Jill Layton
November 30, 2016 12:48 pm
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Students at New York University will soon be able to save a lot of money on housing by rooming with much older roommates. Specifically, students who are strapped for cash will have the option of living with someone else’s grandma to save money on dorm feesSeventeen reports.

Anyone who has dealt with paying college tuition knows that the cost can be outrageously pricey. And that’s just the tuition. Factor in the books, the food, the extracurricular activities, and the housing, and your expenses are probably way more than you’re comfortable spending.

That’s just the price you pay for education. Literally and figuratively.

 Which is exactly why administrators at NYU are introducing a new program to help lessen the cost. The program is called “intergenerational homestays.” It will match juniors, seniors, and grad students with older New Yorkers living in a nearby housing complex who are willing to rent out their spare bedrooms for low prices.

In a blog post about lowering direct costs for students, NYU reps explained that they’re hoping the new program will cut the cost of student housing by at least half for those participating. Considering the average yearly housing rates in NYU residence halls are around $13,000, the program will likely be extremely beneficial to students.

Ten students will be chosen to participate in the program, which will launch by the fall of 2017.

The students must be “mature,” which we’re assuming means a whole lot of studying and not a lot of partying.

 Obviously by only allowing ten students to participate, it won’t make a difference in too many lives. But since this will only be the pilot launch, there’s a chance the program will take off and become a thing for future students.

So technically, students could be matched up with someone else’s grandparents, and the thought of that is so perfect and amazing.

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