I do not live in a dorm, so I have to commute to my classes at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (or NAIT, as it is much more often referred to by Albertans). I take public transportation, as I don't have a car - and it can be pretty slow sometimes! I live right in downtown Edmonton, and NAIT is about 3-4 km north of downtown - right next to the City Centre Airport. There is a variety of routes I can take to get to and from NAIT, and commuting times vary. One route only takes me about 15 minutes to get to NAIT, but it stops after 6:30 PM! Other routes will take as much as 45 minutes!!
Especially when the bus sits idle for about eitght minutes! This means I'll often bum rides from other students who have a car fairly often when going home.
I do not have any roommates, so I live alone. I like it that way, actually - I still have a few friends around. Living alone in an apartment does have its pros and cons of course.
No one else's bad habits to put up with.
More time to do homework.
Not having to share the facilities.
Loneliness can be a problem if you're not used to it.
Group work is difficult.
Time wasted in commuting.
Having to go out in cold weather while commuting - Edmonton's winters aren't exactly what I'd call mild half of the time! I've seen maximum temps drop to as low as -38C, or -36F.
I know some students who have to commute by bus to and from their night classes even farther than I do, such as from the other side of Edmonton. One guy I know has to walk about 2 hours from a bus depot to his home, simply because bus service does not run past 10:30 PM where he lives!