Incoming freshmen get inside scoop on campus living

Image of Dr. Nick Nicklaus giving a tour with a parent and student. They are in a residence hall room with a lofted bed in the background.

Director of Residence Life Nick Nicklaus gives a tour during Freshman Registration and Family Orientation. A new bed lofting system will be in every residence hall room on campus this fall. This perk means students will no longer have to rent lofts and move them. Photo by Hanqing Wu.

This past week incoming UW-L freshmen saw what it would be like to live at UW-La Crosse. Residence hall tours were part of Freshman Registration and Family Orientation, continuing at UW-L on June 13, 16, 18, 20 and 23.

Incoming students toured regular rooms and double rooms converted to triples — a measure commonly used at UW-L to meet on-campus housing demand. UW-L students receive a $400 discount per semester if they opt to live in tighter accommodations.

In fall 2014, all 230 double rooms in Eagle Hall will be converted to triples. Although students do not have as much private space in a triple, the perks of living in Eagle Hall such as air conditioning, larger rooms, ample common spaces and a semi-private bathroom, still make the residence hall a high demand place to live, says Nick Nicklaus, UW-L director of Residence Life. Eagle Hall has 700 beds in double rooms converted to triples, but 950 students would like to live in Eagle Hall.

A study of students living in on-campus housing shows students adjust well to rooms converted to fit more students. A fall 2013 assessment found no significant difference in student satisfaction when comparing a student living in a regular double room and a double room converted to a triple. Also, students’ GPAs and adjustment to school were not impacted, notes Nicklaus.

Image of freshman and her parents in a residence hall room.

UW-L incoming freshmen and families took a tour of residence halls during Freshman Registration and Family Orientation on Monday, June 9. Photo by Hanqing Wu

More demand than space for on-campus living has been a long-time issue at UW-L, yet it is becoming more manageable every year, says Nicklaus. Eagle Hall opened in the fall 2011, helping to alleviate some of the demand. Plans are in the works for another new residence hall as well. Although specific details about the hall are not known at this time, land is being purchased to build the hall on the west side of campus.

At Freshman Registration and Family Orientation incoming freshmen are being shown Eagle and White halls. About 80 percent of converted rooms will be in Eagle Hall next year. In the past, these rooms were spread throughout residence halls. White Hall offered students a look at a traditional room with bedspread, refrigerator, clothing and other items in place.

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