Parents of Silicon Valley College Students: Should You Buy a Condo or House, or Utilize Dorms & Campus Housing?
Silicon Valley is home to three great universities (Santa Clara University, San Jose State University and Stanford University), about a half dozen community colleges (Mission, Evergreen, West Valley, Foothill, De Anza, San Jose City, Ohlone, Canada) plus smaller trade schools or polytechnic colleges for specific career-oriented individuals (such as Cogswell in Sunnyvale).
Most of the smaller schools do not offer student housing while the larger ones typically do – though it may not be guaranteed for all four years.
If you are a parent of a college student in the San Jose – Santa Clara – Palo Alto area, should you consider purchasing a condo, townhouse or house for your son or daughter? Does it make financial sense to do so? Over time, would this be a good investment? Would it be best for your son or daughter to skip the dorm scene? (more…)