Students sign up for waiting list for spring residence hall spaces

The University’s housing services office began collecting names for a waiting list of undergraduate students currently living off campus who want to return to GW residence halls next spring.

Staffers in the housing services office, located on the first floor of New Hall, said it had 14 students on the waiting list at the close of business Monday.

Students who place their names on the list will be eligible to move into on-campus rooms next semester if current residents do not return. Before the beginning of next semester, housing services will offer any available rooms to students in the order in which their names appear on the waiting list.

Mark Levine, assistant dean of students, said personnel in the housing services office do not know how many rooms actually will be available at the end of this semester for off-campus students.

“Later in the semester, staff will begin to ask students (in the residence halls) if they will be staying in their rooms next semester,” Levine said.

He said questioning residents will make it possible to gauge the number of slots available.

Levine said between 25 and 100 students were on the list in recent years. Of those, he said he could not determine the number of students who ultimately received on-campus housing.

In the past, housing services accommodated students who were willing to compromise when it came to housing options, Levine said.

Levine said spots in doubles and triples are most likely to have openings, while single apartments with kitchens are the least likely to be free.

On-campus rooms usually open up during the second semester because students move out of residence halls, leave to study abroad, transfer to another college or switch rooms within the residence hall system.

The list will remain open until Jan. 6, according to the information sheet students must fill out to be placed on the waiting list. On Jan. 7, housing services will begin assigning spaces that become available to students who visit the housing services office.

At that time, any students who were on the waiting list and who have not been contacted by the housing services office will be required to come to the office to find out if a space is available in the residence halls.

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