Scan this QR Code with your Smart Phone to Apply MYTH (noun) \mith\: an unfounded or false notion: a person or thing having only an imaginary or unverifiable existence FACT (noun) \’fakt\: the quality of being actual: a piece of information presented as having objective reality STUDENT HOUSING MYTH # 1:”I’ll commute from home and save money!” FACT: The cost of commuting to campus may equal or exceed the cost of living at Nittany Commons! COMMUTER: Charlie Commuter lives near Pittston PA, 14.7 miles to PSU WB campus 1. Let’s call it a 29 mile round trip. Charlie drives this route 5 days per week, or 180 days during the 2010-11 academic year2. Charlie drives a 2007 Pontiac G6 that gets 20 MPG 3 and he buys regular unleaded gas at $3.883 per gallon4. Charlie’s DAILY cost to commute is $20.885, or $3758.40 for the 180-day academic year. ADD YOUR (OR PARENTS) CAR PAYMENT TO THIS AMOUNT NITTANY COMMONS RESIDENT: Nancy Nittany also lives near Pittston, and is a resident of Nittany Commons. She visits home about 50% of the 38 weekends in the academic year, so when she drives it costs her about $21 round-trip…when she does not hop a ride home with Charlie (Former High School Sweethearts!). She stays in a single bedroom in the Aspen Building, sharing her apartment with 4 other friends. She pays her rent on the semester payment plan6 and shares her utility costs with apartment-mates7. On a ride home together, Nancy (a Business major) calculated her DAILY cost of occupancy at $21.13 per day 8. SORRY, CHARLIE! HAPPY ENDING: Charlie applies for, and is accepted to reside at Nittany Commons for the 2011-12 academic year. Nancy thinks he is smart and they rekindle their relationship…and still go home together on some weekends to visit Mom & Dad! ---See OVER for Environmental Impact Info 1 Source: Google Earth Maps 2 Source: Workdays calculator app iPhone: 8/18/10 to 5/10/11=265 calendar days minus 189 workdays minus 9 holidays = 180 commuting days 3 Source: www.fueleconomy.gov: 2007 Pontiac G6 17 City/26 Hwy/20 Combined MPG 4 Source: AAA Fuel Gauge Report: PA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton average for regular at 4/27/2011 5 Commuting Cost calculator, www.commutesolutions.com: includes FHWA operating costs including depreciation, repairs and insurance. DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY CAR PAYMENT. 6 Source: www.nittanycommons.com Pricing page 2010-11 rent for Aspen/Birch single- 2-payments of $2500 for fall and spring semesters. 7 Source: www.nittanycommons.com FAQ’s page 2010-11 average utility cost (Includes electric; DirecTV; Hi-Speed Internet) $600 for 2010-11 academic year 8 $5000 rent + $600 utilities = $5600/265 days in lease term= $21.13. If divided by 180 days = $31.11 per weekday days Scan this QR Code with your Smart Phone to Apply Environmental Impact of Charlie’s Decision to live at Nittany Commons and avoid Commute of 180 days FACTS:9 Charlie’s 2007 Pontiac G6 consumes 16.3 Barrels of Petroleum each year (1 barrel = 42 gallons) That’s Over 8 Barrels or 338 gallons of oil for his 180-day commute! His Vehicle Emits 8.9 Tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year That’s 4.4 Tons of pollutant avoided during his 180-day commute Charlie’s decision to live at Nittany Commons makes him feel like he has actually done something to improve air quality His friend, Paul Pollute, still commutes from Pittston area in his 2005 Ford F150 Pick-Up Charlie computed, with Nancy’s help, Paul’s DAILY cost at $24.70 per day plus his truck payment Paul is now Charlie’s apartment-mate!!! OTHER FACTORS: Commute time is 27 minutes each way10. That is 54 minutes per day or 162 HOURS in the car for the 180 day commuting year Ice/Snow/Accidents can add stress and substantial COSTS to commuting 162 Hours of commuting can be used for a) Time with Nancy b) Play X- Box/PlayStation, etc. c) campus activities/clubs d) hanging out with Friends e) participate in sports/work out/join a PSU-WB Team OR f) AS A LAST RESORT…Studying? SERIOUSLY: USE FACTS, NOT MYTHS TO MAKE YOUR DECISIONS!11 CHECK OUT WWW.NITTANYCOMMONS.COM 9 Source: www.fueleconomy.com and www.commutesolutions.com 10 Source: Google Earth Maps 11 Source: COMMON SENSE !