Suffolk Students Housed at Mass Art and MCPHS
In the wake of an unusually lengthy housing waitlist, Suffolk University has placed students in dorms contracted from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Science. Other waitlisted students were placed into forced doubles and triples within Suffolk’s own housing, and still more were temporarily housed at the nearby Wyndham Hotel.
“The process of getting students in housing is a very complex, ongoing process,” explained Dean Nancy Stoll.
Housing priority goes to students who send in their deposit on time, while late deposits place students on a waitlist. Housing is only guaranteed for first years who meet the deposit deadline, said Stoll.
“We’ve never had any trouble meeting the demand,” said Stoll, but this year was different. The waitlist for returning students was longer and more first years had sent in their deposit by the deadline, leading to a “concern about adequate bed space.”
Stoll described this as “a great problem to have,” as it meant more students want to live on campus.
Thus 43 students were housed at Mass Art, 23 at MCPHS, and about four were placed at the Wyndham until vacancies arise. These numbers are predominantly transfer students, but some first years and returning students were placed in the extended housing as well.
The students at each dorm have two Suffolk staff members living with them, and activities will be organized to make the students feel connected to campus.
According to Stoll, these dorms were chosen for their convenient location across the street from each other, even sharing a dining hall, and the closeness of the T stop right on the corner.
The students’ room and board payment covers the cost of a T pass, and their meal plans are split between Suffolk and the school at which they live. The students also have access to the other schools’ libraries and fitness center.
Stoll said that while Suffolk has never housed students at another university before, there were six or seven years when they contracted hotel space. Now, Suffolk has “a very good partnership with both institutions,” said Stoll. Some of Mass Art’s and MCPHS’s staff are even former Suffolk staff, so they can help students with any questions about the university.
When asked if Suffolk was planning on expanding its own housing, Stoll said, “It’s fair to say Suffolk has been interested in adding housing for a while,” but there are currently no specific plans underway.