Sixty more students chose to squat this year

About 60 more rising seniors utilized their squatter’s rights this year compared to last year, University Campus Housing Director Seth Weinshel said Tuesday.

Weinshel said 390 current juniors have chosen to remain in their current rooms for their last year at GW instead of re-entering housing selection. Last year, 330 students chose to “squat” in their rooms, as the process is called. Weinshel said that, similar to last year, most students chose to squat in Ivory Tower.

Weinshel said rising seniors who have opted to enter the housing process should not be concerned about the amount of spots that will be filled in their housing pool prior to selection, which starts Saturday. Since more seniors are squatting, it means fewer will be participating in the selection process, he explained.

Fourth-year students have the option of selecting from Ivory Tower, which has 729 beds; 1959 E Street, which has 195 beds; and all singles on campus with kitchens and private baths, which are located in The Aston, 1959 E Street, Guthridge Hall, International House and Francis Scott Key Hall.

“We don’t yet know how it’s going to affect fourth-years’ selection,” Weinshel said. “It’s one of those things where it essentially becomes a wash.”

– Katie Rooney

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