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The Campus Lodging Guide, 19th edition
UPDATE April 2013: Now badly outdated, the Campus Lodging Guide remains the sole unified source information about where you can find university accommodation for travellers.
Overlooked by most budget travellers, temporary
university accommodation offers fantastic value.
Finding out the deals available, however,
has been the problem. Have you ever tried contacting the switchboard
of a large university and asking to rent a room? And, even the
best budget guides frequently ignore the opportunities to save
with campus housing.
When talking to a university, you will have
better luck asking for "the conference centre" or something
similar. Asking for "housing" will usually get you a
department that handles rooms for registered students only.
In contrast to hostels, most university
accommodation offers single or double rooms, which are great for
lighter sleepers. Rates start at under $10, and in general compare
well to hostels where sleeping is usually done in groups of four
Bath facilities are usually shared, but
not always. Some schools offer everything from small dorm rooms
with no housekeeping to first class hotel-type rooms at prices
lower than equivalent hotels.
Many campuses give their temporary guests
full access to reduced cost meal programmed, organized activities,
and recreational facilities. Some are like resorts. Guests at
the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, for example,
have use of the fabulous USC aquatic centre built for the 1984
Travellers at the University of British
Columbia in Vancouver are just steps away from botanical gardens,
forests for hiking, indoor and outdoor aquatic centres, music
venues, and the famed clothing-optional Wreak Beach, just below the main dormitory complex. Deluxe hotel-type
rooms are nearby, too.
At the University of California at Berkeley,
Dr. Voyageur's room looked out at the eucalyptus and redwood treed
campus, San Francisco Bay, the San Francisco skyline, and-—this
gets even better—the sun setting through the pillars of the Golden
Gate Bridge miles away.
The cost? Around $40, including free Internet
access. The cost at UBC? Under U.S.$20 for a basic room during
Coach and rail passengers in particular
should check out campus housing in or near city centres. Decent
budget motels cluster along major highways at the edges of cities,
far from bus and train terminals, and cheap urban hotels are frequently
unclean and unsafe in the U.S. In contrast, universities often
have convenient and pleasant locations near sightseeing and transportation,
although safety may be a concern.
Want more information? The Campus Lodging Guide, 19th edition by B & J Publications lists the schools,
descriptions, requirements for booking, and contact information
we need. Most listings are in Canada and the U.S., but campuses
worldwide are included.
This guide is frequently out of stock, but you may find used copies available.
Check out two excellent hostel guides
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