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Housing Assignment Philosophy

Effective Fall 2016

Goal

The Offices of the Dean of Students and Residence Life are committed to assigning student living spaces on the basis of priority for those students who most benefit from the personal, academic and community support of living on campus. To accomplish this goal, new students with the highest developmental need who deposit and complete their housing application by May 1 will be prioritized to select on-campus housing in UT residence halls.

Rationale for New Housing Philosophy

While every effort is made to accommodate all new and returning students who request housing, beginning in Fall 2016, new UT students will receive priority for on-campus residential assignments. Research in student development and our own experiences indicate that an on-campus residential environment best supports first-year student transition from high school and a family living environment to more independent living and study at a university. On-campus residential living for new students will ease student transition to the UT environment and provide significant support by recognizing the inherent challenges of heightened academic rigor and increased independence in the first year of college. Second-year students often need the stability of campus residential life to support their continued academic and social development. As students become more independent into their junior and senior years, many look forward to transitioning to living off-campus. In recognition of this developmental progression, the number of on-campus spaces for upper-class continuing students will be limited. However, through junior and senior year, most students, who desire to live on campus, will be able to live on campus in one of five upper-class residence halls or the Barrymore Hotel. To support those upper-class and graduate students who will be living off campus, an off-campus housing coordinator has developed a comprehensive program that provides information, resources and education for a successful transition to off-campus living.

    Questions and Answers

What are the benefits of this housing philosophy?

While the Office of Residence Life...

While the Office of Residence Life cannot guarantee on-campus housing for all students, it strives to provide on-campus housing for those students who will benefit the most from the personal and community support of living on campus. As such, research and experience has shown that first-year students benefit greatly from the on-campus, residential experience to help them transition from home life to independent living and study at a university. In the past, some first-year students have been required to live at the Barrymore Hotel, which made their transition to campus life more difficult. Also, we believe second-year students need the stability of campus residential living to support their continued academic and social development.

Are first-year students required to live on campus?

Incoming new students are not required to reside in on-campus...

Incoming new students are not required to reside in on-campus residence halls. However, those who complete their housing application by May 1 will be assigned to on-campus residence halls. Late applicants may be assigned to the Barrymore Hotel. Please note the housing application cannot be completed until the deposit is paid.

Will there be space available for continuing and upper-class students to live on campus?

Yes. Second-year students, who complete the room selection process...

Yes. Second-year students, who complete the room selection process and meet all deadlines, will be able to select on-campus housing. Through junior and senior year, most students, who desire to live on campus, will be able to live on campus or at the Barrymore Hotel.

Continuing students currently living in residence halls will be eligible to participate in the housing selection process weighted by the number of fall or spring terms they have lived on campus. Those with fewer terms living on campus and who meet all housing selection deadlines will be given higher priority for on-campus spaces.

Are there certain residence halls that will be reserved for first-year students?

Austin, McKay, McNeel Boathouse, Morsani, Smiley and Vaughn Center...

Yes. Austin, McKay, McNeel Boathouse, Morsani, Smiley and Vaughn Center will all be designated as first-year and alcohol free residence halls. Depending on the first-year student class size, Brevard may also be used for first-year students.

Are there certain residence halls that will be reserved for upper-class and continuing students?

Brevard, Jenkins, Palm Apartments, Straz and Urso...

Yes. Brevard, Jenkins, Palm Apartments, Straz and Urso will be designated as residence halls for continuing students. Depending on the first-year student class size, Brevard may also be used for first-year students. Upper-class students will also be able to select the Barrymore Hotel through room selection.

Will there be a waiting list for on-campus housing?

Yes, there will be a no-guarantee wait list...

Yes, there will be a no-guarantee wait list, which we will continue to use as housing becomes available throughout the summer prior to the start of the academic year.

I currently live off campus. Can I live on campus next year?

Current non-residential students are not eligible to participate...

Current non-residential students are not eligible to participate in the housing selection process. You may choose to be added to the no-guarantee wait list.

Does the University plan to build any additional residence halls for upper-class students?

The second phase of Palm Apartments is expected to open for the Fall 2017 semester...

The second phase of Palm Apartments will be under construction beginning May 2016 and will open for the Fall 2017 semester. Continuing students will have the opportunity to select Palm Apartments in the Spring 2017 room selection process for the following fall. The construction will offer additional housing for upper-class students.

Can exceptions be made for upper-class students who need to live on campus?

Students with special medical needs would receive priority consideration...

Students with special medical needs would receive priority consideration to live on-campus regardless of semesters they have lived on campus previously. Medical requests will be considered after documentation has been submitted to and approved by the Office of Student Disability Services.

I live in the Barrymore Hotel now. Does this mean I could select the Barrymore Hotel again as a junior or senior?

Yes, it’s possible. Most upper-class students...

Yes, it’s possible. Most continuing students who desire to live on campus will be able to live on campus or select the Barrymore Hotel through their junior and senior year. Those continuing students with fewer semesters living on campus will be given higher priority in the room selection process for on-campus spaces.

I’ve lived on campus during my time at UT and have no clue about living off-campus. Where do I start?

To support those upper-class and graduate students...

To support those upper-class and graduate students who will be living off campus, the off-campus housing coordinator has developed a comprehensive program that provides information, resources and education for a successful transition to off-campus living. Your first stop should be Off-Campus Housing.

Will I be able to find off-campus housing at a similar cost as on-campus housing?

Yes. There are many off-campus housing options...

Yes. There are many off-campus housing options located near campus. Please visit Off-Campus Housing to request off-campus housing options. You are encouraged to plan ahead to find an apartment rental rate to best fit your budget. Landlords typically require an application fee, first/last month rent and utility deposits.

How can I find potential UT students as off-campus roommates?

Whether you already have a confirmed apartment and you are still looking...

Whether you already have a confirmed apartment and you are still looking for a roommate, or you are seeking both a place to live and a roommate, there are various resources offered by UT to identify and meet potential roommates. We provide online, self-selecting roommate matching on Facebook and through an OrgSync group. Off-Campus Roommate Fairs allow you to meet potential roommate(s) in-person. For links, dates and times for these options please visit Off-Campus Housing.

What if I was studying abroad, and I lived on campus prior to that?

Returning study abroad/interning away students who lived...

Returning students participating in study abroad or University approved internships who lived on-campus immediately prior to their study abroad or internship experience are eligible to participate in the continuing selection process at the same selection priority as if they had lived on-campus.

I’m an athlete, do I automatically receive an exception?

No. Athletes may participate in the room selection process...

No. Athletes may participate in the room selection process. Through that process, if on-campus residence halls are fully occupied, they may select the Barrymore Hotel or may need to explore other off-campus housing options.