Time to get this off my chest. I was mulling this over last night as I walked home from the train in pouring rain.
How many of you experience/have experienced piss-poor college housing practices?
At my university, they guarantee on-campus housing for freshmen. Out of around 9 dorm buildings, two are sophomore-only, with one of the freshmen buildings having a few apartments for sophs. In a class of about 10k people, this leaves many, many people short, especially after sophomore year.
Now, my university continually has the opportunity to purchase land around the campus perimeter or within blocks away. They have the funds, the resources, the land, and the demand for new housing. Their solution?
Make contracts with outside vendors to buy the land around campus. We have three dorms that are privatized, owned by independent companies, that are the only "on-campus" choice for students. Now, that's not too bad, except for the fact that rental rate ranges from $550/month on the low end, to $800+. And that's per person, with either 2 to 4 people per dorm. The price isn't excusable, and neither is the other sleezy practice... Since the companies are not college-affiliated, there's no way you're getting any loans, school funding, or anything applied to it. Nada. You can't even get it applied to your tuition bill.
So... that pretty much screws me. I am lucky enough to afford school, but I can do it just barely. I live in a single-parent household, and my mom brings in under $30k a year. Obviously she cannot help pay the $6,000 it costs per year for these housing choices. To those who claim "get a job" -- I don't know about you, but I have never seen a student job that can pay that much a month.
Basically, I am wondering how many of you got out of this situation. I feel like I am ready to grow up and start living on my own-ish, but there's just no way I can afford it.