Students who live in rental apartments for their college education are getting a bit of a shock this year.
They have to pay rent in addition to their tuition fees.
The National College Student Association has come out with an online survey, asking people what they think is the best deal for college students renting a college campus.
In the survey, more than 40 per cent of respondents said they would consider a lease if it were available.
The association, which is part of the National Association of Colleges and Universities, has been asking students to rate the terms and conditions of rental apartments across campus.
The survey asked people whether they thought it was a good idea to have a lease for $500 per month, $600 per month or $700 per month.
The median rent was $1,200 per month and the average rent was more than $2,000 per month at a few of the more popular options.
The average rent is almost double the average student’s yearly income of $2.75, according to the association.
But, as the association says, there is a good chance you can find a better deal on a campus with more space and amenities.
“If you can get a rent for a college student, a student with a mortgage or a student who is living in a subsidized housing area, it might be a good move,” association president Vishnu Bhagwat said.
“The student who doesn’t have any other options might be able to live in a rental unit for a much lower cost.”
In addition, there are a number of other benefits to having a rental.
“We have to give some thought to the fact that if we are going to give a student a place, it has to be the right place for the student to live,” Bhagwat said.
The rental lease is also an opportunity to show that students can pay their dues and keep up their education while living in their dorms, he added.
The Association of Residential College Advisors is encouraging people to use their voice to make their voice heard.
The group said that, “the average student will pay more than 20 per cent more for housing than if they were to live at home.
We would be able keep students in college, help them secure jobs, and provide them with housing that is affordable to them.”
The association said it will continue to use the survey to improve student housing.
“There is a great opportunity to build student housing on campuses and build student communities and support students who have chosen to live on campus,” said Krista Pritchett, associate director of student life at the association, in an email.
“Students are getting to experience the college experience and we want them to feel connected to their college experience.”
While some colleges are using rental housing to cater to the student population, many other colleges are turning to the commercial model, according the association’s director of educational services, Tanya Hough.
“They will rent to other students to supplement their tuition and help them stay on track financially,” she said.
College campuses have become a big marketplace for commercial leases, according Hough, who has been involved in the industry since 2008.
College is becoming increasingly a destination for students and a huge financial marketplace, she added.
Students in the US are increasingly going to schools in places like Florida, Texas and California, where they are not allowed to live and where commercial leases are being negotiated, Hough said.