What's New: Housing and Dining
By Ioana Patringenaru | October 9, 2006
This Week@UCSD has been asking several university departments what they have in store for this new academic year. Here’s a short list of new offerings from Housing and Dining Services, according to department director Mark Cunningham.
- Tioga Hall at Muir College got a $5 million face lift, completed in just 10 weeks. The renovation included new fire alarms, new water lines, a fresh coat of paint, new carpet and new drapes. Students in Tioga Hall also will take part in a pilot program providing more cleaning services and more supplies.
- An 800-bed graduate housing complex is set to open in April on the East Campus. The complex also will feature 800 parking spots. The $78 million project is so far two months ahead of schedule.
- Thirty percent of incoming freshmen will be housed in triple rooms. That’s a total of about 775 students, up from 111 at the beginning of last year. By comparison, more than 90 percent of UCLA’s freshmen are housed in triple rooms, Cunningham said. Students will receive a $1200 discount on room and board. By the way, UCSD’s room and board rates are currently the cheapest in the system, Cunningham said. The set-up became necessary because the campus is overenrolled this year. About 7500 undergraduates will live on campus this fall, up from about 6800 last year. “I think it shows people realize that the education you can get here is as good or better than UC Berkeley and UCLA,” Cunningham said. The department spent $1.4 million on new furniture. Its 11 restaurants will offer extended hours and more staff members will be on hand to get people through the line faster. More money also has been allocated for activities and programs.
- Minor renovations took place at Warren College, including painting and new carpet.
- Staff members and students who don’t live on campus will get a 25 percent discount on meal plans.
For more information, go to: http://hds.ucsd.edu/new.html