Different students choose to live at home for different reasons ranging from financial savings to familiy obligations.

In order to create the most resourceful guide, we reached out to students just like you to bring to light the issues, obstacles, and benefits of attending college at home.

According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, each year, over 2 million students enroll in college for the first time. Although a majority of these students move away from home to attend college, a growing number are choosing to attend college at home. In 2008, according to US Department of Education reports, 31.5% of college undergraduates chose to live at home while attending college, saving an average of $9,000 per academic year in room and board.

Although there are hundreds of websites dedicated to providing college students with tips on how to survive college life, a vast majority of these sites are aimed at those students who attend college away from home. There are few resources with advice for students who choose to attend college at home. Thus, we decided to fill in the gap by creating a resource especially aimed at surviving college at home.

Different students choose to live at home for different reasons ranging from financial savings to family obligations. Thus, to create the most useful guide, we started by profiling the nine most common types of students who choose to attend college at home;


  • Students simply wanting to save money.
  • Students with close knit families who are not yet ready to move away from home and create that distance.
  • Married students or those with children who do not really fit into the “campus life.”
  • More mature students who are working and taking night classes.
  • Students with disabilities who find it easier to live at home due to the modifications made to their homes.
  • Students with English as a second language, who are more comfortable studying online.
  • Stay-at-home moms or dads who choose to balance family life with their studies.
  • Professionals who are looking for career advancements, but cannot afford to leave their jobs.
  • More mature students who are first-time college students looking to getting online degrees.
  • Online students currently in the military, abroad or stationed in the US.

After creating these profiles, we went out and found students matching each of these profiles. We then interviewed the students we found in an effort to truly understand the issues and obstacles faced by those attending college at home. As a final step, we went to the experts for advice on how to tackle these issues and overcome these obstacles in order to succeed at college at home.

Read on to see our results.