[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EwS2yaEPJo&feature=player_embedded’]Relax in your room, and then head outside to play some volleyball on your private court. Call your neighbors over to join you in a game of billiards, or practice your golf swing in the rec room. End your night with a DJ spinning beats in your backyard. No, this isn’t a resort; it’s off-campus housing for college students. And the amenities get a whole lot more ridiculous than that. The New York Times reports:
Even through the recession and the housing crisis, student housing development has remained robust, outperforming other sectors in part because the rising college student population increased the demand for accommodations. Construction of student housing, though down from its peak five years ago, continues to boom, and analysts predict growth in the coming years.With all the competition, developers are looking for ways to set their properties apart. That has led to the construction of complexes with tanning salons; spas offering manicures, pedicures, facials and massages; 24-hour workout rooms with virtual trainers; and outdoor pools with bars and cabanas. There are washers and dryers that send text messages when a cycle is complete, and exercise machines that allow users to check their e-mail.
Private developers aren’t simply competing with one another. Public colleges, fueled by readily available student loan money, have built luxurious dorms to attract students from across the country. Students at the University of Michigan can enjoy salmon filet, lamb, or even shark at one of their residence halls. A dorm at the University of Cincinnati offers a 40-foot climbing wall and an indoor river. For those in need of pensive relaxation, The University Village Suites at Kennesaw State University provides an art gallery.College students today live a bit like Cinderella, though. With a little government fairy dust, they land in the lap of luxury, enjoying a four year ball. But once the clock strikes graduation, they’re immediately chained to a pumpkin of debt.We’ll wait to see what form Prince Charming takes.