UNC Charlotte lays out options for 300+ students still needing housing for fall semester

An email from the school was sent to families Thursday laying out the options for those who applied and paid their deposit by June 1.
Students should get an update on their housing assignment by July 27, according to the university.
Published: Jul. 22, 2022 at 5:14 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2022 at 5:59 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – UNC Charlotte has come up with a solution for hundreds of students whose housing was in jeopardy for the fall semester.

An email from the school was sent to families Thursday laying out the options for those who applied and paid their deposit by June 1.

As of Monday, July 25, University officials said they will have housing for those 310 students, that’s down from 328 last Thursday, and down from the original 440 students that were notified in mid-July. The University says it’s making progress placing students as housing contract cancellations come in.

UNC Charlotte has come up with a solution for hundreds of students whose housing was in jeopardy for the fall semester.

Marisa Lee is one of those 310 students. She is a rising junior and lived on campus last school year.

“It’s very stressful,” Lee said.

Last year Lee says she received an email saying her housing was uncertain and then got another one with her housing assignment a few days later. She thought the same thing would happen this year when she was told she wasn’t placed.

“I am that they are trying to find us options, and I appreciate the constant communication as well, that they’re not just leaving us in the dark about it,” she said. “There are updates continually so I am happy about that, but I am just disappointed that it was kind of last minute.”

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Students will have one of two assignments. The first will be at a nearby hotel until on-campus housing becomes available a few weeks after move-in.

According to the email, the university will manage the accommodations and help with moving when students later relocate.

The second assignment is a nearby apartment for the entire semester, which will again be managed by UNC Charlotte staff, according to the email. Housing and Residence Life staff said if on-campus housing becomes available during the fall semester, students would have the option to switch.

If on-campus housing is available for the spring semester, students would be switched to that and the university will again help with the relocation.

Lee is hoping she will be placed as close as possible to the campus since she doesn’t have a car of her own.

“I was really hoping for somewhere on campus so I want to be as close to campus as I possibly can be. Just because of the transportation issue I can’t be too far because I won’t have a way to get to where I need to be,” Lee said.

The school will also provide transportation to campus and students won’t pay any extra costs for the housing.

“That’s the biggest thing I was concerned about. I was a bit confused because if I get an off-campus apartment is it me getting an apartment on my own and paying rent every month or is it the same fee. I’m really glad it’s the same fee,” Lee said.

Other students, like Joshua Reid, who were placed earlier this summer say they’re thankful the university is finding their peers another place to stay.

“Although it’s frustrating I like how the campus is still doing the best it can to make sure everybody has somewhere to be situated,” Reid said.

Students should get an update on their housing assignment by July 27, according to the university.

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