Residential Life and Housing

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2014-2015 Room and Board Choices

The following are the 2014-2015 room and board options approved by the Board of Trustees. Please note that Spring Semester rates are all $500 less than Fall Semester rates.  The intention is for students to be encouraged to move on campus in the spring, or rewarded for staying on campus for the Spring Semester when occupancy rates are lower than in the fall.  For more information, see About Room and Board Rates.

Traditional Lifestyle Housing Package

The quintessential college experience package. Students in traditional housing live in strong communities of First Year or Upper-class Housing depending on location. Traditional Housing is offered in Dana, Hughes, Dodd, Wright, and Bullock Halls, as well as the Johnson Sanford Center. Single, double, and triple rooms share common lounges and either semi-private or community bathrooms depending on hall. A choice of the 10, 12, 15, or All Access meal plans is included and required for all students living in traditional housing. Students can also choose the All Access PLUS plan for $310 per semester. First Year and Sophomore Students get priority placement in Traditional Lifestyle housing. A Traditional Lifestyle Package costs $7,800 per year (add $1,100 per semester for a single room).

Suite Lifestyle Housing Package

For returning students looking to share a common area with their friends, but not quite looking to take on the responsibility of cooking in and cleaning a full apartment. Suite Style Housing is offered in Dana, Hughes, and Maywood Street Hall. Suites house 4 to 8 students in a mix of Double and Single rooms. These students share a common room and a private bathroom just for their suite. A choice of the 10, 12, 15, or All Access meal plans is included and required for all students living in suite housing. Students can also choose the All Access PLUS plan for $310 per semester. Senior and Junior Students get priority placement in Suite Lifestyle housing. The Suite Lifestyle Package costs $8,200 per year(add $1,100 per semester for a single room).

Apartment Lifestyle Housing Package

For students looking to share a common area with their friends, and have the freedom to cook some of their own meals. Apartment Style Housing is offered in Blackstone Hall and the undergraduate RLH Houses. Apartments house 4 to 8 students in a mix of Double and Single rooms. These students share common space, a private bathroom, and a full kitchen for their suite. In addition, a 5 meal per week plan is included and required for any sophomore students who choose to live in Apartment Lifestyle housing. This popular meal plan helps students connect with their friends in the Dining Hall and includes 200 Dining Dollars for other meal needs. Students may also upgrade to the 100 Meal per semester for $500 per semester, the 10, 12, 15, or All Access plans for $885 per semester, or the All Access PLUS Plan for $1,195 per semester. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students may opt for no meal plan if they choose, and will save $815 per semester. Senior and Junior Students get priority placement in Apartment Lifestyle housing Apartment Lifestyle Packages start at $7,030 with 5 Meal Plan (add $1,100 per semester for a single room).

Double/Triple Package With Single Upgrade
Package Fall Spring Year Fall Spring Year
Apartment $3,765 $3,265 $7,030 $4,865 $4,365 $9,230
Traditional $4,150 $3,650 $7,800 $5,250 $4,750 $10,000
Suite $4,350 $3,850 $8,200 $5,450 $4,950 $10,400
Meal Plan Options By Lifestyle (Prices adjustments are listed per year)
Package 5MP/$200DD 100MP/$550DD Full MP (10/12/15/AA) All Access Plus MP Deletion(JR/SR)
Traditional N/A N/A Included +$620 N/A
Suite N/A N/A Included +$620 N/A
Apartment Included +$1,000
(replaces 5MP)
+$1,770
(replaces 5MP)
+$2,390
(replaces 5MP)
-$1,630
(removes 5MP)

Double Room Buy-Out Option

When available, students may elect to "Buy-Out" a vacancy in a double or triple room, effectively making that double into an oversized single, or the triple into an oversized double. The cost to buy-out a space is $1,200.00 per semester. In Triples, the remaining resident splits the cost so each pays $600.00 per semester. In a double, the entire cost is the responsibility of the remaining resident. As a point of reference, the cost of a single room is $1,100 more per semester than a comparable double, so the Double Buy-Out cost is effectively $100 more per semester than a single room.

Why are Lifestyle Housing Package rates lower in the Spring Semester?

Have you ever stayed in a great hotel for a discounted nightly rate?  Have you ever purchased something at a great sale price?  These great deals occur when increases in supply outpace demand.  This occurs in our housing as well.  Each year, during the Fall Semester, Clark University's housing occupancy rates are higher than during the Spring Semester.  In the spring many students go abroad or leave for other reasons.  The goal of reducing the spring semester rates is to encourage students to move or stay on-campus during the spring when occupancy rates are lower.  Think of the Spring Semester as one big sale on Clark University room and board plans!

For any questions, please contact Residential Life and Housing.