UA Alternative Housing Population Steadies
Students living on campus are looking to choose from the myriad of alternative housing options for the next school year.
For 2012-2013, University Housing will accept 900 contracts from upperclassmen, 192 contracts for the Duncan Avenue Apartments and 158 contracts from the Crowne Apartments. Those figures are about the same as last year, said Florence Johnson, executive director of Housing.
“Students can still put their name on the waiting list to contract and we will notify them if we get cancellations and can take some more contracts,” Johnson said.
In order for upperclassmen to live on campus, students had to submit an application to contract between Jan. 25 and Feb. 6. The deadline to contract was Feb. 20, Johnson said.
The Duncan Avenue Apartments are geared towards upperclassmen and are only available for 18-and-up students who have completed at least 30 credit hours by Aug. 1, according to the Duncan Avenue Apartments website.
Former UA student Shelton Parker said she had specific criteria for off-campus living.
“When looking for an apartment after my freshman year, when I lived in the Crowne Apartments, I looked for a place close to campus and also one that included things like Internet,” Parker said.
Maple Manor Apartments are one of three apartment complexes in Fayetteville that offer recycling through the City of Fayetteville and pay for this service for their residents, said Willow Walker, property manager.
“About 70 percent of our residents are students and we try to make things affordable. That is why our rental rates have not increased in nine years,” Walker said.
Duncan Avenue Apartments offer high-speed Internet, all utilities included in rent, cable and come fully furnished according to the Duncan Avenue Apartments website.
The prices for on-campus living options can be found online at the University Housing website.
Students who move off campus or out of university housing can still eat on campus with a university meal plan. There are meal plans available for campus residence as well as commuter students. Prices for the variety of meal plans can be found on the university meal plans website.
Commuter students can choose from three meal plan choices. All the meal plans available include Flex Dollars, which can be used to purchase food at any on-campus Chartwells locations, according to the university meal plans website.
Students can reload Flex Dollars in two increments of $50 per semester, according to the Off Campus Connections website.