Unlike a lot of schools, K-State maintains no policy requiring students to spend their freshman year on campus, so many students don’t even bother waiting until their sophomore year to forsake the residence halls. Sometimes abandoning ship means a studio apartment, sometimes a frat house, but it virtually always amounts to a more cost-effective living situation. This is not to say that off-campus housing is categorically cheap (landlords near campus are not oblivious to the marketability of their location), but provided you’re willing to put in some effort, scoring something affordable isn’t too tough.
Needless to say, living off campus requires more maturity than living in the residence halls. Filling out a form and signing your name at the bottom isn’t going to cut it. You’re going to have to track down your own place, deal with utilities, forage for sustenance, and undertake a daily commute. Even going Greek means increased responsibilities, as most houses enforce mandatory study hours and make community service a membership requirement. Still, if you’ve reached a phase in your life where hall-wide Halo tournaments cease to dictate your schedule, flying the coop is probably worth it.