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It’s not just tuition and fees: College students are facing increasingly high rent prices, too

Published on August 9, 2022

Hansee Hall, a residence hall at the University of Washington
Rising rents in Seattle are affecting both on-campus and off-campus student housing Image Credit: Curtis Cronn (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

When she transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, JoLynn Kelly split a bunk bed in a tiny loft apartment – and the $2,800 a month it cost to rent.
“I had to get a loan just for that,” said Kelly, now a senior who plans to become a math teacher. After racking up $16,800 in debt, she finally moved out and now commutes from her parents’ house, 30 minutes away on the rare occasions when there isn’t traffic.
This is becoming a huge problem for college students faced with spiraling off-campus housing costs. It’s also spilling over into long waiting lists for less-expensive on-campus dorms.
“If a student can’t get housing there’s a great possibility that they can’t attend the university,” said Pamela Schreiber, assistant vice president for student life and executive director of housing and food services at the University of Washington and president of the Association of College and University Housing Officers International. “There are institutions that are seeing tremendous waitlists.”
“Institutions do whatever they can to accommodate as many students as possible,” said Schreiber, whose own university is converting double rooms into triples. Rents in Seattle are 21% higher than last year.

In 2019, Urban@UW sponsored a survey on food and housing insecurity at the University of Washington.

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Originally written by Jon Marcus for USA Today.
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