Georgetown’s housing some of the most expensive in the country

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Whether or not it turns out that Georgetown could have prevented Sunday night’s fire in New South, it’ll probably irk at least a few residents to learn that Georgetown just made U.S. News & World Report’s list of “10 Schools With Pricey Dorms.”

In a companion article, U.S. News tells students not to worry, because schools with cheaper housing often recoup their losses with lofty overall tuition bills. But that’s cold comfort to Georgetown students—our tuition and room and board taken together, we still rank seventh among colleges and universities in the nation in overall cost.


Adding insult to injury, the ranking article said that “[t]he colleges with the priciest dorms generally explain that their costs are high because their dorms are new and offer lots of extras: free Wi-Fi, fitness centers, and ‘living learning’ opportunities to study with professors, for instance.”


Of course, that’s true for New Southers—but residents of dingy Village B apartments may look at their media adapters and disagree.


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11 Comments on “Georgetown’s housing some of the most expensive in the country

  1. This is just sad. Where IS our money going, y’all? Why is Georgetown more expensive than other schools?

  2. The endowment at Georgetown is significantly smaller than those of most of our peer institutions. Because of the size of the endowment, Georgetown needs to use a much larger portion of tuition for operating expenses than other institutions. This makes the amount the University charges in tuition more important for keeping the school running.

  3. On the other posts, some one talked about how DC has the highest land value tax. That’s why the dorms are so pricey (and thus the tuition is so high, etc.). Rather than claim where is our money going, we should ask the DC government why a university has to pay abhorrently high land taxes, which in turn affect the students since that is who will be paying it in the end. If it wasn’t for the university, the land value wouldn’t be so high in the first place.

  4. With the incredible roster of Alumni I am disappointed at ALL the ALUMN…
    How can it be that NOT ONE has been inspired to move into action, especially those who became successful in the Real Estate Business as well as politics, including one EX U.S. PRESIDENT!

    It is shameful the state of the dorms and the building facilities, they are in such poor conditions. The other day on my walk to Lauinger, there were rats all over the field and a squirrel suffering for its life in the middle of the walkway since it had contracted rabies. What kind of neglect is this?

    The is no excuse whatsoever, everyone is responsible, and the persons in charge of raising capital should be held accountable if they are not making ends meet to pay for their salary and the benefits of studying at GU Tuition FREE.

    I have no doubt the Alumni at Georgetown can carry the costs or revamping the facilities of the University and bringing a little modernization, especially to our poor security system which isn’t comparable to other Universities of the same caliber. Our campus needs to be electronic access only at night with a guard house patrol 24 hours a day.

    Shame on you Georgetown Alumni for being careless and neglectful with your Alma Mater! I am ashamed to be a witness to the example of your legacy, awful what all of you have left behind for our generation.

  5. Another day, another dollar. Or, wait, how about $12,706 dollars. Every time I blink I owe this school more money. It makes me sick.

    This is particularly relevant considering the events in New South earlier this week.

    I think I speak for everyone when I say, “Hey, Georgetown, if you’re going to charge us so much for housing, I don’t want my dorm to be on fire.”

    One sidenote about the media adapters. In my opinion, not spending loads of money on internet adapters is the one smart Georgetown has done. Let’s face it, 5 or 6 years down the road this whole internet craze will have blown over. We’ll see who has the last laugh.

    BOTTOM LINE: It goes without saying that if we are paying egregious amounts for housing, the housing should not be in flames.

  6. MM, are you sure you got in here? After reading that choppy stream of consciousness-esque line of crap, my confidence in Admissions has gone down dramatically.

    Furthermore, if you want to make a case for additional funding for upgrading of residential facilities, you should have shown up to the campus plan meetings and made your case. Even an email to Housing would be sufficient.

    And rats in a field and rabid squirrels have what to do with dorms?

  7. Dear Student:

    May I kindly remind you that we are in a Jesuit University, and as such, what you refer as “consciousness-esque line of crap” our Jesuit education allows and encourages all of us to express with deep sincerity the sentiments of our hearts.

    I posted suggestions from personal experience, free from fearful editing as a faithful follower of the wonderful virtues instilled within us by Professors and the lessons I have learned from the beautiful diversity of our classmate’s experiences.

    In regards to the rats roaming free in front of the Lauinger Library field, and a squirrel dying in the middle of the walkway leading to the library, I am referring to health conditions around and inside the University. If there are rats roaming around, and wild animals dying it is obvious there is an environmental and sanitary problem that needs to be immediately addressed before it affects the health of students. If you have doubts with the rodent infestation, please read the cover story of the Washington Examiner this Morning:

    “Health Department responds to rodent infestation”
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Health-Department-responds-to-rodent-infestation-8641815-78823497.html

    You may scrutinize my free expression and stamp it “not good enough” for your standards, but opinion is relative. I write with the intention of goodness hoping to inspire everyone to make a difference on campus through progressive action, and it begins with all persons acting from good will towards one another.

    After reading your adverse action in sentiment it is disappointing and frightful to know you are my classmate; engaging in personal attack with a discriminatory statement–charged with a pun of indifferent hate towards me is intolerable. Please, reflect on the reasoning behind your action. Is there really a need to attempt to ridicule the highly regarded admissions team at our University? If so, then you must admit to their mistake by allowing you “in” as you lack of virtues, are filled with a prejudiced heart, and are evidently driven with intentions of attacking others.

    Success is found by respecting others,by fostering an environment of free flowing ideas, not by cyber bulling through intentions to subdue an honest opinion through ridicule. Not everyone has to be like you. Reflect on your personal growth, and how you can improve yourself through wisdom since you will someday be a graduate who will carry a diploma that says: “This person was educated wholly” (Cura Personalis).

    You have done a great disservice to our student community, by not expressing your thoughts on this strong ARTICLE. You have missed an opportunity to take action in encouraging progress within our educational institution through goodwill, and Alumni do read our opinions.

    The miracles Georgetown is creating, not just in the lives of students, but through critical pedagogy, is making a progressive and empowering difference in the lives of communities within Washington, D.C. and abroad. With certainty we are part of the Best Educational Institution in the U.S.

    In the future, please be aware that some person’s writing may not be fully developed, on the contrary, these individuals with their shortcomings may be excellent chemists, mathematicians, scientists, orators, and humans that care about making a difference in the lives of others, and that dear classmate, is good enough for Georgetown.

    Thank you for the information on the campus plan meeting, I wish for tolerance to shine inside your prejudiced judgmental heart.

  8. @student Well, the rats and rodents are related to housing since there are rodents IN the residential halls! One of the RAs in my building has had to deal with entire families of mine. I don’t know if Georgetown really can do anything significant about the rodent issue, but it does affect the housing situation.

    I’m not sure if lower endowment, high land taxes etc. are adequate explanation for the high costs at Georgetown. It’s difficult to understand how some of the facilities we have could be so subpar to “peer” schools’, when tuition and living costs exceed those of the other schools, AND Georgetown tends to not give out as much financial aid. There needs to be a point when we stop using “insufficient endowment” as an excuse for EVERY shortcoming at this school.

  9. Insufficient endowment —> higher tuition. So why don’t we recognize the real problem? The land value tax. GWU, American, etc. all have high tuition just like Georgetown. And they all have one thing in common: they are in DC. Until this issue gets fixed, Georgetown will always be among the highest tuitions in the country despite what many consider shoddy facilities.

    I guess higher taxes doesn’t always benefit everyone, does it?

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  11. What do rodents at the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center, at 2000 14th St. NW have to do with anything. I’m sorry, MM, but the Jesuit tradition at Georgetown does not justify your poor writing.

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