Do people prefer living in houses or apartments as upperclassmen? What are the benefits and drawbacks of both?

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I prefer living in a house. You aren't sharing a thin wall with your neighbor. You don't have people blasting bass above or below you. You don't have a drunk student knocking on your door on a weekend night. You get a lot more privacy and space, and I found it to be cheaper than an apartment. However, I tend to find apartments closer to campus and you don't have to worry about maintaining the large space that a house would give you.
I prefer living in an apartment, simply because you're living with fewer people and I find it to be a little calmer. For me, living in a house with a lot of housemates could get overwhelming. I also like the added security that comes with living in an apartment. In addition to having security cameras around the building, we also have a security guard on duty 24/7. I feel a lot safer knowing that there are these security measures in place. Though the level of security will vary based on different apartment buildings, I don't think you could necessarily find that added level of safety when you're living in a house.
I have only lived in an apartment, but I love it except for a few drawbacks. First off, it's small enough that it can take one person to clean the entire apartment thoroughly without wasting a day. It's cozy and you have close neighbors that you can become friends with.
A drawback is that there is less storage space. You don't have a basement or a lot of closet space. You also will have someone either living above or below you, or both, which means you have to be conscious of how loud you are or listen to the noise above you.
I've lived in both a shared house and a shared apartment in my years as an upperclassman in college. Living in a house has its benefits because you typically have more space. You often have fewer restrictions when it comes to decorating and hosting friends. One drawback for me is that when you have more space, you usually feel that you need to fill the space. This means you can buy unnecessary items that you don't really need, especially as a college student. In a house, you may also be responsible for things like lawn-care that you wouldn't otherwise have to deal with. I'm also more fond of living with fewer people and a house is usually shared with more people. Apartment living is a great alternative if you are worried about those issues. Unfortunately, apartments mean that you may be living in close quarters to people that are loud. You will also have more restrictions when it comes to decorating and pets.

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