Residence Life updates students on fall housing

In a message sent Monday to the approximately 2,000 individuals who plan to reside on campus this fall, Glenn Gray, director of Residence Life, assured the UW-Green Bay students they will receive their room/roommate assignment letters next week. Gray’s message referenced last month’s fire that damaged the then-unoccupied apartment building at 3334 Walter Way (formerly Building 109), leaving the campus about 60 beds shy of normal capacity. He thanked the student body for its subsequent help in addressing the situation. Residents responded positively to a request for volunteers willing to explore other arrangements. As a result, Gray said, any residents who would have been displaced “have either chosen to live off campus for the 2009 fall semester; or they have been relocated into apartment spaces which became available as a result of other residents choosing to live off campus so as to make room…”

Recent developments have done nothing to change the equation that UW-Green Bay residence hall and apartment living remains popular and vacancies therefore are, typically, few. The approximately 1,900 beds are booked solid for fall. (Even without the Building 109 disruption, Residence Life had planned for about 40 residents to temporarily share living space this fall with Residence Assistants, who usually have single rooms.) Currently, about 235 students remain on a housing waiting list.

In this week’s letter to students who live on campus, Residence Life Director Gray shared word that the University is looking at plans to rebuild the damaged building, perhaps in time for the spring 2010 semester. Meanwhile, UW-Green Bay continues long-range planning with University Village Housing Inc. — the private, non-profit corporation that builds housing for the campus — with regard to possible future expansion of the Residence Life complex. The last three student apartment buildings constructed on campus were completed between 2002 and 2004, adding capacity for 366 more students.