One of my high school teachers was always telling us to live in a dorm to get the best college experience, but I'm so glad I didn't and I'm commuting to and from campus because I haven't heard one good thing about living in the residence halls. Like I guess it's convenient to be right there, but that's the only perk. Everyone's getting sick and the fire alarms constantly go off and it just sounds like hell so I'm glad I saved money by avoiding that lol
Honestly.. I had a HORRIBLE time in residence. I was there for my first year, and instead of them putting me in a traditional double room on the quiet floor like I asked, they put me in a pod with 4 other roommates on the LOUD floor. I did make some friends, and it was convenient - especially because that year was the bus strike in Ottawa - and the food was good, but I really hated it. I think if you’re happy not doing residence, then don’t do it.