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JUN 2012

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LIVING ON CAMPUS a look at sleeping arrangements in the bottom quarter and top quarter of each measure of expenditure and found that cost does indeed affect arrangements. Among the nine residence halls that cost less than $15M, four out of fi ve students were housed in single rooms. Among nine residence halls costing $48M or more, less than half the students were in individual rooms; the bulk were in small and larger suites. The same differences were found when the more signifi cant measures of cost per student or cost per sq. ft. were analyzed. The less expensive the residence halls, the more likely students would be housed in individual rooms. We did not have plans to analyze, but one way to minimize costs is to provide rows of same-size single rooms along a corridor, which might explain the preponderance of single occupancy rooms — particularly in low-cost projects. Bathroom Facilities The availability of bathrooms may be a more signifi cant way to analyze residence hall accommodations. Gang toilets are seldom mentioned (there were a few), but when asked how many students will share a bathroom, responses indicated that, while the majority of students will be in individual rooms, that does not mean they will have toilet facilities of their own. Just 10.7 percent of the 18,000 students to be housed in 36 reporting residence halls will have a private bathroom or share that space with one other student. Somewhat more than half the students (52.7 percent) will share bathroom facilities with three to four other students, while better than 36 percent will share bathroom facilities with four or more students. TABLE 4 Residence Hall Accommodations 1 person All Reporting Colleges (sample size 35) Fewer than 200 beds (sample size 6) 201 to 500 beds (sample size 14) More than 500 beds (sample size 15) Northeast (sample size 8) Southeast (sample size 10) Midwest (sample size 6) Southwest (sample size 8) West (sample size 3) Public (sample size 27) Private (sample size 8) Total Cost Less than $15M More than $48M Cost per Student Less than $48,000 More than $95,000 Cost per Sq. Ft. Less than $150 More than $265 51.3% 39.4% 48.9% 53.2% 57.3% 88.4% 0.0% 54.1% 1.6% 52.6% 39.5% 80.1% 44.9% 82.6% 43.9% 95.8% 47.6% Median Percentage of Students in 2 person 34.9% 23.3% 30.8% 37.5% 40.1% 11.6% 62.8% 34.0% 46.6% 34.0% 43.5% 6.9% 31.5% 17.4% 25.0% 4.2% 28.6% 4 to 8 13.8% 37.3% 20.2% 9.3% 2.6% 0.0% 37.2% 11.8% 51.7% 13.4% 17.0% 13.1% 23.5% 0.0% 31.1% 0.0% 23.9% Median Percentage of Students Sharing Bathroom 1-2 3-4 10.7% 17.7% 14.0% 8.7% 9.1% 19.9% 7.4% 7.6% 3.6% 11.0% 8.1% 17.3% 2.6% 21.7% 4.3% 13.0% 2.9% 52.7% 36.4% 74.1% 43.8% 39.9% 56.0% 35.4% 65.5% 79.3% 54.2% 37.9% 65.7% 37.1% 71.7% 44.5% 63.4% 41.5% 4+ 36.6% 45.8% 11.9% 47.5% 51.0% 24.0% 57.2% 26.8% 17.2% 34.9% 54.0% 17.0% 60.4% 6.6% 51.2% 23.6% 55.6% How ro read this table: Information on the type of accommodations provided and on sharing of bathroom facilities was supplied on 35 projects. Just slightly more than 18,000 students will be housed in these projects. Fifty-one percent of them will be in indivdual rooms, almost 35 percent will share with one other student, and just 14 percent will share with four or more students. When it comes to toilet facilities, fewer than 11 percent of students will share with a single other student. Almost 53 percent will share facilities with three to four students, while 37 percent will share with more than four other students. 32 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JUNE 2012 WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM

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