Going off to college used to mean learning to fend for yourself and being responsible for your own housing, cooking, laundry, and bills. Well now, you can hire someone else to do everything for you: A personal concierge.
Like one college freshman we read about. His mom worried he’d end up sleeping on the floor and living on takeout pizza. So, she hired the Boston Collegiate Consulting Group to furnish his off-campus bedroom. And while her son was out, they set up a bed, computer table, and a nightstand with a clock. And dropped off towels, and a supply of pans, utensils, and cookbooks.
For $300 a month, a number of college concierge services give students unlimited access to several full-time employees. And they help them find apartments, get tutors, and even throw keggers. They’ll also intervene in a landlord dispute, get tickets for concerts, or even wait for the cable guy.
Parents say the concierge service is worth every penny, because they know someone’s watching out for their kid – and helping to keep them safe while they’re away from home.
But critics say it’s ridiculous.
They point out that college kids are adults who can vote and join the military. And college is the perfect opportunity for them to learn basic life skills, like folding laundry and making grilled cheese sandwiches, and how to deal with small emergencies, like a blown fuse, or a clogged toilet.
So, how can you find out if there’s a personal concierge service in your area? Talk to the your college counselor or Google the words “college concierge services” and the town you’ll be living in.