GOSHEN -- Suzi Arsenovic loves her new apartment. It's furnished, has a nice kitchen and comes with high-speed Internet access.
If something breaks, the college will fix it.
One of the first students to move into the new on-campus senior apartment building, Arsenovic says she gets the independence she wants without the hassle of renting a place.
"It's beautiful just to look at because it's new and it's clean," she said. "It's kind of what I liked about the dorms -- living with people who you really enjoy being with, but I have my own space, my own room."
There are 65 students planning to live there this year; a few more than the college's original goal. Capacity was increased to 80, with the possibility of a second building down the road.
Not everyone rushed to live there, though.
Ben Herendeen lives with some friends at the corner of Main Street and College Avenue.
"There's some character in an apartment that you can't get in a sterile dorm that's got the same furniture as every other dorm," he said.
Students choose to live off campus for the freedom to do things they can't do on campus -- from hanging whatever they want on the walls to doing whatever they want at parties.
Even the most mundane things -- paying bills, turning on and off utility service -- makes it worthwhile, Herendeen said.
"It's sort of a crash course for life outside of college," he said. "I think it's a good learning experience."
In two years, fewer seniors will have that opportunity, due to changes in the college's housing rules.
Bill Born, vice president of student life, said seniors will get a good taste of independence in the new apartments built for them. They'll live in a group setting, but also have privacy. For the first time, they won't have to buy a meal plan and can choose to cook all their own meals.
The change in policy came after years of sometimes heated debate. Some students accused the administration of simply wanting to increase revenue; others were just miffed at the loss of choices.
Born said opening the apartments before the change fully took effect was important -- seniors this year and next year aren't forced to live on campus.
"What I think is worth noting, frankly, is that the smallest class in a long time at Goshen College is the class that virtually, by choice, has filled up the apartments," he said. "They, by choice, have said, 'Thank you.'"
Whether future, larger classes say the same thing remains to be seen.