Cost of housing

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Registered: 07-24-1997
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 - 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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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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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 - 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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