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On-campus living growing in popularity

Posted on Sep 10, 2010
Financial incentives, campus programming and convenience are bringing a growing number of juniors and seniors back to campus residence halls.

By Brittany Berrens
University Relations student reporter

Joe Mukite worried he would forget to pay the rent and his utility bills. So he joined the approximately 180 juniors and seniors living on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus this year.

Mukite, a junior, is among the largest number of juniors and seniors living on the UW-Superior campus in many years. Of the more 800 students living in the residence halls, approximately 22 percent are advanced students.

Financial incentives and convenience

Mickey Fitch, assistant director of residence life, attributes the growth to financial incentives and the convenience of living on campus.

Anyone who has been a UW-Superior student for at least four semesters can take advantage of a 20-percent discount from normal housing costs. That means for a double room in the 2010-2011 school year an upperclassmen will pay $1,220 per semester. For a single room, it's $1,700 per semester.

'One-stop shop'

Fitch said the low price and "one-stop shop" of amenities makes campus living attractive compared to renting off campus.

"When you live in the residence halls, all your rent and utilities are included. It's one bill," said Fitch.

Mass Communications major Emily Didlo, who's living in Ross Hall for her third year, agreed.

"Financial aid can cover my housing bill, so it's taken care of with my tuition," she said.

No renters' headaches

Another attraction is that students don't need to deal with the headaches that can be associated with renting an apartment or house.

"Students in the residence halls can worry about being successful in their classes rather than shoveling their sidewalk or buying groceries," she said. "They can focus on being good students."

Mukite can relate to that. The Criminal Justice major lives in Crownhart Hall and said he doesn't want to worry about monthly bills.

"I'm afraid I would probably forget to pay my bills every month. Living in the dorms, it's all paid at once with financial aid," Mukite said.

Location matters...

To add to the convenience of living in the residence halls is the proximity to classes and other campus services. All the University's halls are located just blocks away from the main campus buildings such as the Yellowjacket Union and Marcovich Wellness Center.

Such close proximity makes it easy for students living on campus to attend campus events such as concerts or get to class without searching for a parking spot.

"You get a better idea of what's going on. It's easier to find out about activities because the RAs (resident assistants) have a board with activities posted on it," said Mukite.

...and so do activities

With concerts, movie nights and campus organizations, there are more reasons to be a part of the campus community.

"Five years ago we did not have the caliber of what's happening now," Fitch said.

Both Didlo and Mukite have thought of living off campus, but found it hard to resist the convenience of living in the residence halls.

"I didn't want to try and find a house with a bunch of strangers. Plus, everything you need is right there -- kitchen, laundry," Didlo said.

Mukite added, "On-campus is just a better decision for me."

News Contact: Al Miller | 715-394-8260 | amiller{atuws}
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