The Daily Gamecock

Housing selections begin for Fall 2013

325 Honors students to choose rooms Saturday

On-campus housing room selections for upperclass Honors College students begin tomorrow.
Returning students approved for residence in any of the other living and learning communities, including business, Capstone Scholars, green and international, have already begun to select their room assignments by appointment, according to Housing Director Joe Fortune. That process will continue until March 1.
From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, the first round of Honors students who have been approved for residence in the Honors learning community will choose their rooms for next fall on the Horseshoe and in the Honors Residence Hall.
Selection appointments were assigned by a lottery conducted by the Honors College and will be held at the housing office in Patterson Hall.
Fortune said a specific day was set aside for Honors students to select their rooms because they are the largest group of returning students seeking on-campus housing. About 325 students Honors students are expected to select their rooms Saturday, Fortune said.
There are about 160 beds available for Honors students in the coveted Horseshoe apartment residences, Fortune said. He said students with selection appointments later in the day may be less likely to receive their top choice of rooms.
Students approved for housing in all living and learning communities were notified by email by February 1 that they had been accepted, followed by emails informing them of their selection time slot.
A second round of emails will be sent on Monday to additional Honors students, inviting them to select from rooms that are left over in the Horseshoe apartments and in the Honors Residence Hall, Fortune said.
“We’ve worked really hard to communicate with students and their parents about the process,” Fortune said.
More than 2,500 returning students requested on-campus housing overall, but just 1,000 beds are reserved for upperclassmen in the fall, Fortune said.
About 1,500 students are on a waiting list, and they will be notified if rooms become available due to other students declining their room assignment offers. Fortune said some students have already declined their invitation for on-campus housing in favor of off-campus alternatives.
On-campus housing for upperclassmen has decreased from about 1,800 beds available last fall due in part to the 543 beds that will be lost when the Women’s Quad is closed for upcoming renovation.
“If students have not heard about the process, I’d encourage them to get in touch with the housing office. We’re trying to follow up with students as best we can,” Fortune said. “If we’re unable to serve you, we’re not going to leave you out there alone. We have a great off-campus student housing office that will be there to help you.”