Students at Arizona State University were able to check out of hotels and into dorms rooms after nearly two weeks of being displaced due to overcrowding in the residential communities.
All students have now been placed in on-campus housing, but two dorms continue to be double booked. This means dorm rooms that were intended to hold four residents now contain extra beds to hold six students as a solution to get all residents out of hotels. Students living in these double booked rooms are compensated $25 M&G dollars per week.
This is not the first time that ASU has had to temporarily move students into hotels. For the past two years, incoming freshman on various campuses have had to be relocated. This is, however, the largest amount of students that have ever had to be relocated.
Over 260 students from the W.P. Carey College of Business were displaced this year. The exact number of total displaced residents from all ASU campuses is still unknown. Residential Life associate director Rob Perez was unable to be reached for a comment.
While staying at a hotel might sound appealing to some due to free maid service and all of the other perks that come with a hotel stay, Matthew Larsen, an incoming freshmen from Texas, thinks the hotel stays are overrated. He just wanted to live in the dorm room where he planned to have the college experience.
“I missed out on one of the best parts of freshman year,” Larsen says. “Everybody else got the ‘welcome to college’ move in feeling and I was in a hotel down the street.”
Accommodations for displaced students included a free continental breakfast every morning, shuttle buses from the hotels to ASU every 30 minutes between the hours of 6 a.m. and midnight, M&G dollars (valid in the dining halls and select restaurants near campus) and free use of the hotel’s weight room and pool.
A source who works for University Housing, who asked not to be named, says he couldn’t put a specific dollar amount on how much the ordeal cost the university but that the services and accommodations offered to the students really added up.