other universities fared during move in
By Marshall Bellamy
The dreaded double cohort swamped universities
all over Ontario last week, taking up hotels, stopping traffic
and cramming students into every available spot on campuses.
Here at Western, Perth Hall was built to
add nearly 450 beds. Rooms for upper-year students in residence
were taken out and some double rooms in Delaware Hall turned
into triple rooms.
How does that compare to elsewhere?
Residences at Wilfrid Laurier University
are over capacity from the influx of first year students, said
Chris Dodd, manager of housing services and residence life at
According to Dodd, Laurier is seeking "non-traditional"
solutions such as housing students in rooms converted from residence
living rooms and the use of several apartment buildings bought
this summer by the university to accommodate the new students.
Laurier is also offering students incentives such as computers,
personal digital assistants, text book credits and campus food
credits to give up their rooms in residence, Dodd said.
Last year Laurier had to convert double rooms
into triples but the measures taken by the administration has
helped avoid that problem this year, commented Shane Danis,
residence co-ordinator at Laurier.
"We didn't make any modification to
the buildings," said Heather Lane, director of student
housing services at the University of Guelph, noting 16 new
staff members were added to the residences to cope with the
According to Lane, the regular space of the
residence buildings are filled to capacity with some two-person
rooms housing three people. Extended space in residences, such
as floor lounges have been converted into bedrooms, though these
are not at full capacity.
"We were able to accommodate everyone,"
said Bruce Griffen, director of residence and hospitality services
at Queen's University.
Queen's added 548 additional beds to on-campus housing facilities
and meals were expanded in one of the dining halls to deal with
an expected flood of first-year students.
Carleton University had already built a new
residence with 400 beds that gave first priority to first year
students approved for residence, stated Lynn Burritt, assistant
director of residence life services at Carleton.
However, the new residence did not handle
all of the students, Burritt said, citing that 23 single rooms
were converted into doubles and many students are being lodged
in a nearby hotel.