A very quick post: Working on an education-related grant, I’m learning all sort of things about the university, some of which I’d be happier not knowing. Such as: dorm housing costs are very expensive. In a vague sense, I knew this, but I wasn’t actually aware that the on-campus room and board costs are about $11-18k per academic year (9 months)! The numbers are here:
For contrast, the monthly cost housing + food + utilities for my family of four in a house in Eugene is at the low end of the UO dorm scale.
Why does it matter? In addition to being stunning in themselves, and much higher than the average off-campus rents in Eugene — see http://www.uomatters.com/2013/09/great-news-for-uo-finances.html — these costs provide a high barrier for low-income students to live on-campus. I would guess that dorm rates are similar at other schools. What drives these high prices? I’ll leave that as an exercise for the reader.