Living Groups Offer Summer HousingBy David D. Hsu
Dormitories and independent living groups offer a wide selection of summer housing options. Students who want to stay in a house over the summer term, which lasts from June 10 to Aug. 20, must submit a preference card by Friday to the house of their first choice.
House managers are responsible for matching summer applications against available spaces, Bernard said. Students can list their top five choices on the cards.
About a quarter to a third of students usually stay the summer in dormitories, said Phillip M. Bernard, staff associate in the Office of Residence and Campus Activities. Students can also choose to stay for half the summer for half the full summer rent.
Students who will neither be staying for the summer nor graduating must check out of their current dormitories by noon on May 25; graduating students must leave by noon on June 8.
Summer housing preference cards submitted after Friday are subject to a $100 fine. Cancellations can be made up to May 13 without penalty, but after that date, cancellations can also be charged $100.
Dorms, FSILGs open for housing
Every dormitory except Senior House is offering summer housing. Like last year, Senior House will be closed to undergo renovations, Bernard said. This will be the last summer Senior House will be closed.
Many fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups offer flexible housing prices in the Boston-Cambridge area [see table, page 9]. Prices often vary based on the type of room; for example, a single is usually more expensive than a triple.
In addition, several FSILGs allow students to rent for periods of time shorter than the entire summer.
In order to prepare for Residence and Orientation Week, FSILGs may have a summer check-out date that is earlier than the check-in date for the dormitories, Bernard said. Dormitory residents who are staying at FSILGs over the summer should try to get an early return so they can go back after summer housing ends, he said.
In general, FSILGs have lower rental fees than dormitories but often require residents to perform certain chores. At Alpha Delta Phi, for example, residents perform a job a week, said Yannick S. Trottier '96. The job typically takes about 20 minutes, and the jobs make it "cheaper than getting a maid or janitor."
Zeta Beta Tau asks summer residents to "pick up after yourself," said Daniel F. Lohmeyer '97. ZBT does have a work day where residents clean common-use areas, he said.