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Three’s a Crowd at West Hall

Three’s a Crowd at West Hall

Three’s a Crowd at West Hall
August 14
12:34 2013

Cindy Brugge / Contributing Writer

Sets of three students will be forced into double-occupancy dorms this fall, as UNT Housing tries to accommodate some of the 350 upperclassmen on the dorm waiting list.

“For some people, it can be a bit of a shock,” Housing ambassador Claire Barber said. “You think you are getting a double, but, all of the sudden, you’re in a triple.”

Most incoming freshman have received their room assignments for fall in one of 13 residence halls on campus. Some of these students have been assigned to a double-occupancy dorm in West Hall. However, in the next few weeks, they may receive an email telling them that a third resident will be added to their room and they will not receive an equivalent discount.

The three students in a double-occupancy room will pay 10 percent less on the housing portion of their room and board, Barber said. Annual housing fees for a double occupancy room are $3,860. For those put three in a room, the fee will be $3,474.

The discount only applies if a student was notified originally to be in a double and was changed to a triple-occupancy space, Barber said.

West Hall was originally built to accommodate triple-occupancy rooms, Barber said. However, it hasn’t been publicized that way. The UNT Housing webpage shows only a one-room layout for West Hall—a room that is 11 feet by 19 feet with two beds.

“We will try to ‘untriple’ you throughout the year,” Barber said. “But if we can’t, there is definitely enough space for three people in those rooms.”

This problem has occurred in previous years, as there is simply not enough space for all of the students hoping to live in the residence halls. UNT requires incoming freshmen to live on-campus unless they qualify for an exemption, such as inability to meet the financial pressure. Freshmen receive first priority, and the remaining upperclassmen linger on the waiting list until a spot opens up.

The UNT Housing website does mention that tripling students is an option but it’s a side note at the bottom of one of its pages.

“In emergency situations Housing may assign three residents to a double-occupancy room or to rooms designed for triple occupancy,” the UNT Housing website says. “Triple-occupancy assignments will be kept as short as possible based on operational need.”

When a double-occupancy room is converted to a triple-occupancy room, Housing will push two of the lofted beds closer together and add a third bed in front of the only window in the room, according to a UNT Housing flier.

If a bed opens up in another room, one of the students can be moved to another room and the third bed is removed.

Interior Design Senior Rachel Craft has been a resident advisor at West Hall since fall 2011.  She has encountered this experience with a few of her residents.

“My girls were totally fine with the arrangement,” Craft said. “ But apparently others were not so happy.”

Parents were the most upset, because they were paying, she said.

“It’s just what happens when you have this many students,” Craft said. “Some people are going to be upset and we can’t do much to fix it.”

Students who have already signed their contract have to pay a termination fee of $500 if they try to cancel, according to the current UNT Housing contract. However, many students won’t find out whether they will have a place to live on campus until later this month.

“The assignment queue is a waiting game,” Barber said. “Nothing is set in stone until school starts.”

Many of the upperclassmen on the waiting list have decided to rent an apartment instead of playing the waiting game.

“I’m glad I’m not on the waitlist,” senior Lauren Stark said. “I found an inexpensive apartment, and I won’t have to worry about being placed in a difficult situation at the last minute.”

Photo courtesy of UNT

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