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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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 04-29-2013 - 2:50pm

Left her financial aid letter in the car after a disappointing talk with the financial aid office.  But looking at their website, for a triple room and a standard meal plan (16 "swipes" per week) its roughly $9750 for 3 semesters, fall, winter, and spring.  We have to figure out if she's going to take a spring semester, live in the dorms, etc.  The winter semester gets done March 26, 2014, but her athletic season goes til the end of April.  The spring semester goes til the first week of June. I don't know what her requirements are, if she has to take classes spring semester, a certain amount of them, etc. and if it makes sense for her to stay in the dorms, or what exactly.  Yet another thing to talk about and considerations...

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Mon, 04-29-2013 - 8:20pm

Where ds20 went for his first two years, it's a good 10k/2 semesters w/a small meal plan for freshman year for 2 people in a dorm, and about the same for a 2br on-campus apartment (you then pay for a meal plan or just pay for/cook your own food).  His current U is less expensive; about 5.5-7k/year for housing plus about 2k/semester for a meal plan for a 2 bedroom. (he's not on campus any more)

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Mon, 04-29-2013 - 9:25pm

Arryl, can your dd choose whether she takes Spring term? Doesn't she have to take X# of units per academic year to remain full time/in good standing?

My ds attended a U on the "quarter" system and the schedule sounds similar to your dd's school. As I recall some schools have requirements about freshmen living on campus but usually they can move off campus second year and beyond. That brings a different set of challenges because often the off-campus leases are for a full year so the student has to find someone to sublease, or pay for the summer months.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 9:17am

Elc, that's what I am wondering, if she has to take a full load spring term or not because of her team.  She's not required to live on campus as a freshman, but wanted to for at least one year to get the full college experience, but was thinking she'd likely move in with teammates after the first year.  Definitely more we have to research into, these weren't questions I thought to ask at the recruiting visit last fall when we were there.

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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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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 - 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 - 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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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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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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