“It’s going be to really cool,” said Housing and Residence Life Specialist Jean Flory, who watches the progress of the new residence hall from her office every day.
The addition to the six housing complexes already on campus has resulted in the residence life staff adjusting several housing policies for the 2014-2015 school year.
Laundry will be free for all students living on campus next school year, announced Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Will Perkins to parents of prospective students at the Feb. 2 Pacesetters competition.
“This will be one less hassle for residential students,” said Director of Housing Lisa Geraci.
Free laundry has been discussed in the housing department for a year and with the new residence hall going online for the housing lottery, Geraci said it was a good opportunity to instate this new policy.
Another added convenience will be seen in new rates for Clark Hall. For a double or quad room and a meal plan, students will pay $8,274. A single room with a meal plan is $8,532 and a double or single with a meal plan is $8,666. However, these new rates will only be available for students who have lived on campus for two years or are 20 years old by Aug. 23, 2014.
Along with the new rates for Clark Hall, the housing department is offering free summer housing for students who are attending school in Spring 2014 and are enrolled and living in a dorm during Fall 2014.
If students decide to live on campus during the summer and not return to their dorm during the fall semester, they will be charged for their summer residency.
Although there are several new perks to living on campus next school year, students still have to go through the housing lottery process to claim their room.
The housing department will be sending out information about the lottery on Feb. 20. This year, they will be bringing back the Vandervelden lottery so that only students who are 20 years old by Aug. 23, 2014 or have completed the two-year residency requirement are eligible.
The process for the housing lottery is very similar to last year. Students will pay the $100 lottery entrance fee online between Feb. 24 to March 6. Once that payment is received, the student will receive a housing lottery application that is done through residence software online from March 10 to March 20. Students will be able to choose whether they’d like to participate in the Vandervelden lottery or the lottery for the remaining six residence halls available for next year, including the new residence hall.
From there, students will form their roommate groups and appoint a group leader from March 31 to April 4. The lottery online selection appointments for the Vandervelden lottery is from April 8 to April 11 and the lottery for the remaining residence halls is from April 15 to April 24.
The housing department is also reaching out to students who commute to campus, encouraging them to consider living on campus next school year said Geraci.
As for the new residence hall, it remains nameless and its completion date is scheduled for Aug. 1, 2014.
To learn more about the housing lottery, visit pacific.edu/studentlife/housing/lottery/index.cfm.