I signed up for a dorm room last week. However, it now looks as if I may be living off campus. Ben, Chris, Mike, myself, and one yet-to-be-named person are getting very close to renting a 5 bedroom house less than a half mile from the center of campus and about two blocks from the Hall of Justice (see the picture for satellite image). I’m really looking forward to this for multiple reasons.
First, I would have my own room all to myself.
Second, I wouldn’t be forced to buy a meal plan (which is required if you live on campus) and eat the awful food at the cafe (we’re ranked #2 for “Is it food?” only behind St. Bonaventure University).
Third, I would save money.
A Double room in the Traditionals costs $3,300/year and the meal plan is another $2,912.00. All told, that amounts to $776.50/month. The house we’re looking at would be $340/month plus ~$40/month for utilities which includes gas, water, electricity, cable, and internet access. I would probably forfiet my deposit at CSM, but I would save so much more.
So, any thoughts?