The Rent Was Too Damn Low, They Said

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Many of you recently received an email from our bffls, the Columbia Trustees, stating that they decided to charge you more to live here next year. The rates increased anywhere from $25-$35 depending on your dorm, and the new price is already reflected on the StarRez Portal. Before you go lawyer up (read: call your dad), be warned that there is a clause near the bottom of your housing contract stating that the rate is subject to change based on decisions by the Board of Trustees, so this little hijinx is totally legal.

Read the email below—the bracketed text was added by us.

Dear [name],

We write to inform you that the Board of Trustees met last weekend to finalize rates for 2012-2013. As a result, there will be a slight increase in room rates of approximately $25 to $35 per term depending on your assigned building.

The room rate for your Academic Year 12-13 room in [dorm] will be $[a bigger number than before].  This room rate will now be displayed on your Status page or Occupancy Agreement page of your Academic Year 12-13 Housing Portal Application (

Since you have already signed your Occupancy Agreement, you do not need to do anything at this time.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Enjoy the summer! [ ;D ]

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  1. Paul Kulig

    Thr Trustees should spend some of the endowment!

  2. anon  

    scumbag college

  3. did you know?

    That around 15% (200/1400) of the undergraduate students in the engineering school were admitted to Columbia through a program called the 3+2 combined plan?

    The program offers GUARANTEED admission into the engineering school for shockingly mediocre students who successfully complete the prerequirements in 3 years or even 4 years. Yes, students at such fine universities as:

    Jacksonville University, Millsaps College, William Jewell College, Doane College, Dillard University, Denison University, Morehouse College, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Pacific Lutheran University, Queens College, Randolph-Macon College, etc.

    will all earn the same fucking degree you will. The best part is that they get to party and get shitfaced every day of their high school and college careers and STILL get guarenteed admission to Columbia. as long as they take the comparatively cakewalk classes at their absurdly inferior alma maters.

    I despise with a passion whoever came up with such a despicable revenue-generating scheme. It's good to know all my hard work has been in vain.

    • Anonymous

      im the only person who didnt get into columbia thru a back door

    • hmmmm

      I can't tell if this is attempted trolling or just douchebaggery. Either way, the notion that "all my hard work has been in vain" because a few hundred people who would otherwise not get the chance are able to attend this school is simply laughable.

    • SEAS guy

      sorry to burst your bubble, but 3/2 kids are some of the hardest workers and have been wrecking the curve

    • Anonymous

      Literally 100% of Columbia students got into Columbia. I have yet to meet a single student who wasn't admitted in some way, shape, or form. Maybe you should stop making a big deal of it and live your life?

      Also, 100% of Columbia students were born. Doesn't it irritate you how all of these cesarean section babies go around like they're hot shit? I spent fourteen hours being squeezed out of a vagina to get here, it's those coddled cesarean and epidural kids that snuck in through the uterine wall or through intense painkillers that are undermining the degree that I worked so hard for.

    • cc '13

      i mean i went to a super shitty public school and i'm getting the same degree as you, all while paying a quarter the price since i get financial aid

      also i got shitfaced every day of high school and continue to do so here

      like sorry you're not as smart as a bunch of regular people

    • Anonymous

      You are not correct. Yes, Columbia, like every school, takes transfers. It is extremely difficult to transfer into Columbia, and usually these students have stellar academic records from their previous colleges. Yes, possibly, they may not have been admitted to CC or SEAS the first time around, but they are generally exceptional students with high GPA's. Harvard and MIT take transfers and combined degrees too. Go apply. Obama was not accepted to Columbia the first time around, but transferred, and he didn't do too bad for himself.

    • Alum

      The 3-2 students are only guaranteed admission to SEAS if they maintain a 3.0 GPA while taking the required science and math courses along with the requirements of their liberal arts majors AND if they get their college's recommendation. Even then, they must successfully complete two years at SEAS. That's not easy to do. A student as inferior as you claim wouldn't stand a chance.

      The fact that 3-2 students *could* have only 3.0 GPAs at their prior colleges does not mean they actually do. Most probably have far better grades.

      Besides, the 3-2 program has brought in about 100 students each year for decades. The rate is not increasing, even though SEAS and the participating colleges have grown considerably. If the program was really a back door to a Columbia degree, wouldn't more people be taking advantage of it?

  4. my father  

    speaking of which,

    is a fucking senior partner at skadden arps in real estate litigation.

  5. Anonymous

    Fuck this. We signed a housing agreement. So I guess only we have to agree to it?

  6. Anonymous

    $35 is a meal and a half at Il Campo. gtf over it, twats.

  7. Hmmmm

    "Since you have already signed your Occupancy Agreement, you do not need to do anything at this time."

    Translation: Since you have already signed your Occupancy Agreement, you cannot do anything about this at this time.

  8. L.C.  

    This deal is getting worse all the time...

  9. Anonymous

    They needed some extra $ to get PrezBo a better toupée

  10. The Dark Hand

    Dear Columbia Housing,

    I write to inform you that I met last weekend with my parents to finalize rates for 2012-2013. As a result, there will be a slight dencrease in what I am willing to pay.

    My rate for the Academic Year 12-13 in my room will be the same as it was before. This room rate will be reflected in what I am going to pay.

    Since I have already signed my Occupancy Agreement, you do not need to do anything at this time.

    Thank you for your attention to this matter. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Enjoy the summer!

    P.S. Spec sucks.

    • Anonymous

      Dark Hand, your wit is bad and you should feel bad.

    • "the dark hand" AKA spec troll  

      is, in my 25 minutes worth of meticulous research, data analysis, and raw intuition, one or more of the people who were ousted from the College Republicans.

      I, being a republican club member myself, feel like this is related to the same guys who tried to screw Spec over in the iranian debacle.

      Plus, the "dark hand" seems to also allude to the "invisible hand" of capitalism, something I believe in and is also something many republicans believe in.

      I am not affiliated with the spec but just wanted to give my 2 cents.

      that is all.

  11. Anonymous  

    I'm surprised they bothered.

    According to housing, they have 5200 students.

    Figure an average increase of $30, that's only $156,000, or a max of $182k.

    According to some back of the envelope math (# of students times rent per dorm per, they collect about $39-$42 million per year in rent. So at best (182000/39000000) this is a 0.46% increase in rent revenue, at worst more like 0.37%.

    Seems like a good way to annoy students for such little money in an absolute or relative sense.

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