Whoever heard of a graduate school requiring its students to pay the exorbitant prices to the school and be forced to live on campus? I can understand maybe for 1 semester since you're on a foreign island and need to get acclimated, but there is NO reason to force students to live on campus housing for two semesters at rip off prices.
Also the leases are NON-STANDARD and you will get royally screwed when its actually time to move off campus. For example, this past lease was from Jan 1 to April 22. Now, I plan to do the Block term that runs from April 24 to May 6. Many people including myself are now in a bind since our new off campus lease starts on May 1. You go ask the AUA housing office and the useless lady there just shrugs her shoulders and says its never been a problem before. I still don't know where I'm going to stay for the block and I can't stay with another friend since all my close friends are in the same boat.
This is just a small example of how the school could give a damn about the real inconveniences the students face living on this island. The concept of customer service is a foreign one to all school officials. They probably have a guy sitting in their Wall St. office running an Excel spreadsheet figuring out how to maximize revenue, without considering the effects on students.
BTW, even if you want to stay on campus for an extra semester they are not allowing you to do so for the full term. You havev to leave on-campus housing by June 30. No landlord I spoke to said they would start a lease on July 1 since everyone here does 4 month leases that correspond to the school academic calendar. On top of that the school actually thought people would be willing to move just before finals week in the middle of a semester!?