Students applying for housing beginning next autumn quarter received an email Monday from Residential and Dining Enterprises (R&DE) announcing that Stanford will be offering two additional housing options for upperclassmen and that the Draw application portal would be open for an extra week.
“The Draw application period has been extended because the incoming class of 2019 has returned a higher yield than anticipated, so we are adjusting two of our housing options to accommodate the increased number of incoming freshmen and to provide upperclass students with the opportunity to modify their Draw applications,” said Rodger Whitney, Executive Director of R&DE Student Housing/CHO, in a statement to The Daily.
The two new options include Paloma, a previously three-class dorm in Florence Moore Hall, and the addition of Oak Creek apartments. While students are often put into the Oak Creek complex as overflow housing, the choice had initially been eliminated from this year’s draw in hopes that undergraduates would all be able to be housed on campus.
“R&DE Student Housing and the University remain committed to guaranteeing housing to undergraduates for four years, which is why these changes are being made at this time,” Whitney explained.
The allowance of an extra week for changing housing preferences will not change the scheduled dates of announcement. Students will be notified of their status in Axess on May 21 and the subsequent in-house draws will take place May 27 through June 3.
“While we are currently in the process of building additional undergraduate residences in Manzanita Park (Humanities Theme Residence with 125 spaces opening Autumn 2015) and Lagunita Court (two residences with 216 spaces opening Autumn 2016), these projects have been in process for a few years. We will continue to look at trends in student enrollment and the demand for housing in determining the need for additional student housing,” Whitney said.
While Stanford would prefer to have all students on campus, the University has a partnership with Oak Creek apartments.
Oak Creek has the advantage of having modern and well-equipped apartments with spacious rooms and updated amenities. Still, some students without cars often find the location out of the way and difficult to access.
“With the opening of the new spaces at Lagunita Court in Autumn 2016, we expect to be able to house most, if not all, of our undergraduates in on-campus housing,” Whitney predicted.
Contact Elizabeth Wallace at wallacee ‘at’ stanford.edu.