UVA Adds a New Dorm

UVa has finally built a new dorm, the first of seven long-promised new ones, Katie Bo writes in today’s Cavalier Daily. The university has had a housing shortage for the last half decade, pushing students out to rent houses, which drives up the cost of housing in Charlottesville. The Kellogg dorm has such new-fangled technology as air conditioning, elevators, and the internets. It’s a start, but it’s not like others are following close on its heels: the plans for the next one won’t even be finished until next year.

3 Responses to “UVA Adds a New Dorm”

  • I don’t think there’s a shortage of University housing. The University has long housed ALL of is first-year students; this new dorm allows for growth in the entering class, and is the first in a series of replacement dorms along Alderman Road.

    After first year is when you start having students fan out into the Charlottesville community, and that’s when it starts getting complicated. Beginning in their second year, students have an option of living on or off Grounds. Frankly, many are eager to live on their own, out from under the University’s thumb. There are always a few vacancies in the University’s upper-class housing. Thus, the University feels no need to try to build new upper-class dorms, which they fear will leave other, older rooms empty.

  • Actually, even the BOV says there’s a housing shortage, as I wrote in 2004:

    UVa has announced a new plan to guarantee on-grounds housing for all first and second year students, beginning with this fall’s incoming class. The school has provided insufficient levels of housing in the past, which has left 2nd year students living off campus that would rather live on-campus. This isn’t just a problem for the students, but it works to drive up rental prices throughout Charlottesville. UVa doesn’t expect any major changes to result from this guarantee, but it is a step towards reducing the upward pressure that the school places on the housing market.

    The problem got so bad that a year later UVa bought several apartment buildings to house students:

    The good news is that UVa has bought several private apartment buildings to use as student housing. The bad news is that UVa has bought several private apartment buildings to use as student housing. They’ve had a housing shortage that has been problematic, which led to a promise to provide more housing year ago. In an effort to alleviate this, they’ve bought a five-building apartment complex from Wade Apartments, just off JPA, as well as the University Forum complex, for a total of $11.05M. Between the two of them, the apartments can house 265 students.

    In providing housing for students, it may help to limit the increase in rent prices created by students crowding into privately-owned houses. On the other hand, UVa just took eleven million dollars worth of property off of Charlottesville’s tax rolls which is, what, $120,000 in property taxes each year?

    Damned if they’re do, and damned if they don’t.

    While you’re right that UVa houses all first-years, it’s the university’s stated plan to provide housing for all first and second years. Since the university isn’t doing that, and is building new structures to accommodate them, we can see that there is quite clearly a shortage of university housing. (Or at least that UVa believes that there is.)

    For the time being, can you blame students for getting off-grounds as quick as they can? I’ve lived in a dorm for Young Writers Workshop. Those things are old and funky. Building new dorms will go a long way towards keeping students on grounds.

  • Plus, like the airlines,they overbook the rooms for the normal attrition that can go with starting school. JMU has what they call Temp triples in which they jam three students in a double room until space opens up from the homesick, kciked out etc.

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