On-campus housing applications for fall 2021 to open soon for current students



Juniors and seniors will have the option to live on-campus for the 2021-2022 academic year (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)

By Marissa Stacy

All students have the option to live on-campus for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The on-campus housing application process for current students will begin no later than Feb. 15.

Craig Allen, director of Housing and Residence Life, said that housing will look pretty similar to how it has looked in the 2020-2021 school year due to no new residence halls being built.

“The only thing that changes is the number of students enrolling,” Allen said. “It feels like housing is changing, but housing isn’t really changing it’s just the number of students who might want housing is changing.”

While first-year students and sophomores are both required to live on-campus, the option for juniors and seniors to live on-campus remains available as well. Allen said that about 800 juniors and seniors lived on-campus this year.

Daniel Kemmerer, junior economics major, lives in the Tom Brown apartments this year. He said he has enjoyed living on-campus and that for him it made the most sense this year, but has different plans for next year.

“Next year I am planning on living off-campus,” Kemmerer said. “Mainly because most of my friends live off-campus and I want to room with them in a house.”

Students are currently on-campus for the spring 2021 semester. Allen said the plan is to remain open until the end of the semester. He encouraged students to do their part until May so the campus will not close again as it did in spring 2020.

“We have planned for and have contingencies to stay open,” Allen said. “That is goal one, to keep students on-campus.”

For the first time since 2007, occupancy has dropped below 100% which Allen contributes to COVID-19. For the spring semester, occupancy is at around 96-97%.

Allen believes that this is because some students chose to stay home to complete their classes. However, he is still happy with the amount that returned.

The only major change housing has made is adding a guest policy in the residence halls. Only TCU students are currently allowed in the buildings.