Why some students chafe under Carleton's Northfield Option

“Dorms suck. I think it’s really important for students to experience dorm-life, but the experience should be limited. It’s really important to be able to experience living off-campus, where I have to find an apartment, and figure out the logistics behind paying rent and being indebted to someone besides the school.”

— University of Chicago freshman Rachel Lazar, quoted in a Carletonian piece on how Carleton College students are upset that the school allows only 100 students to live off campus.

The piece concludes:

Whether Carleton wants to ensure that students will respect the permanent residents of Northfield or keep the on-campus community strong, or both, the Northfield Option policy has nevertheless left many students upset with the system.