On-campus housing comes with a lot of conveniences. For the most part, residence halls are close to academic buildings, housekeeping is provided in hallways and communal spaces and utilities don’t come at an additional monthly charge.
But that convenience comes at a high price. For this reason, and others, about 400 juniors elected to live off campus this year.
The University is considering mandating third-year housing as part of its revenue-boosting efforts, but this is the wrong way to get additional money as it places the burden of the University’s cost-saving efforts on students.
The overwhelming majority of third-year students live on campus, anyway. The University should allow the few hundred who opt to live off campus to call some other neck of D.C. home.
After two years of mandatory housing, students should be afforded the freedom to decide whether they want to live on or off campus. Off-campus housing is often a more cost-effective option than housing on campus, and it allows students to live in and explore an area of D.C. aside from Foggy Bottom.