Continuing with my 'I don't like getting ripped off' theme...
Max's post about the downsides of iHousing is a good read, as is the contentious conversation in the comments section. But I'd like to introduce another reason not to like GW housing: it's a rip off!
GW could not get off providing what it provides for the prices it charges in a free market, which is why freshman and sophomores are forced to purchase housing. (I'm sure there are other reasons, but I doubt none more important than $$$)
Take, for instance, an Ivory Tower Quad, which costs each occupant $10,815. That's $43,260 per academic year, or $5407.5 A MONTH. For a two bedroom apartment. With crappy furniture and appliances. Surely a competitive rate for the area, right?
It was hard to even locate apartments with rent over $5k a month, but a quick search found a couple. Does this like your typical GW dorm?
Luxurious short-term distinctively furnished and accessorized one and two bedroom apartments. Each suite is beautifully decorated with custom-made furniture and features hardwood flooring, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and washers/dryers. Suites are equipped with our Sony electronic package, digital cable, high-speed Internet access and local phone service. Other amenities include 24-hour front desk and concierge services, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an executive business center with conference space, housekeeping service and dry cleaning/valet service. A continental breakfast featuring Starbucks coffee and Tazo Tea is served weekdays.
Yes, my friends, that is what you can get, very close to campus, for $5250 a month, CHEAPER than GW Housing.
After living in Fulbright for two years (see picture of my kitchen that doesn't work... Fix It request filed in November), I am definitely moving off campus next year. In fact, I am going to cancel my Ivory Tower quad assignment tomorrow and sign a lease on an apartment that includes most of the amenities listed above for less $$$ than GW would charge me. For those of you who were wait listed this year, explore your options! You may find you can get a lot more for a whole lot less.