Student apartments overly expensive, lacking in quality

Opinions Columnist | Electronic media junior

The so-called luxury student housing apartment complexes in San Marcos are absolutely ridiculous. There has never been a larger money-sucking pyramid scheme than the idea of student apartments and individual leasing.

For starters, the individually leased living spaces are overly expensive. The resident receives basic furniture and usually an intimate (cramped) living area. These apartments normally cost between $450 to nearly $900 per month. Utilities are rarely included, adding a bit of steepness to the already stiff amount. A $1,000-per-month suite is not so satisfying when the complex is providing what could easily pass as a dorm with a kitchen.

These dollhouses are not worth the inferior wood they are usually made of. The walls are paper-thin, which is a huge problem in regard to noisy neighbors. Additionally, the homes are just as identical as they are makeshift. When new student apartments are being built, each space is modeled after one of several standard-issue templates. Due to the large demand of these homes, the companies stretch whatever funds they possess to pay for materials and labor. This cycle commonly ends with the company buying cheap, flimsy materials to construct the homes. The easily-broken furniture pieces are identical in every space.

Larger demands often come with larger responsibilities. Student apartment complexes have consistently over-promised what they could deliver to students in a timely manner. Uptown Square San Marcos, for example, was scheduled to open to residents at the beginning of the fall 2014 semester. Anyone driving down Thorpe Lane can clearly see the apartments are nothing more than simple wooden shells, unfit for anyone to live in. As a previous resident of The Avenue San Marcos, I can honestly say my roommates and I moved into our new townhome at least a month after our scheduled move-in date. Although the incident at The Avenue did not occur at the same time as the one at Uptown Square, the point remains. Unsuspecting students are signing leases for what are essentially plots of land with ideas behind them. The normalcy of apartment complex flukes is definitely unsettling.

When an apartment complex is not inhabited at the designated time, the final stages of construction are frequently rushed, leaving plenty of room to make small, careless mistakes. This mistake could be a problem with ventilation, plumbing, electrical outlets and virtually anything else involving new homes.

Inconsistent actions such as these are problematic and should be corrected by outside resources as complaining to the apartment management seems to yield little or no results. Late move-ins, faulty material and poor management are all qualities of San Marcos student housing apartments that need to change. Somewhere in San Marcos, a hopelessly frustrated student is still waiting to sleep in their own bed.