Cost of housing

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Cost of housing
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Mon, 04-29-2013 - 2:32pm

DD just gave me a breakdown of her university's housing costs. . . and even though I have a 20yo DS in college, I'm SHOCKED.  The cost of housing at her university is almost twice the cost at DS's.  I didn't even think that was possible, since DS goes to a typical private northeast liberal arts college.  I should have known that it would be more for DD because she'll be in NYC but still - $13,000+ for her vs $7000 for a freshman dorm room at DS's college - that was not what I was expecting.

Fortunately DS is moving off campus for his senior year and his new apartment will only cost $5000 for the nine months he'll be there (it's an academic-year rental).  I guess I'll be taking the money we're saving from his moving off campus and applying it to DD's cost of housing instead.

I *really* didn't think I could be surprised by university costs anymore, but apparently I was wrong. 

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Fri, 05-03-2013 - 6:53pm

With one year under our belts, I'm still reeling from room and board costs.  And she goes in the summer, too!  Last year her Super Double room cost $3,590 per semester, plus $1,882 per semester for meals.  This summer for a Single suite in on-campus apartment, it is $3,569 and she will have NO meal plan.  In the Fall if she gets her choice of Single in a different campus apartment building, we will be on the hook for $4,045 per semester.  But she will possibly take one of the commuter meal plans at $362 for the entire year.  Couldn't do that as a freshman. Thankfully, today she was talking about living off campus for her junior year.  Time to start researching that--now.

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Fri, 05-03-2013 - 3:05pm

I have no qualms about making this sacrifice.

Yeah, me neither.  20yo DS is doing a great job of learning and getting everything he can out of his college experience - and we are paying for the whole thing.  I know DD will do the same.  I don't buy the idea that kids have to pay for their own education in order to appreciate it.

Ash, I take it your DD chose Wellesley?

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Fri, 05-03-2013 - 3:02pm

No one is required to live in NYU housing, but campus housing is a great way to make new friends, especially in a huge city.  Plus, I wouldn't want her living in NYC on her own at age 18.  She's led a sheltered life in the suburbs and will have a lot to learn about being in NYC, even in a dorm.  As much as she likes the stimulation of the city, she only knows it as an occasional day visitor, not as someone who has to put up with the trials of city life 7 days a week.  That will be as much an education for her as her classes.

Funny, just as she is embarking on her big city adventure, 13yo DS will be starting at a school of just 75 students on a lovely piece of farm property.  They are going in completely opposite directions.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 1:54pm

"this is what I get for telling her to go wherever she wants!" Yep, we'll be eating those words very soon, since DD picked the full pay school. But she worked her tail off all thru high school, so I know she'll get our money's worth in college. I have no qualms about making this sacrifice.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 1:52pm

Holy cow, that IS expensive! I just checked D's college website for the breakdown, and the total for both room and board is just over $13K. Can't imagine paying that for housing alone, but I know NYC is one heck of an expensive city.

Does your D have to live on campus freshman year?  While I think that's ideal, there may be cheaper options that are still doable.

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Registered: 04-17-2013
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 12:36pm

Wow, that IS a lot!! Gotta love NYC!

My DD's will be around $7500 but that includes meals too.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 1:03pm

Actually it is possible to rent a studio or 1BR apartment in lower Manhattan for less per month than you pay to share a dorm room.  Naturally she wants to live in a dorm her first year, and we want her to as well.  But we'll have to see what happens after that.  I do find the cost breathtaking, especially since DS's housing & food costs are dropping to about $6000 for the next academic year compared to DD's almost $18,000 for room & board - but this is what I get for telling her to go wherever she wants!  And she is so very excited about it. :)

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Registered: 06-16-1998
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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 11:19am

Wow, $13K does sound like a lot for 9 months in a dorm, although its probably competitive or maybe even a good price for a tiny apt that neighborhood. And it does include the utilities lol. 

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:47am

I didn't think that was a lot until you said it didn't include meals.  Room & board at our state univ (which is where DD went) is almost $10,000--and it's certainly not in a big city.  After freshman year, she moved to a sorority house, which was actually less expensive.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:16am

I should have mentioned that $13,000 is *just* for a standard double room - it doesn't include the meal plan.  The cost of the unlimited meal plan for both NYU and Skidmore is about $4500 a year.  We'll need to decide what type of meal plan DD wants - I doubt she'll want to eat 19 meals a week on campus when she has all of NYC to eat in.

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