City Vista apartments reopen for the 2022-2023 school year
More seniors are expressing frustration with housing options
As of spring 2021, City Vista apartments have been closed, undergoing repairs and renovations following damage sustained during that year’s winter storm. After rooms had already been allocated, City Vista was denied as an option to students for the 2021-2022 school year due to necessary repairs. For the 2022-2023 school year, students are allowed to return to the apartments.
According to a March 21 email from Rachel Boaz-Toppel, assistant director of residential education, students will be able to move in starting August 19 at noon.
“In anticipation of City Vista’s return online, we conducted assessments to determine which populations and locations students want to explore and how to set up a selection process that works for everyone,” Boaz-Toppel wrote. in his email.
Stephanie Gonzalez, assistant director of housing operations, was unable to clarify the decision-making process around City Vista, but said more information would be provided over the summer to students living in these rooms.
As a housing option for the upper classes, the closure of these apartments has caused a lot of frustration in choosing housing, especially after the reinstatement of the three-year residency requirement. After initially choosing City Vista as her housing option for the 2021-2022 school year, junior English major Juliana Martinez was told by Residential Life that she and her retinue would not be able to live there.
“It was a very stressful couple of weeks, where it was like, ‘Am I going to live at home? If I live at home, what does that mean for my roommate? Because, you know , she lives in Rhode Island and she’s not there and it’s not doable […] We finally got the notification that they were putting us in Murchison, and I was like, ‘okay, it worked,’ but it was stressful,” Martinez said.
Many students who have transferred to Murchison have had to deal with other accommodation issues in that building. Residents received a free parking pass for their issues.
This semester, emerging juniors have received priority registration for housing as they have yet to complete the three-year residency requirement. Due to the extenuating circumstances of recent years, some seniors are frustrated with the way housing has been handled, especially for upper classes who wish to live on campus.
“The class directly below us was very well received in fall 2020. They were freshmen who were allowed to live on campus, while we, as incoming sophomores, were not permitted except in extenuating circumstances. In short, they already had their priority period and housing while a significant portion of the Class of 2023 were consistently left to find housing without help from the University,” said Miranda Mittleman, a major in engineer. “Again, I recognize the intent, but it looks like a serious oversight.”
Because City Vista has been closed for so long, juniors and aspiring seniors are concerned that it won’t be open in the fall semester of 2022 and will be moved again.
“If they were completely unaware that the building in need of such extensive repairs was even a possibility, then it is a serious mistake on the part of Residential Life staff. Either way, there was a large group of students who were completely screwed by this whole ordeal, and it was definitely a frustrating and stressful experience,” Mittleman said.
Although it’s a tricky situation for everyone involved, the students found that the City Vista closure hurt the current juniors the most.
“I appreciate that they tell us as soon as they find out, instead of waiting a long time or whatever and trying to give us as much time as possible, but part of me wonders : Could this housing inspection really not have been completed before the housing selections were made? And even if it could not have been, I really think the big deal is right, with the question of reapplication and the fact that it would have been nice to [give] those of us who should have lived in City Vista consideration,” Martinez said.