By Kristen Landino
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Summer housing at fraternities has filled up quickly this year. Almost all available rooms for the summer are already full.
“We filled up in 3 weeks, which is much earlier than I expected. [It is largely due to the fact that] we have a lot of returning boarders,” said Matthew C. Mawson ’01, director of summer housing at Alpha Delta Phi.
“We were full by April 14, which is about the same time that we filled up last year,” said Benjamin M. Davis ’99, the director of summer housing at Sigma Phi Epsilon.
According to Jessie M. Barnes ’02, the Director of Summer Housing at Alpha Tau Omega, spaces filled up at the house about a week ago.
Gender an issue in summer housing
“We have 39 women and 11 brothers staying at the house for the summer. Of the women, 10-15 are from Wellesley, 6 from Boston University, and 2 from MIT,” said Barnes.
Phi Beta Epsilon has approximately 10-15 slots still available for summer residents.
Most fraternities allow only women to stay during the summer; however, some make exceptions.
“We allow men outside the fraternity to stay over the summer if the person has a friend at the house, but in general we do not allow men to stay over the summer,” said Ryan Porter, the Director of Summer Housing at Phi Beta Epsilon.
At ADP and the Women’s Independent Living Group, there is no gender discrimination for summer housing.
“Summer residents may be either male or female, whomever replies first to our ads gets the space. However, we do offer all-female halls,” said Mawson.
Prices, Meal Plans, and Duties Vary
Some independent living groups, such as WILG, require that summer residents perform chores during their stay and impose fines for duties not completed.
Prices and meal options differ between fraternities.
At Alpha Delta Phi, for example, summer residents “fend for themselves” in terms of food, whereas at Sigma Phi Epsilon, 5 meals are provided each week.
In terms of prices, it is most economical to stay in a quad or triple room.
“Our triples cost $625 per person for the summer and singles cost $875 per person,” said Barnes of ATO.
At ADP, however, the cost for housing in a single is much higher, whereas the price for a double is the same as at ATO.
“Singles cost $1100 and doubles cost $1500,” said Mawson.
At Kappa Sigma, rates for the summer start at $525 for quadruple rooms, and prices for Phi Delta Theta range between $800 and $1000.