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How much is the rent for off-campus housing that is extremely close to campus? Also, how easy it is to get that particular housing?
Is the on-campus housing really that bad (based on my research)? Please let me know as I do not live there. Shouldn't it be equally bad at other prestigious colleges? I saw a video by Harvard College regarding its accommodation. Harvard boasted on the fact that famous people have used the bathroom, for instance. To be honest, the housing and bathroom looks small, old and horrendous (Harvard did not show every single model they have. So, I should not be generalizing here but I don't think it should be far off.) Off topic but it is funny that the association with famous alumni will be able to make prospective students ignore about the reality (negative ones). For example, I can think of making an experiment of showing several pictures of Harvard and say, SLC's. Then, say to the respondents that the pictures of SLC are of Harvard's and the reverse (Harvard's to be SLC's). Mention about who have lived there, etc as well to strengthen the prestige factor in their minds. After that, ask them what they think about the pictures and whether they want to stay there. I am sure people will be silly enough to distort the reality and find the Harvard pictures to be excellent/very livable (even though these are pictures of SLC) and SLC pictures (which in fact are Harvard's) to be horrible just because of the prestige associated with Harvard (ie They will not complaint of the environment just because some famous people have stayed there before).
This experiment is not to say that SLC should not improve its accommodation. On the contrary, I think SLC should! (I am a prospective student btw.) Rather, it goes to show how prestige can be used to blind people from being rational college consumers (who pay the tuition money, etc).
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