Nathan Hale home to incoming freshman
Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 8, 2013 23:09
This school year, The Nathan Hale Inn, UConn’s on-campus hotel, has dedicated 26 of its rooms to housing students in order to accommodate the university’s overflow of freshmen.
Now in its 12th year of operation, the Nathan Hale Inn has sought to support the university since the beginning. By providing a place for visiting professors, sports teams, and performers to stay, both the University and the hotel have been able to thrive. However, in recent years, both parties have been stressed, the University due to high enrollment and the hotel due to poor economic conditions. Last year, because of the culmination of these two stresses, the University and Nathan Hale entered into a new partnership; one floor of the Nathan Hale Inn became part of the South Campus Residence Area.
However, this is not the first time students have lived in the inn. For several years now, Nathan Hale has offered a student plan, which resembles an extended stay hotel reservation. The plan is quite attractive to students, especially those who will only be on campus for one semester. For an extended stay reduced rate, students receive a comfortably furnished hotel room with electricity, water, heat, Internet, cable, room service, biweekly cleaning, and access to a pool and fitness center as well as freedom from a yearlong lease.
This year, the 17 rooms rented by UConn house 40 freshmen in triples as well as one R.A. The other nine rooms, located on the same floor as the freshmen, are a combination of singles and doubles occupied by students renting the room directly through the Nathan Hale.
Although the student plan seems like a generous and gracious offer from the hotel, it is actually a necessity to provide economic security for Nathan Hale. Brian Wells, the general manager of the Nathan Hale Inn, said, “the market is not consistent enough to allow us [the hotel] to not house students.”
Therefore, although some students who live in Nathan Hale are thrilled with the situation, Andres Palfi, a freshman student in the ACES program who was randomly placed in the inn reports it to be “way better than the dorms,” Wells would prefer to reduce the number of student rooms in the future.
For now though, the Nathan Hale Inn will continue to offer rooms at a reduced rate through the Student Plan both to individual students seeking an alternative to off-campus apartments and to the University’s Residential Life program while they continue to struggle with the problem of too many freshman students.