Dorm space is popular among KSU freshmen

By Anton Trafimovich

Growing demand for housing is resulting in a construction boom all around town, along with a decision by K-State to build a new residence hall. The result is an expanding number of options for where students can live.

Up to 25 percent of K-State students are accommodated on campus. According to Nick Lander, assistant director for residence life, although K-State has no requirement for freshmen to live on campus, most living at the residence halls are first-year students.

“I think they like the convenience of living on campus,” Lander said. “And we are able to maintain a level of affordability that allows the students to choose to live with us.”

Lander said having an on-campus living space makes it easy to meet new people, creates a shorter distance to classes, and comes with a meal plan. Electricity and trash service are included. All residential areas are also provided with free wired and wireless internet. The only thing students might pay for is cable. There is a cable already installed in every room, so if some students want they can subscribe for the cable individually. For an extra payment, they can also have a landline telephone in their room.

Lander said national research indicates that students tend to do better academically if they live on campus for the first year. Being surrounded by other students who are going through the same process also pushes individuals to study more.

“There is a bit of shared experience within that community that I call a positive peer influence,” Lander said.

Besides the peer influence students have access to various resources and trained staff that will assist them in organizing their study process in the residence halls. There are residence assistants and full-time graduate level staff available 24 hour a day, seven days a week.

“We really try to focus our programming on students’ success,” Lander said. “Our staff is going to have a variety of things to help enhance the students’ academic experience.”

The price for the dorm depends on amenities students get in their rooms. The main factors are the number of roommates and the number of meals per week. The cheapest option would be living in a double/triple/quad room with 10 meals per week. That will cost a student $3,268 in fall semester. A single suite with a separate bathroom and 20 meals costs $4,406 in fall semester. The price for spring semester for most rooms is $400 more.

Jardine apartments are also available for K-State students. Prices on those apartments also vary. A two-bedroom furnished traditional apartment, for instance, costs $475. The same conditions for renovated apartments cost $550. There are also highly renovated apartments (preference is given to families) and new construction apartments with higher rates.

Scholarship houses, fraternity and sororities are an alternative to traditional on-campus housing. Most fraternities and sororities are operated independently, so students wanting to try this option should contact those houses.

To apply for spring semester rooms in the residence hall or Jardine apartment, students are asked to apply in late fall semester.

Lander mentioned that one advantage of on-campus housing is flexibility in dealing with the contract. If students have to leave their room before the semester is over and they have an excuse for it, the lease can be cancelled. If the documentation of an internship or student teaching is provided, the university will not charge the student a cancellation fee.

“It’s a lot easier for them to cancel a contract with us then cancel a lease off campus,” Lander said.

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