Housing costs raise the roof

Residential Life

Cost of campus living goes up an estimated $222

As most students are aware, the cost of a college education seems to rise every year.

If a Western student decides to live on campus next semester they will be reminded of this fact of life when they take a look at their bill.

The price to live in the dorms will increase four percent for the next school year. The increase is the lowest increase in the past five years.

According to Ron Olinger, Vice President of Financial Planning and Administration, the average increase to the price of living on campus has been nine percent in that same five year time span.

An annual increase in prices on campus is basically a given, considering the price of living increases every year.

Director of Residential Living Michael Speros was part of the committee that proposed the slight increase. He felt that increasing the rates was necessary, but they needed to keep the prices low in order to stay competitive.

“The Committee tried to come up with a fair increase, which on the one hand would cover the increase in the cost of living along with rate hikes in utilities, while also keeping in mind our mission of providing an affordable education here at Western,” Speros said. “I thought the increase was fair.”

The four percent increase is estimated to cost students that living in the residential halls an estimated $222 more than they paid this year.

One difference with this year’s annual increase is that it involves the Living Learning Center. This is the first time Western has raised the rent of the LLC since it was introduced in 2005.

Keeping the cost of living on campus in the same range that other schools charge was important to the committee that introduced the raise in rates.

“I believe we are still very competitive with other schools and also offer a wide range of living options, which many schools cannot offer,” Speros said.

Heather Gorham, a sophomore nursing major, has lived in the residence halls for the past two years, but plans on moving out on her own after this semester.

“If they expect to keep us here, they should offer more benefits than ten percent discount on the super singles,” Gorham said. “I don’t regret living in the dorms, it was kind of fun.”

Gorham was not impressed with the conditions of the living halls and felt she could find better conditions off campus.

“If they want keep students on campus they should improve residential living,” Gorham said.

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