Luxury housing further divides rich and poor on campuses

Luxury housing for college and university students – costing up to US$1,500 a month – has become a multibillion-dollar industry, with shiny new apartment buildings featuring the likes of pools, clubhouses and spin studios encircling United States college and university campuses, writes Rebecca Burns for The Hechinger Report.

This kind of two-tiered housing system is becoming such a standard feature of campus life, observers have a name for it: the country club phenomenon. They also say it’s worsening the socio-economic divide in higher education by segregating rich students from their poorer classmates and pushing up other off-campus rents.

“We’re re-creating socially stratified communities on campus instead of giving students opportunities to live among people from different walks of life,” said Andrew Ryder, an assistant professor of higher education at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
Full report on The Hechinger Report site