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Laundry Service

MichiganLHMichiganLH Posts: 5Registered User New Member
Has anyone used one of the laundry services on campus? If so, is it worth it? Which one is the best? I was looking at Campus Laundry. Thanks.
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Replies to: Laundry Service

  • entenduintransitentenduintransit Posts: 564Registered User Member
    In my opinion no laundry service is worth it. Doing your own laundry is easy and much cheaper, and probably quicker as well.
  • VladenschlutteVladenschlutte Posts: 3,492Registered User Senior Member
    How much does laundry service cost?
  • MichiganLHMichiganLH Posts: 5Registered User New Member
    Vladenschlutte: Campus Laundry costs $299 for the semester. Weekly pick-ups with 24 hour turn around.

    entenduintransit: I originally thought the same thing. But I heard from a former student and parent at UMich that it was the best thing they ever did. They said it was well worth it for the time saved.
  • VladenschlutteVladenschlutte Posts: 3,492Registered User Senior Member
    Oh, that is a lot. For me that would work out to like, $20 a load. That's pretty ridiculous. Do they just have like 10 people subscribe or something?
  • AlexandreAlexandre Posts: 21,802Super Moderator Senior Member
    I love delegating work, but this seems ridiculous. $600/year seems relatively insignificant compared to the total cost of attendance. More than half of the students who attend the University pay $30-$55k per year to attend Michigan, and to many of those, $600 is trivial. Still, I think students should do their own laundry as it is something we should all learn to do. Who wants a complete stranger handling their unmentionables! ;)
  • VladenschlutteVladenschlutte Posts: 3,492Registered User Senior Member
    More than half of the students who attend the University pay $30-$55k per year to attend Michigan,

    Can you provide some more detailed numbers? My perspective is probably skewed towards undergrads because I am an undergrad, but that seems impossibly high.
    Who wants a complete stranger handling their unmentionables!

    I'd totally do it at a lower price point. Though it'd have to be a MUCH lower price-point.
  • MichiganLHMichiganLH Posts: 5Registered User New Member
    I found other services that have different rates. I guess Campus Laundry is a flat rate. Others go as low as $159 depending on how much laundry you have---determined by weight of laundry.
  • AlexandreAlexandre Posts: 21,802Super Moderator Senior Member
    Vladenschlutte, according to Michigan office of FA, 48% of undergrads receive financial aid of any sort. The remaining 50%+ pay the full cost of attendance, which is on average $28k for in-state students and $55k for OOS and international students. This is not surprising considering the fact that many students at the University come from wealthy families.
  • bclintonkbclintonk Posts: 6,487Registered User Senior Member
    How many weeks in a semester? Maybe 16-17 with exams? How much laundry do you do in a semester? Maybe on average one load a week, two at the outside? So yeah, $300 for a semester is something close to $10 to $20 per load. That seems awfully high. I guess if you were paying a flat rate you'd have an incentive to wash your sheets and towels more frequently, but still. I knew kids from Metro Detroit who would let their dirty laundry pile up and take it all home a couple of times per semester and wash it at their parents' house. I was envious because my parents lived several hundred miles away, but it's not so onerous to pop a few quarters in the washer and dryer on a Sunday afternoon while you're studying, and do a load or two. They really make it pretty convenient.
  • entenduintransitentenduintransit Posts: 564Registered User Member
    I did two loads of laundry every two weeks both semesters. Each time is $1.25/load to wash and $1/load to dry. So $4.50 in total. $4.50 every two weeks comes to around $35-40 for the whole semester. Plus less than $20 for Tide pods and dryer sheets. So you're looking at $60 maximum for DIY laundry vs. $300. Laundry services are very much overpriced.
  • MdeMde Posts: 434Registered User Member
    Holy crap.. is this really a discussion? You're a damn freshmen.. do your own laundry. Take on SOME life responsibilities. You go down a few floors and insert quarters...

    It's not even worth it on a monetary sense for you to do it, spend time considering it, or make us spend time convincing you otherwise. Discussions like these are a lose-lose for everyone.. and my eyes.
  • riverbirchriverbirch Posts: 359Registered User Member
    I agree that it's good to learn to do your own laundry, it's a life skill that should be learned along with cooking. On my yearly Caribbean vacation laundry service is included and they usually manage to shrink something much to my chagrin. I tell my kids to wash everything in cold water which tends to save the heartache of a favorite piece shrinking. Last year my daughter was the only one in her apartment who didn't have laundry service so it must be quite common at U of M.
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