Housing to accept contracts for Quad
Students can sign up Tuesday for a space in the Northwest Quad during the University Housing Fair, which is about a week before regular campus housing registration.
University Housing staff will accept Quad contracts for the 2004-05 academic year during the Housing Fair from 12-6 p.m. in the Arkansas Union Connections Lounge.
Housing officials don’t know how many students to expect to turn in contracts Tuesday, said Kent Perrodin, marketing coordinator for University Housing.
About 590 spaces are available in the four buildings of the Quad.
Representatives of other residence halls will set up displays at the fair and be available to answer questions about on-campus living, Perrodin said.
“We’re hoping to give students who are looking to return to campus a little more information about the programs and facilities that are out there,” Perrodin said.
Regular housing registration will be March 1-4. Sign up for all campus housing will be online except for the Quad.
The outdated online registration system used by University Housing is designed for housing units with one or two students, Perrodin said. Because the Quad allows for up to four students to live in one unit, the new hall is incompatible with the old system.
So “walk-up” registration is much easier for both students and staff, Perrodin said.
“It’s just a whole lot easier for us to do it by hand,” he said.
University Housing expects to replace the computer program used for priority registration, Perrodin said. The new online registration system will be available for all residence hall sign up next semester, he said.
The Quad is the first residence hall built since Pomfret Hall was constructed in 1968.
Students who sign up during the fair will need their Priority Period letter from University Housing and their students IDs.
Students who are unable to attend the fair but would like to sign up for the Quad can send proxies to sign up for them. The proxy must bring the student’s individual priority registration letter, a signed letter of permission from the student and the student’s ID number.
Like sign-up in other campus residence halls, students can request specific roommates or allow Housing staff to assign them to random roommates. And suites in the Quad will be assigned according to point totals and reservation times, just like sign up for other campus halls.
But after Tuesday, students can sign up for the Quad regardless of housing points. Students can sign up for the quad from 1-4 p.m. weekdays at University Housing. This sign up will continue until April 30 or until there are no more rooms available. After April 30, incoming students will be allowed to sign up to live in the Quad.
The expected cost of living in the Quad is $4,865 per year. This rate has been proposed by University Housing but still must go through an approval process by UA administrators. Rates will vary according to the number of rooms per suite.
The suites have a common living room and two, three or four bedrooms. The bedrooms typically measure 9 feet by 10 feet 6 inches. The dimensions are smaller than most other rooms in campus residence halls. But bedrooms in the Quad are designed for one occupant, and most rooms in residence halls are built for double occupancy.
Each bedroom in the suites has a telephone line, cable access, Internet access and climate control.
Like all students who live in residence halls, Quad residents must sign up for a meal plan. A dining hall will be built on site. More information about the Northwest Quad is available from University Housing at 575.3951.