Student Housing East has become the ‘college experience’ for freshmen and sophomores – University Times
Cal State LA freshmen and sophomores eager for the college experience are gathered in the new dorms.
“It’s a home away from home,” said Danae Rodriguez Castro, a criminal justice expert, who said living on campus gives her the chance to be independent and live with friends.
David Noriega, a television film and media studies graduate from San Diego, also considers his dorm as his home away from home.
Noriega finds the new buildings very community oriented. “You can make new friends in the dorms,” he said. “It can be anywhere, even the laundry room. “
Ruby Rivas, a psychology student at Temecula, said she was looking forward to “making friends and having this experience.” She added that it has been a fun experience so far filled with games and community bonding activities.
Living in Cal State LA can be a big part of the college experience, but it comes at a cost. In the South Village, the cost of a one-bedroom dorm is approximately $ 12,574 for the academic year. For many students who pay with financial aid, scholarships, or reimbursable fees, this can be costly.
Castro is paying out of pocket, but she said she would use her financial aid once she was available. Castro and his roommate each pay about $ 6,200 for their one-bedroom dorm.
Noriega qualifies for the dependent veteran college fee exemption due to her father’s veteran status. “The CalVet program allows me to attend any CSU or UC with my tuition paid [for] by the government, ”he said. With her school fees fully covered, her family has the financial flexibility not to take out loans.
Dormitory students have access to meal plans at the Village Cafe, which offers a varied buffet of options. The Village Cafe also hosts exclusive dining events and themed meals as part of a limited time offer.
Castro opted for the 7 day meal plan. “I get unlimited scans 7 days a week,” she said. “This one is more expensive, but you won’t have to go out to buy food.”
Noriega noted her difficulty adjusting to eating at set times of the day. Used to working late, he didn’t have time to eat later in the day.
Although the students made the most of their living conditions, they did not expect to hear loud noises when they lived in the dormitories.
“It’s been almost every week that the fire alarms go off,” Castro said. “I don’t know what is causing [it] but they leave at different times. She said they often left at night and as early as 8 a.m.
Noriega also referred to the fire alarms that go off in dormitories, saying that “fire alarms are quite frequent and annoying as they have always been suppressed within 20 minutes”.
Many students have said they feel safe returning to dormitories during this pandemic.