It’s July 5th – Class of 2015 Assignments are Available on-LIne after 5pm

Members of the Class of 2015,

In a few minutes you will be able to go on-line to view your housing assignment for the 2011-12 academic year.  You can access your records by going to the Housing Division web site, clicking on FY assignments and then logging in using your UVa computing ID.   The information that you can see will include your roommate/roommates if you are in a double or a triple room, your room number and address,  your roommate(s) contact information and other important details.

The University sent out a press release this morning stating that the first year class is larger than expected.  As a result of that, we do have students in triple room assignments.  If that includes you, don’t panic.  It’s not really a bad thing.  It does give you an extra person to learn to live with, but the furniture in the rooms is set up so that it doesn’t take up more space than the furniture in a regular double room.  We also only triple the rooms with the largest amount of usable space and we only triple rooms that are in suite style buildings, where there is a lounge right outside the room door.  In the suite style facilities, the groups in the suites form tight bonds because they spend a lot of their free time in that suite lounge.

As you come to grounds for Orientation you will also notice that then two new buildings in the Alderman Road Area, Balz-Dobie and Watson-Webb are not finished.  The University has been promised/guaranteed by the construction firm that they will be ready on time….  We are confident that they will keep that promise, even though the construction site still doesn’t look that promising — One factor contributing to that is that the demolition of Maupin and Webb Houses is still not finished.  Tuttle and Lile Houses have been taken down this summer, but the other 2 buildings should be down by the end of this next week.  It is/will be a little hard to visualize what the site should look like in August when you look at it now.

If you read blog posts from last year you will see much of the same content and advice as I will be repeating over the next couple of weeks.  One of the normal things that happens this week is that we will get a fair number of calls with people who have questions about wanting to change their housing assignments.  We have a lot of alums who want their children to live where they did or people feel that having a longer distance to walk to class is a major issue.  What normally happens is that once people meet the student or students that are their roommates, all  of those other concerns disappear….

The other thing that I want to make clear is that the way housing is assigned has changed.   The University feels that it is important to have the first year class randomly distributed so that every student has as diverse a living experience as possible.  That is why you weren’t able to preference a specific complex or building within the areas that are exclusively for first year students.  We are not able to respond to requests to switch to a different complex, as that would directly undermine the University’s intent for the First Year Experience.   Also, due to the larger than expected number of students in the class, we are do not have a great deal of flexibility.

We are always happy to hear from you and to answer your questions.  We can’t always however, give you the response you might want.  If what you want is a change of location, that is not something that we can probably respond to.  Please take a deep breath and try not to be too caught up on any preconcieved  ideas of what you think you need -or what others have told you need.  Every place is a good place to live and all of the students you’ll be living with are other students who were accepted to UVa just like you were.  The students in one location are just like the students in all of the other locations, so there aren’t any old stereotypes of who lives where that mean anything……   the community in each place is completely new each year and will be what you and your new friends make it.

Have a good evening.

9 Responses to “It’s July 5th – Class of 2015 Assignments are Available on-LIne after 5pm”

  1. 1 Kyle July 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    These instructions suck. There’s no view assignments tab, or any place to log in on the housing division page. Do they mean SIS? There’s nothing on there either…

  2. 2 A-MA July 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    hahahaha amen. i’m having the exact same problem. can we get some more specific instructions please? 🙂

  3. 3 KC July 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Wondering how you can say that living in a triple room situation is not a negative thing when your own letter online to students placed in this situation uses words like “unfortunately” “regret” and “inconvenience”. May I suggest if you want us students to not view it as the bummer it actually is than the staff at your university shouldn’t approach it with a negative attitude either!!! Reality is that it stinks and that you not only place 3 of us in rooms made for 2, but do so in some of the worst dorms on campus that are slated to be demolished next year and have no A/C. Why not try to ease the pain of this decision with at least ALL triples being placed in the brand new dorms with A/C and laundry in them? I got quadruple-blasted, 3 people, no A/C, no laundry on site and the dorms that are scheduled for demolition in 9 months. Boy…what a way to ruin a first-year’s day!

  4. 4 mt July 7, 2011 at 7:20 am

    It is my understanding that many students were taken off the wait list. Shouldn’t all of those students been put in triples instead of our kids who were accepted in May?

    I also agree with KC. No A/C and no laundry on site is an added slight to these kids.

    • 5 jre9s July 7, 2011 at 9:31 am

      Students who submitted their housing applications after the initial, June 3rd, deadline, make up a good percentage of the students assigned to the tripled rooms. That is where they were assigned.
      The rooms that were selected to be tripled where chosen based on the amount of usable space in the rooms. We did, of course, look at the air conditioned rooms in the newer buildings as one of the options. The rooms in the Aldermroad suite style buildings offer more space. They also have 2 built in closets. Beyond that they have a lounge for the group right outside the room door and they have an additional storage closet in the lounge that locks and will be used by the students in the tripled rooms. The same is true of the 5 larger rooms in Gooch/Dillard that are tripled except that they do not have a storage closet in the lounge. Air Conditioning is a very nice thing in August here, but after Labor Day, it cools off at night and students are able to sleep comfortably with the use of fans. I think that I would trade living space in the room for having laundry in the building, but that’s me…… As long as the roommates work with each other, living in a triple is fine. I do have personal experience with that – I’m old, so I know my stories don’t really count, but I attended a college where we all lived on campus and where we all were in triple rooms until our senior year.

      On a last note, I don’t know where anyone would have heard that these remaining buldings are slated to be demolished in 9 months. That’s not true. I can address the future construction plans in the blog separately, or you can look at that part of the Housing Division web site for information. Dunnington may be demolished in another 3 years, after the next 3 buildings have been finished. The other three suite style buildings are not scheduled to be demolished at this point. They may be at some point, but it won’t be in this decade……

      • 6 mt July 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

        We submitted housing on May 14th.

        I agree that the triple can offer many opportunities. I am more concerned with the de-tripling. It seems like it could be awkward for these kids to sort out who stays and who goes.

        What happens if the de-tripling happens after school has begun? Does the school help move all the student’s belongings?

        Many thanks for your earlier reply. mt

      • 7 jre9s July 7, 2011 at 11:16 am

        We can offer moving help -which means we have a Facilities Management Staff member provide a truck and do the driving. Students have to do the packing and moving of their belongings. What usually happens, particulary if the space they are moving to is not too far, is that the student has a group of friends who each take a load.. It usually happens very quickly and is not a big disruption or a difficult process.

      • 8 jre9s July 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm

        I”m sorry, in my hurry yesterday I didn’t respond to your entire question. When the opportunity to de-triple comes up it can be awkward. Many times 2 of the students will bond more with each other than the 3rd. It is also common that one student will volunteer to be the one to move. In the majority of cases however, the students choose to stay in a triple room rather than have someone move away from the group. The RA is available to help the students discuss the options and work through their feelings. In all roommate issues, the biggest challenge is getting students to talk openly and honestly with each other. We try to facilitate that process, and to make sure that one student isn’t talked into something that they aren’t comfortable with.

        If people can get to the point where they will share honestly with each other, then whatever happens people can part comfortably. Feelings get hurt and it damages relationships when one party isn’t willing to be honest and somehow expects the others to sense how they really feel. Hopefully a student in that position can let the RA know that they need assistance.

  5. 9 mt July 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I just discovered a great benefit to the triple you may want to pass on to others…for the amount we receive as a housing discount, we can use it for door to door laundry service!

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