Housing changes on campus for 2012-2013

Starting in the 2012-2013 school year, students will be able to live in Living-Learning and Theme Communities.

These communities are designed to maximize student engagement and to support student learning and success. Students who participate in a residential community will have opportunities to be engaged around common interests and themes or in a learning community where students have classes together and live on the same floor.

Some available themed communities will include ROTC, LGBT, Veterans, Marching Band, Substance Free, Arts Learning, International and Fitness and Wellness. Themed communities are available to all class levels.

Many options are available for students who want to live on campus. The First-Year Center, which includes Phelps, Sellers, Walton and Putnam halls, are reserved for incoming freshmen only. All of these halls are connected to a dining hall, the Eastern Eateries Food Court. Freshmen can also choose to live in Wise Hall. All of these halls, except for Wise, are closed during break between fall and mid-winter recess. Rooms are double occupancy with a semi-private bath and a mix of coed by floor and suite. Card access to each door was implemented this past year.

This coming fall Hoyt will reopen and be available to all class levels. Hoyt will consist of single or double room occupancy, with a semi-private bath and coed by suite. One half of each floor will contain single rooms and the other doubles.

“We anticipate numbers to be going up so that’s why we decided to offer double rooms in the Towers,” said Colleen Tompkins, assistant director of Residential Services. “Years ago there used to be three people to a room.”

The single rooms will still contain double sized beds and the double rooms will contain twin-sized beds.

“We are going to let the students in doubles decide if they want their bed bunked or not,” Tompkins said.

The double rooms will cost less than any other double room on campus because of the size of the room, but a little more than Wise. Other renovations include new furniture, new carpet, painting and a renovation of the lobby area. Hoyt will be one of the many residence halls to contain themed housing for the upcoming school year.

One of the Village’s six buildings will be an International house next year, as a part of the themed living community that’s being implemented. It will be reserved for any international student, study aboard student or any student who wants to live in an international community.

“We are also trying to get a house set aside for a sorority or fraternity, but weren’t able to do that this coming year,” Tompkins said.

This year, students living on campus faced many obstacles such as heat and hot water issues. Boiler problems caused these issues and a solution was implemented and fixed earlier this month.

If you apply for fall 2012/winter 2013 housing by May 1, you’ll be entered in a drawing for a chance to win an iPad.

For more information and to apply for housing, please visit emich.edu/housing or stop by the housing office located on the lower level of Dining Commons One.

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