By Randall Higgins |Staff Writer|
As a college student, looking online for apartments makes me realize just how huge this industry has become.
Apartment buildings and complexes from suburbs around San Bernardino compete for their share of the market.
There is constant debate on whether or not living close to campus is worth the price. For some, it is and for others, it is not.
When speaking to Donna Gotch, a communication studies professor, she said she lives 54 miles away from campus and has commuted for many years. She was more than content to commute even though there were times that it may have taken her two and a half hours.
She loves her beautiful home, and the city she and her husband live in. The trees, the shows, and the very architecture of the city is something they both appreciate and love.
Another professor who loves both her home and the view she has, lives three miles away from CSUSB. For over a decade she has enjoyed her place and wishes she could take it and the view with her when she retires and moves away.
Both instructors were asked about prices. They both smiled and said their homes were well worth the price.
According to the CSUSB website, there are three campus dorm options. The pricing depends on sharing a bathroom, square footage, and one option has a required meal plan. Prices range from $794 per month to $979 per month. Off campus, the prices range from $600 to $1,000 per month.
Yue Ma was a resident on campus for about two years. He said he liked living on campus. Money was a consideration, but not the only factor in his moving. He now appreciates only one roommate, and a little more freedom without having a residential assistant (RA).
Jennifer and Jeannie LeDuff, who enjoyed living on campus, acknowledged it was a bit pricey, but were able to live on campus because Jennifer had a scholarship and Jeannie worked as an RA. They really appreciated the fact they were making friends and developing a network.
It was not just four walls being sold here, but a lifestyle. Most places had amenities such as a pool, health center, and Wi-Fi to name a few that are aimed to appeal to students. Although the prices were high, there was a complete and convenient lifestyle being bought.