Additional student housing under construction
According to UH Residential Life and Housing,1,800 additional bed spaces are expected when the construction of two new residential halls is complete in fall 2013.
Designed for sophomores and upper level students, Cougar Place 2 is already under construction, says Executive Director of Residential Life and Housing Don Yackley. Construction of Cougar Village 2 is set to begin in April.
“We are extremely excited about our two new residential construction projects that will assist us in developing a residential university experience that supports student success,” said Yackley. “Almost two thousand more students will be able to live on campus when these projects are completed.”
Cougar Place 2 will feature single rooms with shared common living areas and will house about 800 beds. Cougar Village 2, whose design will mirror that of Cougar Village, is estimated to provide space for 1,000 beds — in two-room units with shared bathrooms. Both new facilities will include study lounges, community lounges, a computer lab and a small fitness area.
“Both facilities are designed with student input,” Yackley said. “And with community space that supports student success.”
Pre-med freshman Cristal Hill applied for housing in Cougar Village last fall, but was moved to Moody Towers because there weren’t any rooms left.
“They actually didn’t tell me. I found out by looking at MyUH and it said Moody Towers,” Hill said. “I was a little upset because I was expecting to stay in that dorm. It was just unexpected.”
Cost is another concern for students like Irene Young, a graduate student who says that on-campus housing is overpriced.
“The experience was okay — pretty mediocre for my first time living in an apartment and campus housing,” she said. “I had scholarship help, but if I didn’t, it would have been like $800 a month.”
According to Yackley, pricing for the new halls is still under review, but will be comparable to that of Cougar Village. Utilities, TV and Internet access are included in housing fees.
Construction of the new halls will not affect tuition costs, Yackley said.
“Student housing is an auxiliary and as such is expected to pay for itself,” he said. “We are self-supporting. Tuition and Fees do not go to pay for housing. Housing fees pay for student housing.”
According to Yackley, approximately 6,000 students currently live on campus. Residential Life and Housing is estimating similar enrollment figures for the fall and students who already live on campus will receive priority housing registration in the fall.