More than 5,000 students are leaving the dormitories; The remaining residents will move to Santa Catalina
About 93% of UC Santa Barbara undergraduates living in dorms, a total of 5,274 students, left their respective dorms as of April 1 after the university announced that students could terminate their lease for the spring quarter now that the quarter will be performed remotely.
About 65% of students, or 1,651 people, living in undergraduate university apartments – which typically house undergraduate students – also chose to relocate.
Residents of the remaining dorms will be moved to Santa Catalina, the university’s only off-campus residence, according to Jill Hurd, director of residential and community life at UCSB.
Santa Catalina was chosen in part because of its unique layout, said Hurd; each student will have their own bedroom and will only share a bathroom with one other resident, unlike other university residences, which may have a dozen residents sharing a common bathroom.
The residence normally accommodates around 1,300 undergraduates, but will now accommodate less than 400 students.
All other buildings in the residence are to be made available in case the state needs them to house coronavirus patients, Hurd said. Governor Gavin Newsom announced earlier this month that the state may ask universities to convert their dormitories into temporary accommodation for those who have contracted the coronavirus.
“It’s happening all over the country, where they look to college campuses for help for a variety of reasons,” said Hurd. “All UC campuses do this.”
Residents of Santa Catalina will be allocated three meals per day on weekdays and two on weekends; they will be billed $ 5,030 for lodging and the meal plan for the quarter, according to an email sent to all residents of the residences earlier this week.
They are charged the “lowest amount” in terms of accommodation, Hurd said. A single room with unlimited meal scans for the 2019-20 school year would typically cost $ 6,727.33 per term.
“We want to make sure we continue to provide a very high level of service, [but] at the same time, it will be different than it was before because of social distancing, ”said Hurd.
She added that residential operations had taken extra precautions given the spread of the coronavirus, such as increasing the number of cleanings in common areas and establishing a no-guest policy.
Currently, the plan is to start transferring students to Santa Catalina from April 10, Hurd said. Students will receive boxes to pack their belongings, which will then be placed in moving carts; moving carts will be transported to Santa Catalina via moving trucks, provided by the university, and students can then pick up their carts in Santa Catalina.
“We would never say, ‘go out there, make up your own mind,’” said Hurd.
Students who have chosen to terminate their contract with the university have until April 3 to pack their bags. If they do not remove their personal effects, the items will be ‘packed and stored at [students’] fees, ”in which case students should assume that they will not have access to their articles until the end of the spring term, the residency email read.
All student accommodation reimbursements will be credited to BARC accounts by mid-April.