Some Indiana University Bloomington students say increased dorm fees next year might force them to consider moving off campus.
The IU trustees voted to approve increases ranging from five to eight percent depending on the residence hall. The demand for on-campus housing has increased in the past few years, and more than 700 students were left without housing last fall.
The Collins Living Learning Center is one dorm that will see an eight percent hike. According to Collins resident Cassie Geraghty, that might encourage more students to move off campus.
“Overall I prefer living in the dormitories, just because of the convenience and the sense of community,” she says. “But, I mean, eight percent? An eight percent in residential costs, that’s a lot.”
The cheapest dorms for the 2012-2013 school year will be Collins and Wright, at just more than $5,000 for the academic year. The most expensive will be a single room in Union Street Center, at more than $9,500.