1. Animal House?

    Luxury Student Living on the Rise

    In this photo taken Thursday, April 4, 2013, rebel soldiers from the Seleka alliance, now controlling Central African Republic, stand guard in military fatigues around the pool at the Ledger Plaza Bangui Hotel in Bangui, Central African Republic. Rebel fighters seized the presidential palace when they overtook the capital in March, but when it came to setting up shop they set their sights a bit loftier: the city's sole luxury hotel. The hotel is now home to the top brass who sleep in rooms where executive suites start at $675, and the self-appointed president, whose luxury villa behind the drained swimming pool has a listed rate of about $3,850 a night. (AP Photo/Krista Larson)

    Krista Larson/AP

    Private pool, tanning salon, rooftop bar and grill: country club or ... student apartments? In many college towns, it's the latter for those who can afford it. Despite housing downturns in the past few years, student-living construction has remained strong as college enrollment rises. And more apartments being built means more luxury options being offered. The "clubhouse" with the tanning salon and bar is near the University of Missouri, but luxury student housing is also being constructed near other schools all around the country. Administrators say that the buildings will detract from student life. With an in-building restaurant, how will these kids ever learn the joy of microwave ramen?

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