Academic Benefits of Living on Campus

17 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2010

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Pedro de Araujo

Colorado College

James Murray

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse – Department of Economics

Date Written: June 21, 2010


We estimate the academic benefits to college students living on campus and investigate why they may perform better in school. This paper addresses two channels to explain why living on campus may improve academic performance. First, we examine whether on-campus students are more likely to take advantage of university provided resources (libraries, tutors, computer technology, university sponsored extracurricular activities, etc) than off-campus students. Secondly, we examine whether peer influences and interactions, including collaborative studying with friends and/or classmates and engagement in drug and alcohol consumption. Instrumental variables are used to account for the likely endogeneity of students' living decisions. We find evidence that living on campus causes an increase in student performance while they are living on campus, and in subsequent semesters even if they later move off campus. We identify significant peer-effect channels to explain why students that have lived on campus in the past perform better than others, but largely fail to identify channels explaining why students should immediately perform better while they live on campus.

Keywords: Student performance, dormitory, cross-section analysis, regression, instrumental variables

JEL Classification: C13, C21, I21

Suggested Citation

de Araujo, Pedro and Murray, James, Academic Benefits of Living on Campus (June 21, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

Pedro De Araujo

Colorado College ( email )

14 E Cache La Poudre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States

James Murray (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse – Department of Economics ( email )

1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
United States
608-785-5140 (Phone)


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