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Fewer Apply For Summer Housing This Year

By Hannah Hsieh

The number of applicants for summer housing this year dropped by over 25 percent to 716, down from over a thousand last year.

The decrease in applications means that supply will exceed demand this summer, as there are 905 spots available, an increase from the usual 800, because of decreased construction this summer.

The drop in housing applicants could be a result of fewer student researchers this summer or less Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program funding, according to Robin Smedick, assistant director of undergraduate, summer, and guest housing and Carl Bailey, the coordinator of the summer housing lottery. Another possibility might be that more students may be living in Fraternities, Sororities, or Independent Living Groups this summer, Smedick and Bailey said.

East Campus and Next House were the most popular dormitories this summer, with an overabundance of applicants. East Campus has traditionally been the most sought after during the summer because of its prime location on campus, Smedick said. According to Bailey, 687 students received their first choice in the Housing Lottery, while 21 received their second.

Students who have received summer housing have the option of canceling their reservation up until May 15. “We allow applications this time of year to allow students to safeguard a spot before the summer,” Smedick said. In previous years, about 100 students have canceled their reservation. Smedick and Bailey expect approximately the same number this year.

Prices, which range from $1,553 to $2,109, have risen about five percent over last year’s cost, consistent with the increase in fall and spring housing rates.