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What are the housing options during Co-Op?

GZA1073GZA1073 Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
edited December 2009 in Drexel University
Hey, I live in Massachusetts and was wondering does Drexel let you dorm while you're on co-op, or do you have to find your own place while you're on co-op?

My brother goes to Northeastern and that basically has what I believe to be the same idea of co-op as Drexel, and for the two co-ops he has done, they've both been in the Boston area so he's been able to commute from home. However, I obviously wouldn't be able to do that if I were at a co-op in Philly so would I have to find an apartment in the area?

Or actually wait are co-op jobs offered across the US (and maybe internationally)?
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Replies to: What are the housing options during Co-Op?

  • ZackduddeZackdudde Registered User Posts: 369 Member
    on campus (dorm) housing is required freshman year. after freshman year, most people live off campus. on campus housing is very expensive (probably nearly double the price you'd pay for off campus housing- Right now, on campus housing per quarter is around $3000. $3000 x 4 quarters = $12,000 a year just for housing!! Thats outrageous obviously, considering you can be staying in a lot of good places for under $500 a month.) a lot of off campus housing is closer to campus than on campus housing anyways. so unless you have some special circumstance or your living in a fraternity house, you won't be doing on campus housing. who wants to be written up by RAs and regulated the number of guests you have over as an upperclassman anyways, when you can have a bigger cheaper and closer apartment/house with a bunch of friends.

    So, although on campus housing is available for co-op, you will probably just end up living in non-drexel affiliated housing during school and during co-op. If your co-op is anywhere in the Philadelphia area and you don't live close by, you will probably want to live by campus because all your friends will be there, you might take night classes during co-op, and to use facilities like the athletic center and library. If you do live close by (eg: a philly suburb), a lot of people just commute from their house.

    It's possible for you to get a co-op in Massachusetts. I'm sure Drexel has a couple co-ops in their online job search system in Massachusetts, but you probably would want to do an independent job search for a big variety if you want a co-op Mass. Therefore, you can basically have a "6 month working" vacation living at home. You can also co-op abroad in different countries, or all sorts of other locations, eg: New York, DC, or California.
  • GZA1073GZA1073 Registered User Posts: 53 Junior Member
    Oh ok cool thanks so much that really helps a lot. One more question though. If I were to do a co-op in the US (but not in Philly or Mass) or hell maybe a co-op in a different country, would the housing fees be a part of the normal annual tuition/fees that I pay or do I have to pay extra?

    It's kind of a hard question to phrase so hopefully you know what I mean, I'm just not sure if Drexel works with you to try and get you living accommodations if its outside of PA, or if you're on your own for that. I assume that they don't just leave you stranded but I'm just unsure.
  • sarahjudithsarahjudith Registered User Posts: 207 Junior Member
    The actual tuition that you pay Drexel is essentially just for the quarters you are in class, just spread out differently than the 4-year program. It does not include housing, however, so wherever you decide to co-op there will be fees for housing regardless of if it's in Philadelphia and you have to pay for university housing/off-campus housing or out in California. The exception to that would be if your job provided you with housing.

    That being said, the SCDC would probably try to help you out as much as possible in regards to finding housing if you are going far, especially when going abroad. I'm not an expert on this though and I would recommend asking some of the people in the co-op office if you have concerns. Since most jobs not in the Philadelphia area are on an independent search aside from the few companies that do seek Drexel co-ops through the SCDC system, you are required to do a bit more of the research yourself.
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