I attended Boston University (College of Liberal Arts, class of '83). My last two years, I lived in Myles Standish Hall, which was an old hotel. I remember it as faded elegance.
Things have changed at Boston University.
BU Dorm Offers Study in Luxury
. From the article, "... So luxurious is the 960-bed dorm that parents’ jaws dropped in disbelief when they helped their children move in last week. The suites of singles and doubles, with elegantly furnished common rooms, large private baths, walk-in closets, and floor-length mirrors, resemble nothing like what older generations remember of their college housing - sterile cinder-block boxes with institutional bunk beds and a communal bathroom down the hall...."
Here's their view:
By the way, it's $13k/semester to live there, or $5k more than the other dorms.
Of course, you get what you pay for.
In contrast, here's Myles Standish, which is still a working dorm at BU:
For my senior year, I lived in the room at the point, second floor from the top, left side. The view of downtown was spectacular, particularly at night. If I can find some of my pics from that time, I'll scan and post them.
I was looking for a pic of the interior of Myles Standish and couldn't find one. This is Shelton Hall, which is somewhat similar (another old hotel):
Certainly not the opulence of the new place, eh?
Do you think such a luxurious dorm room is necessary, or even smart?
Comfort? Sure. Safety? Absolutely
. Fitness area? Good. Dining? Yes. Wi-Fi? Helpful. Convenience to campus? Necessary.
But beyond that, huh? I mean, this is school, and the economy is not that hot. $13k/semester (a semester is around 13 weeks long) is insane. $26k for a half year of residence (and meals, I assume, are extra) translates into $2167/month, and you still need somewhere to live over the Summer and have to leave for all holidays unless you get permission to stay on campus. This is fairly comparable to an apartment, and the article does mention that BU is attempting to attract juniors and seniors back to living on campus. Fair enough. But when I went to school, the most exciting amenity was a working elevator on moving day. And of course tuition, books and fees are extra. But no one ever went to BU in order to economize.
Gaaahhh, I sound like a curmudgeon.