What’s going on with housing?

Because of the increasing popularity of living on Georgia State’s Atlanta campus, University Housing has experienced an unusual increase in the number of applicants desiring housing for the fall academic term. Student demand for housing is greater than the number of spaces we offer on campus. To house as many students as possible, University Housing has arranged for alternative rooming accommodations referred to as overflow housing.

About 500 of 5,300 residential students will be affected by the overflow housing situation. If you have a current room assignment and you do not receive a message by August 15, you more than likely will not be impacted.

University Housing has contacted students with individual plans for overflow housing.

Some residents in University Commons have been asked to volunteer to share a bedroom for a $1,400 room reduction rate for the semester.

Some rooms in Piedmont North and University Lofts have been designated overflow rooms. Residents in those properties will also receive a discount in cost.

About 400 students will be temporarily housed at the Sheraton Hotel, one block from Piedmont North. Resident assistants and university police will be deployed to the property. These students will receive a pro-rated cost and will be moved into University Housing no later than Aug. 31.

When vacancies do occur, students in overflow spaces will be given priority over students in non-overflow spaces. We aim to reassign all students in overflow housing within the first few weeks of the semester as cancellations are received. If one student in a room with overflow elects to move to a permanent space, the rent for the students remaining reverts to the full rate. However, if we are unable to move all students out of these spaces, some may be converted to permanent spaces for the remainder of the semester.

University Housing is experiencing increased demand for the 2017-18 academic year. We have seen an increase in the number of students who want to live on campus. To provide housing accommodations for as many students as possible, we are creating alternative spaces, known as overflow spaces, to meet the demand. These spaces generally consist of adding an additional person to spaces on campus and can occasionally include spaces in off-campus locations such as hotels.
University Housing has identified spaces in Piedmont North, University Lofts and Commons on campus for overflow. A number of students will have temporary accommodations in the Sheraton, adjacent to Piedmont North. Emails have been sent to students in each of these areas.
Students assigned to the Sheraton will move in on Saturday, August 19 and their stay will not go beyond Thursday, August 31.

For on-campus overflow spaces, we aim to reassign all students in overflow housing within the first few weeks of the semester, as cancellations are received. If one student in a room with overflow elects to move to a permanent space, the rent for the students remaining reverts to the full rate. However, if we are unable to move all students out of these spaces, some may be converted to permanent spaces for the remainder of the semester.

Rooms identified for overflow spaces offer ample space for students assigned to these spaces. Rooms have been evaluated prior to identifying them as overflow spaces.
Students residing in the Sheraton will have access to the unlimited meal plan while at the Sheraton at a rate of $17.58 per day. Once reassigned to an on-campus space, students will receive a meal plan if required for their new hall or will be able to purchase a meal plan if not required for their new hall.

Students assigned to on-campus overflow spaces will receive a meal plan if required for that residence hall. Halls that require meal plans are Piedmont Central, Piedmont North and Patton Hall.

Room rates, in general, vary by room type throughout University Housing. However, students affected by overflow will have a room rate reduction. Emails are being sent to residents affected by overflow spaces and rate reductions are included in those emails.
Students should restrict the items they bring by leaving the least essential items (for example., winter clothing) at home. A practical rule would be to restrict your possessions to what fits in or on a desk, dresser and one-third of a small closet. Roommates are strongly encouraged to speak with one another prior to move-in day and to ensure that unnecessary duplications (for example., TV, stereo, fan, curtains) are avoided. Families who travel to campus for move-in day should plan to take home with them items such as empty trunks and suitcases.
In Piedmont North and the Lofts, there are numerous Ethernet ports. Students are permitted to have personal routers in these facilities. The University Commons is equipped with wi-fi so Ethernet ports or cables are not necessary and personal routers are not permitted. The Sheraton does have wi-fi that is accessible by our students living there.
During the first two to three weeks of the semester, there is a room freeze to allow University Housing to confirm all residents who have moved in, identify vacancies and re-assign overflow students. After this period, room change requests may be submitted. Because of high demand and high occupancy, space availability is limited.
This is not the norm, according to a number of national research studies done over the years. Research has concluded academic performance does not suffer when students are in tripled rooms and that grade point averages are no different for these students than for others in residence halls.

Studies also show that being tripled does not affect students' adjustment to college life and that tripled students are as likely as others to participate in student organizations and to report satisfaction with their academic and social experiences. Students report that privacy and personal space are affected and they may spend less time in their rooms studying than other students, but academic performance overall is consistent with other residence hall students, regardless of living environment.

We have seen a huge increase in the number of students who want to live on campus, while total enrollment has held pretty steady. We believe this is because we offer a great service to students with convenient contract lengths (academic year vs. calendar year), great programmatic options and academic support. We added 1,100 beds to campus in fall 2016 to help meet this need, but the demand still outweighs the inventory. We are evaluating the need to build more housing in the coming years.

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