Yes, buying in today's market actually is cheaper than renting in some places. You also may have the chance to gain equity in the home should you choose to sell it when you leave, or you could use it as an investment property down the road. There are many benefits to owning a home. One is just simple freedoms to decorate inside the way you want to. Living a transient lifestyle can make you feel more at home by not being surrounded by a sea of white or beige walls.