Men’s housing search proves challenging
In the search for men’s housing, some may feel like they are coming up short. But students can rest assured that there is plenty for all.
Rumors about a lack of housing for the increased number of students have been buzzing around campus, but Housing and Student Living Owner and Developer Relations Manager, Jon Phister set the record straight Monday afternoon.
“We have housing for every student,” Phister said.
Phister said one of the problems the university has seen this semester is increased enrollment.
Official enrollment numbers will be released later this week, but are estimated to be upwards of 800 to 1,000 more students than last fall semester, said Phister.
But despite the fact that on-campus housing such as Biddulph Hall has availability, it didn’t solve the problems for some students’ housing hunt.
Garrett Camp, a junior studying exercise physiology, found himself in a housing predicament along with his roommates.
Camp, who planned on finding housing when he arrived in Rexburg for the semester said he called every complex only to find that everything was booked.
Camp finally called married housing when he couldn’t find availability anywhere else. The manager got him in touch with the university, which then informed Camp and his roommates that there was only availability at Biddulph Hall.
“We didn’t want to live there,” said Camp.
Camp and his five other roommates decided to look for housing in the community with the hopes that the university would approve it as off-campus housing.
But what Camp wasn’t aware of was that according to the Approved Housing Guidebook, the university won’t approve hotels, motels, trailers, studio apartments, condos, individually owned, multiple-unit complexes or single-family residential homes as single-student housing.
Apartments housed in the same building as commercial property as well as community housing are also not approved for single students according to the Approved Housing Handbook.
Camp and his roommates rented a town house the university refused to approve, as it did not meet the approved housing requirements for single-students.
Camp also wasn’t aware of a city ordinance that restricted him and his roommates from living there.
Because of the city of Rexburg’s Development Code, Camp and his roommates were given notice by the Homeowner’s Association that they were being evicted.
Camp said in his initial search for housing, Biddulph Hall had 20 openings, but had 29 on the waiting list.
Camp, who is off track, said he was unaware he had to live in approved housing even on his off track. The Approved Housing Guidebook states that all registered students living in the Rexburg area must live in approved housing.
“Even if I did know that, there wasn’t enough housing for the students on track, so what do they expect me to do?” said Camp.
Phister said the housing department was aware of the shortage of men’s housing two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.
The university made accommodations to meet the needs of the increased number of students.
Originally, a portion of Biddulph Hall was scheduled to be remodeled into faculty offices. Construction has since stopped, and the building will remain as men’s housing.
Currently, there are openings available at Biddulph Hall. Other housing complexes have contracts opening up from students who originally signed a contract, but never came to school.
Phister said the housing department is working to prepare for issues that could arise in future semesters.
Preparations include working on current single-student construction projects and planning for additional future projects.
For more information on approved housing guidelines, visit www.byui.edu/housing