Luxury housing boom transforms student life at U of M

  • Article by: Jim Buchta , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 15, 2013 - 5:01 PM

As a freshman, Ashley Gilles and three roommates squeezed into a teensy dorm room in one of the University of Minnesota’s oldest residence halls.

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ginny6Jun. 14, 1311:11 PM


MN's loneliest REPJun. 14, 1311:40 PM

I agree ginny6... I have hard time listening to complaints about "the rising costs of sending kids to college" when I read this. I guess the old days of living in an old dorm room where you walk down the hall to a shared bathroom/shower and slugging your laundry to the end of the hall are over. Maybe that's why college was a bit more affordable when I went.

Comment44Jun. 15, 1312:07 AM

When these students default on their student loans the taxpayers will be stuck with the bill for these luxuries.

bl24601Jun. 15, 1312:15 AM

Ah, the "necessities" of modern college life: heated parking, in-unit laundry, granite counter tops, yoga studios, and probably others which defy my imagination. The government should give someone a huge research grant to explore why education costs are escalating.

klondikekidJun. 15, 13 1:50 AM

I think like many of us who went to college and lived in a "college like" apartment where we split costs in a most modest of living conditions, I concur with the previous comments left. Actually, let me go one step further. There is nothing about this that I believe to be good. The generation of current college students (and yes, those who can't seem to get on with life too) are being provided absolutly no service in the long run by continuing to present them with a false reality. Even if they have the means (through family) to accomidate this kind of living, they more poignant aspects is that upon completion of their studies they will enter a very different work-world than generations before and will have the unyielding hammer of a rising interest rate environment blended with public debt that will be crushing to all concerned. Rather than learning the aspects of saving and doing without, people by age 25 will have little left to aspire for after having all of the comforts once afforded after decades of work and sacrifice. Meanwhile around the world millions of competiting folks will have learned the old-fashion virtues that we once understood in this country.

stellisJun. 15, 13 3:46 AM

Learning to live in semi-poverty is one of the most valuable things you can learn at college. Learning to live in dodgy apartments or shared houses is another. I feel sorry for these pampered kids.

jbpaperJun. 15, 13 7:03 AM

"There was no elevator, no kitchen and doing laundry required a five-minute walk." ----- Since the writer didn't bother to name the hall, can someone say which one it is? From what I recall, every dorm had an elevator and laundry facilities.

samiamJun. 15, 13 7:07 AM

When I went to the "U" I lived in various living situations with a variety of people. Yes we ate Ramen a few times but it was an invaluable life lesson and a part of the college experience. I wonder how much of this "boom" is really fueled by student loan money that will eventually be defaulted on. For some adding a few thousand on for rent probably does not seem like a big deal when you are going to have tens of thousands in student loans anyway. However that debt will delay the purchase of a "real" house after graduation.

fwallenJun. 15, 13 7:19 AM

I remember sitting around a cement block dorm common room with about 8 other guys at 3 am on a Sunday morning, bored to death from hanging out on Saturday night. No date, big test coming, and one of the guys says, "remember, some day you'll say these were the best days of your life". We all laughed. But they were! Somehow I don't think these students will share the same thoughts.

clnorthJun. 15, 13 7:40 AM

If they can afford to spend the money on these apartments, why are they complaining about the cost of education.


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