NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – There are currently dozens of residential students at Quinnipiac University who are living in lounges on campus, according to school officials.
A representative for Quinnipiac University said the room assignments are the result of “a highly successful admissions cycle,” due to the exciting happenings at the school including the NCAA men’s hockey championship win and the university’s partnership with Hartford HealthCare.
The university’s newfound popularity is now causing a housing issue on campus.
More than 65 students were assigned to live in lounges on campus prior to the first day of classes. The students assigned to the lounges are living in rooms of four to eight people.
According to university officials, those living in lounges were mostly comprised of students who missed deadlines on registering for classes or paying bills.
“We really felt it was important to have the first-year students on the campus, during that very important transition time, so they have the support of the RA’s, their peers, and can engage on this beautiful campus,” said Tom Ellet, chief experience officer at Quinnipiac University.
University officials are expecting the number of students living in the lounges to drop considerably before the school year officially starts. University officials are hopeful the students living in lounges will be moved to dorm rooms before classes begin.
According to the Quinnipiac University website, a first-year student is paying more than $16,000 thousand dollars for housing and food on top of $50,000 for tuition.
Students moving on to campus say they are focusing on personal goals during this new chapter of their lives.
“I’m looking forward to meeting new people from different backgrounds and making new friends,” said Rebecca Rando, a freshman at Quinnipiac University.
Quinnipiac Univesity is constructing three new buildings on the South Quad on the Mount Carmel campus in Hamden. The university also opened its new recreational and wellness center earlier this year.