The decision of renewing housing contracts on campus for the fall semester will be here before students know it. Because it can be a huge decision when choosing whether to live on or off campus, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons before making a final decision. Returning housing students will be able to sign up online for the fall housing contract starting March 16.
Residential life offers seven housing buildings for students to choose from. Room amenities for Scanlon include a single twin bed, desk, chair, closet, shared bathroom with three other students, carpet, windows and a dresser. The same amenities apply for Vaselakos and Leaverton. The only difference from Scanlon is a wall in the middle of the room that separates each roommate.
For Logan, Juda and Beshears there are two sets of furniture and two beds. The suite also shares a common area and balcony. Griffon Hall supplies a full-sized bed, closet, chair, desk and three-dresser drawer. Students share a full sized refrigerator, freezer, stove, oven and common area.
For some students who live on campus, it is often hard making the decision: “should I stay or should I go?” Therefore, many weigh out the good and bad of living on campus before renewing their housing contracts.
Although Western provides an adequate living style, cost is a main concern for students. Costs vary because residence halls offer different living arrangements, along with different meal plans to choose from.
Freshmen Makenzie Gillespie expressed some of her feelings about Scanlon Hall and how she hopes the problems are addressed soon.
“Living in Scanlon is a great way to meet new people, especially when you’re away from home for the first time,” Gillespie said. “I’m also concerned about how much my room costs: with the little space that I do have, prices could go down.”
Another concern that many students have faced this semester has been the Wi-Fi connection in all residential halls. Director of Residential Life Nathan Roberts is fully aware of the problem with the lack of Internet connection and has addressed the issue.
“I have contacted IT and they are doing a diagnostic of the entire internet system, as well as coming out to the residential buildings and doing some stress tests on the overall Internet system,” Roberts said.
Running tests on the overall internet system will include checking the university’s system, the fees from Suddenlink and if the university is getting the bandwidth that they are paying for.
Although there are many concerns about deciding whether to return to living in the residential halls, there are also some benefits that students like.
Sophomore Sydney Hulett feels that living in Griffon Hall gives her that “home feeling.”
“I like that my room has an actual kitchen area where I can cook my own meals whenever I get tired of eating the same thing in the cafeteria,” Hulett said.
Students also have the privilege of walking to class instead of commuting, along with not having to start their cars in hectic weather conditions.
Whether students are planning to live on or off campus for the fall 2015 semester, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of residential life.