FAU proposes to raise housing prices

Dylan Bouscher

Starting next fall, some students could be paying over $300 more per semester to live on campus.

The Department of Housing and Residential Life recommended a 5-6 percent increase in single room rates at the Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 14, but no changes to the double room rates.

Director of Housing, Jill Eckardt, said this increase will help cover higher salaries, more staff, programming maintenance and utility costs.

Here is a break down of the proposed rent prices on campus:

Algonquin Hall: (increase single room rent by $174.25, from $2,683.75 to $2,825.00)

Heritage Park Towers: (increase single room rent by $186.45 from $3,712.05 to $3,898.50.)

Glades Park Towers: (increase single room rent by $186.45 from $3,712.05 to $3,898.50.)

Indian River Towers: (increase single room rent by $203.40 from $4,068.00 to $4,271.40)

University Village Apartments: (increase four bedroom apartment rent by $180.80 from $3,661.20 to $3,842.00 per room.)

Innovation Village Apartments:
IVA North (increase two bedroom apartment rent by $254.25 from $4,802.50 to $5,056.75 per room.)
IVA North (increase four bedroom apartment rent by $259.90 from $4,599.10 to $4,859 per room.)
IVA South (increase four bedroom apartment rent by $214.70 from $4,474.80 to $4,689.50 per room.)
IVA South (increase one bedroom apartment rent by $339 from $5,085 to $5,424.)

The Board of Trustees at other Florida public universities are also hearing proposals to raise housing rates. University of Florida is considering raising their rates by 4.5 percent and University of Central Florida by two percent.

The University of North Florida’s BOT approved an increase of 3.1 percent for the 2012-2013 academic year, according to Robert Boyle, UNF Associate Director of Housing.

FAU’s proposed rates are still higher than other public universities in Florida. The Department of Housing will bring a final proposal to raise FAU’s housing rates to the BOT meeting in April for approval.