Admins refuse to tolerate underground housing market
Published: Monday, March 4, 2013
Updated: Monday, March 4, 2013 23:03
University of Connecticut’s students are no strangers to the underground marketplace when it comes to selling tickets to sporting events, concerts and now housing pick times.
UConn’s Office of Residential Life sent out an email to the university community Monday afternoon stating that they had been informed that students are attempting to buy, sell or trade housing pick times.
A good housing pick time is like gold for UConn students planning to live on campus. An hour can mean the difference between that long-sought-after, air-conditioned suite and another year trying to squeeze all of your clothes into one of North’s wardrobes.
“College is full of stresses, and picking housing is no exception,” Erica Gusler, a 4th-semester communications student, said.
While dishing out a few bucks for a better pick time may be tempting, it is against university policy, as pointed out by ResLife’s e-mail.
The e-mail cites the on-campus housing contract which states that “housing selection times are non-transferrable. Continuing students who are eligible to participate in the 2014-2015 Online Housing Selection Process cannot transfer/sell their eligibility to any other student.”
The email also warned that students soliciting the selling, buying or transferring of pick times will have their pick time changed, and those actually doing any of those three things run the risk of losing their on-campus housing privileges.
It is not yet known where students were attempting to sell pick times, or how much they were selling them for as the Interim Director of Residential Life, Logan Trimble, was not available for comment.