What is this? This is me looking at the dorm rates and thinking it's a tad bit spendy. I don't know how many other people calculate this kind of stuff out, but take a look at it and you might find some interesting/apalling information that might influence your decision in the coming years about where you live. As you can see, my pro/con list at the bottom is a bit biased, so please give me extra input if you do like the dorms :) If you're at all interested in rates on rooms/apartments, check out http://seattle.craigslist.org/ (to my eye rooms are around 400$ - 500$, utilities included is hit or miss), and play with the filters for prices and any specifics you may want. Also helpful is http://www.housingmaps.com/ , which is craigslist on googlemaps.
Important note: I used the 2006 - 2007 rates. Not all quarters are actually three months, which is how I calculated monthly payment. In fact, most of these are low because I divided the quarterly payment by 3. Autumn quarter = 2 months + 2 weeks, Winter quarter = 3 months, and Spring quarter = 2 months + 2 weeks.
Another option is the Steven's Court Apartments. It's 571$ per room, and I think four rooms per apartment, all utilities (including phone) included. Benefits of this? This is still close to campus, and it's actually a charge per month, not quarter, and you don't get kicked out during breaks. Still, high for the area.
|SINGLE ROOM||Dining Level||Dining||Husky Card Account||Room Rate||Total||Quarterly Payment||Monthly Payment||Comments|
|Premium||4947.00||60.00||4770.00||9777.00||3259.00||1086.33||Not so bad if you do board optional. A little bit higher than what you'd have for a room in a house, and based on what I've had/looked at, I'm going to say average-to-high for a studio.|
|DOUBLE ROOM||Dining Level||Dining||Husky Card Account||Room Rate||Total||Quarterly Payment||Monthly Payment||Comments|
|Premium||4947.00||60.00||3882.00||8889.00||2963.00||987.67||Keep in mind when you're looking at these figures that you're paying this to share a room with another person. Not even an apartment, but one room.|
|TRIPLE ROOM||Dining Level||Dining||Husky Card Account||Room Rate||Total||Quarterly Payment||Monthly Payment||Comments|
|Premium||4947.00||60.00||3111.00||8118.00||2706.00||902.00||And when you're looking at these figures? Remember, this is to share that same room as above with TWO other people. If the dorm is actually fitted for three people (some of them are, according to the website), then you'll want to look at the rates above for the double room.|
1: After the first quarter of occupancy, residents can select the Light Level.
2: The Minimum Level is available only to returning residents and is the nonrefundable minimum required of all residents (except those in the Board Optional Program).
3: Only students assigned to Board Optional areas are eligible to participate in this program.
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