Originally Posted by crhayes
Yeah that is what I initially thought too....it would be sick. The way I see it: they create some residences downtown that are CHEAPER to stay in than the residences on campus. It is true that any student would rather be ON campus. So make some rez's downtown and charge the students less money to stay there; I bet there would be tons of kids interested.
In fact if more students were placed of campus like that, couldn't the city use it to their advantage when bargaining for LRT?
Great tie-in to LRT..
I think there's a couple schools of thought about students wanting to be near the campus (I was a resident advisor in university so this reflects what I saw).
Generally its first and second years who want the residence experience and to be on-campus, or ones whose parents are paying/planning their education. Third and fourth-year students often move off campus and are moving towards more independence, responsibility and maturity, as well as familiarity with the area and more comfort in commuting.
I think the trend you'd see over the long-term are older students choosing to live downtown, and younger students who are less independent choosing the on-campus residences. One would likely want the more mature/serious/job-minded students downtown anyways if you had to pick between the two groups. That doesn't take into account the culture adjustment from moving downtown after already spending a couple years on campus but that likely wouldn't be a deterrent to most.