Some UCSD students staying in off-campus hotels during the fall semester will be given the opportunity to move into on-campus housing for the winter quarter, according to UCSF spokesperson Andrea Estrada.
For students who are not offered on-campus housing and do not find alternative living arrangements, the university will work to extend hotel housing contracts to the winter quarter, which was first announced at the November 16 City Council meeting.
More than 360 UCSB students were originally housed in 10 hotels in the surrounding Goleta area as a result of UCSB’s unprecedented housing crisis, which has left many students desperately searching for housing on Isla Vista and placing themselves on university housing waiting lists.
At a city council meeting, university officials announced that 60 hotel-students had moved into on-campus housing and 40 students had moved into community housing, but UCSB was negotiating ongoing agreements with local hotels on demand from the remaining 280 hotel-student housing.
“We’re going to own these hotels, probably, really for the rest of the year,” said Mario Muñoz, associate director of University and Community Housing Services, Employment and Personalization Services at the time.
The university pays hotels about $175 per person per night, and students about $26, according to Muñoz, who said negotiations with the hotels are expected to be completed by early next week.
“It wasn’t optimal accommodation, and we still don’t think it’s perfect accommodation. It’s something we need during this current process. It’s not something we would like to repeat,” Muñoz said, answering students’ questions about living conditions in hotels.
The Daily Nexus reports that many students describe the water in their hotel rooms as discolored and bad-tasting, and the Isla Vista local food branch in Isla Vista provides students in hotels with access to fresh food they might not otherwise receive.
For the upcoming winter quarter, the university’s goal is to resettle as many students as possible into on-campus housing.
“Since winter enrollment is usually lower, we expect to open a large number of residential spaces on campus, which will currently be offered to students in hotels,” Estrada said. “Staff at Residential & Community Living and in the Community Housing Office continue to assist students who live in hotels, provide housing on campus and/or help them find permanent housing in the community.”
As of last Friday, Estrada said the number of students living in hotels “changes daily,” and the university could not provide specific figures on how many students have accepted on-campus housing contracts.
Sarah Hamidi, a fifth-year anthropology student who lived at the Ramada Inn during the fall quarter, has been public about her disappointing experience living in a hotel. Now, she was finally offered on-campus housing.
“I waited until the end of November, and I still haven’t heard anything about extending a hotel or housing on campus, and they asked me to keep in touch,” Hamidi said.
UCSB originally offered hotel accommodation only to students for the fall quarter. Although the university announced its intention to extend the hotel housing contracts at the mid-November meeting, Hamidi said she was not informed of this until she received an email on December 2 from the university that included an on-campus housing contract.
“I received an email about the housing contract, and they told me this would be the only offer they would make,” she said, noting that she had not yet heard of the specific apartments it might be in. Developed.
Hamidi said she accepted the offer, considering it a huge improvement over her current living situation, as she has to buy or deliver all her food and water, and she drives to campus every day. Although she is grateful for housing during the last quarter of the year, the process has left her frustrated with delusions at university.
“In the end, after all I’ve been through, and especially with the housing crisis, I’m really disappointed in school, and I’ve lost a lot of respect for the school,” Hamidi said.
It also called for UCSB advisor Henry Yang to resign.
“I wish more adults would listen and understand what our struggles are and be more empathetic,” she said.
– Holly Roach is a contributing writer for Noozhawk and university news editor for the UCSB Daily Nexus.