GW: Clean it Yourself

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George Washington University will no longer be providing housekeeping services to its students in freshman dorms. According to an article by Eric Katz in the student newspaper, The Hatchet:

Freshmen will no longer receive housekeeping services in their residence halls, the director of GW Housing Programs confirmed in June, much to the irritation of some incoming freshmen students.

Housekeeping services typically included vacuuming and bathroom cleaning.

It would obviously be ridiculous to suggest that GW students need their maids. Before World War II most people who attended college in the Northeast lived—if they weren’t members of fraternities and sororities—in boarding houses. These places were often not only dirty, but actually unheated.

But the GW situation does seem like something of a bait and switch. Many incoming freshmen were lured to GW specifically because of the luxurious, professionally cleaned dormitories.

So GW students will now have to clean their own bathrooms. It will not, however, be any cheaper to attend the breathtakingly expensive George Washington University (total mandatory cost: $53,275). The cost of room and board will remain the same. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer