Temple’s new housing policy has many students wondering where they’ll be living next semester. Since on-campus housing is limited and not always guaranteed, students are comparing prices of new, private apartments being built on main campus.
Temple’s 4,804 slots for on-campus housing are not enough for the multitude of people requesting them. The University is touting three private developments – Oxford Village, University Village and the Kardon building – as alternative for upperclassmen who have been shut out of on-campus housing.
The University is guaranteeing on-campus housing in Temple-sponsored residence halls incoming freshmen, rising sophomores and first-year transfers concerned about their housing status. Incoming freshmen can participate in the housing lottery beginning March 24. Students will then be notified of their on-campus housing assignments between April 7 and 16.
Rising sophomores also have the option to privately lease one of 400 beds set aside for them in University Village. To do this, students will opt-out of the housing lottery but must make a deposit with housing in case they do not get one of the University Village spots.
The University will refund housing deposits to those students who receive housing in Oxford or University Villages.
University Village, located on the corner of Montgomery Avenue and 10th Street, offers yearly leases for three different types of apartments, ranging in monthly rent prices from $500 to $665 per person, not including utilities.
Each resident will receive an individual lease, regardless of the type of apartment or number of roommates. A $100 application fee and $200 security deposit are required.
Oxford Village, on 15th Street between Cecil B. Moore Avenue and Masters Street, offers 1- and 2-bedroom apartments ranging from $495 to $650 per month, which includes all utilities, local phone service and Internet access. Residents must pay a $200 reservation fee, $100 deposit and a $35 application fee.
The Kardon building on 10th Street is setting aside 75 additional apartments for Temple students. Rates vary between $1150 to $2095 between one, two and three bedroom apartments.
Leases on the three private developments are for 12 months; students living in Temple housing pay for about seven months over the course of the academic year.
Rates at Johnson, Hardwick and Peabody average at $666 per month. Residents at White Hall and “1940” pay $714, while Temple Towers’ rates average at $759 per month.
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