In living in these high-cost areas, do students look to minimize their expenses by living (say) 5 to a room or is 'space' and niceties important? Why I ask this is that my step-daughter looked at me like I had two heads when I suggested that she live with other students and not in a place by herself. She thought I was nuts when I suggested even sharing a bathroom in a shared apartment!I finished college in '96, FWIW. New Orleans is not that high-cost an area, but at the time you couldn't have convinced me & my friends of that. :-)My first 2 years of college, I shared a dorm room with someone else (I'll spare you the revolving roomies saga from my frosh year). In that dorm, a 2-room suite shared a bathroom - so we had 4 people sharing a bathroom. There were 2 other dorms - one had community bathrooms in each wing, and the other had a large bathroom (something like 2 toilets & 2 showers, plus sinks) in each 4-room (2 person per room) suite. My final 2 years, I shared a 2-br/1-ba apartment with a friend.If your step-daughter is starting out as a freshman at an out-of-town college, she can live in the dorms (unless they really are that bad). My parents would have laughed if I had suggested having my own place my freshman year!Are cars really that necessary or just 'convenient'?Not when you live 2 miles from campus (altho I might consider if campus were in the worst part of town). I did without for 2 years, and had my own (paid cash) for the last 2. After parking permits, parking tickets, gas, and insurance, it hardly seems worth it. Oh yea, and don't forget the extra time to find a parking spot on campus. It did make grocery shopping that much easier, tho.Am I missing a concept here? She's nuts. :-)Yea, I'd want to "have wheels" too, but my parents had 2 cars - I could usually borrow one. And even when I *did* bring my own car home, I frequently had other students riding with me (sharing gas expenses) &/or convoyed with another student going the same way. How far do you live from where she's going to school?I hope my rambling helps.Kaiti
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