Capping the Apartment Prices in West Campus for UT Austin Students
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For students attending the University of Texas in Austin, West Campus is the most convenient location in which to find student housing. This area contains numerous apartments, condominiums, and even several homes if you look hard enough. It's only a short walk away from the beautiful UT campus and is home to thousands upon thousands of students.
The rent here also costs us around a minimum of $750 all the way up to over $1200 per month. This does not even including utilities, parking, or other sometimes necessary amenities that together will tack on an extra $100+ per month. As college students, this is an incredible amount of money to hand over every single month that most of do not have. Housing should not be such a significant source of our stress as it often inhibits our studies, relationships, and can even negatively affect mental health. Many students cannot afford or choose not to bring their vehicles with them to Austin and this is why West Campus is sometimes their only option.
Austin is a rapidly growing city with a rapidly growing student population. Property managers in West Campus know this. They know that oftentimes students will have no choice but to succumb to their overpriced renting options. Students are being taken advantage of and the prices are only rising. Every semester, the rent goes even higher. Even for current residents there are emails, fliers, and phone calls threatening that their rent will go even higher if they don't resign their lease for the following year only a month after moving in.
If the cost of student living in Austin does not get capped, it will only continue to rise unless we take action immediately. The majority of college students cannot afford these astronomical prices and it is absolutely necessary to cap rent for student housing in West Campus to better accommodate the diverse group of students coming from all backgrounds and social statuses that makes our university special.
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