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10 College Dorms That Are Shockingly Nice

Gone are the days when all students could hope for was a tiny two-to-a-room dorm with 50 others sharing the communal bathroom. As we look ahead to the new academic year kicking off in September 2014,

Gone are the days when all students could hope for was a tiny two-to-a-room dorm with 50 others sharing the communal bathroom. As we look ahead to the new academic year kicking off in September 2014, wealthy students looking for posh new digs are spoiled for choice. Whether they choose to live on campus (which is sometimes compulsory) or off campus, luxurious college housing options are popping up all over the United States at both public and private universities.

After taking a quick look at some of the top contenders, you’ll feel like you’re looking at an upper-class hotel or resort. There are rooftop pools, giant rock-climbing walls, king-sized beds, beach volleyball courts, fine dining options and big-screen TVs. Sometimes costing almost $15,000 per year, upscale college dorms and student houses are hugely popular and in high demand (partly thanks to the rising student population). As reported in June 2013 by The New York Times¸ student housing developments have remained a strong business even during the recession.

It’s not just private, Ivy League schools that are jumping on the bandwagon and upping the quality of housing – several public universities also offer exceptional, brand-new facilities these days. There’s a lot of competition on all universities throughout the USA to keep up and offer students luxurious options. In 2006, research by the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers found that students’ primary concern when deciding against enrolling in a particular college was the low quality of the accommodations.

Here are the top 10 luxury college dorms (on and off campus) for the year ahead.

10 University of Pennsylvania – Evo at Cira Center South (off campus)   

9 Pomona College – Several Luxury Dorms (on campus)

8 New York University – Founders Hall (on campus)

7 Yale University – Welch Hall (on campus)

6 University of Michigan – North Quadrangle Complex (on campus)

5 Illinois Institute of Technology – State Street Village (on campus)

4 Boston University – Student Village Phase 2 (on campus)

Boston’s Student Village Phase 2, also known as StuVi2, is 26 stories high, making it the tallest building in town. When it was opened in 2009, the Boston Globe said it was one of the most “opulent” dorms ever seen in Boston. It’s got walk-in wardrobes, 24-hour security, a penthouse suite, private (and shared) apartments, study rooms, bike storage, music rooms and a sleek exterior. It’s also got views of the Beantown skyline including the Bunker Hill monument and more. All in all, StuVi2 is known by everyone as the “jewel” of Boston University’s residential options, and can cost about $13,000 per year per student. It houses about 960 students all up.

3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology – “The Sponge” (on campus)

2 University of Missouri – The Domain (off campus)

1 University of Central Florida – NorthView (off campus)

The almost $60-million NorthView development offers UCF students a chance to live in luxury off campus and is marketed as a “resort-style community” and “the ultimate in college living”. Up to 600 students live in fully-furnished apartments just across the road from the UCF campus. NorthView offers a Swedish sauna and tanning area, beach volleyball and pool volleyball set ups, full fitness center, granite bench tops, 60-inch TVs in every apartment (with 200 cable TV channels) and walk-in wardrobes. A four-bedroom, four-bathroom loft apartment costs almost $3,800 per semester (per student). NorthView has been very popular since it opened in fall 2013 and is currently at more than 90% occupancy rate heading into the summer semester.

 

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