Relive Your Dorm Days Via Airbnb

Unless the schools catch on first
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2015 7:06 AM CST
Relive Your Dorm Days Via Airbnb
File photo of a college student moving in.   (AP Photo/Tribune-Democrat, John Rucosky)

From a night in the Paris catacombs to a 1920s mansion in California, Airbnb provides the opportunity to bunk in some unique locations. Case in point: Eduardo's dorm room in New York City. For $80 a night, the not-fully-identified student from the not-fully-identified school provides a twin bed in his 150-square-foot room, Fast Company reports. Eduardo's not alone. Fast Company says "as least a handful" of Airbnb's more than 2 million listings are in student housing. After all, tuition rates have risen some 50% in the last decade, and thus "it's hard to blame the enterprising students," observes a sympathetic post at Time. Eduardo's room, for instance, costs him nearly $9,000 for the school year, and so far, he's earned about $400. Fast Company also discovered a dorm room listing in Berkeley, Calif., the problem being that officials at both schools say it's not OK.

"I don’t even know which reason to start with," says a rep at Eduardo's school. Fast Company also found a Brooklyn residence hall that accepts students from any local college, using Airbnb to fill rooms in the same manner as a hotel. And a frat house in Philadelphia offered accommodations at $75 per night during the pope's September visit, provided guests didn't "destroy the place" and brought "shower flops." In New York, anyway, such accommodations might soon be harder to find. State lawmakers are preparing a bill to prohibit hosts from advertising units that run afoul of a state hotel law governing visits under 30 days, the Daily News reports. Per the state attorney general, 72% of Airbnb rentals in NYC fall into that category. (These NYC tenants embraced Airbnb in a big way, much to their landlords' dismay.)

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