Four years of college in De La Salle University Dasmarinas (DLSU-D) were some of the most fun, challenging, and educational years of my life. But when I talk about education, I’m not just talking about inside the campus. If you’re like me, and you decided to study in a university far from home so that you can stay in a dorm and be more independent, then this article is for you.
In this piece, we are going to tackle the basics of “university life” in DLSUD. From choosing the right dorm to finding a good, but cheap place to eat – we are going to talk about what it’s like to live the “Dormer’s Life.”
Dormitories in DLSU-D and off campus
Finding the right dormitory for you is objective numero uno. DLSU-D provides dormitories for its students, but I myself preferred to stay in a dormitory outside the school. There are advantages to staying in a dorm inside the school like better security, being closer to your class buildings, but I personally preferred to stay outside because 1, it is cheaper, and 2, the curfew is much later rather than the university dorm curfew which is 9pm (some don’t have curfew at all). Some of you may prefer those without curfew because of those late night “study sessions” with classmates.
You have a lot to choose from when it comes to dormitories outside. Just take a stroll in front of the university and you’ll see the dormitories lined up together.
Dormitories outside the university costs between 3,000 –6,000 pesos a month, depending on the size and the amenities. But another fun thing about staying in a dorm is that you can always tag along with a friend and be roommates.
A good tip is to find and settle in your dorm a week before classes begin. Make sure to bring all the stuff you’re going to need, and try to settle in and get comfortable and get to know your landlord. The people you choose to stay with are going to be like your second family, so choose well.
Now we have you’re dorm covered, let’s talk about food. There’s always good food inside the campus. Inside you have Mila’s Canteen, Museo Café, KND and The Square to choose from a wide array of food. But if you want to save more of your baon and still get good quality food, there are also a lot of food choices right in front of Gate 1.
Food outside the university normally cost between 35 – 80 pesos, a lot of them offer unlimited rice, soup and drinks if ever you wanna get the most bang for your buck.
One of the student’s all-time favorites would be “BB’s tapsihan.”
And for those craving for late-night snacks, there’s always a 7-11 nearby ready to serve you 24/7. There also an ATM inside in case you run out of cash and if that doesn’t work, there’s also one inside the campus.
College Student Recreation
Prelim, midterm, and final requirements can sometimes get to you and stress you out, so it’s important to take a break from the library and have a bit of fun from time to time. You can enjoy lots of activities as a student in La Salle just outside the campus.
If you’re the gamer type, there are internet cafés loaded with your favorite games right in front of gate 1. There’s also this place called “Gate 4” where you can rent a room and watch movies with friends, as well as “other” recreational places that you would just have to come and visit for you to see.
If you want to go for some shopping, there is SM City and Robinsons Mall Pala-Pala just one jeepney ride away from school. There’s also a Starbucks right beside McDonalds and Kenny Rogers, near the DLSU Medical Center. Or if you want to save up some cash but still unwind, the university botanical garden is always open for some peace and quiet time with nature.
There you go, those are the basics of university life in DLSUD. Trust me, you’ll learn a lot more along the way. What’s important is that you learn and have fun in your four or more years of being a college student. Now we have you all set for your college years, our next story we’ll be talking about your academic life.