It is generally advisable that first year and junior faculty members live close to their campus or workplace in order to become acquainted with the institutional culture. Residing nearby allows them to get used to and manage the teaching and service load without the added problem of long commutes. However, financial constraints (exorbitant rental/purchase prices in the surrounding areas), privacy and sexual issues such as running into staff/students frequently (especially for lesbian and/or single women), partner employment, the absence of religious, ethnic, and cultural communities, or research agendas may make long commutes the better choice (see Commuting).

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