Roommate Matching Solution, Upgrades to Wallace Residence Center Among Upgrades for University Housing

Thursday, February 11 2010


Written by Tina Deines

MOSCOW, Idaho – Students living with University Housing at the University of Idaho this fall will get to take advantage of several upgrades to the residence halls.

University Housing is upgrading Wallace Residence Center by adding new lofted beds and mattresses in each room. Two wings of the building will receive new tile carpeting. Not only will this be an aesthetic upgrade, but tile carpeting is a sustainable choice – carpet can be moved around between high and low traffic areas over time. The building also will receive a new fire alarm system and new ceiling tiles this summer.

Upham Living Learning Community will transition into a first-year experience building. This is the first time that an LLC has been freely available to first-year students. In the past, some first-year students lived in the LLCs, predominantly in the College of Natural Resources LLC. The decision was based on student requests, and University Housing is striving to make the community one that is suited well for first-year students.

“This change will allow us to serve interested freshmen in a Living Learning Community while remaining focused on their success in a first-year oriented environment,” said Ray Gasser, director of University Housing.

Starting in fall, there will be a greater availability of double rooms in the LLCs, making this a more affordable option for many students. This will be accommodated by changing some super single rooms (larger versions of singles rooms) to doubles (two person rooms).

“We have continued requests from students who would like to live in the Living Learning Communities in double rooms,” Gasser said. “By converting some super singles to doubles, this will give more opportunities to students who would like that option.”

Remaining super singles now will cost the same as regular singles and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to students who renew for next year. This is a great opportunity for students to get a larger single for the price of a regular, Gasser said. Super doubles also will be priced the same as regular doubles next year and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For the first time, University Housing will offer Roommate Click, a roommate matching solution, which will help students find others who share their interests. After they have paid their deposit, students may access Roommate Click at www.uidaho.edu/universityhousing/about/applying/findingaroommate.aspx to create a profile and start their search for the ideal roommate.

University Housing makes upgrades each year with the focus of increasing student satisfaction and success, and the upcoming upgrades are an extension of that focus.

“We are continually striving to better serve students,” Gasser said. “These upgrades are a reflection of student feedback, and will make University Housing a more attractive option to many students.”
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.