When life handed New York University lemons, it made lemon-infused, $300-a-night hotel lobby water with them. The New York Times has a profile of the dozens of NYU upperclassmen currently living in the Manhattan NYC hotel due to the college's housing shortage—a situation the students are pretty OK with, to say the least. “I’d definitely give it three-and-a-half, four stars,” says one 19-year-old student living in the hotel. Advantages over dorm living include larger beds, housekeeping services, a 24-hour gym, flatscreen TVs, and, of course, chilled flavored water in the lobby. One NYU student even got a free meal when he crashed a Fashion Week party in the hotel's event space and helped himself to hors d'oeuvres.
NYU, which guarantees four years of housing, has been working with the Affinia hotel chain to temporarily house overflow students for a few years, the Times reports. Typically space quickly opens up in the dorms, and those students are out within four weeks. But this year, more students wanting to stay in dorms combined with a major residence hall closing for repairs and created a serious housing shortage. NYU expects 145 of its upperclassmen will be living in the hotel for a full 16-week semester. They're paying the same amount for housing as their fellow students—nearly $8,000 a semester—which means they're getting their hotel stay for the deep discount of just over $70 a night. Now if only room service was part of the meal plan. Read the full story here. (Read more New York University stories.)