Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Luxury dorms costly and unnecessary

Plattsburgh State is sporting a beautiful revamped pond, is in the middle of renovating Moffitt Hall and is redoing the bridge to Hudson Hall. It seems like our school is getting a makeover, and apparently, this is the trend among colleges.

Of course, there are always those who will take things too far.

Core Spaces is a company that has been revolutionizing the college dorm to the extreme.

They build extensive, enormous college dorms that are catered to the needs of the people who would live in that sort of environment. Some dorms would get pools and tanning beds while others would have rooftop volleyball courts and walk-in closets.

One of the more recent college dorms that will soon be available for lease is called The Hub on Campus Madison for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The most luxurious option is a three-bedroom, three-bath suite with a VIP-only 12th floor, an indoor hot tub and a wrap-around balcony overlooking State Street and the Wisconsin-Madison campus at $4,700 per month.

The cheapest option is $500 a month for a one-bed, which still has perks such as a spa, a volleyball court, a tanning room, a 55 inch Smart TV with built in speakers, a body spray shower column, a glass-front mini fridge in the dry-bar area and a side-by-side washer and dryer.

This is only the most recent building, and there are several others all built by different companies.

There are also other companies such as Asset Campus Housing, Landmark Properties, Aspen Heights and Campus Advantage, which all manage these luxury resort-styled college dorms across the country.

These dorms sound like a dream, but are they really necessary?

Being on vacation while at school sounds like an oxymoron, and while it’s a good idea to enjoy where you study, there is a difference between having a comfortable home and a distracting one.

It’s cool, but it also could be unnecessary.

All of the money going to building these luxury dorms could probably be used more constructively.

It could be donated to the college itself to have a stronger curriculum or more activities that promote success for students. They could also help cut the cost of tuition for those who can barely afford college, let alone one of these outrageous luxury dorms.

These dorms are for the elite, and it’s only going to widen the gap between those who were born with a silver spoon in their mouths and those who have to work as hard as they can for a scholarship that won’t even cover all of their expenses.

It’s cool to see how “the other side” lives, but these types of dorms are unnecessary to say the least.

Email Amanda Little at amanda.little@cardinalpointsonline.com

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