A four percent increase in on-campus housing rates starting this fall will help pay for more sustainable food options, keeping residence halls open during breaks, as well as improving dorm safety, said Leonard Jones, director of University Residences.
After meeting with over 150 students from the Residence Hall Association, the Associated Students and individual hall councils, University Residences decided these changes would better support students who lived in the dorms, Jones said.
“We felt that we had a pretty good student representation of issues and concerns,” he said.
For students living in the dorms with a 125 meal plan, the increase will be $41 per month and Birnam Wood Apartments will be increased by $13.61 per month. The increase is lower for students with lower meal plans, Jones said.
Sophomore Krista Wagner agreed with the university’s decision to raise the prices.
“I think it makes sense,” she said. “It seems reasonable. It’s not a drastic increase.”
However, this doesn’t appeal to Stefan Andonian, a junior who lives in Nash Hall, who says he would rather be cost-effective.
“I wouldn’t really care if they added more options,” he said. “Maybe more tasty health food options, but it wouldn’t be worth the cost increase.”
Construction to improve the safety of all the dorms will begin this summer, with the Ridge and Nash Hall being the first buildings to undergo repair. The rest of the changes will debut in the fall.
Jones said that keeping the halls open was one of the biggest changes students asked for when he spoke with them.
“We’ve heard from a number of students who’ve had internship opportunities that they have to be attending over break periods, [or] students that still have to work at the mall and other locations,” he said.
Jones added that another late night dining option was also very popular with the students.