This is probably a huge question for most freshman?
Should you live in the dorm, or stay off-campus?
My advise: Live in the dorms!!
Why you may ask? Simply because it is a social experience and an experience I believe a college student should experience.
I worked as a Resident Assistant (RA) for 2 semesters and it was a truly rewarding experience seeing students who came into college absolutely knowing no one getting to have a full social circle in a couple of weeks as a result of various dorm activities.
Living in the dorms also gives you full access to various campus activities you ordinarily may not have full-on access to. It's waaay easier to attend 10pm campus activities, and campus activities in general when you live 5 or 10 minutes away from where it's happening.
Speaking of close proximity, dorm living gives you the opportunity to wake up at 9.45 for your 10am class.
Like I said earlier, you meet all sorts of people as a result of living in the dorm -- friendships that can last a lifetime and you shouldn't miss out on that!