With the first stage of housing selection ending this week, some students will find themselves part of a forthcoming waiting list. Those students will get to go through the lottery process again as students withdraw their housing applications.
Housing Director Jack Niven said he anticipates 1,000 students on the list. The list will first include students who paid their deposit and met other eligibility requirements. Following them will be students who failed to pay their deposit on time and students who have not previously lived on campus.
In years past, Housing alleviated the overflow problem by offering housing listings from throughout the Philadelphia area. This year, an off-campus housing fair is scheduled for two Fridays. On April 12 and 26, students will have the chance to meet with off-campus realtors. That fair will take place in the Student Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
One new option for students this year sits just two blocks from campus. The Kardon Building, owned by Temple for several years, has been leased out to Philadelphia Management for renovation as an apartment complex. Rent starts at $900 for a single-bedroom apartment. A representative from Philadelphia Management said that the price, probably did not include utilities. Philadelphia Management could not be reached for further comment.
The company’s Web site, www.philadelphiamanagement.com, says it is the largest apartment owner in the city.
The building, which is still undergoing major renovation, is scheduled to open for move-in on Aug. 15. Available flyers say the building will have 24-hour security, indoor parking, fitness centers, study rooms, lounges and entertainment areas.
Apartments come outfitted with a dishwasher, microwave and central air. Other options include hardwood floors or wall-to-wall carpeting
Students living in Kardon will be considered commuter students.
Selection for living in the Kardon building will be temporarily controlled by Temple this year. “Returning students who are eligible” will have first choice for housing in the new building, said Dean of Students James Fitzsimmons. That option will be made available until May 1. After that, anybody can apply for a lease.
Temple Housing also has the option of petitioning for 200 more beds at Presidential City. Fitzsimmons said that last year beds were returned to the apartment complex because they went unfilled.
Housing officials said students who choose to remain on the waiting list will be pulled by class. As rising-sophomore beds open, waiting rising-sophomores will fill them. In the event a vacancy opens in a class without someone to fill it, other classes would get those beds, officials said.
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