Apr 21, 2009

A Closer Look at Housing

by Emily Defosse

The semester is coming to a close, and those who are not graduating will soon pack up all their belongings until August when it is time to move into another dorm. Liberty offers three dorm styles to choose from so every student has the opportunity to choose the living situation that works best for his or her needs.

Traditional style housing is found on main campus in Dorms 1 to 28 and 33. The hill and circle dorms (1 to 28) are three-person rooms, and Dorm 33 is a six-story, female-only residence hall housing two students per room. All traditional style housing options cost $2,998 per semester, not including laundry costs.

“I would recommend living in the regular dorms because of the great sense of community and fun that you have,” sophomore Eric Schools (Dorm 25) said.

Main campus dorms 29 to 32 offer quad living for $3,310 per semester. These suite-style apartments have five bedrooms with two occupants per room. The 10 members of each quad share two bathrooms and a living room with kitchen amenities.
Junior Erica Fritz lives in Dorm 30 and likes the quieter atmosphere and kitchen access.

The final housing option is East Campus’ apartment-style living, which costs $3,615 per semester. These dorms have three bedrooms and bathrooms per apartment. The six occupants share a living room and kitchen. East Campus residents also share a washer and dryer in each apartment.

“I would recommend East Campus style living to anyone who enjoys walking and personal space,” senior Andrew Kiser (East 17) said.

Beatriz Saunders, who has been the director of Student Housing since 2004, assures students that there are no differences in students’ academic performance based on the housing they choose.

“Basically it really comes down to the student choosing to do well in school academically regardless of the environment,” Saunders said.

According to Saunders, 45 floors will be uninhabited over the summer for renovations.

“We’re doing flooring in the circle (dorms) and new bathrooms in the ones that really need it, and in 25 to 28 we’re installing new closets,” Saunders said.

Saunders said it is imperative for students to understand institutional liability.

“The university will not be responsible for damage to or loss of personal belongings, which are a result of fire, wind, water, insects, rodents, vandalism or theft. However, when damage or loss is reported, the university will take reasonable steps to attempt to resolve the problem,” the housing Web site states.
Saunders encourages students to make sure their belongings are insured with renter’s insurance or their parents’ homeowner’s policy.

“About two years ago there was a fire in Campus East,” Saunders said. “Students were making donuts and they forgot and left the stove on and the grease caught fire. The damage cost the students $24,000. That’s very expensive, and it’s a huge shock, which is why I want students to know about institutional liability.”

It is also important for students to get their financial check-in done as early as possible to make sure they keep the room they reserve for next semester.

“We did a survey on campus about the returning students and how and when they were going to finish financial check-in with the economy up in the air,” Saunders said. “We had a very good response from the students, and it was very helpful for the university … (Liberty) is working very hard to make it as easy as possible.”

Detailed information about housing options can be found on the Housing Office Web site at liberty.edu/housing.

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