Guaranteed On-Grounds Housing
New plan relieves pressure to sign leases months in advance of
April 19, 2004 --
University of Virginia officials today announced a new housing
policy to relieve the tremendous pressure on students, especially
undergraduates, to sign leases early each fall for off-grounds
housing the following fall, long before they understand what other
housing options are available to them.
with the 2004 incoming class, first-year students will be guaranteed
for their second year, with the option to renew. Upper-class
students currently living in University housing will continue to be allowed
to renew the leases on their rooms for subsequent years.
we continually hear is that first-year students and parents have
raised concerns about being under pressure to find housing,” said Richard
A. Kovatch, associate vice president for business operations, who oversees
new policy, announced today at a meeting of the Board of Visitors’ Student
Affairs and Athletics Committee, includes the following:
students who want to live in University housing their second
year must submit applications to U.Va.’s Housing
Division by Nov. 1. Housing will mail them housing contracts
by Nov. 5,
rather than the following January,
as has been the current practice.
subsequent years, if those students want to remain in the same
assignments, they would merely
need to notify the Housing Division of their intent
to renew by Nov. 1.
who live off-Grounds, or who wish to change their on-Grounds
housing assignment, will not be guaranteed University
but instead will have
to apply for new University housing by Nov. 12. Assignments,
made on a space-available basis, will be offered by Nov. 19.
new policy “should not have an impact” on
incoming transfer students, Kovatch said. “We have
been able to offer University housing to all transfer
applied for housing.”
University expects to have approximately 6,900 beds available
for the 2004-05
school year, Kovatch said. Historically, the
about 98 percent
for the fall semester and a little less in the spring,
as some students leave the University or take part
houses 100 percent of its approximately 3,000-member, first-year
class; about 1,500 second-year students;
and about 700 fourth-years.
The remaining University housing inventory is filled
by graduate students and their families.
University plans to build new housing in the near future, Kovatch
adding that the plan ought
accurately predict the demand.
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