New St. Edward’s on-campus apartment won’t be ready this spring

The Pavilions, an on-campus, apartment-style housing complex at St. Edwards university, are not ready for students to move into this fall. (KXAN Photo/ Alyssa Goard).
The Pavilions, an on-campus, apartment-style housing complex at St. Edwards university, are not ready for students to move into this fall. (KXAN Photo/Alyssa Goard).

AUSTIN (KXAN) — St. Edward’s University students who were hoping to start off the new year in a new on-campus apartment will have to wait even longer.

On Tuesday, the vice president for student affairs sent a letter stating The Pavilions apartment complex won’t be ready for the spring semester and it’s “unlikely any students will be able to move in.” In the letter, Lisa Kirkpatrick, Ph.D, blames the setback on city permits saying the “approvals will not be secured until much later in the spring semester.”

While The Pavilions won’t be ready, the school says students who were supposed to move in will still have housing available. Students must confirm their housing preference and complete the survey by Thursday, Jan. 4. Once that is complete, the school will provide them with their new housing assignment on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

The school is giving students three options to choose from:

  1. Limited number of beds on campus, but if you go this route and are selected you’ll receive 20 percent off the applicable room rate
  2. Off-campus hotel at either Candlewood or Residence Inn. Students will have to pay $4,280 for the semester.
  3. Cancel your contract. If students choose this open, they can cancel the contract without penalty.

To make it up to students who are frustrated with the whole process, the school is providing free on-campus parking for the Spring 2018 semester.

The Pavilions was set to open for the Fall 2017 semester. When the buildings weren’t ready, the university had to scramble to find housing for the 400 students. 

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