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Boise State forced to find alternative housing for first-year students

Crowded is the best way to describe the housing situation at Boise State.

When housing opened on Aug. 22 it became apparent that there wouldn’t be enough room for everyone. Boise State’s Housing and Residence Life department underestimated the number of students seeking on-campus housing and overestimated the number of housing cancellations, which resulted in some alternative forms of housing.

“We have first-year students living in lounges that are sealed off, (admission)showrooms and apartments designated for upper division students,” said Dean Kennedy, director of Housing and Residence Life.

But these alternative room placements pale in comparison to the dorm rooms in Chaffee D wing.

Chaffee D wing, considered one of the most popular housing locations for students, has been stuffed with first-year students.

“We waited, hoping to get to a place where we wouldn’t have to triple up (in Chaffee D wing). But towards the end of August we needed to,” Kennedy said. “We’ve told everyone that by the 10th class day that it is highly likely that there will be no forced triples in Chaffee.”

As more housing options open up students will be moved out of Chaffee to other dormitories close to first year students. Only students in the triple situation who request to remain tripled will be allowed to remain three to a room.

Even with tripling students up in Chaffee D wing and delegating several floors at Payette and Selway to house first-year students, there was still a surplus of students seeking residence.

Many students were given housing that they did not request, for better or worse.

“It was great for us, actually,” said Michael Dunton, sophomore construction management major. “We were in Payette, which is fine living conditions, but then we got upgraded to Lincoln for the same price as Payette because they had to fill the Lincoln homes.”

While a handful of students experienced an unexpected upgrade or downgrade, other students were turned away.

Kenny Werth, sophomore history major, applied for housing in early March and waited to see if he’d get in. The waiting stretched into late July with a touch and go of “you’ll have housing, you won’t have housing.”

Werth was placed on a waiting list and was hopeful to get in, but the chances were slim to none. Eventually, Housing and Residence Life told him to seek other housing options.

“I found a kid on Facebook who was giving up his lease at the Park Apartments,” Werth said. “It sucks that (housing) drags it out to the end of July. I was left with no other choice and I just happened to find someone on Facebook. I was really lucky.”

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Eryn Shay Johnson is the Assistant News Editor at the Arbiter. She currently studies communication at Boise State University. Johnson has a history in producing media content; she has produced content for The Post Register of Idaho Falls and The Times-News in Twin Falls. Her article “Good for the Soul: Group uses laughter as path to better health” was picked up by the Associated Press in July 2011. When she isn’t writing or studying Johnson spends time with her boyfriend, dog, and cat in their south Boise home.