Illinois State University Housing has been making changes as students head back to campus this fall. One of the more recent changes includes on-campus housing.
Freshmen and sophomore students are usually required to live in the residence halls, but ISU is giving students the option to live off campus or remain living on campus.
ISU has also made changes to the room layouts within each of the residence halls. One of the major changes includes only allowing singles and doubles to help students stay safe and properly social distance as much as possible.
“All rooms that were previously quads and triples are now deluxe double rooms. Deluxe double rooms have a capacity of two residents per room,” Assistant Director of Marketing and Assessment Edsel Campbell said. “These rooms each come with two beds, desks, dressers and a wardrobe.”
With the changes to student housing this year, students are comparing what living situation is better. It has many students thinking about what they want to do with this newfound opportunity that has been provided to them.
Sophomore political science major Ivy Harris highlighted that living off campus does have its perks because you have more freedom for your living space.
“I will be living off campus because you have more freedom to do what you want,” Harris said.
One leasing company, The Flats located on South Main Street, can no longer accept new residents.
“There has been an increase in people leasing with Flats at ISU,” said The Flats employee Alex Diop.
More underclassmen choosing to live off campus, many of whom have decided to live at The Flats, has caused them to reach full capacity leaving no rooms empty.
With the fall semester quickly approaching, students and ISU housing are doing what they can and need to do to stay safe and practice social distancing.