News on Campus
GRADUATE STUDENT HOUSING CRUNCH
ancy Tsai knew from experience that the
housing situation for graduate students living off campus was bleak. But
the doctoral student in mechanical engineering didnt know just how
bleak until she conducted an informal survey last summer of graduate
student experiences in off-campus apartment hunting.
One of the more startling findings was that several
students were considering taking a second job, taking out a loan or
taking a leave of absence for a quarter to raise money to meet their
cost of living. The survey also showed that students
sometimes have to search
for months to find housing, and that they wind up having to pay anywhere
to 150 percent of their incomes on rent.
David Aaron Krieger, a fourth-year graduate student in the applied
physics department, no longer encourages prospective students to come.
Ill advise friends to go somewhere else, since a lot of their free
time and money will go toward housing, he says. Krieger was denied
housing for the fall after having lived on campus for three years, a
different place each year. Now he shares an apartment with a friend and
commutes to campus on his bicycle. Not only has the move been expensive,
Krieger says, but I dont live near my colleagues or many of my friends
so it is much harder to meet people for dinner or tohang out. I spend
over an hour a day commuting, time that could be spent studying.
The university can accommodate about 9,200 students in campus
housing, which includes about 92 percent of its undergraduates and 46
percent of its graduate students. Although a record number of graduates
who wanted to live on campus was turned down this year, according to
Keith Guy, director of housing and dining services, Stanford was able to
meet its housing policy of guaranteeing housing units for all first-year
graduate students and students with children who have been at Stanford
four years or fewer. Last May,