While students are returning this week and finding out housing assignments, some students maybe surprised to find out who their roommates are or how many roommates they have.
The University of South Dakota has space available for 2207 housing contracts, this year more than 2207 contracts have been signed so some students will find themselves living in overflow housing at the start of the school year.
“Because of the increasing growth of the university, our residence halls are very near capacity,” said Associate Dean of students Phil Covington. “As a result of that we will have some students, right now anyway, that are assigned to overflow housing.”
Overflow housing are spaces that can house students comfortably but are not normally utilized.
One example is that in North Complex, the larger rooms at the end of the halls will hold three people instead of two.
Rates will be the same, and these rooms will have an extra bed, desk and movable wardrobe placed in them so all students will still have their own space.
While some students may find two roommates instead of one, other students may be living with a Community Advisor.
“Typically staff had the perk, by being a CA, that you had a double room by yourself,” said Covington. “This year we wont be able to provide that so they will have roommates.”
However, staff has the chance to choose their roommates. One requirement is that the staff on first year floors choose a first year student.
Another change will include the use of the dorms’ large and small lounge spaces for housing students this year.
Covington said staff is working to resolve the housing overflow “as space becomes available.”
He said, “Students who are in overflow assignments will be moved into regular spaces as quickly as possible.”