I'm going to be a freshman in college this fall and I want to know what it is like living in a dorm vs an apartment. For my first choice college the Room & Board is around $10,000 (Stony Brook). I was thinking of getting an apartment with a friend and splitting the rent. These are the things I know (Some are first hand experience): Dorm: -No bills IE: College provides food, electricity, cable, etc -My friend told me that the college does random searches? -Single dorms are harder to get -Have to share a bathroom -Really small -Have to share with a stranger (Unless you get lucky and get a friend) Apartment: -More bills -Own kitchen -Own bathroom -Have to bring your own furniture? -Less expensive than dorming? -More privacy The third choice is staying home, but I would rather not do that since I've been waiting to get out of this house and I don't want to drive to school all the time.