Should students have to pay for laundry?

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Maggie Brown

mbrown245@radford.edu

To pay, or not to pay for laundry on campus? That is the real question. In my full opinion I do not think students living on campus should pay for laundry in their halls. It is a costly expense students should not have to worry about and could be avoided if there were no expense to do your laundry on campus.

When living in the dorms on campus students have to pay (in quarters only) $1.50 for the washer and another $1.25 to use the dryer. But, if students do not happen to have quarters they then have to go to a machine to get change or worse go to the nearest 7-11 and ask for change in the form of rolls of quarters. For example, residents living in residence halls on the third floor have to go all the way down to the first floor to the change maker or go across the street to the 7-11 to get quarters if they do not have any. Who has time for that just to wash clothes?

Now, you are probably thinking, “Wow, that really is not that bad. Why is she complaining?” If you really think about it, students are actually paying a lot more to do their laundry on campus because they also have to pay for the proper supplies. These supplies vary in prices and are a necessity to wash all the clothes.

For starters, you must have liquid washing detergent (or the laundry detergent pods) and that costs about $10.00 if you get a good size, but the detergents all vary in price based on the different sizes and brands. Then you will need the fabric softener for when you dry your clothes which varies between the price range of $2.00 to $4.00. Then a stain-remover stick for those tough stains on your favorite must have t-shirt, and that can vary from $2.00 to $6.00 depending on what brand and size you decide to get. This is not including having to restock the supplies every couple of weeks to actually do the laundry. Not to mention, students are already paying $2,563.00 for standard dorm living and $2,270.00 for those students in traditional living. Imagine being an athlete and having to do laundry every week instead of every two or three weeks, that is a ton of money they have to put into a machine just to have clean clothes, and having clean clothes is very important to everyone.

If students are already paying $2,070.00 to $2,563.00 to live on campus, is it really fair to make them pay for laundry too? I certainly do not think so, having free laundry would give students a more stress free living environment and save the hassle of searching for those must have quarters. I do not think students living on campus should have to pay for another necessity. Now, after looking at all the different expenses students have to pay just to do their own laundry, does it give you a new perspective? Do you still think students should have to pay for laundry on campus?