Changes implemented to on-campus housing policies

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Linda Smith
Assistant News Editor

In response to student preference and administrative views regarding housing availability and configuration by classification, changes are being implemented to the current housing policy.

Seniors will be able to enjoy priority during Housing Registration week, beginning April 10, while students under the residency requirement will be given preference in their application based on classification and credit hours.

Student Life Operations director Betty Perretta noted that these changes will allow more seniors to live on campus, since occupancy numbers for the current year show that more seniors can be accommodated.

“We would actually prefer to have more seniors living in the campus apartments,” Perretta said. “Seniors generally demonstrate the higher level of maturity and responsibility necessary to successfully live in ‘transitional’ housing before graduating into the ‘real world.’”

As students go on to make their decisions about living arrangements, there are many factors to consider, especially for upperclassmen. Several expenses are covered by on-campus living, but can still be
more expensive than an apartment off-campus.

“The comparable costs are probably the biggest reason that many are choosing to move, as almost any off-campus option is cheaper than a student apartment,” junior Patrick Brehany said. “Also, there is a lot to be said for the autonomy that comes with living off-campus and away from the many rules that come with on-campus living.”

Other factors, like the need to be involved in activities on-campus and close to all the university has to offer, keeps students here.

“First, I chose the student apartments for their proximity to classes, the chapel, and all other UD services and activities,” Brehany said. “Second, although I plan to use my kitchen, the challenging academic load makes me unwilling to depend on my poor and inefficient cooking for all my meals. Third, moving off campus separates one from the common culture and ‘beat’ of the campus community, which I try to stay very involved in through various clubs and activities.”

The change in policy is demonstrative of Student Housing’s ability to rise up above “some pretty challenging hands” that they have been dealt in recent years, according to Brehany.

“I am very thankful for the current university policy, and while I absolutely want to stay on campus, the fact that seniors are being given a choice is new and welcome,” Brehany said. “I hope that a permanent policy can be in place soon so that all students no longer have to guess what will happen year by year.”

Junior Matthew deGrood currently lives in the apartments and plans on staying on-campus next year, since he has “always enjoyed [his] on-campus living experiences, from the freshman dorms to the apartments.”

“I enjoy the close proximity to campus as well as the benefits of living with fellow students,” deGrood said. “The resulting fellowship is a very rare and delightful experience.”

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