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You’re not imagining it, furnishing a dorm room really does cost more this year

Aug 30, 2022
With prices up for everything from airfare to gas to basic necessities, moving to college is more expensive than ever.
According to the National Retail Federation, total back-to-college spending is expected to reach $74 billion this year, reaching a record high.
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Students want upscale dorm accommodations; retailers take note

Aug 24, 2018
Gone are the days when a faded comforter from childhood was suitable for students.
An independent survey from consulting firm Deloitte estimates parents will spend $25.5 billion on back-to-college purchases in 2018. Above, a residential hall at the University of Central Florida.
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College students discover the dorm staycation

Jan 13, 2015
Schools are making it easier for students to stay on campus during breaks.

Matching roommates before sparks fly

Aug 28, 2014
How one university is using software to ensure roommate compatibility.

Go to college, wash your own clothes. Right?

May 8, 2014
Davidson College tells students to handle their own dirty laundry.

Separate housing for first-generation students

Dec 13, 2013
The University of Kentucky offers special housing and support for students whose parents didn't graduate from college.

The country club-ization of college living

Aug 13, 2013
With classes starting soon, college students are heading back to campus. But you might not recognize where they are living. In fact, you might be jealous.

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Colleges move out of the dorm business

Mar 13, 2012
Students are looking for more luxurious digs and colleges are starting to look to private companies to build them.