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Rent a Dorm, Not a Hotel, for Your Next Vacation

Claire Bush
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Spiraling gas and food prices have made summer vacation plans a little bleak this year, but take heart. Here's a unique way to pack more fun - for fewer dollars - into your summer getaway.

The secret is to book a dorm room instead of a hotel room. Sound crazy? Well, it's not. Many private colleges and universities offer lodgings on the cheap when students are on break.

A small, liberal arts college in Prescott, Arizona, for example, charges $55 per night for a dorm room that includes kitchen privileges, simple furnishings and proximity to the area's town center and bus line. Reduced rates are available for long term stays.

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In addition to community colleges, trade schools such as Embry Riddle and DeVry Institute often have dorm rooms for rent; check their websites or call the toll free number and ask for the conference services department. Don't overlook retreat centers operated by churches or non-profit organizations, too. For instance, a Catholic retreat house in the college town of Flagstaff, AZ, has individual rooms with kitchen privileges for as low as $20 per night.

While you're saving on hotel costs, you can also save on meals by cooking a simple breakfast or packing your own lunch, using the kitchen provided. Save your pennies for a splurge dinner out at a nice restaurant - without guilt!

Most colleges require you to bring your own linens, towels and personal items. And while many offer the use of a kitchen, some do not; call ahead to check.

For more information, do a Google search under "colleges and universities" and the town's name you'd like to visit, or call the city's Chamber of Commerce for a directory of educational facilities.

Rent a Dorm, Not a Hotel

About The Author: An Arizona freelance writer for the past decade, Claire is a regular contributor to the Arizona Republic's business, career builder and community sections and is also the author of a statewide restaurant guide, "Dining in Arizona - 101 Great Places to Eat" Claire has co-authored several cookbooks and is now a working chef and menu designer in Sun City, AZ.

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June 16, 20160 found this helpful

Links to the places mentioned would be a great help.

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