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(Markus Johnson Com 360 final project)

Posted in Uncategorized by com360bu on May 10, 2011

Come springtime it’s Location, Location, Location for BU upperclassmen

My story covers the thought process behind why and where upperclassmen decide to live in the fall. Through analysis of the different housing options and interviews with Bradley students, my story examines this question from a few different angles. Whether that be on or off campus, my story delves into the differences and why people pick what they pick.

It’s Location, Location, Location For BU students come spring

            Every spring, Bradley University’s upperclassmen begin the annual hunt for housing in the fall.

Housing options run the gamut from dormitories to apartments to rental houses. Issues like cost of rent, distance to campus and size of the space are weighed against each other as students debate where to take up residence.

“The price of rent and wanting more space are what me move into my fraternity house,” said sophomore computer science major Josh Strupeck.

Two semesters of rent for the dormitories comes out to $8,200, while rental houses and apartments usually have lower rental costs.

Apartments can run from $600 per month for single bedrooms to around $275 per person to $400 per person for rental houses. Among the most popular apartment options are the St. James Complex with monthly rent of around from $260 to $640 depending on the number of roommates.

Despite the obvious disparities in the rent costs for dorms and off campus housing, students living off campus have to cover the costs of food and several different utilities, students living on campus do not directly pay for.

“I like living in the dorms, because of having meal plan and being closer to my classes,” said freshman business management major Steve Crooks.

Students generally rent off-campus housing in the surrounding neighborhoods around the University and can increase walking distance between  them and the various academic buildings.

Renting apartments and off-campus houses can also open the door to a number of real-world headaches that the dorms are relatively devoid of.  Off-campus housing opens the door to issues with plumbing and electrical wiring that are taken care of staying in the dormitories.

“My roommates and I have had a few problems with maintenance related things and our landlord,” said senior international studies major Margaret Conley.

Moving off-campus can also open the door to students to bring cars to school and free themselves from the restrictions put in place by the residence hall staff.

“It’s nice not to have to worry about quiet hours and floor meetings,” said senior finance major Wes Martin.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to live on or off campus comes to down to several different factors and how students feel about them.

With the Main Street Commons complex opening the door to even more living options in the fall, students will have to continue to pick the best personal option for themselves.

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