year I moved off campus and commuted back and fourth from my apartment. I liked it a lot more. I hated living on campus!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  5. I also lived at home through university and I'm glad I did. I never felt like I missed out on anything. I still went out with friends and joined in with activities. The only difference is that I got to go home to my own bed at the end of the day and have a cup of tea with my mum and my grandparents in the mornings. And I got to spend time with all my other friends from primary and secondary school that stayed at home to work or do an extra year at school. I'm with you on this one, I loved commuting too!

  6. It is interesting to read your perspective on commuting to school. I loved living in a dorm/sorority in college (then in an apartment) but I can see why living at home would have a lot of benefits too!

  7. I've never been a commuter, but I definitely agree that commuting has more pros than cons. Maybe that's just because I'm a huge homebody and very close to my family!


  8. Love this post especially because I'm a commuter and feel the same way!! There's so much stigma out there about commuters but honestly I think we just have a lot more freedom and flexibility with our lives compared to most college students.


  9. Great points! The little luxuries really add up. I commute to work right now by train- I like that it forces me to unplug and catch up on reading.

    Alessandra | blog.pumpup.com

  10. I lived on campus my freshman year, but loved having my own apartment off campus for the other three years.
    Dorm life was not for me haha.
    Sometimes I still miss living at home because there's nothing like a hot meal as soon as you get home and fresh laundry at all times.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillyts

  11. This is a really interesting post! I've never commuted (even being in my senior year- I still live on campus even though I know lots of people off campus now!) and have found that living on campus works 100% best for my needs at school, but every student is different! My bestie from home stayed local for college and tried living on campus for a year but then moved back home with her family and she much prefers commuting!

    xoxo A

  12. I was a commuter for the first two years of college, and I could definitely relate to all of the benefits, especially after seeing the other side!

    xo Ashley

  13. So glad it goes well for you! I can definitely agree about the little luxuries thing- going home this weekend and I couldn't be more excited for a bubble bath and a big bath, and MY CAT!

  14. I don't think I could ever commute. I don't get much done when I'm at home and need those late nights in the library or tech center to study and write papers. I couldn't commute home after that! But I enjoyed reading this perspective, I never thought about the positives of being a commuter, most of my friends complain about having to commute.

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  15. As someone who moved away for college, I really enjoyed your perspective! I only lived an hour away from campus, so I feel like I had it made because I could always run home if I wasn't feeling well or just missed my own bed! Haha

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  16. I never commuted to school but it's interesting to learn about some of the benefits!

  17. When I was in college, I loved the freedom and excitement of doing anything and everything. I miss college.

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  18. I had a small commute to college, but I also lived on campus. It was all great!

    xx. Brittany | Southern Soul

  19. I commute too and I agree with all of your points! I love it <3
    The Fashionista's Diary

  20. I'm so happy that you're having such a good time in college!