UH students return to dorms for new school year

Published On: Aug 22 2014 10:00:54 PM HST

UH students moved in Friday and talk about the convenience and affordability of living on campus.

Rent in Hawaii is some of the highest in the country. With University of Hawaii students moving in this week, we asked what college students get for their dollars.

Click here to watch Roger Mari's report.

"I believe it's cheaper to live here rather than other places here on Oahu," said Gabrielle Gutierrez, a UH senior.

Students moving into UH Friday say it's a win win: a good location, close to classes, plus prices range from 1,300 for a one-bedroom apartment to 1,500 a month for a dorm with meals.
"It basically feels like your own apartment. It looks like some of the ones off campus," said Zoe Smith, UH senior.

Zoe Smith and Gabrielle Gutierrez are seniors and will be roommates in the apartments. Freshmen are placed in the round towers.

For parent Steve Funk, the price was right for his son Alic.
"Having a location I think for a freshman right here, it's centralized. It can't be better," said Funk.

"I just like making my own food and knowing what's in it as compared to dorm food," said Alic.

The apartments have a kitchen, which is important to some.

Not all campus dorms and apartments offer free access to baseball games or views of Diamond Head, but these students are happy to be living in paradise while they earn their degrees.

"I feel like Hawaii is one of the best places in the world and it's such a good experience to be here in the dorms," said Alic.

Friday was the end of move in day.

Classes start Monday.

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