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Pinching pennies: On versus off-campus affordability

Three upperclassmen find different living situations that work for them.
Sarah Bomhoff
Emma Lovell sits in her living room at her North Village apartment. Lovell talks to her roommate before heading to the design lab to lead a meeting for her Welcome Week committee.

Upperclassmen have four different housing options: live off campus with their parents, live off campus with friends or live on campus in North Village or suite-style housing.

Matthew Berezowski unloads his grocery haul to prepare food for the week. He also eats in the dining center multiple days a week when friends swipe him in. (Ashlee Mortenson)

Matthew Berezowski is a junior business major who lives in a house in Roseville. Berezowski makes the seven-minute commute to campus every day, and as a member of the hockey team, he also commutes to practices and games off campus.

Berezowski spends between eight and nine hours on campus everyday, but he then returns home to his three other roommates. He also commutes to his job cleaning the hockey rinks off campus and when working at the Bethel concession stand.

Despite Student Body President Trey Adelsman’s seemingly packed schedule, the senior applied physics, physics and psychology triple major pencils in enough time for a 25-minute commute every day from his parents’ home on the east side of St. Paul. His involvement at Bethel means he spends the majority of his day on campus.

Adelsman lived on campus for his first three years at Bethel, and also held positions with significant time commitments as a resident assistant in Edgren and Lissner. Stepping into a larger role in Bethel Student Government this year, commuting from home was thought to be a challenge. 

“I know I’m not the typical commuter as far as presence on campus,” Adelsman said. “I sleep at home. I would say that I live on campus.”

Trey Adelsman sits on the couch in his office in his downtime throughout the day. Adelsman uses this space as a napping spot, place to grind out homework and even a closet. He leaves a suit jacket, two pairs of shoes and multiple pairs of dress pants “just in case.” (Sarah Bomhoff)

Because of his position as president, he has an office on campus. He uses this space to still have a place of his own.

Emma Lovell is a junior graphic design major who lives in the Danielson apartments in North Village on campus with a roommate. Lovell holds leadership positions in BSG and as a Marketing Design Assistant and Welcome Week Committee Head.

Lovell spends between eight and nine hours a day in the academic buildings, but she also holds a job in the Anderson Center, where she commutes during the day.

Berezowski, Adelsman and Lovell all are active students on campus, but their housing situations and average cost of living are all unique.



Commuter (Berezowski)

Commuter from home (Adelsman)

Lives in North Village (Lovell)

Gas per month

About $120

About $160

About $45

Rent per month

$600 plus utilities




7 minutes

25 minutes

No commute

Time in the academic buildings per weekday on average

8.5 hours

12 hours

8 hours

Average grocery/food bill per month

$800 (no meal plan)

$120 (Navy C meal plan $500)

$100 (Navy C meal plan $500)

Parking per month




Total per month




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Ashlee Mortenson, Staff Photographer
Ashlee Mortenson, 20, is a junior missional ministries major and communications minor. In her free time, Ashlee enjoys reading, rock climbing, watching “That 70’s Show”, embroidering, working on random art projects, collecting mugs and spending time with friends. [email protected] | 612.940.8029

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