UT students trashing streets in rush to move

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Move-in week at the University of Texas brings crowds to Austin, but with those crowds and the rush to move from one apartment to another, students leave loads of trash along West Campus streets. Austin’s Code Enforcement is moving in to help get things cleaned up.

Emma Giuhat spent the day hauling boxes into her new apartment. The UT senior one of thousands of students moving back to Austin this week.

GOING IN-DEPTH

  • UT’s 2013 enrollment was nearly 40,000 undergraduates, 11,000 graduate students and more than 1,000 law students.
  • UT only has on-campus housing for about 13 percent of students in 15 dorms for about 7,000 students.
  • In Comparison, Texas A&M has a similar student population and houses about 19 percent of students on campus.

“It’s a little stressful just getting everything up here.” said Emma, “And then having to unpack everything after I just packed it from being at home.”

Property manager Zephyr Metee says moving week is one of the most exhausting times of the year. She and her crew help manage hundreds of students get in and out of their apartments.

“There were sofas in the middle of the street, mattresses on sidewalks,” said Zephyr. “Because the kids are like, ‘We got to get out of here,’ and they just throw their stuff out on the lawn.”

And that’s why some officers with Code Enforcement are out in West Campus this week, looking for students just dumping their stuff in a rush to vacate.

“We’re here to help. We’re not just here to cite violations” said John Christophe, with the city’s Code Enforcement Department. “We’re here to educate and help them be aware of what’s going on in terms of city ordinance.”

Emma says she won’t be trashing her parking lot, but she is ready for moving day to end.

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