Is college living too expensive?

The cost of college living is expensive wherever you go, so it is no wonder that many students are looking for discounts and ways to save money. Not just in the United States, but in other countries as well, many college students struggle to afford tuition, books, housing, and even the other basic essentials to survive on. “The Rise of The live-at-home student commuter” article published in The Guardian (http://ftmag.co/1Q3C7OC), highlights the cost of College living in London, in which many students have opted to save money by living at home and commuting to school. “I don’t want to generalize, but landlords run a business so they often try and cut corners where they can — maybe by being slow to fix damp and mold in bathrooms. When I’ve seen friends’ flats I have been very grateful that I am living at home,“ says Rosie Rockley, a student at the King’s College in London.(Marsh, 2014). Much like Rosie, 22% of college students living in London are now staying at home and commuting to classes each day in order to save money. Rosie says that “her only expense is £150 a month on a travel card — about the same as her friends studying in London spend on a week’s rent.”(Marsh, 2014).

Students in New York are also embracing the commuter lifestyle, and with the purchase of a $116 metro card a month, they too our saving money on the cost of living expenses. An article published for CBS (http://ftmag.co/1PhbacX), also highlights the idea that many students are living at home to save money in New York, as well as other parts of the country. The article states that “ A record 21.6 million young adults in America were living with their parents in 2012, according to a new Pew Research Center poll on the so-called millennial generation.” (Hartogs 2013).

I am all for saving money where you can, and as a struggling college student myself, the idea of living with my parents to save money theoretically sounds great, but doesn’t that ruin the idea of the college experience? College living is so expensive wherever you go, so commuting is definitely a much better way to save money, but could that have an affect on your college career and experience? By being forced to live at home, you do not get the experience of being on your own and learning how to provide for yourself in the real world. So could this commuter lifestyle be seen as more beneficial or harmful?

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