of dorm life must drop
Jennifer Noy is a sophomore advertising/public relations
and psychology major from Austin.
almost $3,000 a college student could take a Spring
Break trip to Hawaii with a friend. A college
student could buy a rather large high-definition plasma
TV. Or, this college student could take his or her $3000
and spend it on a four-month stay at one of the luxurious
dormitories here at TCU.
For the nearly three grand TCU students fork over for
housing, what do we get? Well, for starters we get a
soiled mattress atop a rickety wooden frame. In addition,
we are provided with an ill-proportioned desk, unsuitable
for study materials. And finally, TCU graciously gives
us paper-thin walls, so we hear every conversation from
our neighbors and consequently they can hear us as well.
Just when you thought it couldnt get any better,
we share bathrooms with foreign odors and unidentified
hairs. Good thing we brought flip-flops.
As wonderful as this sounds and at such a bargain price,
it is no wonder students choose to live off-campus.
The alternative, a rented house or apartment, provides
students with a much nicer living area at a more reasonable
price. When comparing the two, the price difference
over a semester can make a huge impact on a students
The question remains, why is there such a huge discrepancy
in price between the dorms and off-campus living areas?
The apartments and rental homes often provide much nicer
living spaces. Students have their own rooms and even
private bathrooms. These off-campus residences have
convenient parking, kitchens and extra living space.
So for a higher price, students living on-campus park
far away from their dorms, have less space (and no private
space) and share bathrooms with 10-20 peers.
But I do have to point out the benefits of dorm life
at TCU: location, location, location! Im sure
I am not the first to say that rolling out of bed ten
minutes before class is nice. The library, the Main
and the Recreation Center are all minutes away.
In addition, TCU students are provided with high-speed
Internet and more cable channels than I knew existed.
All this is rolled into our semester price.
But are the benefits enough to warrant the high price?
No! As TCU students, we pay thousands of dollars for
our education. We put up with a yearly increase in tuition
rates and pay outrageous prices for food
in the main (but that is a whole other story).
With all that said, the last thing we need as TCU students
is a steep and unjustified residence hall rate. Surely,
a university like TCU, with a multimillion-dollar endowment
could find some way to redistribute its wealth to alleviate
the burden of unreasonable dormitory fees.
I hope that in the future TCU will make the financial
adjustments necessary to assist on-campus residents
as they struggle to make ends meet. TCU, although one
of the cheapest private schools in Texas, is still expensive.
Give us a break on housing.