Dorms, ILGs Open Their Doors for Summer HousingBy Susan Buchman
Students who want to live on campus this summer to work, take classes, or just enjoy Boston have a plethora of living options. Thirty-six fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups will be accepting summer boarders, and all of the dormitories will be housing students except Baker House, which will be closed for renovations.
Between seven and eight hundred students typically remain in the dormitory system for the summer, said Carl A. Seagren, general manager for the department of Housing and Food Services. Although students can sometimes remain in their rooms from the spring term, some have to be moved for maintenance reasons or to free up space for large groups. Several academic and youth programs use Institutehousing over the summer.
Those who wish to request dormitory housing have two options for listing their preferences. There is a electronic request form on the Residence and Campus Activities Office's Web site and a paper copy, which will be available tomorrow. The forms will be due May 10; the results will announced in the end of May. Housing runs on a priority system in which housing is awarded first to continuing undergraduates, then to graduating seniors, and then to Wellesley students.
According to Philip M. Bernard, program director of residential life, students are not normally shut out from summer housing. However, "it might be more difficult with Baker being closed this summer," said Bernard. "Bexley and Random Hall are popular in the summer. They might fill up."
The residence hall summer housing session officially begins on June 8, although the last day of classes in May 23. Students will not be expected to find alternate accommodations for that period; they may remain in their spring dormitory rooms.
All summer residents who are not continuing at the Institute in the fall will be expected to move out of their dormitory by August 16. Continuing students may remain in the dormitories through the Orientation period for new freshmen.
Various FSILGs will also be opening their houses to summer residents. Often the rates for these houses depend on the type of room. Some houses are already full, while others will be closed for renovations this summer.