OPINION: Expensive coffee can cause students issues

College students are no strangers to the strong need for a caffeine fix to power through endless lectures, assignments and late-night study sessions. Starbucks has become a staple for students at the University of Detroit Mercy. However, there has been talk about the increase in prices compared to a regular Starbucks. Also, there is the issue of not being able to use your reward points.  

It’s no secret that the cost of living as a college student is a constant balancing act. Tuition fees, textbooks and living expenses already burden student’s wallets, making every penny count. The convenience of having a Starbucks on campus is undeniable, but it comes at a big price – one that many argue is insanely high. 

The comparison between on-campus Starbucks prices and the off-campus locations reveals a huge difference. Students are left questioning why the same cup of coffee seems to come with a bigger price tag just because it’s sold within the University. It raises a crucial question: should the convenience of an on-campus Starbucks be an excuse to impose a financial burden on students? 

Also, the frustration intensifies when students find that their collected Starbucks rewards seem to lose their value on campus. Starbucks’ rewards program is designed to show loyalty and appreciation among customers, but on this college campus, the experience is somewhat different. The inability to use the rewards at the on-campus Starbucks diminishes the program’s effectiveness. 

One might argue that the high prices are justified by the convenience and the costs associated with maintaining an on-campus location. While this may hold some truth, it doesn’t fully address the financial constraints faced by most students.  

Affordable access to quality food and beverages is a basic expectation for students on a college campus. The on-campus Starbucks, with its enticing offerings, should not be an exception. It’s essential for both Starbucks and universities to recognize the relationship they share with their student customers. A more considerate pricing strategy and an acknowledgment of the economic challenges faced by students would contribute significantly to a more inclusive and student-friendly campus experience. 

The allure of a Starbucks on college campuses is undeniable, but it comes at a price – both literal and figurative. Students should not be forced to choose between their favorite coffee and financial strain. By reevaluating on-campus pricing and allowing the seamless use of rewards, Starbucks has an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to the student community. 

A more affordable and student-friendly approach would not only enhance the on-campus coffee experience but also have a positive relationship between students and this coffee spot.